Broadway Restaurant Permanently Closes

Thanks to Seinfeld and Suzanne Vega, Tom’s Restaurant may forever hold the title of the most famous greasy spoon above 96th Street, but a few blocks south, Broadway Restaurant amassed hoards of loyal customers over the years. And now, the establishment has sadly shut its doors for good.


Located at 2664 Broadway between 101st and 102nd streets, the unassuming diner’s doors are now bolted shut — bearing a sign that reads, “After 43 years of being a part of the Upper West Side community, the time has come for us to say… Goodbye. To our staff and patrons, who have now become our friends and family, it has been a privilege and a pleasure sharing all these years with you. Thank you for the memories. We will miss you all.”

Though Yelpers often complained of gruff service (it’s New York… whaddya want?) and uneven eats (not to mention a B rating from the health department), Broadway Restaurant offered up everything one should expect from an old school eatery. Was the menu overflowing with artisanal avocado toast and almond milk lattes? Absolutely not, but you could order signature staples like a “Yankee omelette” (packed with pastrami, tomatoes, mushrooms and cheese), corn beef hash and a “milkshake with an egg,” which is, unsurprisingly, a milkshake with an egg.

Broadway Restaurant’s convenient proximity to the 96th Street express station made it a mainstay for locals and visitors alike — and it was especially beloved by Columbia University students, who often dined there on weekend mornings (specifically when the line for Absolute Bagels was too long).

In a city slammed with inflation-impacted cost of living, Broadway Restaurant was a go-to for grub that wouldn’t break the bank. Though we were unable to confirm the reason for the closure (the phone number doesn’t appear to be in service), we can only imagine rising rents played a part in its shutdown.


This is the latest in a string of longtime diner demises, including Carnegie Hill’s iconic 3 Guys Restaurant and Lexington Avenue’s Neil’s Coffee Shop, which shuttered back in March — owing $1 million in back rent.

The Upper West Side will miss you too, Broadway Restaurant.


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