I am sure you are wondering why I would eat in a diner considering all the options New York City offers in term of food. It is definitely not because of the prices, this place not being as cheap as one thinks, but rather the folklore that, as a Frenchman, I attach to a diner. Understand that this type of restaurant does not exist in France, but, during my childhood, I kept seeing TV series and movies where the characters would end up in diners, having some eggs, pie or coffee. So, I like the ambiance there and having some good all American comfort food.
Additionally, we were to take a train at Penn Station and this place is conveniently located few minutes from it. I love the colorful decor, as well as the back wall completely covered with posters from old ads and did not miss glancing at the desserts that looked yummy. Service was quick, efficient and friendly and the food as expected: simple and comforting. We were going to a barbecue, so we did not indulge...Jodi got herself a spinach salad that was composed of spinach, cucumber, blue cheese, boiled egg, tomato and avocado.
A fairly straight forward dish for sure with veggies grossly cut.
On my side, I got the ham, Swiss and egg crepe.
There were two crepes: that was a nice portion, and I was surprised that they would serve it with maple syrup. However, when I tried without, I found the crepe a bit bland; so here went the maple syrup that made that sweet and savory mix delicious (I should add that the generous amount of cheese was no stranger to my appreciation). I should also mention the fresh squeeze juices they offer: we picked orange and grapefruit. They are at a good price, but know that they will not ask if you want a small or large and will immediately go for the later.
So, overall it was a decent meal. Tick Tock dinner can be a good place if you are curious about dining in a diner or if you have to catch a train and want American food only.
Enjoy (I did)!
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