A Brand-New Old-Fashioned Diner

There’s finally more information available about the Soho Grand Hotel‘s 24-hour diner, which we first caught wind of back in April, when notices were posted in advance of the Community Board 2 liquor license hearing.

The Soho Diner, as it will be known, is shooting to open next spring, and rather than a riff on the diner style (as at Nickel & Diner on Centre and the forthcoming Au Cheval on Walker), it will be old-school through and through. The restaurant “will honor Manhattan’s classic diner heritage,” according to the signage posted at the site. “The traditional diner menu will include sandwiches, burgers, matzo ball soup, plus a healthful spin on classic dishes. Sweets include fresh baked cakes and pies, sundaes & milkshakes.” Judging from the LLC contact, it will be operated by the Soho Grand rather than an outside company.

Accessible only via the hotel lobby, the space will feature “traditional booth seating with a classic luncheonette counter and a stand-up bar with fixed diner counter stools.” (A plea for a rendering went unanswered.) The dog park on the north side of the hotel will be taken over for outdoor seating, including more banquettes. Meanwhile, although it’s only for hotel guests, “a new dog park will be created in the parking lot on Grand Street” (photo below).

The language in the signage seems to come from the liquor-license application, even though I’d assume that the application has likely been granted by now. The hours was asking to serve alcohol till midnight Sunday through Wednesday, and till 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Outside, the serving would stop at 10 p.m. (Sunday through Wednesday) and 11 p.m. (Thursday through Saturday).

And just like a real diner, delivery will be available, though not 24 hours a day. Instead, it’s from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.


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  1. Great article. This is going to be a wonderful addition to the Soho neighborhood.