Ok, we didn't search hard in New York but I was a little disappointed to not come across a proper diner as we know them from films and tv. I wasn't hoping for a '50s or '60s diner (maybe a lie), but a modern version of them. Do you have a mental picture of what I am talking about?
We did find a place a bit close to our digs, in Chelsea and while I can't remember what I ate, I do remember R chose the awful Canadian concoction called poutine and loved it.
Jackie in Toronto mentioned a Brooklyn diner in this post but it seems rather upmarket compared to my diner imaginings.
What was that tv series about gay men in New York? and one of the star's mother worked in a diner? Her character name was Debbie.....Novotny? Ah yes, the US version of Queer as Folk. That is the kind of diner I wanted to visit.
Poutine. Ghastly. Worse, there is a small bowl of some slop to add to the slop.