American: Jerry’s Cafe

Eating Out

Growing up in New Jersey, diners were the go-to hangout place when I was growing up.  There were 4 diners in my hometown alone! I recently stopped by Jerry’s Cafe – a traditional diner in NYC.  The menu and decor did stir some nostalgia, but how did the food fare?

The first thing I encountered was the zebra-print menu. Me likey:

The zebra print extended past the printed goods – note the wall decor as well!  I think it complemented the red booths perfectly, don’t you? 

I went with the old diner standard – a cheeseburger and fries (first photo).  The fries were delightedly shoestring – yay! And crispy and served piping hot.  I put those away pronto.  The burger was okay-ish – nothing to write home about (or blog about), but good enough.

While I don’t think I’ll return to Jerry’s, if you find yourself with a hankerin’ for some old-school diner ambiance, it is a perfectly good option with passable food.

A typical diner.

Jerry’s Cafe

90 Chambers St. (btw Church/Broadway)


Did you grow up in a diner town? What’s your favorite diner food?

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  • Reply
    Jessica T
    February 1, 2012 at 11:21 am

    You had me at shoestring fries!

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    February 1, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Mmmm, shoestring fries are delicious! And the diner decor is pretty amazing. But I find that, overall, a lot of NYC diners are just so-so and really expensive.

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    February 1, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    I’m not a huge diner person, but I can admit that they sometimes have a staple that’s really good, so if you can order just that, you’re usually good.

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    February 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    I used to work near Jerry’s. Sadly, it was one of the few passable not expensive sit-down places in the area (I think that might be changing though). The food is fine, but it’s not worth a trip. It’s expensive for what it is, so you won’t be missing anything if you don’t go back.

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    February 1, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    I love eating breakfast at the “corner” diner! whatever corner it may be!

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    February 1, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    at least the fries were good–tasty, well-done fries can be hard to find!

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    February 2, 2012 at 12:12 am

    diner’s are always so fun and so nostalgic. i really like going to ruby’s and mel’s 🙂

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    February 2, 2012 at 12:32 am

    I love diner food, but agree that most of the time it’s just OK. Those fries are making my mouth water, though!

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    February 2, 2012 at 7:22 am

    You forgot the brown gravy for the fries! My diner fave is hot open-faced turkey sandwiches. The sad news is that I married a man who doesn’t like diners. Sigh.

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    February 2, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I love diner breakfast – cornbeef hash, grits, eggs over easy, & pancakes. Sometimes I’ll substitute bacon for hash, it all depends. Or, OR, you can do the latkes, blintzes & hot cocoa breakfast. You can do so much.

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