Nite Owl Diner
Owner Unknown Established 1961
Purpose Food Service
Status 11am to 2am daily

The Nite Owl Diner is a small restaurant located on a narrow strip of land adjacent to the Greenwood Heights Cemetery in Bay Ridge. It is a classic metal-walled diner with large windows, checkerboard linoleum floor, and a neon owl over the entrance that blinks at those entering. The outside signage even promises Coney Island Hot Dogs, even if Coney Island only exists in memory now. Inside, there's an L-shaped main counter, complete with vintage soda fountain and worn steel stools. All of the cooking is done on the ranges ranked against the rear wall. The outer wall is lined with booths upholstered in cracked scarlet vinyl, tables trimmed with polished chrome. Despite its age, it's been lovingly maintained. The air is redolent with the scent of fresh coffee, vanilla, and frying food.

Nite Owl Diner

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The Nite Owl Diner is the last of a storied chain of classic diners found in New York City. Though one remaining diner can be found just outside of the town of Tupper Lake in the Adirondacks, the diner in Bay Ridge is the last of the classic 1950s design. Its sister shop, located in Manhattan, was destroyed during the civil war.

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