Friday, September 18, 2020

Elsewhere in NYC: Pearl Diner reopens for curbside dining

Going outside the usual coverage zone for some positive restaurant news: EVG favorite Pearl Diner is now open for curbside dining as well as takeout and delivery.

The diner at 212 Pearl St. reopened this past weekend for the first time since mid-March, as the Downtown Alliance Blog reports. (And thank you for letting me know!)
An adjusted menu of basic, diner-style classics, as well as the restaurant’s well-loved breakfast menu, is now available for in-person service as well as delivery via apps like GrubHub and Seamless.

The Saturday reopening was a joyous occasion for longtime fans and newcomers alike. "They were all regular customers that showed up," [owner Alex] Pritsos said. “"We also had one or two tourists from Italy. Apparently one of the hotels nearby is now hosting some Italian tourists."
If you happen to be down in the Financial District, the Pearl is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m to 4 p.m., and until 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Pearl had been on the endangered list. In December 2018, reports surfaced that a a new 21-story would rise here. However, the building permits were never approved by the city (as of January 2019).

The Pearl opened in 1962, and is one of the last standalone diners in Manhattan. As Nick at Scouting NY said about the Pearl's neon sign: "at night, [it] makes New York City look like New York City."

[Photo from 2010 by James & Karla Murray]


Anonymous said...

Italian tourists? wtf?

Anonymous said...

@7:37 - I have noticed European and American tourists downtown lately. I don't get it - why are people traveling and why are they coming here???

Anonymous said...

@7:37 They need to get to Century21 before it closes

Anonymous said...

I was just thinking about this place recently - I was there right before the shutdown. Glad to see they're up and running.

Anonymous said...

What's your problem with that?

Anonymous said...

Maybe because the city and the Northeast have the lowest infection rates in the country

Anonymous said...

Maybe the Italians feel that if they survived Covid in Italy, they're somehow safe to be HERE?

Sarah said...

Hang in there, Pearl!