7. Pearl Diner
[Update: The Pearl Diner is now closed]. The first thing that strikes most people about Pearl Diner on 212 Pearl Street in Manhattan is the exterior. There are almost no other diners in the city that echo the classic fifties-style luncheonette like Pearl’s narrow lunchbox shaped walls and hanging neon sign. Equally as pleasing is the downright affordability and quality of the food they serve there. As is implyed by the decor, simple, American-style eats are the way to go here. Burgers, fries, and breakfast platters are some of our favorites and the shakes are good to boot.