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“Awesome neighbourhood diner”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Malibu Diner

Malibu Diner
Ranked #441 of 13,554 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Diner
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Good for: Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighbourhood: Chelsea
Belfast, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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“Awesome neighbourhood diner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2010

I had read previous reviews from people staying in our hotel about how they had practically lived in the Malibu Diner during their visit, so I was expecting good things. I wasn’t disappointed and we ended up going three times ourselves during our stay, twice for breakfast and once for a really late dinner (hurray for 24 hour diners!). On our first visit we had chicken salad and the scrambled eggs with bacon, potatoes and toast (a hangover-curing breakfast if ever there was one). Everything was great – the potatoes in particular were a real treat and the bacon was perfectly crispy. On our second visit we had waffles with fresh fruit salad, a smoked salmon omelette with those yummy potatoes again and a toasted bagel with cream cheese and grape jelly. Again everything was delicious and even though the portions were huge again I managed most of mine because it was too good not to eat. We left stuffed and satisfied. The third time we went it was around midnight and all the other restaurants in the area were closed. We had a pastrami sandwich with fries and cauliflower with chicken noodle soup and the turkey and stuffing with a baked potato, carrots, peas and split pea soup. These meals reminded us both of comforting, homecooked food like your parents would make, but with maybe twice as much on the plates! Previous experience taught me to leave half my soup if I had any hope of making a dent in my main but I still only managed around half of that too! The chicken noodle soup was pretty good. The split pea soup was really good – very thick! The pastrami sandwich was delicious. The fries were nice and the cauliflower was perfectly cooked. The turkey was a little dry but the yummy apple stuffing and gravy made up for that. The baked potato skin could have been crispier but it was fluffy and soft inside. The vegetables were a little dried out, but then what can you expect when you rock up at midnight demanding a full meal? Every time we went in, no matter what time or how busy they were, the service was amazing – everything was dished up really quickly and there were constant offers of more water, tea or coffee (free). It really had a nice, neighbourhood feel to it and by the end of our trip we felt quite at home there. We never had enough room to actually try them but the desserts always looked delicious – maybe next time!

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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“Great breakfasts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2010

Ate here 4 mornings in a row and had great breakfasts which set us up for a day's sightseeing. Staff were friendly and service great.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“A great little place of its type, traditional U.S diner, good food,great value.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2010

We didnt want to eat in hotel and were recommended to try this place by a concierge at our hotel. It was perfect for our needs. We filled up with a breakfast here and it lasted us until tea time.
We only had breakfast here but that was nice enough.
Really good value for money, tasty food, try it!

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Boston
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“Wide menu served 24 hours at Malibu Diner”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2010

The Malibu Diner is not fancy or expensive; but it is the kind of place that will serve you pretty much any kind of food at any time of day. We highly recommend it as an ideal spot for a quick bite. The service is excellent, the food terrific and the value very good.

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Sydney, Australia
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“I miss Malibu Diner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2010

Reading through these reviews makes me miss my time in NY. My daughter and I are just back from our stay in NY from Australia. Our hotel recommended we give the Malibu Diner a try at Breakfast time on our first morning. We were exhausted travellers and just needed a decent meal at a reasonable price. What we got was everything we wanted plus much more.It was exactly what i had expected an American Diner to be like.It was so good we returned each day of our stay for breakfast.We couldn't tear ourselves away to try anywhere else.We really wanted to try dinner there but breakfast was so filling that we couldn't fit in another full meal after breakfast.Our order was very simple but a bit haphazard but still the staff were more than happy to accommodate our wishes. Of special note was Gabriel who made us feel so welcome. We would have liked to bring him home to Australia with us.He is just one of those people who once you meet them you don't forget.If anyone reading this review does go into Malibu Diner please pass on our regards to him and also to the other staff.They all helped to make our stay in New York a wonderful experience.Vicki from Australia

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