I’m willing to cause controversy by declaring NYC’s best falafel, but when it comes to diners, there are so many in this city that it’s impossible to applaud only one as “the best.” But therein lies NYC Food Guy’s motivation to find diners that are a cut above the rest. Galaxy Diner, on 46th Street and 9th Avenue, is a great spot for late night dining thanks to their mouth-watering “specialty sandwich” menu and their walnut and strawberry-filled whole wheat honey pancakes. Read on for more food porn and a taste of some other delicious options.
French Dip ($10.95, +$1.00 for fried onions)
Roast beef with natural gravy on garlic bread with french fries, cole slaw & pickle
Fried onions arrived crispy as requested and fell out in strands from the garlic butter-adorned toasted Kaiser Roll. The fried onions are essential as the ordinary jus leaves the flavor of the fresh, well-stacked roast beef flat.
Fried onions are well worth the extra dollar and I’d consider spending even more for some melted mozzarella or provolone cheese. At one point I added a slice of a friend’s bacon to the sandwich but it didn’t really enhance.
Whole Wheat Honey Pancakes filled with strawberries and walnuts ($11.35)
$6.25 +$2.55 per topping
More dessert than breakfast, these light but cakey flapjacks certainly don’t conjure memories of whole wheat, especially once they’re spread with butter and syrup. The key is making sure to ask the waiter that your strawberries and walnuts are BAKED INTO the batter.
Juicy sliced strawberry and crunchy walnuts line the inside of the three nice size pancakes. This would be great to split if paired with another entree, but the portion is mangeable for one as well.
The Remaining “Specialty Sandwiches”
$10.95 each, deluxe (french fries, cole slaw & pickle) included
Balboa grilled roast beef smothered with Swiss cheese and fried onions
Shuttle Burger Deluxe 8 oz. beef burger on toasted bun with cheddar cheese, topped with chili and onions
Tuna or Patty Melt Deluxe with American, Swiss or meunster cheese on rye bread
Dynamic Duo open steamed corned beef & pastrami on toasted hero with melted Swiss
Steamed Corned Beef or Pastrami on Garlic Bread
Bar-B-Que House Special sliced beef with barbecue sauce on a roll
Reuben corned beef or pastrami with tangy sauerkraut and melted Swiss cheese, grilled on rye bread
House Special grilled Swiss cheese