Square Diner in New York, NY. Contributed by Alex Fitzpatrick.
Square Diner actually isn’t. It’s a triangle-shaped oddity in the heart of Manhattan’s TriBeCa neighborhood, where lunch under than $15 is nearly impossible to find. You walk in on a brutally cold Wednesday afternoon. The owner, who’s been here 13 years, boasts that they serve the “best grilled cheese in town,” made with real butter, but he doesn’t sway you—you go with the Tommy’s Special, a chicken salad BLT. The waitresses fill ketchup bottles and joke in Arabic; the only other customers are a couple at the diner’s opposite vertex.
The sandwich is gone in less than ten minutes. You pay cash—no credit—and you’re back out into the cold and on to the subway.