A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from March 04, 2005
Broadway Diner (on Lexington Avenue)
Quick, where is the Broadway Diner located? Lexington Avenue, of course.

It began in the 1980s and used to be located at Broadway and West 55th Street - just a block away from "Big Apple Corner." A second "Broadway Diner" soon opened on Lexington Avenue an East 52nd Street.

About 1998, the Broadway Diner on Broadway went out of business. It is now another Serafina (Italian) restaurant. Which leaves only one Broadway Diner...on Lexington Avenue.

In a city where Madison Square Garden is not at Madison Square, and Manhattan College is in the Bronx, and an egg cream has neither egg nor cream, you can add another misnomer in the Broadway Diner.

21 March 1996, New York Times, pg. C18:
If you have a nostalgic longing for the ingenuous hash-house grub of simpler days, you might stop at Broadway and 55th Street, for a cup of java and a wedge of pie, or maybe a hot open-face sandwich flanked by volcanos of mashed potatoes and lavalike gravy.]

Opened just a week ago, the Broadway Diner is a faithfully re-created specimen of that gastronomic icon of the 1940's and 50's: gleaming white tile walls, a long slate-colored Formica counter holding plastic-topped cakestands, steaming coffee urns, lots of chrome and stainless steel.
The Broadway Diner (765=0909) is open daily from 7 A.M. to 11 P.M. A second outlet is planned at Lexington Avenue and 52d Street.

3 November 1989, New York Times, pg. C32:
BROADWAY DINER (1728 Broadway at 55th Street, 765-0909). Falling somewhere between the far West Side's gritty blue-collar roadhouses and the famous 1950;s-theme diners around town, Broadway Diner is the real thing.
BROADWAY DINER (590 Lexington Avenue, at 52d Street, 486-8838): A slightly larger, glitzier version of the Broadway outlet, with similar food. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. No credit cards.
Posted by Barry Popik
Restaurants/Bars/Coffeehouses/Food Stores • Friday, March 04, 2005 • Permalink

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