Photograph of the New Yorker Hotel:
So, Tick Tock Diner... I probably won't go there again. I knew it was going to be loud because due to it's location underneath a historical landmark it's become a tourist attraction. It's a tacky 50's diner and not in a good way. Sure it's got some decent neon signs (how can you go wrong with a neon sign?) but it's got an overbearingly cluttered atmosphere, disconnected waiters, and flies in the cheesecake. Yes, you heard me FLIES in the the cheesecake. Well, there was only one, but one is one too many for me.
Final critique: I cannot speak on behalf of the taste of the cheesecake but the egg cream was delicious. It came in a glass larger than most other diners and it certainly tasted better than the others I've had. The only hang-up... it'll cost you nearly four dollars! The coffee was, in all seriousness, the most watered down, bland cup of coffee I've ever suffered through. Now this isn't the coffee snob that's visited a plantation in Costa Rica talking. One should expect the coffee one orders in a diner to be sub par...it's diner coffee for Pete's sake, it's a tier of it's own. However, this was ridiculous, and at $1.75 no less!
Here's a photograph of the receipt at the end of the night:
They received a forty cent tip from me just cause I didn't want to hang around waiting for my change from twelve.
You may find yourself itching for a late night spent at a diner next time you roll into Penn Station but please, I urge you to stay away from Tick-Tock for your own good. If you can make it just one block further you'll much more enjoy the atmosphere, quality, and prices of Skylight Diner.
P.S. Next time I'm up around 34th street on the west side I"ll stop by Skylight Diner, snap some photo's, and order some food just for a review.
P.P.S. Fun Fact: Nikola Tesla spent his last years in the Hotel, New Yorker which I find to be ironic since the hotel's power plant at the time was the nation's largest private power plant...by the way it ran on direct current. It wasn't changed over to alternating current until the late nineteen sixties.