Slideshow: First Look: Bowery Diner

Reuben Sandwich at Bowery Diner
Reuben Sandwich at Bowery Diner
The pastrami, given an 11-hour, in-house smoke, is faling-apart tender, and while the kitchen will be baking some of its own bread, the rye bread here is brought from an outside vendor to pay homage to New York's older bakeries.

Bowery Diner: 241 Bowery, New York NY 10002 (map); 212-388-0052; bowerydiner.com

[Photograph: Alice Gao]

Cherry Pie ($9)
Cherry Pie ($9)
Another diner staple. Bowery Diner is making their own homemade pies, like this picturesque slice of cherry.
New York Strip Steak ($24)
New York Strip Steak ($24)
This New York strip is cooked with just some garlic, thyme and butter, and comes served with a red wine sauce and a side of fries.
Shaller & Weber Hot Dog ($16)
Shaller & Weber Hot Dog ($16)
This hot dog, from venerable meat purveyor Shaller & Weber, comes topped with sauerkraut and served alongside impossibly thin, crispy onion rings.
Cherry Shake ($7)
Cherry Shake ($7)
Bowery Diner will feature a full line of milkshakes, made with homemade ingredients. The cherries mixed into this shake made it taste like actual fruit, instead of just artificial cherry syrup (look for old-fashioned U-Bet syrup in the chocolate shakes). Shakes can be made from any combination of flavors, but look for the House Specials ($7) for the kitchen's suggested combinations and Feel Good Shakes ($9) for boozy treats.
Roasted Duck Breast ($24)
Roasted Duck Breast ($24)
This roasted duck breast comes served with duck jus, applesauce, and potato pancake.