Motorino's Mathieu Palombino has a knack for genre-hopping, having left fine dining to open one of our favorite pizzerias in New York. So it didn't seem that unlikely when Palombino decided to open a diner on the Bowery. We stopped by for an early look at the new restaurant's offerings this week. The space's designs take its cues from mid-century diner tropes we're all familiar with: aluminum-coated walls, chairs that look like they were bought from a nearby middle school, and the color teal all feature prominently in the layout.
As for the menu, it ranges from dressed-up diner fare like a Reuben with house-smoked pastrami ($16) and a béarnaise burger ($15) to fancier fare like a New York strip steak ($24) or a duck salad with confit gizzards and smoked magret ($17). There's also a full bar, cocktail menu, raw bar, homemade desserts, and a mean milkshake service. Click through the slideshow for a closer look at some of the items the kitchen will be serving when they open for dinner this Sunday. Of course, this is a diner, so look for breakfast and lunch service to commence in the coming months.