The diner in New York is a classic institution (case in point: Eisenberg’s), serving hungry locals at all times of the day. I love sitting on a stool at the counter or in a booth sipping a cup of coffee over a plate of eggs as much as the next New Yorker. But most diners today have either raised their prices to extreme levels or cut down on the quality of the food.
Coppelia is in a class of its own. First, like a true diner, they serve breakfast all day. And while you can get an omelet or pancakes, I recommend trying one of the spicier options like Huevos Rancheros. Second, they are open 24 hours a day, so you can go any time you get a craving for a Cuban sandwich. Plus, just imagine how good the Spicy Fries taste at 2am! Third, the food is downright delicious and affordable with Latin American offerings like empanadas and quesadillas to arepas and pernil (roast pork). My favorite part? I can walk in there and leave happy for less than $20 on most days.
Bonus tip: Come here between 4 pm and 7 pm on weekdays and score one of their cocktails for only $8. Or come on Tuesday for three fish tacos, a huge plate of rice and beans, and a cold Mexican beer for $17. BLTs are delicious but sometimes tacos are better.