George’s Restaurant ā€“ 89 Greenwich Street, Manhattan, NY

My family was in town this past weekend and stayed at a hotel down by the World Trade Center Memorial. For breakfast one morning, my Dad and I ventured over to George’s to grab a quick bite to eat before a day filled with sightseeing.

Inside, George’s is your typical diner. However, it has a unique history tied to the September 11th attacks. After the events of September 11th, George’s Restaurant sustained structural damage and had to be demolished. However, the owners made the decision to rebuild it and they even added one more story, doubling the size of the old restaurant.

This spot appears to be one of the only weekend breakfast spots in the immediate area around the Memorial and, because of this, it’s rightfully a busy place. Since we went over Memorial Day weekend and fairly early (arriving around 9 a.m.), we had no problem snagging a table. However, as we left the restaurant around 10:15 a.m. there was a small line forming outside.

George's Restaurant
Florentine Omelet

The food was your average diner food. I ordered:

  • Florentine Omelet: with spinach and Feta cheese, home fries and toast
  • Orange Juice

The omelet was very good with lots of Feta cheese. In fact, they may have even added too much cheese (and that’s saying something because I love cheese). The home fries were also good but I would have preferred if they were cooked a little more. The potatoes were slightly harder than I like them to be. The one thing I wasn’t happy about was the price for a glass of orange juice. When the bill came we found out it cost nearly six dollars! How can you justify that price? My omelet with home fries and toast was only a few dollars more! Next time, I’ll be skipping the OJ.

The Verdict

Don’t head out to George’s expecting to be wowed by incredible food. It’s your average diner-type food down in the Financial District. There isn’t much around on a weekend in terms of breakfast so they are able to capitalize on a hungry crowd in search of food. If I’m in the area again I would most likely look to try somewhere else, especially if they have cheaper OJ!

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