On a recent morning, I’d been running errands in Manhattan and decided to try the Good Stuff Diner on West 14th Street before heading home to Brooklyn. I love diners and was drawn to the place’s gleaming retro design and warm tones. A manager greeted me at the door and accommodated my request for a booth, which doesn’t always happen with solo diners. I sat in the back among a mix of other solo diners, pairs, and groups. Two men sat alone at separate tables eating breakfast and reading newspapers, then said goodbye to each other when one of them left.
It was just after 10:00 a.m. when I arrived, so it was somewhere between the end of the breakfast rush and the start of the lunch rush; around half of the tables were occupied in each dining area. I ordered eggs with toast and home fried potatoes, orange juice, and coffee. All were good, and the service was fast and friendly, but not rushed.
There was no music playing in the back section of the diner while I was there. The average sound level was only 65.4, but the ambience wasn’t hushed. The predominant sound was that of lively conversation. It was only when I walked to the front of the diner as I was leaving that I heard music, but the music was playing softly in the background and didn’t distract.
The Good Stuff Diner is recommended to tourists and other travelers, as evidenced by online reviews. But on this weekday morning I could tell by nearby conversations that many of the diners were locals, some were regulars, and most were New Yorkers, which says good things about the place. Given the sound level when the restaurant was just over halfway occupied, I wouldn’t hesitate to schedule a meeting or meet up with friends during a busier time. It was good to find an aesthetically appealing, affordable, friendly restaurant with a robust menu in a part of the city where I often find myself wishing for exactly this kind of eatery.
Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week
109 West 14th Street (near 6th Avenue), New York, NY 10011