The Coffee Shops long-awaited project in the former Empire Diner space, the Highliner, soft-opened in Chelsea a few days ago. Owner Charles Milite tells us hes still in very, very quiet opening mode as chef Jeremie Tomczak (formerly of Aquavit and Laurent Tourondels restaurants) expands the menu from a handful of items to its ultimate state (itll eventually offer breakfast, lunch, brunch, and dinner, as well as a late-night items served till 5 a.m.). This week its opening around noon; starting Monday, itll start opening at 8 a.m. One thing that wont change, even though the inside got a full gut renovation: the Empire Diner signage on the facade. A menu of classic American cocktails is already in place, and the 80 outdoor seats have already hit the sidewalk. Heres what youll be able to order when the Highliner kicks into full swing.
The Highliner Menu [PDF]
The Highliner, 210 Tenth Ave., nr. 22nd St.; 212-206-6206