Greenpoint’s Hail Mary Is a Cheeky Multicultural Riff on the American Diner

Banana split. Photo: Melissa Hom

Husband-and-wife chef team Hisham and Sohla El-Waylly met in class at the Culinary Institute of America and went on to independently cook at some of New York’s top restaurants, like Atera, Battersby, Del Posto, Dover, and Empellón Cocina. They’re finally back in the kitchen together at their new Greenpoint restaurant, Hail Mary, which is their take on the classic American diner.

Hisham is Egyptian and Bolivian, and Sohla is a first-generation American born to Bengali parents, so their varied menu spans cultures. It includes “nibbles” like chicken-fried beef tongue and grilled duck hearts; all-day egg dishes like a toad-in-a-hole with a fried duck egg; “fine fare” such as short-rib stroganoff and spaghetti with spicy uni butter; plus a BLT, a cheeseburger, and simple cereal with milk. Take a look:

Crudité with French-onion dip. Photo: Melissa Hom
Bolivian-style hot dog. Photo: Melissa Hom
Charred greens with anchovy crumbs, plum molasses, and buttermilk. Photo: Melissa Hom
Grilled half-duck with Egyptian-style dirty rice. Photo: Melissa Hom
Berry-and-rose Pop-Tart with housemade sprinkles. Photo: Melissa Hom
The 74-seat space has a “Grandma chic” vibe. Photo: Melissa Hom
There’s a separate lounge area for coffee and pastries. Photo: Melissa Hom
A+ wallpaper. Photo: Melissa Hom
Artist Alex Kilburn painted Virgin Mary deities wearing diner hats. Photo: Melissa Hom

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Hail Mary, 68 Greenpoint Ave., 347-422-0645

Hail Mary Opens in Greenpoint