(FORMER) WYTHE DINER, Williamsburg

by Kevin Walsh

The old Wythe Diner, Wythe Avenue and North 3rd in the Willieburg, still outwardly showing every bit of its 1952 Mountain View Diner Company exterior, has been operated under many names: the Wythe, Q’s, Relish, and finally its current guise, a Brooklyn branch of NoHo’s La Esquina (or The Corner in English).


The Wythe Diner sign has persisted, but has been co-opted.

I have some older photographs of motorcycles parked outside; there was a chopper shop across the street until a short time ago. The hogs have been replaced by rather more placid and Green CitiBike racks.

Many of NYC’s diners. such as the nearby 1928 Kullman Broadway diner, attempt to hide their diner roots, but the gleaming Mountain View chrome here can’t be denied. The diner’s website has some nice photos of the interiors and exteriors.

La Esquina averages 3 of 5 on Yelp.




Steve October 25, 2013 - 6:16 am

Looks great, but do folks walk in thinking they’re getting a diner, and not a $12 appetizer place?

Joe Fliel October 25, 2013 - 10:52 pm

$18 organic, locally-farmed-from-the-rooftop-of-a-former-asbestos-brakepad factory kale with cruelty/antibiotic/attitude free eggs on an artisanally crafted sourdough roll made from gluten free, carcinogen-infused, abandoned auto repair shop lot-grown wheat and a $7 designer blend quarter demitasse of civet poop coffee. Huh?!? You don’t, like, have WiFi?!? Yah……I’ll have that to go, O.K.?

Kevin Wong October 31, 2013 - 8:17 pm

The film Whipped was shot here in 1998.

NY2AZ November 2, 2013 - 1:29 pm

My wife & I had lunch at a great diner recently. I had a marvelous pastrami on rye with a generous pickle slice & cole slaw on the side; my wife had an omlette with home fries & toast (her only complaint was that the portion was so large). The waitress was spoke English (& she’s American) The check came to $17.34. The owner (who acted as the cashier that day) is from Whitestone. The place is called Mt. Athos & it’s located in Florence, AZ. The lesson is if you want an old school NYC diner join the exodus to points south & west. Good luck with your mayoral election.

John December 29, 2014 - 11:10 am

This was also the location of Kelis’ “Milkshake” video.


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