MARKET DINER, Hell’s Kitchen

by Kevin Walsh

THE Market Diner, manufactured by the De Raffele Diner Company and opened at 11th Avenue and West 43rd Street in 1964, closed at the end of the business day on Sunday, November 1st, 2015. The Market rented its space from a real estate company called the Moinian Group, which had purchased the plot in 2004 but until 2015 had not had the capital ready to build what it wanted all along: a 13-story mixed use building. Thus, the Market Diner has been evicted. It’s been replaced by the Oskar, a nondescript apartment house, and there’s a Starbucks on the corner.

The Market was the last of three diners in operation on 11th Avenue in recent history; the River Diner at 11th and West 37th, where John Lennon once posed for a photo, left the scene about 20 years ago, while the Munson Diner at 11th and West 49th, where scenes from the “Seinfeld” show were filmed, was uprooted and moved to the upstate town of Liberty, NY in 2005, but after reopening there in 2007, it could not find a clientele and closed there, as well, in 2011.

I “closed” the Market with a group of friends in 2015… see this FNY page.

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Anonymous October 25, 2022 - 9:23 pm

Happy to report that the Munson Diner reopened in 2017 and continues to be in business.

Neal October 26, 2022 - 9:14 am

My sister was a waitress there for many years fur Gus.

Sunnysider October 26, 2022 - 9:37 am

I read that Sinatra used to hang out there late at night after a recording session.

chris October 26, 2022 - 3:22 pm

It is rumored that there was once a Dinah’s Diner somewhere in New Jersey

Anonymous October 28, 2022 - 7:55 am

Neal my mother was a waitress from almost opening until the 80s. Her name was Helen.


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