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Our favorite NYC diners that absolutely can't close

Diners are struggling.

But if these, our favorites, close, well: GOODBYE NYC.

Stop into some of New York's best diners any time of the day or night, for endless coffee, greasy treats and a touch of classic New York that's slowly becoming obscure.

Cup & Saucer

One of the only vestiges of the old,
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One of the only vestiges of the old, greasy, grimy LES, the Cup & Saucer miraculously is still surviving on Canal Street. Nothing special here, just great breakfast specials and most importantly, a feeling you can't find anywhere else. 89 Canal St., 212-925-3298, cupandsaucernewyork.com

Carroll Gardens Classic Diner

In a sea of upscale eateries, artisan bakeries
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In a sea of upscale eateries, artisan bakeries and LuLuLemon wearing moms, this diner stands out. Is the food amazing? No, but that's not the point. Want endless coffee that's just fine and an omelette that's not complicated? This is the place. 155 Smith St., 718-403-9940, carrollgardensclassicdiner.net

Tom's Restaurant

Open in Brooklyn since 1936, there's rarely a
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Open in Brooklyn since 1936, there's rarely a quiet moment in this classic diner. And don't start humming the Suzanne Vega tune -- that's about another Tom's Restaurant (the uptown one that guised itself as Monk's in "Seinfeld"). The cozy Brooklyn Tom's serves an extravaganza of fried egg and omelette platters, Belgian waffles, creatively flavored pancakes (sweet corn and cranberry! parmesan cheese and blueberry!) and a $10 Lumberjack Platter to help you beef up for Brooklyn winter. 782 Washington Ave., Crown Heights, 718-636-9738

The New Apollo Diner

Downtown Brooklyn used to be a culinary wasteland.
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Downtown Brooklyn used to be a culinary wasteland. The only thing you could get was bodega snacks, a slice of pizza or diner grub at the New Apollo. While that is no longer the case, we still are partial to this 24-hour diner that caters to the jury duty crowd. As one Yelper put it: "I love me a little divey diner." Us too. So much. You can get all the diner classics here but also some truly Brooklyn plates, like liver and onions and fried chicken. 155 Livingston St., 718-858-5600, newapollodinerbrooklyn.com

Neptune Diner

Named
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Named "Best Diner in New York City" by the New York Daily News over a decade ago, this nautical-themed diner isn't going to let you forget they were once the best 24-hour greasy spoon dive above sea level. Formal servers in bow ties will escort you to oceanic booths where you can swim in a menu ranging from grilled cheeses, to Greek classics like moussaka or pastichio and of course a range of fresh fish. Situated, just beneath the Astoria Blvd. N/Q stop and the M60, the location is prime for hungry commuters. 31-05 Astoria Blvd., Astoria, 646-927-1567

Purity Diner

If it's good enough for the mayor, it's
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If it's good enough for the mayor, it's good enough for you. Yes, Purity is Bill de Blasio favorite diner but that's not why you should eat there. You should eat there because it's a true neighborhood spot, like any diner is. The longtime locals eat there, old friends hold court over coffee and french fries and the food is comforting (and not too greasy!) 289 Seventh Ave., Park Slope, 718-840-0881.

Court Square Diner

This retro diner dates back to the days
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This retro diner dates back to the days before Long Island City was all condos and high-rises. Open 24 hours a day since 1946, stop by this diner for an endless cup of coffee and a slew of all-day breakfast options under $10. Plenty of customizable sandwiches, melts and burgers will let you slouch into the sticky booth at this LIC mainstay. 45-30 23rd St., Long Island City, 718-392-122, courtsquarediner.com

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