Cafe Edison-A Bastion Of Food Independence In A Sea Of Corporate Menus

Times Square is full of bright lights and colorful characters.

The food landscape is dominated by the big chain restaurants- TGI Friday, Ruby Tuesdays, Olive Garden, etc.

And then there is Cafe Edison.

Cafe Edison is small,  nondescript diner on 47th Street. Connected to Hotel Edison, it sells basic diner food. Burgers, sandwiches, soup, etc. The menu does not vary from most diners across the country.

This tiny, nondescript diner is an institution. Playwrights Neil Simon and August Wilson are rumored to have worked on their plays at the diner. The clientele varies. On any given day, you will find an out of town tourist taking a break from their sight seeing, a local eating lunch before a Broadway matinee or even a Broadway performer stepping in for a cup of coffee before they have to be at the theater.

Sadly, this beloved restaurant is closing. The corporatization of New York City strikes again.

I have been in this diner any number of times and I am quite sad to see it go. While another restaurant may take it’s place, there is and will always only be one Cafe Edison.

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