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Empire Diner Rises Again Under John DeLucie

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Chelsea’s Art Deco Empire Diner has exhibited characteristic longevity (originally opened in 1946), yet has experienced considerably more fluctuation in ownership. Thankfully, you can’t keep a good greasy spoon down — or make that not so greasy, considering the current proprietor is John DeLucie, of famously posh institutions, like The Waverly Inn, The Lion…

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Luxe Greasy Spoon Fare at Empire Diner

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The Empire Diner’s reputation tends to precede it. After all, there aren’t too many 1940’s-era dining cars left in New York with glossy, Art Moderne exteriors, which has made it a sought-after city symbol in television shows like “Law & Order,” and seminal movies such as Woody Allen’s “Manhattan.” So it only makes sense that the landmark eatery’s newest executive chef, Amanda Freitag, brings her own star power to bear as a food celebrity on Iron Chef & Chopped…

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