Tick Tock Diner NY

4.2
186 reviews
$30 and under
American
Tick Tock Diner, an iconic symbol of the American diner with locations in both Midtown Manhattan and Clifton, New Jersey, has mastered the art of casual dining, providing customers with high quality ingredients, generous portions at a reasonable price and a comfortable, family-friendly atmosphere that keeps them coming back year after year.
The 280 seat Midtown Manhattan location opened in 1997 at 481 8th Avenue (corner of 34th Street), across the street from Penn Station. Tick Tock Diner has long been known for its American comfort food. Today, it remains true to tradition while offering more dining choices than ever before on its extensive menu, accented with Italian, Greek and Tex-Mex influences. Keeping in the diner tradition, breakfast is served all day, featuring more than a dozen omelets, farm fresh eggs any style, pancakes, Belgian waffles and French toast.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

Offers

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Daily 8:30AM - 9:30AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 7:00PM

What 186 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.1
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4.0
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4.0
Value
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Buena comida. Servicio amable. Buena relación calidad precio

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vipTatesbug
New York Area
111 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Perfect, classic diner. Great staff and good, solid food. FUN!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very crowded. Didn’t observe reservation as was backed up with all reservations

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WillM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience4

Seemed pointless having a reservation. Busy at both entrances.

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Lookouts
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Chaotic to get seated, it does not really seem to help to have a reservation with opentable- as it is first come first serve regardless of reservation or not. There was no checking of ID or of vaccine status when this is currently a gov't requirement for indoor seating. The servers look to be working very hard and fast to serve the customers. Food is good and large portions. One of the only places we could find to have a Sunday brunch! I would go again.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service

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Breakfast
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Making reservation helped with seating. Waiter appeared a little grumpy, at first, but ended up being nice.

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StephenM
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

Was there 20 years ago and it’s definitely gone down hill

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JeffT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Very accommodating staff, decent service, great value of food.

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OpenTable Diner
Key West
8 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thanksgiving

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DonnaS
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Food was very good. We had Thanksgiving dinner. Service left much to be desired, but it was very busy there being Thanksgiving day

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ChristineL
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Fantastic service on Thanksgiving. Dinner was very good.

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Aggiemom
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had reservations for Thanksgiving Day, after the parade. Needless to say, it was chaotic with the crowds just “showing up” for brunch/ lunch. HOWEVER, the hostess got us in and seated within a few minutes and did so with a smile on her face.
The food was delish and we had a fun experience. We’ll done and thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience3

Tick Tock Diner was packed on Thanksgiving and we stopped in after watching the parade. Our server went out of her way to try to provide the very best service, and I noticed the few servers working took on upwards of ten tables each. Otherwise the food was good and gave us the perfect opportunity to rest and warm up before heading back into the city.

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BenB
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fab American diner, just what we wanted for a true American breakfast

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MarkB
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The reservation was easy, we went right in, service was great and reservation food was good, the surroundings were comfortable.

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MarshallW
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Food not very good.
Slow service.
Food cold

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IreneB
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Super epic dinner in amazing location. Excellent desserts!!

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vipKarlaN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Food was good but messy, not appealing to the eye

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vipTatesbug
New York Area
112 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Fun!!! The perfect retro diner. Great people and perfect diner/upscale diner food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Disorganized. Wait staff hard to engage, made mistakes on several orders, took a long time to bring condiments. Food was average. Vaccination status was not checked at the door as it should have been.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

Breakfast was awful! Turkey sausage from can looked and tasted like cat food. Nespresso coffee advertising is fake

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vipMzjoseph
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They served five people in under one hour, as we requested. It did not feel rushed. Especially loved the fruit bowl. Good food, wonderful service (even though it was busy). I liked it so much I went back on my own a few days later to have pre boarding meal before my train (it’s super close to Moynihan Station). I experienced the same level, different server. I recommend.

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CaroleD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great place to grab a bite to eat before hopping on a train at Penn Station. Also good for late night after-the-show snack or dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience3

Service was horrible. Slow and I had to ask several times for the bill.

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Erbear
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We had breakfast before catching the train at Penn Station. The hostess was a bit brusque, but, our server and all the servers we met went out of there way to be friendly and helpful. Didn’t feel touristy. The food was solid, typical diner. I appreciated that my omelette and hash browns were not greasy! We will be back .

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vipSteveF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Service was slow. They got my friend’s order wrong. They wanted to upcharge me for substituting 3 slices of tomatoes for hash browns with my eggs.

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vipChris
Cincinnati
31 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

It was okay. Our server disappeared after our food came out. My club sandwich didn’t have any mayonnaise but I finished eating it before she came by our table again.

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vipRedsFan
Cincinnati
54 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

cool diner vibe. short staffed (but who isnt). They were working hard and doing a great job. Food was hot and tasty.

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NYCvisitor
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall1Food3Service3Ambience2

New York City has a requirement for a vaccine to eat in restaurants, including this one. Of the seven restaurants during my trip, this is the only one that did not check for a vaccine record, as required. This requirement is important to me. For someone who does not care about the vaccine - this restaurant is an option.

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vipKare4
New England
56 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Whenever we stay in NYC, we choose The New Yorker Hotel which has an entrance to the Tick Tock Diner from inside the lobby. It's a natural choice for breakfast, and IMHO, diners are terrific places. After almost 2 years, we finally returned last weekend for a visit. It wasn't too busy at 6:30 a.m. (as expected....the place usually gets really busy later on!). We were seated immediately by our waiter, and coffee was brought quickly with the milk we had asked for. A decent eye-opener, but don't expect fancy coffee-shop style stuff. It's a good light roast drip-style diner coffee. The Belgian waffles with real butter and real maple syrup were excellent! Light, crispy and perfect. The real maple syrup is also key, and the portion they give you is quite generous. I've never had a bad breakfast meal at the Tick Tock, so it was great to see that things haven't changed.

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RachelF
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

I felt that for a New York diner they would have more gluten free items and they had one. Very disappointing. Also, the Turkey on the club sandwich was processed. The fries were soggy as well. And to top it off the server barely spoke English so it was a bit hard to communicate about our dietary restrictions. Won’t be back

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HotTamale
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

The restaurant was clearly understaffed but the staff that was there was working super hard to compensate. It took a while for someone to take our order but everyone was nice and it’s just something you need to expect right now and have patience. Definitely would go back and the convenience to MSG was perfect.

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DebD
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Dinner before Billy Joel concert.

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vipTatesbug
New York Area
112 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

So much fun. A real retro diner. Nice people, solid diner food. Very conveniently located.

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Kate
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Very basic menu for a diner. Food was not very good. Too a long time for simple orders.

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vipmrjcs
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food and service were excellent!

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rokit
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great, everybody had a good time, great experience!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our reservations were easy to get in and immediately got seated. Waiter was really good. I liked the location, food and proportions were great.

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vipCarolG
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Great location for a meal before or after shopping on 34th St.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Tick Tock Diner NY using the Order Online button. Tick Tock Diner NY also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 268-8444.

Tick Tock Diner NY is rated 4.2 stars by 186 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.