Harlem’s M&G Diner, Was One Of Harlem’s Best Old School Soul Food Diner

June 4, 2018

Harlem’s M&G Diner was one of the last unspoiled soul food restaurants in New York City, that opened in 1964 and closed in 2008. The cuisine was totally genuine and unreconstructed: Fried chicken was some of the best in town, cooked in small batches on a rolling basis. After you’ve tried it—many times—move on to the short rib sandwich for a serious braised meat experience.

Here’s a sample of the pricing with southern style sweet corn, collard greens, fried chicken, $10.50, and short rib sandwich, $7.75. That included a great breakfast with good ole grits and eggs, pancakes plenty of them and all with some would say a “greasy” side.

They had a great jukebox that had an amazing selection of Gospel, Soul, Blues and Jazz music.

M&G Diner, 383 West 125th StreetHarlem 10027, 212.864-7326.
Please share any memories you have below in the comments section.
Photo by Robert C.


  1. i moved uptown in the late 90s and discovered M&G… on saturdays, i’d hit the post office next door and then go sit at the counter, opening my mail (remember that?) and chatting with the ladies behind the counter. i’d at least order some hot coffee with cream if not food… and fill the juke with about an hour’s worth of quarters!

    that juke box had possibly the best jazz-era selection in the city.


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