Photo: Old John's Lunceonette Rendering
Classic Upper West Side diner Old John’s Luncheonette is reopening in early 2021 on the UWS by restaurateur Louis Skibar. Chef Grayson Schmitz (Jean-Georges, Fiamma, BKLYN Larder, Olivier Cheng) will be overseeing the menu and kitchen, while Pastry Chef Tanya Ngangan (Fauchon, Maze by Gordon Ramsy, Bisous Ciao) will be handling the desserts. Old John’s will serve American Comfort Fare, including updated takes on many of its former dishes. It will operate daily, from 7AM - 12AM, and will also offer the neighborhood a full-service coffee bar, along with an assortment of to-go baked goods each morning. The diner will look to serve the neighborhood with a full service bar, featuring locally-sourced spirits. Skibar started working at Old John’s in 1984, at the age of 16, after emigrating from Bolivia - it was his first and only job in NY and thus the reason he had to resuscitate the UWS institution.