Ok, I’m being inspired by the other thread going on about Harvard Square. I think there are a few others that went to schools up in Morningside Heights. I was there in the late 80s. I am going to list the places I remember and a few whose names I can’t recall.
College Inn - I have no idea how many late night greasy burgers I had here. Tom’s was a distant second for me. Maybe because I had to walk a few blocks further?
Mama Joy’s - where I first encountered a bagel with a schmear.
Then Mama’s way up on Amsterdam for the more refined diner experience.
West End for crappy steam table food and $1 tequila shots.
Happy Burger for those lovely pots of pickles on the table for munching while waiting for the food.
I remember Mill Luncheonette when it didn’t serve Korean food (not that there was anything wrong with that).
Green Tree where I first encountered a matzo ball.
V&T where a big group of my frat brothers and I would go for a splurge.
Koronet Pizza for the large slabs of tasteless pizza. Was good primarily for filling up starving students.
The Marlin - I loved that sign that said cheapest boneless chicken dinner in town on a bowl of boiled eggs.
The Terrace for when the parents came in to town and were taking you out to dinner.
Its funny that I can only recall one Chinese place - Wok and Roll or something like that. I know we ordered a lot of late night takeout from other places.
Places I can’t remember the names of:
The deli across Broadway from Furnald on 115th. Had great eggplant parm.
There was a Greek place I think that was on 113th or 112th. Then there was the much nicer Aesop’s Tables down around 110th.
There used to be a fish market below 110th that also made sushi along with fried fish.
There was a fancy coffee shop on Broadway on the Barnard side that I used to get shots of espresso before a class I had that started at 7. Needed the jolt to stay awake.
The place on the ground floor of the building across from the law school. Used to be great for a quick breakfast.
I’m sure I’ve missed a bunch but quite an abundance of choices for students back then. No fast food or chains either.