Hector's Cafe & Diner
Fans of Law & Order will recognize the squat brick building and neon-yellow sign of Hector's Cafe and Diner in the Meatpacking District. Opened in 1962, Hector's is tucked beneath the Highline Park, serving up typical diner fare such as burgers, pancake platters, meatloaf smothered in thick gravy, and classic fountain drinks like ice cream and soda floats. Hector's strange hours lead to an unusual mix of customers rubbing elbows at the stainless steel counter and Formica tables, from meatpackers to club hoppers, from construction workers to fashionistas. Delicious root beer floats have a way of bringing all types of folks together, it seems.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.