Downtown diners that have departed New York

A nightlife weekly called New York Talk ran a couple of tasty-looking diner ads in their May 8, 1984 issue. 

Both diners were on the rougher Western edges of Soho a little too far north to be part of the new arts neighborhood of Tribeca.

The Moondance started off as the Holland Tunnel diner in the 1930s. After it closed in 2007, the diner and its revolving moon sign were trucked out to Wyoming, where supposedly it’s doing bang-up business.

Could this ad for a Munson diner at the corner of Greenwich and Spring be related to the legendary Munson, on 11th Avenue and 49th Street until 2004?

“At one time, there were five or six Munson Diners in New York City, owned by the same family,” says New York Architectural Images’ Munson Diner page.

A 1987 issue of New York has that the downtown Munson closed before 1987. Today it’s Don Hill’s.

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3 Responses to “Downtown diners that have departed New York”

  1. petey Says:

    many a meal i had in the moondance.

  2. Thomas Jefferson Says:

    Oh how I miss the Moondance. So many stories, so many meals…


  3. Amy Says:

    I took a photo class downtown in Tribeca in the 1980s and took lots of photos of the Moondance Diner. Does anyone remember that wild mural near the diner. I took many photos of that as well. You can see one or more of them at

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