Like delis, there are far too many diners in New York City to choose one to eat at, and with a new one opening on every block all the time, it is even harder to decide which diners are the best. I have been to quite a few of these classic New York City eateries now, and the one I would probably recommend the highest on the Upper East Side is the Viand Restaurant on the corner of Second Avenue and 86th Street. Viand looks like all of the other diners in New York, but it has a few things that really set it apart once you go inside and take a seat. First, of course, is the food. The biggest difference between Viand’s egg dishes or burgers and the food at the diner down the street is the lack of grease. In the dozens of times I have eaten at Viand, I have never had the gross feeling of being stuffed with oil after eating there. Even ordering delivery, the diner has always served their food edible, which is rare indeed around here. The next best thing about Viand is the service. Always fast and friendly, the waiters will have your menu and your order set in minutes, and will take care of any problems you may have. When it rained the wait staff worked together to stop a leak in the ceiling so that I wouldn’t have any rain falling near me (I know a ceiling leak is bad, but in a NYC diner it’s pretty normal, really). My favorite part of the restaurant, of course, is the price. Few things costs more than $10 at the diner (unless you want a full dinner, but who gets a three course meal at diner?), and even an $8 for a burger combo with more than enough fries to take home afterward. Viand is open late too, and has made a great post movie spot to eat some food and chat with friends. With some of the cheapest and most delicious food in this part of the city, I recommend Viand to anyone looking for an authentic, albeit not greasy, NY meal.