White Mana opened at the 1939 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, and it feels like it probably hasn’t changed much since it moved to The Heights in 1946. The 24/7, cash-only diner has a bunch of stools centered around a griddle where one guy flattens hamburgers that cost $1.30 each. They’re just a little bigger than sliders, so even if you get a couple bacon double cheeseburgers, you’ll still have room for a side of cheese fries. And because they don’t seem to have changed their prices a whole lot since debuting as “the diner of the future” at the World’s Fair, all of that will cost you less than $10.
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