Eat three, they're small!
361 Waterman Avenue, East Providence
Originally located across from Bovi's Tavern at Six Corners, where it was heavily patronized by late-night weekend revelers, this New York System moved to it's current address in 1983. In 2002 the business was purchased by Paul Mello and Bobby Medeiros.
"When Bobby and I went to the state to register the business after buying it, we ran into an impatient clerk. You can't just call it a New York System, she barked at us. So we took our last initials and came up with a name," Mello told the East Providence Reporter in 2014.
The name spawned the impressive M&Ms memorabillia collection that decorates the interior of the small diner, along with numerous pictures of local youth sports teams supported by the business.
Although there is room for at least twenty-four customers (three four-top booths, two two-tops, and eight counter spots), we've never seen it busy, so it's a good thing Mello and Medeiros introduced delivery around 2007 to compete in an increasingly difficult economy.
The menu includes breakfast all day, as well as the usual greasy spoon basics—burgers, club sandwiches, grinders, fries and onion rings, American chop suey, etc. And of course it wouldn't be a New York System without the ubiquitous hot weiners. You can even get a hot weiner omelette! And being we're in East Providence, you can get chourico as a breakfast side, in an omelette, or with an egg or peppers on a grinder roll. They sell their own hot weiner sauce by the cup or pint, as well.
Fridays only, there's fish and chips, chowder, and clam cakes.
Cash only, ATM on premises.
M&M is open Monday to Saturday, 6am-8:30pm.
- Best Weiners in Providence County, Rhode Island Monthly's Readers' Poll, 2002.
- One of the top ten weiners in Rhode Island, forkintherhode.com, 2011.