Before the Big Mac: Horn & Hardart Automats
At first I was super excited thinking that the NYPL was having an exhibition on Automat memorabilia, but aw, it's only an article. But a great article nontheless, with links, book recs, and a video featuring a swell rendition of "Take the A Train." At the end it references a short-lived Automat-type shop called BAMN, which opened on St. Mark's Place in the Village. I peeked inside once...but I wasn't going to pay $2 for a pair of tiny corn dogs.
But I've passed the new Chock Full o'Nuts coffee shop and diner mentioned in the article, and it looks straight out of the 1950s. Reviews for the most part are pretty positive, so I'll have to pop in some day soon and have a cup and a bite to eat.