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If you think a face becomes more attractive with age and Botox is a sin, you’ll be disappointed with two-year-old Hill Diner’s extreme makeover. Once the scruffy-yet-loveable new kid on Court Street, owner Refael Hasid (pictured) gutted the space next door to the diner, turning it into a lean, mean, burger-dishing machine. The new Hill Diner, which opened July 10, won’t make you nostalgic for the greasy spoons of your youth, but it’s a stunner.

The original diner’s shaky tables and chairs have been replaced with sleek, stainless steel furniture; the wood floors gleam; and the back room opens to nature with an expansive skylight and double-height, glass doors that afford a view of the outdoor seating.

Too much change can be difficult for diners, so Hasid left the menu alone. You’ll find the same omelets, sandwiches, salads, vegetarian options and bistro fare, like the big shrimp dipped in shredded phyllo dough, fried until they resemble little porcupines and served with a tart cilantro and lemon sauce.

There’s a BYOB policy until the end of August when the diner receives its liquor license.

Hill Diner (229 Court St. between Warren and Baltic streets in Boerum Hill) accepts cash only. (Visa, MasterCard and American Express available by Sept. 1.) Entrees: $9.95-$14.50. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. For more information call (718) 522-2220.

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