The owner of the New York Café, a combination of diner and bar, Biff Brannon is a quiet, thoughtful man who observes his patrons from behind the counter. He has a habit of pressing his nose down with his thumb when he thinks about things. Biff and his wife Alice have been married for 15 years but have a frigid relationship. Biff wants children of his own: he wishes that Mick Kelly and his niece Baby Wilson were his own children although he finds himself attracted to the maturing Mick. After Alice dies, Biff starts to sew and use his wife's perfume. Although he is described as a "dragnet for lost feelings," he is the one character who has an epiphany about what the meaning of life may be.