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May 7, 2004 02:01 PM

Best Traditional Diner in Westchester

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My husband and I are looking to go out for a really good traditional diner dinner. Any recomendations in Central to Southern Westchester?

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  1. If you are willing to go a little further, Pelham Bay Diner is my all-time favorite Diner. You wont be disappointed. I always have a dilemma deciding what to get, but its never a wrong decision. The problem is I absolutely love the Cobb Salad, its outrageous. Fresh greens, real bacon, avocado and cheese and endive and chicken and eggs and tomatoes great dressing especially balsamic all in a tortilla shell. I always want to get something else and everything else Ive had is great. Really great Calamari, burgers, Chicken Francese. You wont be sorry. On Saturday they sell monster Challah loaves. I dine here almost every time I am in the Bronx and its worth the trip

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    1. re: Val

      Where in the Pelham Bay area is the diner?

      1. re: RichK

        Sorry about that, not used to being answered! lol. It is 1920 East Gunhill Road, off 95. Did I mention the Salmon Burger? Oh I love this place, Im due for a trip

      2. re: Val

        Have you tried City Limits in White Plains? It's right near the Westchester Mall. I haven't been there in years but have heard good things.

        1. re: hudsonvalleyfoodblog

          To me, it's a Livanos restaurant pretending to be a diner. Only okay, overpriced food.

          1. re: dolores

            Yeah, it's probably been about 10 years or more since I've been there.

          2. re: hudsonvalleyfoodblog

            I do not see City Limits as a traditional diner per se, but an upscale version...I believe their original idea for City Limits came from the popular Buckhead Group in Atlanta...

            1. re: gutreactions

              Agreed, it's not what you'd call traditional. In my opinion the best diner in the entire tri-state area is EverReady in Hyde Park. It was recently featured on the Food Network. They make everything in house include a full bakery in the basement. It's right on Rt. 9 in Hyde Park.

              1. re: hudsonvalleyfoodblog

                It is good, almost identical menu and food at the Daily Planet Diner on Rt 55 in Lagrangeville.

                1. re: chowdom

                  Are they owned by the sample people? I think the owners of EverReady also own Coyote Grill and Double O's. I'll have to checkout Daily Planet.

                  1. re: hudsonvalleyfoodblog

                    I don't think so, I didn't see them listed as an affiliate on the Daily Planet website. They also have a fabulous bakery onsite.

                    1. re: chowdom

                      cool, I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the advice.

                  2. re: chowdom

                    Their linzer tart cookies are excellent.

                    I also like the 'feel' of the Daily Planet diner.

                    Good recommendation.

                    1. re: dolores

                      We always take home an almond cake that is made with almond paste, the only thing I have had that was remotely that good was something I picked up in a bakery when I was in Denmark.

              2. re: hudsonvalleyfoodblog

                Totally agree with Dolores on City Limits. I don't get the appeal.

                1. re: laylag

                  I think I only ate there once and it was at least 10 years ago.

            2. we happen to like both the Port Chester Coach diner and the White Plains Diner. The other two that we like are the Mount Parnasse diner and their sister location (which I can't remember the name of off the top of my head).

              Port Chester Coach Diner is right off of 287 in Port Chester, the White Plains Coach diner is across the street from the Westchester and the other two diners are located - one is on central avenue in scarsdale on the east side of the street (I'll give better info when I drive past there) and the other is on the hill overlooking central avenue in Yonkers. If you take the sprain - you take the jackson avenue exit and head towards central ave and it will be on your right a few miles off the sprain (and right off of central ave).

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              1. re: KarenNYC

                Port chester and White plains coach are horrible.

                1. re: west29

                  I second that about the Port Chester Diner.. I have blocked out all of the food, because it was so awful. The only thing I remember is that we wont go back there again.

                  1. re: scharffenberger

                    We used to call the Port Chester Coach the "Roach" when I lived there. Course that didn't stop me from hanging out there nearly every night. The cheeseburger and gravy fries were actually pretty good.

              2. one of my all time fave diners is the star diner in white plains, at 66 1/2 e. post road. it's more like a greasy spoon, and the food isnt great or anything, but the eggs, home fries and the mac n cheese on fridays (!) always hit the spot and the service is always on point. for goodness sakes, my mom used to go to this diner w/ my grandfather when she was a little girl! it's in a trailer, so it only has maybe half a dozen tables, but it's like stepping back in time. also, if you go, dont miss the bread pudding, it's the best ive ever had...

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                1. re: erika

                  How would you rate their breakfast? I'm still looking for a good diner french toast and pancakes that are light and fluffy as opposed to the lead weights I've found up here...

                  1. re: KarenNYC

                    To be honest, the one time I had the pancakes it wasn't the best but it might have been an off day. Everyone that I know that's gotten the french toast loved it!

                  2. re: erika

                    I agree, this is the BEST diner in Westchester. It's where the Cops eat, so you know it's good. Great atmosphere, fast and excellent diner food. They serve grits too!

                    1. re: erika

                      Best diner EVER. I disagree that the food isn't great, though. It's standard diner greasy spoon stuff and I think that it's done perfectly, since that's all they are going for. No frills. The burgers are solid (the grilled cheeseburger is AMAZING) and the scrambled eggs with cheese is, without question, the best I've ever had.

                      p.s. If you're ever there and want dessert, try the chocolate pie!!! It's one of the top two desserts I've ever had. You will NOT be disappointed!

                      1. re: erika

                        I second the Star diner. They use real butter on the toast (unlike practically everywhere else) they cook the bacon to order, the home fries are yummy and not just starchy plate-filler. PLUS, it's house in a genuine 1930s streamlined, bullet-shaped lunch counter. i love the Star.

                        1. re: erika

                          I, too, love the Star Diner. It hasn't been mauved or supersized,
                          a true dining car type diner. The cops eat there, need I say more?

                          1. re: russrobin

                            I still haven't gotten to the Star Diner.

                            Now that the Thruway Diner is closing, I'll have to seek it out.

                            Sad. One less diner in Westchester.

                            1. re: dolores

                              Dolores, is the Thruway Diner still in a closing mode?...I heard the deal may not happen and that the sisters of the original owner will be operating it...

                              1. re: gutreactions

                                Last I read, the sisters 'tried' to back out due to the protests, but were not able.

                        2. I can't wait to try the Star and the Pelham Bay Diners. I can ask 'till I am blue in the face for extra cheese at the White Plains Diner and El Dorado and Port Chester Diner, and my omelette STILL comes back....normal amount of cheese.

                          We usually end up at the North Castle Diner on Route 22 in North White Plains. Again, SOSO but I like the 'ambience'.

                          As for dinner, Joy, I have no idea. There used to be a diner near McDonald's in Mamaroneck that would give an obscene amount of food for dinner, and it was not half bad. And the parking was free. I doubt that it's still there, it's probably now a high rise.

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                          1. re: dolores

                            Do you mean Nautilus on Boston Post Road? If so, still there. Haven't had dinner there, wasn't impressed with breakfast so haven't returned.

                            1. re: laylag

                              We had lunch at the Nautilus diner last August while we were looking at houses in the area. It was very mediocre.

                              1. re: laylag

                                The Nautilus is nothing special. But it is open 24 Hours a day!

                              2. re: dolores

                                The service and many other things are sub-par at The Coach diners (WP and PC). I once had to argue with the waiter for five minutes about how I didn't order the "SUPER" burger that he brought me. Once I ordered a hot dog, for some reason. This link shows you what I got and how they presented it to me.


                                AND it was $2.75.

                                Most of the time their food is pretty solid and good quality, I'll give them that.

                              3. Is Thru Way Diner in New Rochelle [just off I 95] still around? Larchmont Diner? College Diner in New Rochelle, across from Iona College? Moved from area in 2001 after spending my life in the area. Miss diners...

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                                1. re: DebitNM

                                  The ThruWay will be closing, a Wallgreens is going in.