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Feb 7, 2007 07:53 AM

Diner or Dive within 1 hour of NYC

Looking for a fantastic Diner or "Dive" with truely tasty home made food. Owners must be charismatic with an interesting story. They'll be featured on a national cable show, great for a small business, yet not ruinious for your favorite place.

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  1. if you can make it two hours - head on down to Moustache Bill's Diner in Barnegat Light, NJ on Long Beach Island.

    1. Steve's Luncheonette on Ocean Ave, Sea Bright NJ not the best looking place but a real good breakfast, the best waffles around, right across from the beach and only open 7am - 3pm this guy is my idol.....

      1. Long Island Restaurant on the corner of Atlantic and Henry in Brooklyn. No predictable hours, but the food is great. Run by a couple of sisters. Most often don't have a menu, they just let you know what they happened to cook that day. Also an estranged family connection with Montero's, a old longshoreman bar down the street.

        1. Sounds interesting, thanks. What's the name?

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          1. re: Bryna

            It's called "Long Island Restaurant"

          2. I don't know if it's enough of a dive, or perhaps way too well-known, but Harold's NY Deli in Edison might fit your bill. I believe most of the stuff is "home made" including the pickles and cured meats. The owner formerly managed the Claremont Diner and also the Carnegie Deli, so he may have some compelling enough stories, and from the occasion I've seen him there he's pretty animated.

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            1. re: jzerocsk

              You forgot to mention the HUGE food they give you. One sandwich feeds four people with a few lbs of leftovers.

              Love the pickle bar!

              Everyone should pay a visit to Harolds once in their lifetime.

              1. re: jenniebnyc

                It's funny - I live close by and never knew about this place until my BIL mentioned it to me last weekend. He swore my husband and I had to go. I looked at their menu online and was appalled at the prices. Even for the amount of food you get - which certainly is enormous, I just can't see spending $36 for a plate of deli even if I'm going to have leftovers for days.

                Is the quality really that out of this world for a girl who grew up deep in the heart of Jewish Brooklyn or is this more for the uninitiated to delis and tourists? I think my BIL's ravings come more from the fact that he's not of Brooklyn Jewish decent and isn't used to what a "Jewish" deli is so it's more of a novelty to him and most likely, to many others.

                1. re: sivyaleah

                  you can get a somewhat smaller sandwich for a lesser price...and less leftovers.

                  surprisingly, the food is really good...matz ball soup, kinish, pastrami and corned beef are tastey

                  as good as brooklyn in years past or Katz's in, but if you are nearby you should try

                  1. re: jenniebnyc

                    That's good to know. Deli for us is a treat and we don't want pounds of leftovers sitting in the house tempting us for days LOL.

                    I guess we should give it a try, we're only a few miles away. Thanks for the info :-)