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Mar 1, 2007 07:37 AM

Looking for great diner

I'm looking for a great diner with fine home cooking for a national cable show. The idea is old fashioned diners with new or relatively new owners who have brought the diners back to their former glory with wonderful but traditional food. Owners must make good characters. Can be in NYC or within a 1 hour drive.

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  1. i replied to this thread in the tri-state area ,too, but in NJ i'd say TICKTOCK diner on route 3 west in Clifton, NJ. classic and wonderful. in Brooklyn, i'd say Carroll Diner which is on the Smith street between atlantic and bergen streets. true, NJ-style classic diner. good quality.

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    1. re: ben61820

      i agree 100% about tick tock. I dont know about Caroll Diner, if it is the place Im thinking of. Also in NJ Nevada Diner in Bloomfield is another classic. actually i cant even think of any bad diners in Northern NJ.

    2. Vegas Diner on 86th Street and 16th Avenue in Bensonhurst. It is as old world Brooklyn as it gets. My family went there for years every Sunday morning for a post churc breakfast. Actually...i'm kind of tearing up thinking of those beautiful days with my Uncle yelling at the waitresses for more coffee, my mother yelling at me to pay my bills and move out of their basement, and my father and Aunt fighting over whose turn it was to pay the check that
      There's also Del Rio on Kings Highway and I believe West 9th Street (or somewhere around there) or Caraville on Avenue M and East 19th where many a post show, concert of SING event in HS was celebrated with cheese fries and milkshakes and such...There's another one in Sheepshead Bay that for the life of me I can't remember and its driving me crazy. A great diner, right off the water. Although the newer outdoor addition kind of adds something a little less traditional to it, its a great way to spend a late summer evening. Just wish I could remember what its called!

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      1. re: mitsy4400

        the vegas diner was closed by the board of health in recent days.

      2. El Greco! Thats the one in Sheepsehead bay!

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        1. re: mitsy4400

          El Greco is one of the worst diners I’ve ever been to and I would avoid it all costs. It has one thing and one thing only – location – and that’s it.

          There is (or was) a diner in Bay Ridge on 3rd Avenue in the 80s or 90s that has pretty typical dinner food – the name slips me. There is (or was – again haven’t been there in a while) one on 4th and 100th that was also decent.

          1. re: MShapiro

            The Diner on 3rd Ave in Bay Ridge is Off Shore, between 78th & 79th Streets. It actually went through a renovation a few weeks ago, but the food/menu is the same - wonderful. It is THE diner in Bay Ridge. Same owner for nearly 2 decades - Greek Family. Once you go there you are part of the family.

        2. What about Relish in Williamsburg? The service is a little distracted, but the food is good solid diner grub with a few interesting additions, and the decor is pure old-school diner.

            1. re: meb903

              My wife and I ate there one evening on a rec from a local yokel. What a MISTAKE! It has to be the WORST food we have ever eaten.

              AVOID this poor excuse for a diner.