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Are there any diners left?

Lanyboy Jun 5, 2007 12:47 PM

Is there still such a thing as a diner left in Queens or Northern Brooklyn? There had to be a hundred of them when I was growing up. I am thinking of places like Marchall's, The Parkway Diner, etc. Will I find one there on an upcoming trip I am making to my old neighborhood.

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    ceeceee RE: Lanyboy Jun 5, 2007 12:48 PM

    i love the stop inn diner in woodside. they make a GREAT burger with good fries, and delicious cold slaw and a pickle!

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      sam1 RE: ceeceee Jun 5, 2007 01:19 PM

      there's always El Greco.


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        CKOne RE: ceeceee Jun 6, 2007 05:28 AM

        I love Stop Inn too - the hash browns at breakfast are great!

      2. Woodside Al RE: Lanyboy Jun 5, 2007 04:27 PM

        There are still tons of them around, depending on the neighborhood. Now, are there any GOOD diners left? - that's a more difficult question to answer. (Stop Inn Diner, mentioned below, is indeed better than average with a great burger, but it's really more a coffee shop than a diner, despite the name).

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          Polecat RE: Woodside Al Jun 6, 2007 05:54 AM

          Stop Inn Diner...anyone have an address on that? P.

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            hatless RE: Polecat Jun 6, 2007 06:32 AM

            Google does.

            6022 Roosevelt Ave
            Flushing, NY 11377
            (718) 779-0290

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              Woodside Al RE: hatless Jun 6, 2007 07:29 AM

              Corner of Roosevelt and 61st St. right under the 61st St. Woodside stop on the 7 train in Woodside Queens.

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                Polecat RE: Woodside Al Jun 6, 2007 09:23 AM

                Is this the joint that is literally nestled underneath the tracks at a bizarre angle? If so, I've been there numerous times. Thought it was long closed down, or perhaps shut down for renovations, long ago. Or is it the place that's directly across the street, on the corner?

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                  Woodside Al RE: Polecat Jun 6, 2007 04:17 PM

                  Stop Inn is the place on the SW corner of Roosevelt & 61st. Has signs in the window advertising Irish specialites (and all the waitresses are Irish).

                  I believe you're thinking of the actual diner (y'know, stainless steel, built like a train car) that used to be half a block up on Roosevelt wedged in at an angle under the LIRR tracks. That place has been remodelled beyond recognition and turned into this rather strange coffee shop/gyro place whose sign says it's open 24 hours, but it isn't. The gyros (2 spits, lamb & chicken) aren't bad and they actually have decent (non-pre-formed) burgers too.

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            Bob Martinez RE: Woodside Al Jun 6, 2007 08:31 AM

            "Now, are there any GOOD diners left? - that's a more difficult question to answer."

            I'm a lifelong New Yorker and I am sad to say that I have never, NEVER, had a diner burger that was in any way as good as the average bar burger. The patties are pre formed thin little things and they press the hell out of them on their griddle to remove any hint of juicyness. The bread is crap too - white crumbly buns that are inferior to the average supermarket bun.

            A few years back I went to the Belaire diner in Astoria, billed by the Daily News as "best in New York." I ordered something simple (I always avoid anything ambitious from those multipage diner menus) and it was mediocre at best. So much for "best in New York."

            I like the *idea* of diners but the food just isn't very good unless you show up at 3:00AM after a night of boozing. Then, *anything* tastes good.

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              Polecat RE: Bob Martinez Jun 6, 2007 11:06 AM

              Diner burgers, at their best, are inconsistent. But, when it's on, the admittedly overpriced burger at the T-Bone in Forest Hills is a superior diner burger. It tastes far fresher, like a flame broiled burger, even though I'm pretty sure they grill it, than the average rubbery-thin frozen patties. Their shakes are pretty tasty, too. As for the rest of the menu, don't expect miracles. Nice staff, in an old, renovated, railroad car atmosphere.

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                Woodside Al RE: Bob Martinez Jun 6, 2007 04:10 PM

                That's the difference at Stop Inn - they don't use the pre-formed patties. Theirs is really much more like a bar burger than a diner burger.

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                Bob Martinez RE: Woodside Al Jun 6, 2007 08:43 AM

                Duplicate post.

              3. ericalloyd RE: Lanyboy Jun 6, 2007 12:02 PM

                two of my favorites in queens:

                the georgia diner on queens boulevard in elmhurst
                michael's on broadway in astoria

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                  BackyardChef RE: ericalloyd Jun 7, 2007 07:30 AM

                  I like the Georgia Diner, too. Nothing 'amazing', just solid diner food w/ quick, solid service.....

                  I like the PoP diner, too....but more the groovy aesthetics.....

                2. E Eto RE: Lanyboy Jun 7, 2007 08:00 AM

                  I've eaten at plenty of diners in NYC and wonder how 95% of them stay open, but I've always been pleased with the Georgia Diner in Elmhurst (as others have mentioned).

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                    johnk RE: E Eto Jul 10, 2007 03:53 AM

                    While I don't go for their steamed burgers, the breakfast fare and grilled chicken sandwiches at Jackson Hole on the side of the Grand Central and Bell Blvd. in Bayside are pretty decent.
                    We like their waffles.

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                    Lindy74 RE: Lanyboy Jun 10, 2007 04:21 PM

                    Airline Diner (Jackson Hole) on Astoria Blvd., near Lga Airport. Waffles and omelettes at breakfast are fantastic.

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                      Bob Martinez RE: Lindy74 Jun 11, 2007 02:07 PM

                      Great looking diner but the burgers are awful. Yes, they're big but they're steamed - they put a steel dome over them to speed the cooking process. The meat comes out gray and the burger has an unappetizing watery quality to it.

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                        Lindy74 RE: Bob Martinez Jun 15, 2007 05:21 PM

                        Agreed. But breakfast is fab. And have you tried their turkey burgers? My husband swears that although the cooking method is poorly suited to beef burgers it is perfect for the turkey burger.

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                          Polecat RE: Lindy74 Jun 16, 2007 05:52 AM

                          I miss the Airline Diner from when it was actually the Airline Diner, pre Jackson Hole, if, for nothing else, the funereal atmosphere. Where else could you grab some eggs, coffee and toast in full view of the gigantic cemetary across the highway? Plus, the place made an appearance in "Goodfellas"; fine dining gets no better than that.

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                          ernie0716 RE: Bob Martinez Jul 11, 2007 03:48 PM

                          I totally agree about the burger at Jackson Hole, but I get the chopped sirloin, and they do not steam it, just grilled. It's really good, I get it with melted cheddar and fried onions.

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                        Tay RE: Lanyboy Jun 11, 2007 10:11 PM

                        I think you'll have to trek out to Staten Island for that great Diner food you are recalling. I'm not sure why we still have a number of good Diners, but we do.
                        Andrew's Diner, on Hylan Blvd is a, Don't-blink-or-you'll-miss-it, Diner that still serves huge portions of very fresh, well prepared "truly inexpensive Diner Dinners".Their daily blackboard specials are excellent and are complete appetizer to dessert, meals. The staff is great,They will gladly bring more gravy, etc. All the veggies are fresh and they will saute broccoli/stringbeans/spinich with garlic and oil if you prefer your veggies prepared that way. The mashed potaatoes are...(Gasp! ) Real potatoes!. The prerequisite Greek Diner owner, named (What else?) George, or one of his family members, personally checks on every table to make sure the customer's are satisfied. They are wonderful about carefully wrapping up your leftovers (And you'll have some) The only drawback is the wait for a table on weekends and lack of parking in the small strip mall .
                        For a great Diner experience, it's well worth the trip

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                          ohromujici RE: Tay Jul 9, 2007 05:04 PM

                          I think all of the diners you remember must have relocated to Jersey. Diners in Jersey are about as thick as Starbucks in Manhattan.

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                          ceeceee RE: Lanyboy Jul 10, 2007 11:17 AM

                          so did you go to any diners on your trip?

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