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Jun 5, 2007 12:47 PM

Are there any diners left?

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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  1. 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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      1. re: ceeceee

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

      2. 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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        1. re: Woodside Al

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

          1. re: Polecat

            Google does.

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

            1. re: hatless

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

              1. re: Woodside Al

                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?

                1. re: Polecat

                  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.

          2. re: Woodside Al

            "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.

            1. re: Bob Martinez

              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.

              1. re: Bob Martinez

                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.

              2. two of my favorites in queens:

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

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                1. re: ericalloyd

                  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. 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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                  1. re: E Eto

                    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.

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

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                    1. re: Lindy74

                      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.

                      1. re: Bob Martinez

                        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.

                        1. re: Lindy74

                          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.

                        2. re: Bob Martinez

                          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.