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Feb 12, 2008 05:44 PM

Best Diners in Westchester

As upscale as most of Westchester County tends to be I find it hard to believe that most of the diners I walk into I want to want out just as fast. The only exception I’ve found is Landmark Diner in Ossining. The only thing better than the food, is the service. Every time I walk in with my family I feel they are really glad to see us, and they remember where we like to sit and what my 2 year old son likes to eat.

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  1. Since City Limits overcharges for mediocre food and the Thruway Diner is set to close, my choices would be the Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Tarrytown and Portchester Diners. They are what they are, and serve traditional diner food at reasonable prices.

    The Patio in Ossining is nice too, as is The Landmark in Cos Cob (I think it's in Cos Cob), off of I-95.

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    1. re: dolores

      Dolores... Slight correct, I think The Patio is in Briarcliff Manor, not Ossining.

      1. re: ltlevy

        You're right, ltlevy, thanks. Nice little place.

      2. re: dolores

        i think city limits is the best i've tried. it's very "professional" which is refreshing. the athena diner on the main drag in fleetwood also used to be quite good.

      3. I've only been there twice, but I've been pretty happy with Mt. Olympus on Central Ave. (Scarsdale/Yonkers border).

        BTW, this is funny since I'm going to City Limits for lunch today (not my choice). It definitely seems to get mixed reviews here, and doesn't seem like typical diner food. I'll report back and let you know what I think...

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        1. re: SweetPea914

          Personally, I like City Limits. I usually get the vegetable frittata or one of the omelets. The options are definitely different than what you'd find at a standard diner.

          1. re: shellyesq

            I also like City Limits very much.It is not a diner. It has tasty "American modern" food at reasonable prices. I love the oriental chicken salad, the chicken paillard (with heaps of arugula), and the fish specials always have fresh and intersting ingredients. I eat there often --nearly every week -- and have rarely been disappointed.

            1. re: shellyesq

              I am another fan of City Limits. Yes, their tuna salad sandwich is more expensive than the local diner, but it is made with fresh, not canned, tuna and served on house made bread. And their corned beef hash is more expensive than the local diner, but it is house made, not outof a can (which my dog's food looks better than, but I digress). I think their omelets are great. I also like the Landmark Diner in Ossining.

              1. re: shellyesq

                Do you always order breakfast? Or do you have any other faves? I can see where some things may be hit or miss.

                MRM2008 - If you're looking for an upscale diner I would have to recommend City Limits. Just got back and I liked it too, though I can see why it may have some detractors. Portions were a little small for the price, especially compared to diners, but I thought the food was quite good. Service was great, restaurant was very clean.

                My GF and I shared an order of the steamed dumplings (which were really Shumai, not "dumplings") which at 7.95 for 5 pieces seemed expensive. Especially considering the 2 best Japanese places in my neighborhood (and possibly Westchester!) charge about $5 for an order of 6. I wouldn't bother with these if I go back.

                For my main, usually I get salads at lunch, but nothing was really striking my fancy, plus with this nasty weather I think I needed something more comforting, So I got the grilled chicken sandwich on foccacia with grilled veggies. It was VERY good, but again sort of small (maybe 4"x4" with the roll closed, but served open, so it looked bigger at first! ), which for me was fine. I rarely finish my meals but had no problem eating every last bite! The veggies were great and the chicken was cooked perfectly.

                My friend who has been eating here more than anyone should have to (her son is at the children's hospital in Valhalla and she's basically been living in hotels for the past 5 months) said that we needed to get the onion rings. She was right, they were awesome, but there were only 3, though they were big.

                I liked that they have more than just your typical diner fare and I would definitely go back. As I said, though, I can understand where some don't think it's all that.

                1. re: SweetPea914

                  I've only been there around breakfast time, so I've stuck with the breakfast-y type foods. I also like their fresh squeezed orange juice, although it is pretty pricey.

              2. re: SweetPea914

                I love City Limits. No, it's not a "diner," and some people seem disappointed that's it's not a typical greasy spoon, but the only bad thing I have ever eaten there (I've been going since it opened) was a low fat dessert a few years ago. Everything is high quality, and it's cheaper than some greasy spoon diners, like the one in Pleasanvtille.

                1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                  I went to City Limits for the first time last week. Ordered a southwestern style hangar steak wrap. Was disappointed by the bland flavor, but the portion was huge. Came with a big pile of vegetable chips. Think if I ever returned I would concentrate on simpler dishes. Alice

                2. re: SweetPea914

                  I went to Mont Olympos (no joke, that's how it's spelled), and I thought it was pretty good! I had a chicken cordon bleu wrap i think, and I was pleased with it.

                  1. I'll have to agree abt the Landmark Diner in Ossining. We met w/some friends there to go over some business, and not only did the waiters leave us alone to attend our business they were not rushing us out. Which was big for me since I tend to hold most of my meeting while eating.=) I've been there twice so far, only on business. I'm planning on going this weekend w/my family. I hope to receive the same treatment.

                    1. City Limits in White Plains is a favorite of ours. We regularly travel between Hartford and Northern NJ. Over the years City Limits has become our place to stop because the varied menu satisfies everyone. When our kids were younger, there was a more than decent kids menu and an extensive real menu of diner food and upscale food. The "kids" now order from the main menu and we all still love the place. We have always found the food and service here to be superior.

                      Laura Eveleth
                      Full disclosure - Part-owner Church Street Kitchen