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Mar 24, 2008 01:02 PM

Hudson Valley diners

Let's talk about 'em: the good, the bad and the ugly.

I'll get the ball rolling with capsule reviews of the two diners in New Paltz...

Plaza Diner: this used to be my favorite, but it's gone downhill in recent years.

College Diner: now the best in town by default. In fact, it's quite decent.

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  1. i don't see the point. you can't expect much when you're going to a diner. a greasy spoon is a greasy spoon.

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    1. re: groover8

      Not true. There are huge variations in quality, and some diners do diner food very well. The Eveready in Hyde is a bit upscale and maybe a dollar or two more than average, but the food is quite tasty. The West Taghkanic is a classic old diner from the 40's that now serves good, home-style food, nothing mind-blowing but simple and tasty (and cheap). Interestingly the Martindale Diner just a few miles up the Taconic Parkway from it is the same type of old classic diner, but the food is terrible.

      1. re: rrems

        I love Eveready Diner. I84 diner is pretty good, Daily Planet is pretty good too. Those are the ones that first come to mind. I'm sure there's more, just have to think about it. Diners are great though because you have so many different choices.

        1. re: sdcr

          I love the Palace diner by St Francis hospital - they have THE BEST sweet potato pancakes!

          1. re: Feaster18

            I've eaten at the Eveready two or three times. The decor puts me off; it's garish, overly-stylized pseudo-Americana. Food is good but overpriced, service is fine. But I'm not an impartial reviewer--in fact, I admit to a bit of a grudge against the place because my old hangout was demolished to make way for it.

            I've always liked the Acropolis on Main St. better than the Palace, especially since the Palace's "renovation." It's not that there's anything wrong with the food at the Palace, I just prefer more of a traditional diner atmosphere.

            Any opinions on the Village Diner in Red Hook? I wanna eat there sometime, just 'cause it's so old-school.

            1. re: NewYorkDave

              Everready is pretty amazing. They have their own bakery and make alot of things onsite. It is rare to find a diner this good.

              1. re: NewYorkDave

                We loved the Village Diner in Red Hook. Excellent grub -- thick sliced hot pastrami on rye, blt on wheat and philly cheese state. Even my DD's chicken fingers were good, and they were real chicken. The wait staff could not have been nicer. They saved our day which was otherwise ruined by the traffic around the Dutchess County Fair.

            2. re: sdcr

              Since we have no diners in the Detroit area, I so enjoyed Eveready in Hyde! The chocolate malt was heavenly and enough to split. It was a highlight of our Hudson Valley trip!

            3. re: rrems

              I agree with you about the Everready. All diners are not the same and some are exceptional.

              1. re: hudsonvalleyfoodblog

                I'm not sure either about Eveready being amazing. But I would say it's: definitely very good, excellent, and even remarkable! I also think it's pretty awesome. Actually interesting comes to mind also. It is a diner so I don't necessarily expect it to be amazing, maybe amazing as far as diners go! I do enjoy it though, and the food is very good awesome excellent remarkable too!

          2. The Stadium Diner in Kingston, NY is a firm OK. Nothing to write home about, but if you are in the area, you will do OK there. It is nothing spectacular or upscale. It is close to the Exit 19 Traffic Circle and sure beats the Thruway rest stops.

            1. I really like the Village Diner in Red Hook for breakfast ( I haven't tried it for lunch or dinner It seems like all the food is homemade. I feel like I'm in a time warp when I eat there. The service is always great, I am treated as well as the local regulars.

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              1. re: chowdom

                my mistake its called the Historic Village Diner

              2. We are diner aficionados and the best diner in Kingston is King's Valley on Ulster Avenue.
                The food is always good, great breakfasts, service might be slow at times but .. My partner loves the Napoleon - french toast and fresh fruit.

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                1. re: loupeppe2

                  I agree with loupeppe2 100%...King's Valley Diner is best in Kingston!

                  1. re: loupeppe2

                    Just returned to the area on vacation and had the opportunity to stop here for breakfast. I tried their hash for the first time. They make their own and it was fantastic. If you are traditionally put off by standard breakfast hash then I encourage you to try Kings Valley Diner. It's worth a drive.

                  2. The Alexis diner in Newburgh is pretty good. The other one, the name of which escapes me right now but is very close to the Wal-Mart on 300 is terrible.

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                    1. re: gvogelge

                      The Alexis is the only Diner that should be considered in Newburgh. It's good, and unless you get a new waiter/waitress, you'll get your food extremely fast. It's a little pricey for a Diner, but considering it is the only good Diner in the area you get what you pay for. When your digestive health is in question, take no chances. The one on 300 is Johnny D's and it is notorious for being a disease spreading hell hole. I've eaten there several times and it lives up to its reputation.