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I want to find a diner like the ones you see on Food TV.

dnm3k Jul 9, 2008 01:25 PM

I've lived all my 27 years as a kid from Queens. Airline Diner? Yeah, the few better known ones of Queens Blvd? Yeah. Jackson Hole's? Been to 4 of em. However what I want and do not know where to find it, is one of those types of diners that you see on a show like Diner's Drive-in's and Dives. A type of diner where you aren't gonna find anything close to it around the city or Long Island. Heck, I'll go to Suffolk if I have to.

I want a place where they make everything from scratch, a local legend, I think I'm kinda getting my point across, and people who have seen the show or atleast kinda know the idea of the show might be able to help me in finding something that always seems to elude me.

Thanks CH'ers.

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    Tay RE: dnm3k Jul 9, 2008 02:09 PM

    I hear ya. We have slowly but surely been checking out all of our local Diners. Some, like the Woodrow Diner or Andrew's Diner (Both in SI) have proven to be pretty impressive, but none compare to what has been featured on D,D&D.
    Interestingly enough, we have been to several of the Diners featured on the NJ Diner Tour episode. So far we haven't found that the reality has compared favorably to what was shown during the TV episode but we're still checking them out.

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      dnm3k RE: Tay Jul 10, 2008 06:20 AM

      I've been to some good places in Jersey (ofcourse) over the years, it's disheartening as a foodie that other have this same issue which you would assume wouldn't be such a hard thing to find.

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        nic20red RE: Tay Jul 26, 2008 09:55 AM

        What are the New Jersey diners that were listed on the show? I live in north jersey i would love to go to a good diner!

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          Tay RE: nic20red Jul 26, 2008 04:54 PM

          nic... In what part of Jersey are you located?
          Here's a link to all of Guy's episodes. Just scroll down to the New Jersey Diner Tour episodes. About 3/4's way down the page.


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        Val55 RE: dnm3k Jul 10, 2008 06:38 AM

        Have you tried Empire Diner in Chelsea? It's on 10th and 21st, I think. It's not your run of the mill diner. They do not serve artificial sweetner, have a piano player, specialty cocktails and are open 24/7 of course.

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          Tay RE: Val55 Jul 10, 2008 08:14 AM

          I've been there a couple of times.It's different from your typiclal run-of-the-mill Diner. It's an interesting concept. More 'upscale.' Their food, however is pretty standard and unfortunately doesn't appear to be in the same leaue as those places featured on D,D&D's. I'm starting to wonder if the average customer really gets served what's shown on TV. So far I have not found any, "Off the hook" food at any of the NJ places featured on the series.

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            dnm3k RE: Tay Jul 10, 2008 09:19 AM

            They show people eating Italian Beef! Braised ShortRibs! And some of the best looking omelets and breakfast plates that that'll make you do the dance of joy from the tv show "Perfect Strangers".
            The closet I can say I've come to something on that level is one of the first times you've had a Jackson Hole burger, but then eventually you realize it's essentially an oversized steamed burger on soggy bread even if it is damn good.

            BTW thanks to all those who have replied already.

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              adamp83 RE: Tay Oct 31, 2008 08:26 AM

              The meatloaf at the Tick Tock Diner in Clifton, NJ IS as good as it was made out to be on D,D&D.

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            IWantFood RE: dnm3k Jul 10, 2008 09:17 AM

            Maybe the Empress Diner in East Meadow?

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              phantomdoc RE: IWantFood Oct 25, 2008 06:25 AM

              If you go to Empress Diner on a pea soup night it is not to be missed. Get a bowl, not just a cup. Crab stuffed flounder really good.

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              coho RE: dnm3k Jul 10, 2008 10:00 AM

              Have you tried Tom's Diner in Prospect Heights?

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                JFores RE: coho Jul 10, 2008 10:19 AM

                That's what came to mind when I saw this thread, though it's a very old fashioned sort of diner. As in even older than the metal siding ones.

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                skooldya1 RE: dnm3k Jul 10, 2008 10:05 AM

                I've heard good thins about Pop in Elmhurst Way out in Long Island, Suffolk is a killer breakfast place called Maureen's (I know it's not for this board, sorry but I had to throw it out there). Bruce's in Great Neck is also great (yep, wrong board again, my bad.) And I personally think NY Style Eats in Woodside is way above average for a diner

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                  chefstu RE: skooldya1 Jul 20, 2008 03:26 PM

                  I had breakfast at POP last week, great looking place and the food was good.
                  Had dinner the next day at the Georgia Peach diner across the street, the food and service were very, very good.

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                    dnm3k RE: chefstu Jul 21, 2008 06:58 AM

                    Drove past Georgia last week and it looks like the same rundown pit it was 15 years ago only worse! If you say the food is good then fine, just surprising since it never really was I thought.

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                  Scribbler RE: dnm3k Jul 10, 2008 10:16 AM

                  We like the New Hyde Park diner on Hillside - south side of the street, just west of Lakeville Rd.

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                    dhs RE: dnm3k Jul 10, 2008 11:01 AM

                    Ham and Eggery Diner in Suffolk is good for breakfast if you can get there early enough to beat the crowds. I used to go there with my Mom and Aunt when I drove them for a day of 'shopping' on Old Country Road. I don't know about Lunch or Dinner there.

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                      dnm3k RE: dhs Jul 10, 2008 11:13 AM

                      I'm on the Nassau Queens border so making a trip "out east" isn't much for me. Ham and Eggery? I'll definitely have to look it up and make an early morning of it.

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                        IWantFood RE: dhs Jul 10, 2008 01:44 PM

                        The Ham and Eggery on Old Country Road is in Nassau County, not Suffolk.

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                          dhs RE: IWantFood Jul 10, 2008 03:17 PM

                          Thank you for corecting me on that.

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                          phantomdoc RE: dhs Oct 25, 2008 06:29 AM

                          Thomas Ham and Eggery is very good. Westbury, Nassay county on old country road east of Meadowbrook Pkwy. Good chicken sausage. Home style cakes and pie.

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                          Carol Gardens RE: dnm3k Jul 10, 2008 11:22 AM

                          http://www.roadsideonline.com is a great source of diner info.

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                            IWantFood RE: dnm3k Jul 10, 2008 01:45 PM

                            The Jericho Diner on E. Jericho Turnpike in Mineola is decent, too. Extensive menu, large portions.

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                              Carol Gardens RE: dnm3k Jul 17, 2008 08:03 PM

                              If you happen to be heading up to the Hudson Valley, the historic village diner in Red Hook, NY impressed me recently with a great breakfast.


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                                RussianGirl RE: dnm3k Jul 24, 2008 02:06 PM

                                How about the Square Diner in downtown Manhattan - definitely looks like the old school type and the food I've had there (grilled cheese, burgers, salads) has been tasty. Near Franklin and West Broadway.

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