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Jul 9, 2008 01:25 PM

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

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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  1. dnm
    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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    1. re: Tay

      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.

      1. re: Tay

        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!

        1. re: nic20red

          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.

      2. 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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        1. re: Val55

          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.

          1. re: Tay

            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.

            1. re: Tay

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

          2. Maybe the Empress Diner in East Meadow?

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            1. re: IWantFood

              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.

            2. Have you tried Tom's Diner in Prospect Heights?

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              1. re: coho

                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.

              2. 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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                1. re: skooldya1

                  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.

                  1. re: chefstu

                    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.