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Jan 30, 2011 10:26 AM

City Limits Diner, White Plains

Just got home from having brunch @ The City Limits Diner in White Plains. Don't waste your time and money. It's more hype than substance. I was extremely disappointed. The menu was overpriced, portions were small and the food was mediocre at best. In my opinion it was nothing more than a "yuppie place to hang out" - It is not a true diner.

City Limits Diner
200 Central Ave, White Plains, NY 10606

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  1. What did you order? Otherwise what you say isn't very helpful.

    I really enjoy the City Limits Diner for lunch and occasionally for dinner. There are occasional "miss" dishes and definitely some things are pricier than others, but overall I've really enjoyed the burgers, salads, soups, sandwiches, corned beef hash and egg dishes. It's a beautiful space, the service is good.

    I haven't been there specifically for brunch, but do they have a very different menu than for weekday breakfast (which is served all day) or lunch?

    City Limits Diner
    200 Central Ave, White Plains, NY 10606

    1. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your meal; hopefully it was a fluke. Everyone's entitled to his or her own opinion, and I will reiterate mine. City Limits is one of the most consistently good casual places to eat in Westchester. I've been going there since it opened and can count on less than one hand the number of disappointing items I've ordered off the menu. The prices are more than comparable to a true "diner" and the food is worlds better. Calling it a yuppie hang out is also extremely inaccurate. Families, young people, couples, elderly people, groups, of all different walks of life flock there and it's the number 1 place I go to when I want a reliable, no-frills, good quality meal at a reasonable price point.

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      1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

        Agree...what did you have, Brooklynite, that was mediocre "at best"? I love their egg dishes, the fact that they serve real maple syrup with waffles/pancakes, their tuna salad made from fresh tuna, their house baked breads, their salads...I think the prices are a dollar or two more than most greasy spoon diners, but the quality of food is much better. And it's not a "yuppie place to hang out" at all!

      2. I've been going to City Limits pretty consistently since it opened. Lately I've become disappointed by things I've ordered. The food is better than a local diner - but that's not saying much. Prices have gone up, portions are smaller and quality is just not the same. I do like the space and I wish I liked the food better.

        City Limits
        1557 W State St, Olean, NY 14760

        1. I think City Limits is awful. Not awful in the sense of the food is inedible, but I think the food is mediocre and the prices are high for what you get. It's really a glorified diner-- I don't love diners, but I prefer a diner atmosphere to the City Limits' trying to be more than it is vibe. I have been there maybe a dozen times since it opened, always due to dining companions wanting to eat there, and have never had a meal that was better than OK.

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          1. re: Shawn

            It's called City Limits "Diner", not sure I understand the comment "It's really a glorified diner--" :)

            City Limits
            1557 W State St, Olean, NY 14760

            1. re: michele cindy

              Not much to understand. They can call it whatever they want, but the place really seeks to be more than a diner.

            2. re: Shawn

              I agree with you Shawn. Just not worth it. The prices and many of the items imply they see themselves as more than a diner but unfortunately the food often fails to deliver and many times isn't even as good as a diner. I've had some good food there and some very disappointing food. I will still go on occasion if it's the most central place to meet for a breakfast, White Plains not exactly overflowing with breakfast spots and an occasional lunch or casual dinner but I find that most times I leave with the same thoughts, "Why did I/we come here again?" and "Did I/we really just pay $____ for that?!"

            3. I was there on Sunday at the Central ave location and it was packed. Min 25 min wait for a table at around 1pm. That being said, it's not a "diner" and it's not a "restaurant"- it's something in between. The portions are OK (I do remember bigger ones early in their history) but the food is consistent...even if the service can be thoroughly frustrating at times (eg: I sat at the counter w/ my daughter on Sunday and our counterperson/server could only communicate with grunts, pointing to items on the menu and grudgingly sliding our food to us w/o a smile or a TY).

              I love their curried egg salad sammich and their burger. The location in Stamford does have better service and is less crowded though. The Westchester Mall location is stroller parking central and variois kids running amok. Avoid.

              Just my 2c

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              1. re: BAFU

                The Westchester Mall location has been closed for quite awhile.

                1. re: Elisa515

                  Yeah well I was in S FL for the past 2 years...seems I missed that one. Thanks for the info though. I suppose if you're hungry you just go to the Food Court and roll the dice...

                  1. re: BAFU

                    In general, I think it's best to be careful about making comments (especially negative ones) that aren't up to date. Chefs change, environments change.

                    As for where to eat in or near The Westchester, that's another topic. :-)

                2. re: BAFU

                  I thought the one in the Westchester Mall had closed?

                  1. re: mary30

                    It did. There is one by the county center in white plains on central avenue.