Admit it. As a Long Islander you have a love affair with diners. Stacks of pancakes on Sunday morning, sammies for a mid-week lunch, an old-fashioned milk shake anytime. Diners are revered in New York, but for how long? In honor of what might be New York’s vanishing diner culture, here are 7 diners to visit this December.
Mediterranean Diner, Bellmore
Bring the kids for the food and stay for the car show in the train station parking lot. Family owned and operated since 1997, Bellmore Mediterranean Diner is a place where patrons are regulars and the line between family and guest gets blurred. Try the turkey avocado wrap made with juicy turkey, pepperjack cheese and roasted red peppers with a tangy chipotle mayo sauce. Go.
Colony Diner, East Meadow
The East Meadow favorite is one of the few Long Island diners still open around the clock. You’ll find a friendly staff dishing up large, fresh portions of must-trys that include the tuna sandwich and fries, light and fluffy pancakes that you’ll end up eating too much of and coffee that is always piping hot. Go.
Farmingdale Diner, Farmingdale
When seeking pure comfort food, head to the family-owned and operated Farmingdale Diner. Order their famous homemade Belgian waffles for breakfast, their homemade mozzarella sticks made by slicing pieces of mozzarella and breading them in a secret mixture before frying when you just need a snack and the beef goulash, Yankee pot roast or stuffed peppers when you it’s been one of those weeks. Go.
The Port Washington Diner, Port Washington
Settle into one of the old-school booths and stay awhile. The dining is easy at the Port Washington Diner and you’ll soon feel as though your family. Burgers, shakes, frittas and soups top the favorite list of locals and if you are a local the diner’s delivery service makes it so you really can stay in your yoga pants all day. Go.
Golden Reef Diner, Rockville Centre
Three words stuffed nutella pancakes. There’s also classic burger and fries, gooey, deliciously fried mozzarella sticks and even a decent selection of salads at this Rockville Centre mainstay that makes many of its items from scratch. Stop by during dinner and you’ll be treated to a basket of house-made garlic bread and just try and walk out the door without sampling the gelato. Go
Celebrity Diner, Syosset
Known for its made-in-house turkey burgers, Syosset’s Celebrity Diner is one of the many Long Island diners no longer open 24-hours. But when you stop by during normal hours you’ll find the place bustling and patrons ordering everything from those turkey burgers to a stack of pancakes to an old-fashioned egg cream. Go.