Times Square Diner and Grill (NYC)

Times Square Diner and Grill (NYC)

Times Square Diner (NYC)

Recently I stopped at the Times Square Diner in NYC. Initially, I had anticipated it was in Times Square and would be busy, but it’s a couple of blocks over on 807 8th Avenue (Between W 48th & 49th St.).

Times square diner NYC

Times Square Diner Atmosphere: B
The Times Square Diner has a small sign out front, but it doesn’t stand out on the street.

For a diner in NYC, the inside has plenty of space. You aren’t sitting on top of anyone.  There are several booths, a few tables, and a full-length bar. It’s surprising how big the Times Square Diner is!

Times Square Diner Coffee: B
The coffee was good, but nothing unusual or unique. I could have used more refills, but it was decent coffee.

Times square diner NYC

Times Square Diner Food: B
The Times Square Diner has a lot more healthy options than a typical diner. There are many different salads as well as wraps and sandwiches. They have the usual breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, but if you are looking for a healthy choice, they have that too.

At The Times Square Diner, I ordered the Greek appetizer which came with pita bread and tzatziki sauce. The pita bread and tzatziki sauce were both excellent. I dare say the pita bread was some of the best I’ve had.

Times square diner NYC

Since the Times Square Diner had so many healthy options, I decided to order the beet salad. There were plenty of beets as well as goat cheese, but I could have used more salad. The beets and the steak were good, but it needed more salad.

Times square diner NYC

I like salad greens, and the trend of salads without the greens (maybe it’s an East Coast thing?) is not my favorite.  In short, the salad was good, but I needed more.

Times Square Diner Service: C
The server at the Times Square Diner was friendly, and the food came out quickly. After our meal, it took a long time for the check to come. We needed to go but waited entirely too long despite asking several times.  I think I waited longer for the check than the meal.

Cost: $$
For the coffee, appetizer, and salad, it was $24.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back to the Times Square Diner (NYC)? 
I liked my meal at the Times Square Diner (NYC), and it was a good stop. I am disappointed in the service though.

Atmosphere: B
Coffee: B
Food: B
Service: C
Cost: $15-25
Overall: B

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Questions for you:
How do you prefer your steak?
Do you like beets?


Golden Pigeon Diner (Bridgeton)

Golden Pigeon Diner (Bridgeton)

Golden Pigeon Diner (Bridgeton, NJ)

A couple of weeks ago, I finally made it to the Golden Pigeon Diner in Bridgeton, NJ. Why finally?  I’ve been excited to make the Golden Pigeon Diner work because of the name. Except for the “Time to Eat” diner, The Golden Pigeon Diner has one of the coolest names.

Golden Pigeon Diner Atmosphere: B
The Golden Pigeon Diner is typical of a New Jersey Diner.  The outside is a mixture of both cobblestone and metallic in the front.  There is a huge sign that says “diner” and fresh baking on premises.  The promise of fresh baking is enough to lure anyone in.

Golden Pigeon Diner Coffee: C
The coffee was good. However, they were out of whipped cream!  A diner with fresh baking and no whipped cream?  Oh well, it’s only happened a few times.  I don’t always get coffee with whipped cream, and I do prefer it.

Golden Pigeon Diner Bridgeton NJ

Golden Pigeon Diner Food: A
The Golden Pigeon Diner menu has everything you can imagine in a diner.  There are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.  I’ll warn you that the portions are enormous. I decided to order the Pork Chop special, and it did not disappoint.

I’ve never had anything like it! It started with the choice of salads, and I chose a Greek which came with anchovies (off to a good start). Golden Pigeon Diner Bridgeton NJ

I also got amazing fresh cheese bread. If you have never had cheese bread, it’s a bread baked with cheese in the center.

Golden Pigeon Diner Bridgeton NJ

My three pork chops came with sautéed onions and on top of hashbrowns as well as french fries.  It was unique, ultra filling, and I have no complaints. I wasn’t expecting the french fries, so it was a filling addition. Golden Pigeon Diner Bridgeton NJ

For my side, I chose beets. I’m happy I did because I knew it would be a lot of food and I like good beets.

Golden Pigeon Diner Bridgeton NJ

Golden Pigeon Diner Service: A
The server was nice. I think he might have also been the manager, but he was friendly, chatted often, and made sure I had plenty of refills and that my food came out quickly.

Golden Pigeon Diner Cost: $

For my entire meal and coffee, it was $15.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back to the Golden Pigeon Diner?
I enjoyed the Golden Pigeon Diner a lot, and it’s one of my top diners in the area. I’ll be back if it works out.

Atmosphere: B
Coffee: C
Food: A
Service: A
Cost: $8-20
Golden Pigeon Diner Overall: B

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Questions for you:
Do you like pork chops?
What is one of your favorite restaurant names?

Parthenon Diner (Branford, CT)

Parthenon Diner (Branford, CT)

Parthenon Diner (Branford)

On the way home from Rhode Island last month, we decided to stop at the Parthenon Diner in Branford, CT.  It was an easy stop less than half a mile from the highway, so it made sense.  After eating out all weekend, we wanted something easy, simple, and light.  I didn’t do much of any research and saw the Parthenon Diner was right off the highway.

Parthenon Diner Atmosphere: B
When we arrived, we saw it was reviewed as one of the top diners in CT.  The atmosphere is big with plenty of space.  There is nothing out of the ordinary, but it does have plenty of room, so you never feel as though you’re sitting on top of anyone.

Parthenon Diner Coffee: B
The coffee was good, and I have no complaints.  It was stereotypical diner coffee and slightly burnt.

parthenon diner branford ct

Parthenon Diner Food: B
There are plenty of options on the Parthenon Diner menu.  One thing, I appreciated was the number of specials. When you eat out for several days in a row, saving money at restaurants seems like a bigger deal.

A few of the Parthenon Diner menu items that caught my eye:

  • short ribs
  • greek food
  • short stack of pancakes served with home fries
  • healthy choices like cottage cheese and egg whites

I ordered the beet and goat cheese salad with steak off of the specials menu.  There were plenty of beets and goat cheese, but it could have used a few more greens.  The steak was that of typical diners.  It tasted as if it had been frozen and recooked.  It wasn’t bad though, and I would order it again.parthenon diner branford ct

Parthenon Diner Service: C
Our waitress took a while to come to our table, and we quickly realized it was because she was on her smoke break.  She was friendly but smelled very strongly of cigarettes.  From what I can gather based on timing, she went on a smoke break a couple of times.

Parthenon Diner Cost: $
For my salad and coffee, the coast was $15. I can see why the Parthenon Diner is known for great prices.

Overall Thoughts/Summary of the Parthenon Diner:

I liked the Parthenon Diner and would go back.  It’s an easy stop right off of 95.

Atmosphere; B
Coffee: B
Food: B
Service: C
Cost: $10-20
Overall: B

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Questions for you:
Do you ever order off of the specials menu?
Do you like beets?

Jumbars (Bethleham, PA)

Jumbars (Bethleham, PA)

Jumbars (Bethlehem, PA)

While visiting for the Runners World Festival, my friends recommended going to the JumBars in Bethlehem, PA. Jumbars is well known in the Lehigh Valley and Chef Paul Hoffert is a well-known chef.

Jumbars Atmosphere:
Jumbars is tiny but cute.  Jumbars is not exactly a diner but more of a mom and pop shop in downtown Bethlehem.  Each of the tables has a slightly different tablecloth and different design.  It’s one of my favorite restaurant atmospheres because the dining room is quirky and fun.  It reminds me more of a coffee shop or cafe but shares a lot of characteristics of a diner too.

Jumbars Coffee: F
I hate to give any restaurant or diner, a bad coffee review but the coffee was cold.  I actually didn’t finish the cup because it was cold and did nothing for me.

Jumbars coffee

Jumbars Service: C
The service at the Jumbars wasn’t great either.  It wasn’t the worst, but the food took quite a long time to come out.  I think about 30 minutes the first time.  When I asked for something, the waitress forgot about it, so we had to ask someone else.  The waitress rarely came over…otherwise I would have asked for a different coffee.

Jumbars Food: C
The Jumbars menu is small. Jumbars is actually only open until 2 pm and known for their breakfast and lunch but they don’t serve dinner.  A few items that stuck out to me on the Jumbars menu include the sticky buns, roasted walnuts, mixed greens with goat cheese, and jumble berry.

I ordered the hummus appetizer as well as the beet salad with salmon.  I’ve been craving beets a lot more lately and the beet salad sounded good. Jumbars app

They forgot the salmon, and when I asked about it the waitress mentioned: “just don’t touch it and we can take it back”.  The salmon took another 15-20 minutes to come back.

Jumbars Salad

The food portion itself at Jumbars was small.  I liked the food a lot, but I wish I had more of it.  I was glad I ordered the hummus appetizer because it had a lot of flatbread and made it into a full meal.  The beet salad was more of the size of an appetizer than an entrée salad.  In summary, the food was good, however, the portions were tiny.

Cost: $$
For my salad, coffee, and hummus appetizer, the cost was $22.  The cost was high, and while the food was good, I wish I had more of it.

Overall/Would I come back to Jumbars?
I want to give the Jumbars a second chance because it does appear to be a local favorite.  I know now that the food portion isn’t big, so I’ll definitely keep that in mind.  I’m hoping I might have had a bad experience and I do hope to eventually go back and see.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: F
Service: C
Food: C
Cost: $12-20
Overall: C

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Questions for you: What is your favorite local restaurant?  


Daphne’s Diner (Robbinsville)

Daphne’s Diner (Robbinsville)

A few weeks ago, Cyd from New Jersey isn’t Boring, and I met in Mercer County to go to a diner. To be honest, I had no idea Daphne’s Diner in Robbinsville existed.  Just a quick view of the menu made me realize I needed to go immediately.

Daphne’s Diner Atmosphere: B 

Daphne’s Diner is located in a fairly low key building.  It reminds me of a house on the side of the road.  There is nothing too crazy, and nothing stands out.  That could be one reason I missed the diner completely.  I’ve driven by multiple times but never noticed the building.

The inside atmosphere of Daphne’s Diner is a typical small NJ diner.  It’s cute with about ten tables and booths.  When we arrived, we were the only ones in the diner.  I like going to diners with Cyd because they save the diner for us.

Daphne’s Diner Coffee: A 

Since we were the only ones in Daphne’s Diner, we received all of the attention.  That meant we also received a fresh pot of coffee. The waitress refilled it more than enough times and gave me whipped cream every single time.  It was the great diner coffee taste, and I have no complaints!

Daphnes Diner Coffee

Daphne’s Diner Food: B

Daphne’s Diner has a huge menu and also does a lot of catering.  I decided to order off of their specials menu.  I ordered a roasted beet salad with goat cheese.  It’s more of an upscale restaurant than a restaurant.  You can tell Daphne’s Diner does catering as well.

The salad at Daphne’s Diner was one of the best I’ve had in a while.  The spinach was fresh, and there was a lot of goat cheese and beets. Beets are in season, and I am obsessed with them.  It’s also obvious the salad came from local sources.  I ordered a side of pita bread, which was extremely dense.  It was one of the best diner meals I’ve had in a while.

Daphnes Diner Salad

It’s not surprising they do catering! The food is high quality.

The reason I gave the restaurant a B was there was no mention of dessert.  I was craving dessert, but there was nothing on the menu.  The waitress never mentioned dessert, so we assumed they didn’t have it.  We later found out they have rice pudding as their dessert option.

Daphne’s Diner Price: $18

For my salad and coffee, the price was 18. They don’t accept card, and you must have cash.

Overall thoughts/Would I come back to Daphne’s Diner (Robbinsville)? 

I would come back.  The food was fresh and delicious.  The breakfast menu looks delicious, so I’m excited to go back during breakfast.

Cliff notes: 
Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A 
Food: B
Cost $10-20
Overall: A 

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Questions for you:
Have you been to a restaurant that does not have dessert?
Come to think of it; I’m not sure I’ve even been to a restaurant without dessert.

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