Brooklyn Diner (NYC)

Brooklyn Diner (NYC)

I had high hopes for the Brooklyn Diner. I wanted to try a new diner while in NY and the Brooklyn Diner seemed like a great start. They have two locations in Manhattan (43rd street and 57th Street.) I went to the 43rd street diner.

Atmosphere: C
The Brooklyn Diner on 44th Street is right in Times Square. The outside stands out and it’s hard to miss it.

Brooklyn Diner NYC

Inside, it’s very cramped and you are sitting on top of people. I think I would have had a better experience if we sat in the back.

Coffee: D
When the coffee came out, it was borderline ice cold. It was so bad that I actually requested to have had fresh coffee (something I’ve never asked in the 250+ diners I’ve been too).  I asked for whipped cream twice but the waitress brought cream both times and so I gave up. The second round of coffee was better.

Brooklyn Diner NYC

Food: B
We arrived around 11:00 am and they didn’t start serving lunch until 11:30. I’ve noticed that with a few diners in New York. I wasn’t in the mood for breakfast but didn’t want to wait until 11:30 to order either.

Brooklyn Diner NYC

I decided to order the hand chopped smoked salmon, caramelized onions, and scrambled eggs. It came with crispy corn polenta, Pomodoro sauce, challah, rye, or whole grain toast. The food itself was good. I’ve never had polenta before so it was a good experience.

Brooklyn Diner NYC

Service: C
When we arrived, we waited about 5 minutes to be seated. We then waited another 15 minutes for the waitress to come over.  It seemed as though she was not in the mood to deal with us.  The food itself came out quickly which was nice.

Cost: $$
The Brooklyn Diner is one of the most expensive diners I’ve been too (including in NY). For my breakfast and coffee the cost was $24. The coffee alone was nearly $4.

Overall Thoughts/Would I come back?
The Brooklyn Diner is not one of my favorite diners in the city and I probably won’t be back. I would be most likely to go to the second location and order lunch if I do.

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

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Questions for you:
What time do you normally eat lunch?
Do you like smoked salmon?

Country House Restaurant (West Deptford)

Country House Restaurant (West Deptford)

Recently I went to the Country House Diner in West Deptford. It’s one of the few in the South Jersey area I haven’t been too.

Country House Restaurant West Deptford

Atmosphere: B
The outside is a cute little building resembling a house. It’s not a big shiny, metallic diner, but it resembles a country diner.

The inside has mostly booths, small bar, and a few tables. I arrived around 10 am, and it was clearly packed with regulars.

Coffee: A
The Country House Diner brews Lacas Coffee. It was brewed hot and fresh, and we received plenty of refills.

Country House Restaurant West Deptford

Food: B
Since it was still early, I was given a breakfast menu. I decided to order the number 3. It was steak and eggs, grits or hashbrowns, and toast.

Country House Restaurant West Deptford

I ordered my steak medium rare, over easy eggs, rye toast, and grits.

The steak was good. It wasn’t rubbery, which is often an issue. The eggs and toast tasted good.

Country House Restaurant West Deptford

The grits were kind of bland. They weren’t terrible, but they lacked flavor and probably came from a box.

In all, I liked my meal.

Service: A
The waitress was friendly, refilled my beverages, and the food came out quickly. It was great.

Cost: $
The number 3 was $15.95 which included coffee.

Overall Thoughts/Would I go back?
I liked the Country House, and it’s a cute stop right off 295. I would go back, I have no complaints.

Atmosphere: B
Coffee: A
Food: B
Service: A
Cost: $8-16
Overall: B

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Questions for you:
What is your favorite breakfast?
How do you like your steak?

Hollywood Grill (Wilmington)

Hollywood Grill (Wilmington)

Recently I was in Wilmington and decided to stop at the Hollywood Grill. It’s ranked as one of the best diners in Delaware, so I needed to stop at some point.

Atmosphere: B
The diner itself is located in a shopping center. There is plenty of parking, but it barely stands out on the main road located next to an IHOP.

Hollywood grill wilmington

The inside is that of a typical diner. There are plenty of tables, booths, and a full-length bar.

Coffee: B
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, and there were plenty of refills. There was nothing unique or unusual, but it was good.

Hollywood grill wilmington

Food: A
The Hollywood Grill has everything you could want in a diner. There are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.  They have the greasy spoon eggs and the healthy salads.

Hollywood grill wilmington

I arrived around brunch time so decided to order blueberry pancakes. When the pancakes came out, the pancakes were big and fluffy. There were delicious, and I couldn’t ask for better pancakes.  It also came with real maple syrup which is always a nice touch.

Hollywood grill wilmington

Service: A
The waitress was friendly, and the food came out extremely fast. Even though the diner was busy, we were in and out within 30 minutes.

Cost: $
For my pancakes and coffee, the cost was $10.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?
I liked the Hollywood Grill and when I am back in the area, I’ll definitely be back.

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

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Questions for you:
What are your favorite pancakes?

Tick Tock Diner (NYC)

Tick Tock Diner (NYC)

Before the New York City Marathon, I decided to go to the Tick Tock Diner. I’ve walked by the Tick Tock before, and this was a diner I wanted to go too before the marathon.

Tick Tock diner NYC

Atmosphere: A
When Tara and I arrived around lunchtime, it was crowded, but we quickly got a seat. In fact, we got the most corner booth, but it was nice to stay private.

Tick Tock diner NYC

The outside of Tick Tock is bright, shiny, and stands out. It’s directly across the street from Penn Station, and you can’t miss it.

It’s the largest diner in Manhattan. There are plenty of booties, and tables, and even a full-length bar.

Coffee: B
The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, but I could have used more refills. I also appreciated the personalized mugs.

Tick Tock diner nyc

Food: A
The Tick Tock Diner has plenty of options from breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. There are several healthy salad options and huge burgers too.

Tick Tock diner nyc

I decided to order the Tick Tock Pancake Trio which came with a banana pancake, cinnamon, and chocolate chip. Plus there was delicious cream cheese frosting too. To be honest, they were some of the best pancakes I’ve ordered!

Tick Tock diner nyc

Service: C
I was happy the food came out quickly but the waiter barely came over, and it took a long time to get the check.

Cost: $$
For my coffee and pancakes, the cost was $15.

Overall Thoughts/Would I come back?
I liked the Tick Tock Diner, and it’s one of my favorite diners in the city.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: A
Service: C
Price: $12-20
Overall: A-

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Other Diners I’ve Been to in NYC: Cosmic, Ellen’s Stardust Diner

Questions for you:
What are your favorite pancakes?
Have you been to New York? What is your favorite diner in the city?  I’m looking for more

Barrington Diner

Barrington Diner

I’ve driven by the Barrington Diner dozens of times. I used to live down that way and would go to the gym down the road. I never stopped though.  Anyway, my friend and famous writer Jen Miller asked if I wanted to go and the timing worked out. (Side note, Jen wrote: Running: A Love Story if you need a good running and life book).
Barrington Diner Barrington NJ

Atmosphere: A
We went for lunch, and it wasn’t too crowded. It’s located on the main street on Barrington and attached to a cute antique shop. The inside is small but has metallic gold seats.  There are plenty of booths, tables, and even a full-length bar.

Barrington Diner Barrington NJ

Coffee: B

The coffee was brewed hot and fresh, and the waitress kept it refilled. They were out of whipped cream but other than it was good coffee.Barrington Diner Barrington NJ

Food: B
The menu for the Barrington Diner isn’t anywhere online. They do have plenty of breakfast options as well as lunch options like sandwiches. They had one salad option too. It’s a small menu, and the Barrington Diner is only open for breakfast and lunch.

I decided to order the spinach and feta omelet with toast and tomatoes. Everything was good, and I have no complaints. It’s a “no frills diner,” but everything was fine.  There was plenty of butter on the toast too.

Service: A
The waitress was kind and friendly and came to our table frequently. Our food was also out fast.  The waitress was nice and it was clear the staff was all friends.

Cost: $
For my omelet and coffee, it was $8. Do keep in mind, it’s cash only.  (I didn’t realize that and had to break a $100 for an $8 meal…)

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?
I liked the Barrington Diner and would go back. It’s funny how long it took me to get there after living close for several years.  It’s a quiet, but cute, small-town diner.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: B
Service: A
Cost: $5-10
Overall: B

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Questions for you:
What is one restaurant near you, that you haven’t been?
What is your favorite type of omelet? 

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