The Viand flatbread
The Viand (New York City)

The Viand (New York City)

The final diner I went to while in New York City was The Viand. I heard good things about it so I was excited to try it out.  The Viand is located on the Upper West Side and there is also a Viand Cafe as well as Viand in New York City.

The Viand

The Viand Atmosphere: A
The outside of The Viand stands out on the Main Street on the Upper West Side. It’s got cute shades, windows, and a closed outdoor seating area. When we arrived, it was already busy and we scored one of the last tables.

The Viand

The Viand Coffee: B
The coffee at The Viand was decent but nothing to write home about. It was hot, but there was nothing unique or unusual about it.

The Viand coffee

The Viand Food: A
The Viand menu has a combination of the typical diner as well as upscale items. A few things that stuck out to me were the huevos rancheros, burgers, flatbread, and pancakes.

For an appetizer, I decided to order the Mediterranean flatbread. The flatbread was one of the best I’ve had. There were olives, onions, tomato and feta. I have no regrets.The Viand flatbread

For my entree, I ordered the blueberry pancakes with whipped cream. An interesting combination of food? The pancakes themselves were excellent, and they were light and fluffy. I was pleased with my choice.

The Viand pancakes

The Viand Service: A
The Viand was great. The waiter took our orders quickly and the food came out fast. I couldn’t have asked for better service.

The Viand Cost: $
For the coffee, flatbread, and pancakes it was $25.

Overall thoughts/Would I Come Back to The Viand?
I liked Viand and I will be back if I’m in the area. The food was excellent and it was a great stop.

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

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Questions for you:
Do you like flatbread?
What’s your favorite type of pancake?

Newport Eats Diner flatbread
Newport Eats Diner (Jersey City)

Newport Eats Diner (Jersey City)

While in Jersey City and the Newport area, I decided to stop at the Newport Eats Diner. The Newport Eats Diner replaces the Skylark on the Hudson on River Drive. It’s only been open a few weeks, so it was fun to stop by.  The view of the Hudson and Manhatten is beautiful.

Newport Eats Diner outside

Newport Eats Diner Atmosphere: A
The Newport Eats Diner is a modern diner built into the side of a skyscraper. It’s not the retro, metallic, building you a picture.  The exterior stands out in the downtown.  The inside is massive and there is plenty of seating, including booths, tables and a full-length bar.

Newport Eats Diner Coffee: B
The coffee was okay but nothing unique or unusual about it. It was drinkable.  The waiter refilled it often, but there wasn’t a lot to say.

Newport Eats Diner coffee

Newport Eats Diner Food: B
The Newport Eats Diner menu has most everything a modern diner would have. It’s much more upscale so you won’t find a lot of greasy-spoon staples, but you will find basic high-quality pancakes.  A few items on the Newport Eats Diner menu that caught my eye, including the salmon, omelets, and flatbreads.

I decided to order the hummus appetizer which came with pita bread.  The hummus was delicious and the pita bread was lightly toasted. It wasn’t burnt or crispy which is always a plus.

Newport Eats Diner hummus

For my entree, I ordered one of Newport Eats Diner’s signature flatbreads. It came with grilled chicken, onions, and mixed vegetables. I was expecting it to be a lighter flatbread, but when it came, it was smothered in cheese. It was delicious but nearly impossible to eat with the thin bread. I would order it again and I can see why it’s a signature flatbread.

Newport Eats Diner flatbread

Newport Eats Diner Service: B
When I first arrived at the Newport Eats Diner, I didn’t realize you were supposed to sit yourself. I stood around for a while before finally, the manager told me to sit anywhere. I imagine during busy times; there is someone at the front at all times. The food service was second to none, and both waiters made sure I had everything I needed.

Newport Eats Diner Cost: $$
For my hummus, flatbread, and coffee, the meal was $24. That’s one of the cheaper meals at the diner as well. It’s more of an upscale, modern restaurant.

Overall Thoughts/Would I come back to Newport Eats Diner?
I liked the Newport Eats Diner and if I’m in the area again, I will go back. The service was excellent and the food is of high quality.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: A
Service: B
Price: $20-30
Overall: A

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Questions for you:
Do you like flatbread?
Have you been to any new restaurants lately?

BluePlate (Mullica Hill, NJ)

Blueplate (Mullica Hill, NJ)

Last month, I decided to try BluePlate in Mullica Hill, New Jersey.  BluePlate is questionable whether it’s a diner, but it was recently voted as the best breakfast in Gloucester County. Plus when I checked in on Foursquare, it was classified as a diner. Most locals consider it a diner, and I don’t argue with that.

Occasionally, I have to work down the road, so I have wanted to try BluePlate for a while. To be honest, I was looking forward to going all week.

Blueplate Atmosphere: A
Blueplate is located in an old, rustic house.  The town of Mullica Hill is a cute town, and many businesses are located in old houses.  It kept with the same vibe the rest of the town has.

The inside was well kept, clean and rustic.  It wasn’t a traditional diner style, but it was nice.  It resembled more of an upscale or fancy restaurant.

Blueplate mullica hill

Blue plate Service: B
When we arrived, there weren’t many other parties eating.  We had a different waitress take our drinks, food orders and take care of us for the entire meal.  It took a while to take our orders but afterward, the food came out quickly.  None of the staff was unfriendly or rude, but it almost felt as if we were bothering them.

Coffee: A
The coffee at Blueplate was hot and refilled often.  I have no complaints.

Blueplate Food: B
The Blueplate menu is much smaller than most restaurants.  They have several salads, burgers and a pizza special of the day.  Interestingly enough, they don’t serve breakfast all day either.  The BluePlate is known to use fresh ingredients from the local farmers market.  All of their ingredients come from the Farmer’s Market up the road. That is great for any restaurant!

The dinner came with bread and a balsamic onion dip.  It was a great starter and one of my favorite “bread baskets” of any diner I’ve been too.

Blueplate mullica hill

I decided to order the bacon and goat cheese flatbread as well as the pear and goat cheese salad.  As you can tell, goat cheese was on my mind.

I’m glad I ordered both at Blueplate because the portion sizes were much smaller than anticipated.  The flatbread had plenty of bacon and goat cheese and tasted great.  It might be my favorite restaurant flatbread, and it was delicious.

Blueplate mullica hill

The salad at Blueplate was disappointing. I ordered the “large”, and it was small.  Since BluePlate’s “claim to fame”, is how fresh their ingredients were, I was surprised It wasn’t as fresh as many other restaurants.

Blueplate mullica hill

Overall the food was good, but I will stick to the flatbread and something else next time.

Cost: $$
For my coffee, flatbread and salad the cost was $25.  It’s a more expensive meal, but the ingredients are usually fresh.

Overall thoughts/Would I come back to Blueplate?
I enjoyed my flatbread at the BluePlate. I’ll be back to try their pizza special of the day as well as breakfast.

Atmosphere: A
Service: B
Coffee: A
Food: B
Cost: $15-30
Overall: B

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Questions for you:
Do you like goat cheese?
Do you shop at local farmer’s markets during the summer?

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