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Heaping servings of comfort food. Breakfast all day. Bottomless cups of coffee. Decadent made-from-scratch desserts. Affordable cuisine for every palate. Familiar faces and friendly service.
It’s no secret that we in the Hudson Valley love diners for all of these reasons, and more. That “feel-at-home” vibe is just impossible to resist.
When you’re hungry, what better way to satisfy your appetite than with a slice of Americana – and most likely, a big slice of cheesecake – at a local diner.
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And with road trips more popular than ever — and leaf peeping season not that far away — a great diner is always a welcome stopping off spot.
Here’s just a sampling of popular diners in Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties. There’s too much great food to list here, so check each venue’s website for more info. Be sure to bring the family; these diners offer large portions, as well as kids’ menus. Most diners offer full bars as well as coffee, tea and soft drinks.
Where: 420 Route 211 E., Wallkill, 845-344-6060, americana-diner.business.site. Open daily.
This longtime local favorite serves breakfast all day (omelets, pancakes, breakfast skillets, bagels, Belgian waffles, wraps, crepes and more), plus lunch, dinner and late-night offerings. Known for Greek classics such as gyros, spinach pie, moussaka, souvlaki and traditional Greek salads, the Americana also has steaks, chops, seafood combos, quesadillas, burgers (including veggie), chicken dishes and specialty sandwiches.
Best bites: Baked-from-scratch desserts created onsite by the diner’s bakery team: Cheesecakes (New York-style, Oreo, Bavarian chocolate, to name a few), layer cakes, strawberry shortcake, pies, brownies, assorted Danish, almond horns, cannolis, linzer tarts, muffins, ice cream and more.
The diner is located on Middletown’s “Miracle Mile,” the Route 211 shopping corridor, where you’ll find a huge variety of restaurants, stores, and many other businesses that once migrated from the downtown area.
Where: 118 Clowes Ave., Goshen, 845-294-7800, facebook.com/Goshen-Plaza-Diner. Open daily.
The Goshen Plaza Diner is a mainstay of its community – home of the Goshen Historic Track national landmark and the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame. Depictions of harness racing horses and related scenes adorn the diner’s interior mirrors.
Offerings include traditional Greek cuisine, as well as popular diner favorites for breakfast served all day, plus lunch, dinner and late-night snacks. Other favorites are Italian classics, stir-fry dishes, hot open sandwiches, quesadillas, specialty burgers (including veggie) and pizzas, kebabs, seafood, steaks, chops, specialty fries, paninis, soups, specialty sandwiches, salads and more. The on-premises bakery whips up a heavenly array of desserts, from pies to cakes to pastries, as well as ice cream delights.
Best bites: Spinach pie, blueberry pancakes, four-cheese quesadillas, the open-face sliced turkey sandwich with giblet gravy and cranberry sauce, served with soup or salad, potato and vegetable.
Where: 68 Route 17 K, Bloomingburg, 845-733-1012, teekandvee.com. Open daily.
“Take it from Teek, take it from Vee, Quickway Diner is the place to be …” This catchy ad jingle sings the praises of the Bloomingburg diner that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring family-oriented, home-style cooking. Almost everything is made from scratch and has been owned by brothers Teek and Vee Persaud since 1987.
Best bites: Homemade macaroni and cheese, meatloaf, barbecued boneless short ribs, spare ribs, pork chops, a variety of chicken dishes, beef stew and seafood platters. Other favorites include ham steak, prime rib, quiche, stir-fry beef and chicken, salads, specialty sandwiches, steak, chicken, pork, beef and vegetable kebabs, Italian specialties and more. End your meal with varieties of homemade cheesecake, cannolis, brownies, carrot cake, fruit crumb and cream pies and puddings.
Craving ice cream? Head next door to Quickway Twin Cone for more than 30 flavors of hard ice cream, plus soft-serve, sundaes, cones, shakes, floats, ice cream cakes and more, open March-Sept.
Where: 5681 State Route 28, Phoenicia, 845-688-9957, phoeniciadiner.com. Closed Wednesdays
“Come for the mountains, stay for the food” is the Phoenicia Diner’s motto. Built in 1962 and moved to the Catskills in the early ’80s, the Phoenicia Diner has a long history of serving customers who are drawn to the Catskill Mountains’ natural beauty.
Residents, weekenders and visitors are pampered with fresh food sourced from Catskills and Hudson Valley farms when available, for breakfast (served all day), lunch and dinner.
If you prefer eating in a picnic-style setting, dine outside in The Lot, where there’s free music all summer. Dogs are welcome at The Lot, and there’s “Dognola” (doggie granola) available to purchase for your furry friends, plus water bowls at the canine drink station.
Best bites: Avocado Street Corn Toast (avocado mash, soft poached egg, sweet corn, lime tofu, heirloom tomato, farmer’s cheese on sourdough), omelets, bagels, pancakes, French toast, breakfast burritos and skillets, specialty sandwiches such as the Scuttlebutt (pickled beets and carrots, hard-boiled egg, herb salad, pimento aioli on focaccia), Catskills po’ boy, classic turkey club, Reuben, pimento bacon burger, chorizo sandwich on brioche, soups, salads, platters and more.
Where: 1157 Route 32, Rosendale, 845-658-2522, facebook.com/chefGerard77. Open 7 days.
Old-school sensibility with a modern touch – according to one customer, “diner food with extra oomph!” that appeals to everyone. The unique, cozy interior pays tribute to local history, including the namesake trusses.
Breakfast is served most of the day.
Best bites: The “Fireworks Bagel” (jalapeno scallion cream cheese, tomato, red onion and bacon), or the Trestle Mess – eggs over home fries in a bowl of chili. (Be sure to have it with a corn muffin.) Other favorites include omelets, English muffins, steak and eggs, avocado toast, turkey club, crab cake BLT, burgers (including Imposter veggie burger), Truss Me Burger (bacon, Swiss cheese, jalapeno and avocado), grilled chicken sandwich, cheesesteaks.
Where: 30 Sullivan Ave., (just off exit 100 on Route 17), Liberty, 845-292-8973, thelibertydiner.com. Open daily.
More than 30 years – and four generations – of the Tsicalos family’s recipes, fine baked goods and friendly service. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily specials, and all-you-can-eat soup and salad bar during the dinner hours. This eatery boasts of being “minutes away” (about 14 miles) from the Resorts World Catskills Casino in Monticello.
?Best bites: Charbroiled burgers, specialty sandwiches (try the Chinese Roast Pork on garlic bread or the Monte Cristo), brisket, slow-cooked pot roast, soups and salads, Greek (including signature Greek dressing) and Italian specialties, stuffed pitas, seafood, Cajun dishes (blackened chicken, shrimp, ribeye steak and crab cakes), steaks, chops, barbecued specialties, homemade rice pudding, bread pudding and more.
Where: 12 Lake St., Liberty, 845-747-9912, Newmunsondiner.com. Open daily.
Does something look familiar about the New Munson Diner? It’s not your imagination. This eatery was used as a location for the 1970s TV series “Kojak” starring Telly Savalas, as well as in American Express commercials and as the “alternate universe” diner in the classic “Bizarro Jerry” episode of “Seinfeld” in the ‘90s.
This diner, built in 1945, is on the National Register of Historic Places and was moved from New York City to Liberty in 2005. The interior has a plan typical of the diners of the 1940s and 1950s, as many of the earliest diners in the U.S. were built in refurbished rail cars.
Best bites: Pastrami short ribs, classic cheeseburgers, Imposter veggie burgers, patty melts, grilled cheese, tuna melts, grilled chicken sandwiches, crab cake BLTs (crab cakes are made in-house), cheesesteaks, Reubens, chili cheese fries, po’ boy, paninis, club sandwiches, hot open sandwiches, deli sandwiches, quesadillas, specialty salads and gyros. Breakfast is served all day. Christo’s Corner, named after owner Christos Kritikos, features homemade Greek specialties. Desserts include assorted cheesecakes, layer cakes, carrot cake, baklava, pies, pastries, pudding and ice cream.
Where: 1908 Old Route 17, Roscoe, 607-498-4405, theroscoediner.com. Open daily.
Often called “the quintessential diner with the best French toast ever,” the Roscoe Diner has been open for more than 50 years. Located in “Trout Town USA: The Ultimate Fishing Destination,” this diner is a frequent stopping point for those traveling Route 17 between New York City and Western New York, just off exit 94. It is a popular spot both for students heading to and from colleges in New York state and for fly fishermen, as well as locals. Serves breakfast all day, lunch and dinner.
A large parking lot, Tesla charging stations and a webcam are among the well-known features at the Roscoe Diner.
Best bites: The diner’s signature item is its French Toast (apple and banana), featuring slabs of bread that are 1.5″ thick. Other favorites include specialty sandwiches and wraps, seafood, salads, soups, Greek and Italian specialties, burgers (including veggie burgers), grilled ciabatta panini-style sandwiches, salads, steak & chops, chicken sautées, meatloaf, and desserts such as homemade cheesecake, carrot cake, chocolate layer cake, assorted pies, pastries, puddings and fruits, and ice cream delights.
Alfina Badolato is a Hudson Valley freelance writer. Contact her at email@example.com
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