Diners in Franklin Square

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The neon sign adorning Krish's entrance looks to be unchanged since the ice-cream parlor established itself in the area in 1955. The outdoor patio echoes this '50s feel with aqua-colored tables perched beneath matching umbrellas and nearby murals of ice cream, burgers, and fries that hint at the treasures in store. Inside, the staff concocts more than 35 housemade ice-cream flavors, ranging from chocolate chocolate chip and fluffernutter to peach and black raspberry. This delectable diversity helped earn Krisch's the title of Long Island Press's readers' pick for the Best Dessert Place from 2010 to 2012. Krisch's also transforms this creamy dessert into a variety of treats, adding dollops of it to sodas, whirling it into shakes, and topping it with housemade whipped cream for sundaes.

Krisch's dining room carries on its patio's decorative motifs, flaunting vibrant aqua shades and chrome accents typical of a mid-century diner or mermaid's classic Corvette. Once settled into four-tops or red booths, patrons order from a full menu of comfort fare such as hefty half-pound burgers, deli sandwiches, and homestyle entrees of meatloaf, roast beef, or southern fried chicken.

11 Central Ave
Massapequa,
NY
US

Originally established as a breakfast and lunch spot in 1946, Court Square Diner found a second life in 1991, the year current owners Steve and Nick took over. Aside from expanding the menu to include dinner, they gave the aging stand-by a complete makeover, replacing the tired pink furnishings and dated chandeliers with retro leather booths and sleek art-deco hardware. Now open 24 hours a day, Court Square Diner has come to epitomize the American diner in both look and feel, inspiring the producers of shows such as NYPD Blue and 30 Rock to film there. The menu also offers up everything guests have come to expect from a classic diner, from omelets and monte cristos to triple-decker sandwiches and gyro platters. Even the bakery items—including layer cakes, pies, strudels, and baklava—are always baked on the premises, and are never scrounged from the kitchen of a sunken galleon.

4530 23rd St
Long Island City,
NY
US

Sometimes a menu is best described as a fusion, but at Flo Cafe it's more accurate to call it a collection. The chef collects delicious dishes from all over the world to create a menu that features southwestern eggs benedict alongside sushi rolls and italian pastas. The staff also curates an extensive wine list with varietals from Argentina, France, New Zealand, and California to complement their diverse menu.

Inside, pale wood paneling coats pillars and surrounds enormous, wall-dominating portraits of colorfully made-up models. Couches and chairs fit snugly into a decor scheme of entirely warm colors, echoed in the dried grass and red-tinged leaves of the plants, giving the whole establishment a golden-hued glow like Donald Trump's gold-plated night light.

3720 30th Ave
Astoria,
NY
US

Bonnie's Grill: A User's Guide

Regional Flavors | Diner-Style Cuisine | Vegetarian Options | Retro Vibe

Sample Menu

  • Appetizer (for carnivores): buffalo chicken wings served mild, medium, hot, or hotter
  • Appetizer (for herbivores): vegetarian chili-cheese fries
  • Sandwich (for meat fans): locally raised, free-range turkey burger
  • Sandwich (for meat foes): grilled halloumi cheese with onion-and-olive spread

    When to Go: To experience the blue-collar spirit that makes Bonnie's great, swing by on Sunday to cheer for owner Mike Naber's hometown heroes, the Buffalo Bills.



    While You're Waiting

    • If you plan to order the veggie burger, do some deep-breathing exercises to calm your nerves first. Writer Jonathan Safran Foer called this sandwich "maddeningly good" in the Brooklyn Paper.
    • Ogle the retro decor, which includes red vinyl chairs, a hopping lunch counter, and posters of rock legends such as Elvis and The Who.

      Inside Tip: Since the diner specializes in Buffalo staples, such as beef on weck and chicken wings, go all-in and order a regional beer—perhaps a Genesee Cream Ale—to go with your meal.



      While You're in the Neighborhood
      Save the world: Stock up on capes and secret identities at the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. (372 5th Avenue), a nonprofit storefront that benefits 826 NYC's creative-writing programs for kids.

      Save your tongue: Soothe a buffalo-sauce-scorched palate with frozen yogurt made from local milk at Culture (331 5th Avenue).

278 5th Ave
Brooklyn,
NY
US

At Moldova Restaurant, diners don?t just run into their Brooklyn neighbors, they make friends with visitors from Moldova, Romania, and other Eastern European countries as well. This is because owner Radu Panfil and his culinary team labor over centuries-old recipes, ensuring only authentic Moldavian ingredients grace the menu. Traditional plates of stuffed chicken breasts topped with cheese, lamb kabobs, and carp fried in cornmeal join house specials such as the mamaliga trapeza?cornmeal encircled by assorted meats, cheese, sour cream, and scrambled eggs. These entrees, as well as desserts, such as stuffed dried plums or crepes with sour cherries and cream, have earned the eatery attention abroad, including in a Romanian piece for Radio Europa Libera.

And the food is not the only Moldovan staple of the restaurant. Panfil and crew take great pains to replicate the country?s old-world charm with traditional folk art and paintings, banquet hall-style seating, Slavic-patterned ceilings, and tapestries from the homeland. They also host live music, inspiring patrons to join hands in a joyful circle dance. And to amp up the festiveness during the holidays, they light up the dining room by dangling folk dolls and other appropriate d?cor from the soft wooded beams that cross over the white and gray ceiling.

1827 Coney Island Ave
Brooklyn,
NY
US

Tom's has been around since 1936, and it shows in the best possible ways. Here, friendly service is still as in fashion as it was more than 70 years ago, starting with the complimentary coffee and cookies passed out to customers waiting in line. The decor is also a throwback to simpler times. An old-fashioned soda fountain serves almost-forgotten staples such as chocolate and vanilla egg creams, and the dining room contains an eclectic, almost cluttered collection of Christmas lights, newspaper clippings, and kitsch, making guests feel as though they're dining in the rec room of an eccentric family member or the workshop of Santa's least organized elf. But while the old-fashioned sensibility certainly sets Tom's apart, it's the food that led The New York Times to declare it "a Brooklyn institution". The shop's famous fluffy pancakes may be enjoyed topped with syrup and homemade flavored butters or in incarnations that update the recipe with lemon zest and ricotta cheese or sweet corn and cranberries. Those who don’t wish to brave the considerable brunch crowd need not fret, as breakfast is served all day, though the addition of later-in-the-day options such as tender beef brisket may make it hard to choose what to order.

782 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn,
NY
US