Diners in Kiryas Joel

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A lot of restaurants discourage special orders, but the chefs at Riverdale Diner have been welcoming them for the past 40 years. The made-to-order eatery operates what it terms an "open door policy", encouraging customers to add and subtract ingredients as they please and to ask for their favorite dishes, even if they don't see them on the menu. Finding something that falls into that last category may prove challenging, as the already expansive bill of fare seems to cover nearly every culinary category imaginable. Baby back ribs? Check. Romanian steak? Check. Mofongo? Check. All the usual diner favorites are there too, from giant one-pound burgers to breakfast that's served all day. Of course, there may come a day when only a carving board roast turkey dinner and laffy taffy-flavored martini will do. Or maybe a broccoli and ricotta brick-oven pizza, paired with a giant goblet filled halfway with strawberry daiquiri and the rest of the way with pina colada. So Riverdale Diner made sure to cover those fronts too. A final stop at the dessert case offers up an impossible choice between sweets—from fried cheesecake to linzer tarts, hot pecan pie to Jello—and there's even a selection of diet-friendly desserts for those who are watching their weight or being watched through binoculars by a personal trainer in the parking lot.

3657 Kingsbridge Avenue
Bronx,
NY
US

Great breakfasts aren't just for the early-to-rise crowd at Chillers Grill. Whether you're craving for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, the menu has something to hit the spot?with most items served all day. But that doesn't mean it's easy to narrow the choices down. With hundreds of items that include benedicts, omelets, huge salads, burgers, and seafood, the selection seems almost endless. On nice days, the covered patio becomes an ideal spot for catching a breeze while catching up on you weekly requirement of milkshakes.

2191 Fletcher Ave
Fort Lee,
NJ
US

Though Metro Diner opened in 1996, the owners took great pains to pay homage to the American eateries of generations gone by, installing art deco-style booths, a neon wraparound marquee, and leather swivel stools that line a traditional lunch counter. The menu provides the only proof diners haven't left the 21st Century: time-tested staples such as burgers and Belgian waffles arrive alongside upscale entrées such as grilled Norwegian salmon or rigatoni bolognese slow-simmered with wine, garlic, and shiitake mushrooms. New York Magazine even lauded Metro Diner for baking its muffins and apple turnovers on-site––an old-fashioned notion in an age when most restaurants outsource their baking to tree elves.

2641 Broadway
New York,
NY
US

Before it became the set of one of the most polarizing television series finales of all time, Holsten's was a classic diner and ice cream parlor. Now, it still serves its homemade ice cream and house specials—two burgers, made with beef chopped that day—but camera flashes aren't uncommon, especially near one particular booth. People who sit there tend to order onion rings, because that's what Tony Soprano ordered just before the show ended.

The staff doesn't mind the extra attention that The Sopranos fanbase showers on their restaurant. In fact, they sell T-shirts emblazoned with the phrase, "The Final Episode." But they also stay true to their roots, whipping up diner fare from BLTs to grilled cheese and double-decker club sandwiches. The dessert menu features ice cream in flavors such as vanilla, black raspberry, and butter pecan, all of which can be piled atop brownies or bananas to make a sundae. There's also homemade candy, including truffles, assorted chocolates, and seasonal sweets more appetizing than autumn leaves dipped in honey.

1063 Broad St
Bloomfield,
NJ
US