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.
Dix Hills Diner's chef says that his philosophy is to "keep it simple." That's why he makes familiar diner dishes, such as soups, sandwiches, and steaks, from fresh ingredients and adds a single, memorable twist. He finishes off broiled beef liver with a demi-glace and stuffs baked jumbo shrimp in garlic sauce with a bit of crabmeat. Such dishes fit right in with the retro yet modern decor, which features classic blue-and-yellow vinyl booths as well as chic recessed ceiling lights.
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.
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.
Regional Flavors | Diner-Style Cuisine | Vegetarian Options | Retro Vibe
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
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).
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.