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Posted by Anonymous on 08/26/2014
Everything was just okay. We couldn't find the diner we wanted, so we just kind of went here instead. It was a little overpriced, and it was just greasy and "okay". I wouldn't go out of my way to go here, probably.
Posted by ccc on 02/10/2014
Yes, you must try it! I am a meat lover and never in a million years did I expect to order and enjoy every last bite of the vegetable lasagna. Ahhhmazing! Our table started out with the skate wings, another crowd pleaser. Then save room for dessert- the pies and cakes are truly satisfying. Empire Diner offers a memorable, delicious dining experience that will keep you coming back. I cannot wait for this new spot to be open for breakfast and lunch!
Posted by Just another foodie on 02/05/2014
How can you resist heading to a familiar Diner- except this one has an exotic twist i.e. Orzo Mac and Cheese-YUM! The milkshake of the day was salted caramel and I fell in love. Mind you I had my heart set on a black and white milkshake. Then I indulged in the juicy burger and the extra fluffy pancakes. Yes, that did the trick. Please go and enjoy the laid back happy vibe and tasty menu. Cocktails are good too! This is not your average Diner. I have since been back about a half dozen times. Yes, definitely try the Pork Chop and the chicken. The octopus salad is a hit too. If you are lucky homemade mashed potatoes with gravy will be the side of the day.
Posted by fg on 01/27/2014
I have eaten twice at the Empire Diner the past two weeks and have found the food to be for the most part excellent. The skirt steak with smashed fried potatoes, parsley-butter sauce is cooked to perfection and is as tender as you would ever want it. The onion soup with bagel croutons exhibits terrific beef broth, the right amount of Gruyère cheese and soft onions, delicious. The chicken dish on the menu should never change, as on consecutive weeks one of my dining companions ordered this succulent white meat with a crunchy crust and a ricotta dip with roasted baby carrots, perfection. The Pork chop is served boneless and as I started to cut in with the butter knife in the middle the pork chop cut so easily that it was almost redundant to use the sharp steak knife as this thick chop was cooked perfectly with no fat and served with cranberry beans and a bit of sauteed kale. The donuts are served hot and tasty with a caramel sauce. Now for the only peeves, $4 for a cola is a bit high, but the beer and wines are marginly higher, with an excellent selection and the prices of the food are gentle, so the diner has to make money somehow... The patty melt is delicious, but serving it with Terra chips is not the right fit. The French fries are not bad, just not outstanding, they need to be double fried or seasoned a bit more and some of the other desserts are mediocre or just below the delivery of the rest of the menu. One final note, the servers and front of the house is extremely nice and professional. It is also a pleasure to see Chef Amanda Frietag at the pass through directing her first restaurant, after all the above review would not be possible. She is a talent and as even tempered a talent as any chef in America.