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Posted by Eva on 06/19/2009
I’m from Astoria and I have to tell you that this restaurant is so good that I’ll go back a lot more often. The fish I had was really fresh and my server was a European young man, he was so kind. I am European too. Anyway, I liked the place very much and I recommend to anyone. The price is not low, but this is the Upper East Side, not the Bronx.
Posted by Foodboy on 04/17/2009
I've eaten at Silver Star for about 10 years, once or twice per month. The prices have increased dramatically and the quality has slightly decreased over that time. If you're smart, the only thing to order here is basic hamburgers (including their turkeyburger), french fries, and breakfast. Don't bother with anything else. The rest of the menu is quite extensive, but the quality is poor. You'll be disappointed with just about everything else on the menu. The place is run by a stern-looking Eastern Eurpoean guy, who lurkes around the place but never says a word customers. The bus boys and waiters do an amateurish job -- often crashing dirty dishes into a plastic bin in the dining room causing a huge noise. Food is dropped roughly onto the table - no one seems to care one way or the other. I like to sit at the window, but there's nothing to see -- just the traffic on 2nd Avenue. Most customers seem to be regulars -- resigned to eating there rather than fire up their ovens in their cramped kitchens, and stink up the whole apartment for 2 days. You'd think they'd go somewhere else for the chicken dinner...a very mediocre meal with overcooked vegetables, rubber chicken, cheap-o salad and a decent bread basket.
Posted by carine on 03/20/2009
Great location on the Upper East Side and close to the medical community, but unless you are absolutely starving, do yourself a favor and look elsewhere. The decor is dreary and none-too-clean, the service is poor, the food is bland, usually overcooked, greasy and very unattractive. The real shock arrives with the bill. $20 for a grilled cheese sandwich and a soda?
Posted by Michelle L. on 01/20/2009
I just moved to the UES and needed a quick and easy place to take my folks who were visiting from out of town. Silver Star seemed to fit the bill (no pun intended) until the check arrived. The only way I can describe my reaction was shock. The food was sub-par, even for a diner, and the prices were beyond outrageous. Luckily my parents have a good sense of humor and chalked it up to a "typical NYC experience" (i.e. getting ripped off). I wish I had read some of the reviews below before I chose this place!
Posted by Kevin Y on 01/13/2009
I have lived across the street from Silver Star for a few years and am shocked by the egregious price increases at this very average diner. The food quality ranges from mediocre to disappointing, but is basically what you would expect from a typical NYC diner. In the past, the prices were generally in-line with the quality of food and most other diners. However, over the past 2 years I have watched them skyrocket by 30%-50% with no noticeable change in the product quality. A Reuben for $14.45 (vs. $9.45 in 2006)? Turkey club also at $14.45? Who do they think they're kidding?
Posted by Local on 11/01/2008
I have lived in Manhattan for 27 years. Inflated prices are an everyday find and rarely shock me. However, this fairly standard diner has managed to do just that. The food is fine and the atmosphere is "typical diner", however, with those prices you'd think you were eating at the Four Seasons. $14.75 for a turkey club. Need I say more?
Posted by Roadrunner on 05/25/2008
My friends who live in Queens have been going to this diner for years so they brought me here on a Saturday afternoon so I could give it a try. What a great find. I am picky about my food because I do a lot of cooking and I can tell you this is good food. I could tell they have a lot of regulars and regulars don't put up with mediocrity. As for the atmosphere, I hope they don't renovate because it feels like old school Manhattan to me and that's just the way I like it. If you want a "yuppie" joint, this isn't it. As for the service, it's good but don't expect your waiter to arrive at your table all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Chances are he will arrive with that great dead-pan face a lot of the old-time NY waiters wear but then again who cares and frankly I think it's appropriate even comical. We were well take care of and foo arrived promptly. If you go, make sure you have dessert. They bake their goods on site and I can tell you the cheesecake I had was the best I have had yet in NYC. So if you want to have a good NYC diner experience, I recommend The Silver Star. Prices are decent and the food is well worth it...believe me.