Red Hook Diner is conveniently located, has above average food, and awesome, friendly service. It was packed at 1pm on a cloudy Wednesday — a good mix of seniors, families, and workers there for a quick lunch. No one likes waiting for a table at lunchtime, but an empty diner is even worse. Good to see it packed with nearly all locals in search of a good, honest, meal.
Brendan ordered a short stack of blueberry pancakes and scrambled eggs. The pancakes were fluffy and the blueberries fresh, but they could’ve stayed on the griddle a little bit longer. Also worth noting, they serve breakfast 24 hours a day, but the breakfast specials end at 11am.
With 8 different blue plate specials, it was hard to decide, but I was tempted by the beef stroganoff. Risky choice, sure, but it was cold and rainy so I wanted something hearty.
Each blue plate special comes with soup and salad to start. The chicken noodle soup was standard, won’t win any awards, but it did its job. The salad was standard: crisp iceberg, cherry tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, croutons — but for some reason it tasted fresher than normal diner salads and the caesar dressing was delicious! Between the soup and salad, I was admittedly satiated and almost didn’t need my entree.
The stroganoff was MASSIVE. I have a big appetite, but it was laughably large — it could’ve honestly fed a family of four. Despite its comedic size, the noodles were fresh, the meat was tender, and it tasted delicious! After consuming about 1/3 of the dish, I was full. For $15.95, the blue plate special offers great value. It was fantastic for lunch and then two of us split the leftovers for our lunch the following day — three meals for the price of one!
7329 S Broadway
Red Hook, NY 1257