4189 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park, NY | Directions 1253841.787901 -73.934468
Food is pretty bad – The service was very bad, rude and surly employees and the food tasted liked it was a day old.
avoid the everready diner
ZAGAT my butt.... Not worth the 10mi trip from the TAC (Taconic State Parkway). Insects in the cocktails, missing alcohol from their "premier drinks", dried-out over-cooked fried food (how can you mess up Chicken Fingers?), overcooked Pork Loin, missing Au Jus for Prime Rib ... then the proverbial icing on the cake ... they FORCE CHARGE you 20% tip (even after leaving cash on the table), and when you call them on it, they tell you its not their problem and to call your bank. Can only hope the other places on the Diners, Dives & Drive-ins show are better. Coincidentally, there are 2 pictures of NJ Diners, the Bendix Diner (in Hasbrouck Heights on Rte 17) and the Tick-Tock Diner (in Clifton on Rte 3 West) .... both are phenomenally better.
As good as it gets – The meals are so ample that you can split them.
We usually do and have Roast Dinner, Fish Dinner, Gyro, or Macaronni and Cheese with a side salad. The fresh vegetable side is usually several squash with carrots and brocolli. Lemon pie is fanstic. The ice cream sundaes too much to eat. The menu is very extensive with hot dogs and burgers to much more "refined" tastes. This is one of the best American Diners in America and we have been to many, including the one last built. This is just north of FDR's home and the Hyde Park Drive-In Movie theater (real outdoor movies), and south of the Vanderbuilt Estate. Choosing between the Everready and the Culinary Institute of America's restaurants is hard, but we usually end up at the Everready.
Diner Mecca – This is a diner on steroids. Pretty much everything on the menu is really well done, typical stuff as well as a few interesting twists. The cherry coke is the REAL deal, cola and cherry syrup, garnished with a handful of maraschino cherries in a glass large enough to fill a fishbowl with. I'm not pretending this is haute cuisine, but sometimes you just want a massive burger cooked perfectly. The fresh fruit salad is usually quite good, and the fries are perfectly cooked.
It is filled with kitsch, but not so that you want to gag. There is a bar with a lot of fancy bottles, but the prices don't encourage you to have an adult beverage. Stick to the milkshakes in this place. This place sometimes fills up with teenagers, and you may need to wait, but it isn't usually too long.
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