2006-02-01 / Restaurant of the Week

New York Ham ’n’ Eggery Diner

Is Fixture Since 1949

ew York Ham ’n’ Eggery Diner buzzes with activity seven days week. A steady stream of patrons lines up at the front door while the multi-tasking cooks pass

hot dishes to the waiters and waitresses

who navigate their way through this very narrow, 1940s “tin can” style diner. Located on a tiny strip of land on Northern Boulevard, just across from Home Depot, New York Ham ’n’ Eggery Diner has been a fixture since 1949. Gus Kaloudis, the incredibly friendly owner, purchased the diner nearly five years ago and has brought new life into a traditional American eatery. Seven blue vinyl booths fit in nicely while the bustling counter serves 15 more people and you’ll want to be there to taste the delicious home style food.

To give you an idea of how busy this place is, Kaloudis reported to me that an astounding 120 dozen eggs are used each and every day. That’s 1,440 eggs! From 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays, the New York Ham ’n’ Eggery Diner serves hearty breakfasts all day long and a wide array of lunch and dinner items, including home style hot entrees that will amaze you.

“When you go, say hi to Gus and the crew and tell them we sent you!” “When you go, say hi to Gus and the crew and tell them we sent you!” A breakfast special costs just $1.95 and includes two eggs any style, toast and home fried potatoes, both crunchy and soft. Even the prices here hark back to a bygone era. The Big Breakfast will definitely keep you to way past lunch with three eggs, bacon or ham or sausage, toast and coffee for just $4.95. Their legendary Wake Up omelet is made with three fluffy eggs, and has ham, bacon and chopped sausage mixed in. The Booster is an awesome pastrami omelet with toast and those fabulous home fries and coffee. Keep your cardiologist’s phone number handy if you tackle the Heart Attack, one of their most popular breakfast sandwiches, as it piles two eggs, bacon, cheese and potatoes on a jumbo hero roll for an amazing $3.45. I dare you to eat lunch after that! I was given a choice of

American, cheddar, mozzarella or Swiss cheese for the fantastic cheese omelet that I thoroughly N enjoyed and the very friendly waitress kept my coffee cup filled. On the flip side, the Petite, an egg white omelet, is served on toast with grapefruit juice for just $2.75. All the breakfast specials come with freshly squeezed orange juice, made right in front of you.

Don’t feel like eggs? Try a stack of their fluffy pancakes with real blueberries mixed in, topped with sweet, ripe banana slices and a cloud of whipped cream. They looked picture perfect as do the thick slices of golden French toast, served plain or topped with fruit. Fresh muffins, bagels and Danish round out the list.

Each day, New York Ham ’n’ Eggery Diner prepares a list of lunch specials that is faxed to the many businesses in the area. Fresh fish and seafood, pork and beef make up these specials which are so generously portioned and reasonably priced that many people order them to take home for the family supper. You’ll be amazed at the seafood trio, teaming with fresh shrimp, scallops and crabmeat served over a generous mound of angel hair pasta for just $10.95, including a cup of home style soup. Fresh grilled whole red snapper is served with rice, vegetables and a cup of soup for just $14.95 and Yankee pot roast, slow cooked until tender and served with potato, vegetable and soup is just $7.95. Better yet, delivery in the area is free.

New York Ham ’n’ Eggery Diner’s incredible salads are also popular. The Zorba The Greek is loaded with tomatoes, olives, onions and feta cheese and topped with sliced, grilled chicken ($6.25). A traditional Cobb salad includes turkey, tomatoes and hard cooked egg.

Celebrity hero sandwiches are named after the local businesses that patronize them each day. The Home Depot hero piles hot roast beef and melted mozzarella on a jumbo roll ($5.45). The RCN features pastrami with melted Swiss, fried onions and hot peppers. The Best Buy layers turkey with bacon and melted Swiss cheese.

This tiny diner grills juicy burgers with favorite toppings, starting at just $2.95. The Harley Davidson burger is topped with bacon, ham, fried onions and melted cheddar ($4.45). Their comfort food, such as meatloaf, chopped steak with onions or fish and chips, will make you feel at home.

Now there’s a reason to enjoy waking up in the morning. Visit the New York Ham ’n’ Eggery Diner, open seven days a week, for incredible breakfasts, lunch time sandwiches and hot entrees that you’ll enjoy for dinner as well. When you go, say hi to Gus and the crew and tell them we sent you!

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