2009-10-21 / Restaurant of the Week

LEGENDARY “T-BONE DINER” SINCE 1934

t he T-Bone Diner on Queens Blvd. has been a dining institution since 1934. Conveniently located just outside the subway stop, and down the street from the movie theater, any time is a good time to stop in for anything you desire, from a cup of coffee and a hunk of creamy cheesecake, to a full meal. There’s always something delicious cooking and with a vast

array of lunch and nightly dinner specials at budget prices, there’s no reason not to enjoy a hearty meal here.

Owner Peter Plevrites and brother George welcome you for breakfast, lunch and dinner 24/7. Starting with breakfast at the T-Bone, which is served all day, one can enjoy fluffy omelets, golden pancakes and Belgian waffles, straight up or topped with fruit. How about two eggs over easy to a stack of flap jacks with syrup or French toast made from thick cut challah bread. Buttered rolls and house made muffins can be packed up to go, along with egg and cheese sandwiches to take away with you, as the subway is right outside. The coffee is great and the service is fast and friendly.

For lunch, there are dozens of tempting choices from a dozen juicy burgers with your favorite toppings to triple-decker turkey club sandwiches, house made soups and salads. A house favorite is the grilled chicken Caesar wrap with melted Swiss cheese, bacon, lettuce and tomato. There are piled-high roast beef and turkey sandwiches, chicken salad, egg salad and lots more. A healthy Greek salad makes a satisfying meal, loaded with juicy tomatoes, feta cheese, olives and stuffed grape leaves.

Before or after a movie at the Midway, try the Complete Dinner Special, served Monday through Friday. At prices from $9.95 to $16.95, your complete dinner includes house made soup or a crunchy salad, entrée, and a complimentary glass of wine. Even a family on a budget could afford to eat out at these prices. With different entrées to choose from each night, there’s always something new to try. Monday's old-fashioned lamb stew or meatloaf are American diner classics. Tuesday’s roast leg of veal is hard to resist. Wednesday features a whole lamb shank, cooked to perfection so the meat slides right off the bone and old fashioned chicken pot pie. If you visit on Friday you can have pepper steak or beef goulash. Saturdays and Sundays feature roast loin of pork or lamb roast with baked or mashed potatoes and vegetables. The signature T-Bone steak is a classic, hefty, sizzling T-Bone, cooked to order and served with crunchy onion rings and mushroom caps ($21.95). The charcoal grill renders juicy shell steak, marinated skirt steak and center cut pork chops, available with apple sauce.

Fish and seafood dishes are a real treat at the T-Bone Diner, where the fish is purchased and prepared fresh daily, and is never frozen. Flaky fillet of sole is stuffed with crab meat and spinach while Alaskan salmon is broiled with lemon. Fresh catches of the day may include bluefish, bass or scrod. Juicy lobster and shrimp are available any day, prepared any way you’d like.

I love Greek specialties and you’ll find perhaps the best moussaka and spinach pie at the T-Bone. A diner at the next table devoured juicy lamb shish-ke-bab laced with vegetables over seasoned rice The pastitsio, Greek style baked pasta, is also excellent. Speaking of pasta, the chef did a fine job with a special of the night called shrimp Santorini. Tender, juicy grilled shrimp rested upon toothsome spinach fettuccine topped with bits of feta cheese and an aromatic garlic and oil sauce ($19.95).

When you think of diners you think of desserts and the T-Bone does not disappoint. It’s important to note that all desserts are made on the premises and include creamy cheesecake, plain, or with fruit, rice pudding, bread pudding, strawberry short cake, carrot cake and German chocolate cake with coconut, baklava and more. Ice cream treats such as banana splits and sundaes, make the kids finish their dinner, ordered from the special kid’s menu.

For a great meal any time of day or night, seven days a week, visit the landmark T-Bone Diner where Queens residents have been enjoying delicious meals since 1934.

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