2013-07-31 / Restaurant of the Week

T-Bone Diner

Don’t let the massive construction project happening out front fool you. The T-Bone Diner is open for business as it has since 1934, run by brothers Peter and George Plevrites. New York is a work in progress and an unfortunately placed subway elevator project has wreaked havoc on local businesses, like the T-Bone Diner. That’s why it’s MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER to support community businesses in challenging times. The project, I’m told, was supposed to be completed in less than a year, but more than two years later, it languishes in the city’s ‘to do’ list.

In spite of all this mess, the T-Bone Diner continues to serve delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner and baked items 24 hours a day and I urge you to come in and say hi to George, Peter and the dedicated staff that greet everyone with a smile. The fine food and bakery items speak for themselves where fabulous entrees, pasta, burgers, steaks, chops and more prevail. Sit back in a comfortable booth or table and enjoy a cocktail, beer or glass of wine while you check out the nightly dinner specials. They are so reasonably priced, you couldn’t possibly cook them yourself any cheaper. For around $14.95 you’ll get a cup of homemade soup or salad, main course with vegetables or potato, dessert and coffee or tea. Classic diner meat loaf, roasted chicken, stuffed cabbage, broiled fish and more round out the choices. We shared a generous

serving of stuffed mushrooms as an appetizer which were filled with sweet crabmeat, breading and mild spices. Next, a crunchy Greek salad was served along with their famous ‘spanakopita’ spinach pie. The Bufffalo wings are great too. Wednesday is Pasta night which features linguine with baby spinach and tender, grilled spinach, as well as penne alla vodka, manicotti and low carb spinach fettuccine with garlic and fine olive oil. Enjoy creamy fettuccine alfredo and a rich, hearty Bolognese sauce over your favorite pasta.

Sautee dishes include tender veal or chicken cutlets prepared francese style or with a touch of sweet Marsala wine and mushrooms. Chicken or shrimp scampi is delicious, served over rice or pasta, or with your choice of potatoes and vegetables. Dive into a juicy namesake T-Bone steak topped with mushroom caps, a tender shell steak or London broil, served with potatoes and vegetables. Greek specialties are done really well here, such as the chicken, pork or shrimp kebabs, Gyro sandwiches on pita with tzatziki sauce, mousaka or pastitsio. On the weekends, enjoy roasted leg of lamb with all the trimmings.

The T-Bone specializes in fish and seafood specialties too, such as jumbo shrimp scampi, broiled fillet of sole, stuffed fillet of sole with a delightful combination of crabmeat and spinach, or two lobster tails broiled on the spot and served with melted butter and lemon. The broiled scallops are great too and a house favorite is shrimp Florentine with lots of fresh spinach.

At lunchtime, a special menu of toasted Panini sandwiches makes choosing easy. A sliced turkey, Monterey jack cheese and bacon Panini gets all warm and melted from a press on the grill. Chicken fajita, chicken cordon bleu with ham and cheese and a classic chicken club sandwich are all on this menu. From the sandwich menu, a classic Reuben sandwich, topped with corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Russian dressing is NY style comfort food. The T-Bone burgers are made from quality beef, turkey or vegetables and prepared to order with your choice of cheeses and toppings, served with or without their crispy fries and onion rings. Fresh salads, such as the Greek, Nicoise, Caesar or Chef’s salad are tossed with fresh vegetables. Each day, the chefs make soup from scratch with varieties that include lentil, vegetable, matzoh ball, chicken noodle and navy bean. Pair a sandwich or salad with a cup of soup for a great lunch or dinner.

On your way to work, stop in for breakfast where you’ll find a full array of eggs, fluffy omelets filled with cheeses, ham or vegetables and more. Thick sliced challah French toast is a perennial favorite and the Belgian waffles are available any time of day, topped with fruit and whipped cream. All baking is done on premises so try a muffin, bagel or flaky roll with butter. The service is efficient and friendly, so you can stop in before work, order a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich, and get out quickly. In fact, the subway is literally just outside the T-Bone. Orders are also swiftly packed up to go on your way.

As you enter the dining room, a sparkling glass case displays desserts which are all made in house. Creamy New York cheesecake, with or without fruit, chocolate layer cake, German chocolate cake and carrot cake make deciding difficult. Everyone loves the creamy rice pudding, chocolate mousse and fresh fruit salad. The T-Bone Diner is the perfect place to visit either before or after a movie at the Midway for a cup of delicious coffee and one of their fine desserts.

Since 1934 the T-Bone Diner has served hundreds of thousands of Queens’ citizens. Now it’s time to support them during the disruptive construction project. Come for breakfast, lunch, dinner or an anytime snack, seven days a week, anytime of day or night. We support you!

107-48 Queens Boulevard
Forest Hills  718.261.7744

www.tbonediner.com

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