2017-11-29 / Restaurant of the Week

T-Bone Diner

For 83 years, the T-Bone Diner has been a landmark on its Queens Blvd corner, and the local spot for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Stop in to or from work, the movies, shopping, the subway, or just because you’re hungry. You’re probably tired of Thanksgiving leftovers by now so treat yourself to a hearty meal at the T-Bone. Brothers Peter and George greet most of their customers by name, many of whom have their favorite dishes, or are looking to try one of the nightly specials. The sparkling glass case up front shows off some of the delicious desserts available, all made on the premises. We settled into our comfortable booth and started to review the extensive menu, which features nearly everything you could imagine for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack, 24 hours a day.

Frank, the friendly waiter is also a fine barman and mixed up a martini and a Manhattan, lickety split. Next, we dove into some baked stuffed clams and jumbo shrimp cocktail that was plump and delicious. The kids will love mozzarella sticks and chicken fingers, while adults also love Buffalo wings and juicy stuffed mushrooms.

The bargain of the year is the T-Bone Diner nightly dinner special, priced under $20 and includes soup or salad to start, and potato or rice and vegetables on the side. The homemade lentil soup was perfect for the chilly night, and there’s also chicken noodle, matzoh ball, and Yankee bean soup. The vegetable lasagna was a huge portion of fresh pasta layered with the goodness of garden fresh vegetables topped with a light tomato sauce. My partner devoured the fresh fillet of scrod, perfectly cooked with lemon and butter sauce, with sides of mashed potatoes and freshly steamed broccoli. There was also salmon fillet on the menu, making the choice a tough one. I couldn’t resist the classic T-Bone steak, a hefty size, grilled to my request, and full of great texture and flavor. It was topped with mushroom caps and crunchy onion rings, served with a baked potato and peas and carrots.

Owing to their Greek roots, it’s no wonder Peter and George do a great job with classic dishes such as moussaka, pastitsio, and roasted lamb on the weekends. Order a Greek gyro sandwich or platter, or their juicy chicken shish kebab with rice pilaf and vegetables. Spinach pie is a meal for lunch or dinner, served with soup or salad.

From the grill come loin pork chops, Romanian steak with onion rings, and London broil. Pasta dishes include spaghetti Bolognese with rich, meaty sauce and fettuccine Alfredo. Linguine with clam sauce or with garlic, spinach and chicken are popular choices. Sauteéd 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.

For lunch, dinner, or late night meal, check out T-Bone’s sandwiches, burgers, and wraps. From the sandwich menu, a classic Reuben sandwich, topped with corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Russian dressing is NY style comfort food. The Mediterranean wrap is filled with feta cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions for a vegetarian treat. Grilled chicken wrap or tuna salad wrap are nice too, served with French fries. Pair your sandwich with a crunchy salad like the Greek salad, full of veggies. 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.

The T-Bone Diner is open 24 hours, so you can have breakfast anytime. There’s 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. Best of all, the subway is literally just outside the door. Orders are also swiftly packed up to go on your way, and they deliver to your home or office.

Save some room for their homemade pastries including Greek baklava, apple crumb cake, carrot cake, strawberry cheesecake, and lemon coconut cake. Their creamy rice pudding and chocolate pudding are a hit with the kids.

Enjoy a meal anytime at the legendary T-Bone Diner, celebrating 83 years in Forest Hills. For breakfast, lunch, or dinner, they have something for everyone. The service is fast and friendly, and the location is convenient.

107-48 Queens Boulevard
Forest Hills  718.261.7744


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