2018-08-08 / Restaurant of the Week

Metro Diner

Since 1991 the Metro Diner has been serving the quiet hamlet of Middle Village and beyond. Traditional New York Diners are a cultural treasure, and while many in the borough have closed recently, the Metro Diner, run by George Siaxabanis, stands proudly, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner to the locals and many who stop in during their busy day. The Metro Diner is nestled on Metropolitan Avenue, which is a bustling thoroughfare for commerce and local shopping, so there are plenty of opportunities to stop in for a quick and delicious meal.

Start the day off right with a hearty breakfast to stay or to go. The grill cooks up a 3-egg special served any style with bacon, ham, sausage, home fries, and toast that will keep you going until lunch time. Egg sandwiches are a New York tradition and Metro Diner makes dozens of them each day, loaded with eggs, cheese, bacon or ham. Fluffy omelets are whisked with peppers and onions for a delicious Western omelet, or feta cheese and tomato for the Athenian omelet. Make any omelet ‘hand held’ by piling it on a soft Kaiser roll, toast, or a bagel. There are plenty of bagels, bialys, and muffins too, along with crispy waffles, golden pancakes, and French toast ($6.75).

Metro Diner is an ideal lunch spot, with a wide variety of salads, sandwiches, soups, burgers and more. I saw diners adjacent to me enjoying a crunchy, chopped village salad, tossed with mixed greens, tomato, roasted peppers, chick peas, Bermuda onion and toasted walnuts that made the perfect summer meal ($9.25). Classic Caesar salad, topped with grilled chicken and the turkey salad bowl are other popular choices. The chef prepares homemade soups each day, with a rotation of options that includes cream of turkey, which I enjoyed, lentil, chicken noodle or split pea. These soups pair up nicely with one of Metro’s hefty sandwiches, such as the tuna melt on an English muffin or bagel, or the Monte Cristo on French toast with grilled ham, cheese, and turkey. The classic Reuben with corned beef, melted Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing is one of my personal favorites. Hand-held wrap sandwiches are popular delivery items with varieties such as the Midville wrap layered with grilled chicken, cheese, sautéed peppers, onion, and mushrooms. The California wrap adds avocado to grilled chicken, bacon, lettuce, tomato and smoky chipotle mayo. Dig into a Greek style gyro sandwich or platter, veal souvlaki sandwich or flaky spinach pie, along with a Greek salad for lunch or dinner.

You can’t beat Metro Diner’s char-grilled, half-pound burgers, cooked to order and served hot and juicy along with your favorite toppings like cheddar cheese, fried onions, sautéed mushrooms, or feta cheese and onion. Turkey burgers, veggie burgers, and mini slider burgers are also available, and served with cole slaw and pickle or make it a deluxe with French fries and onion rings.

It’s too hot to cook, so let the chefs at Metro Diner make you dinner. First, start with an order of crispy chicken wings served with creamy blue cheese dressing. The kids love the chicken fingers and stuffed potato skins too. Entrées include fish and seafood, meats, and sauté dishes. Fresh salmon fillet is broiled or poached with lemon, and served with your choice of rice or potato, soup or salad, and a side vegetable for just $21.95. My stuffed fillet of sole was filled with spinach and feta cheese and was flaky and delicious, served on a generous platter with a baked potato and sautéed broccoli. Tender chicken or veal scampi is gently sautéed with lemon sauce, served with rice, soup or salad, and vegetables ($15). Roast chicken and baked meatloaf with gravy are comforting meals, and the portions are generous at the Metro Diner so there might be some left for lunch. Chicken or veal marsala, chicken Cordon bleu, and chicken teriyaki are popular here.

Carol, the veteran waitress, serves efficiently and with her special sense of humor that makes everyone feel welcome and special. For dessert, order a cup of coffee to accompany the creamy strawberry cheesecake, rice pudding, or ice cream treat.

Visit the Metro Diner any time of day as they are open from 6am to 10pm Monday to Saturday, and 6am to 8pm on Sunday. They’ll happily deliver to your home or office, or stop in for a quick and delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner at one of the Queens diners that makes our borough so special.

73-24 Metropolitan Avenue
Middle Village  718.326.7402

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