Daily, 24 hours
R at 86th St.
American Express, MasterCard, Visa
Gen. Lee Ave. to Bay Ridge Pkwy., Seventh Ave. to Shore Rd.
Sprawling at the end of Brooklyn, near the base of the majestic Verrazano Bridge, this roomy, chrome-and-pastel-colored diner gives the impression that it’s been mysteriously transported from some other state with lower real-estate values—say, New Jersey. It’s even got a parking lot. Once inside, however, the restaurant’s Bay Ridge provenance is clear. The menu is the familiar overstuffed, multi-page compendium of round-the-clock breakfast dishes, sandwiches and burgers (deluxe and otherwise), comfort-food dinner specials and desserts. There’s also a preponderance of seafood, such as swordfish, calamari, and even lobster. The stuffed baked clams are a hands-down winner, overflowing with lush, creamy filling, but the more simply prepared broiled scallops, halibut, and sole showcase the food’s freshness. Sides are equally simple and tasty: zesty onion soup, sautéed escarole and a fluffy baked potato served in foil with a generous dollop of sour cream. By meal’s end, if the rich cheesecake isn’t enough to prove this diner’s authenticity, take note: they’ll also make you an egg cream.Recommended Dishes
Stuffed mushrooms Florentine, $13.95