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D at Bay 50th St.
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Surf Ave. to Kings Highway, Coney Island Ave. to Surf Ave.
Within view of Coney Island’s Ferris wheel, near a gritty Gravesend overpass, sits a gleaming stainless-steel monument to classic American grub. A true diner’s diner, Parkview fastidiously ticks off every stereotype: monstrous and varied menu? Check. Breakfast anytime? Check. Generous use of neon and frosted-glass accents? Double check. Previous owners shuttered the place in 2007, so when the neighborhood greasy spoon reopened under new management three years later, locals rejoiced. There are plenty of dishes that can disappoint, however: sad, pale white salads of iceberg lettuce; baked potatoes, somehow bland despite heaps of cheese and bacon; and certainly the more ambitious entrées, like a smoked-salmon fettuccine. But hewing to typical gut-bomb fare will yield cheesey, open-face Reubens, thick char-grilled burgers, killer disco fries, and cinnamon-inflected challah French toast drowning in maple syrup and accompanied by plump sausages. Ensconced in a spacious vinyl booth, you could be somewhere off the New Jersey Turnpike—or anywhere near an open stretch of road—which is just fine.Recommended Dishes
Reuben deluxe, $12.95; Challah French toast deluxe, $10.95; chocolate milk shake, $4.95