Best of Westchester
Best All-Night Breakfast 2007. Oh, it's a sad day when your favorite diner gets a lobster tank and a liquor license. It's like another fallen soldier in the proud American tradition of lunch counters. The good news is that it will never happen at the Star, which is far too small for either of those dubious improvements. Wedged in the alley between two buildings, there's just no room to grow. This streamlined, 1930s steel diner will always hold only five booths and 16 stools, which is just about perfect. And while the prices have changed since the Depression, the Star's quality hasn't: expect homemade pancake batter; real butter on your toast; yummy, griddle-crisped home fries and delicious, fresh brewed coffee. And isn't that why you go to a diner, anyway?
Best Old-School Breakfast 2008. No mimosas, no brioche, no smoked salmon. Instead, what you'll find at Star Diner is a good old American, stick-to-your-ribs breakfast, served at a bullet-shaped, stainless-steel, vestige-from-the-1930s lunch counter. The Star is open 24 hours a day, and its all day/all night breakfast specials include our favorite: two perfectly cooked over-easy eggs with crisp, hot, cooked-to-order bacon, well-caramelized home fries, and an English muffin spread with real butter. Plus, the Star's coffee is better than any diner's around and you'll find great, greasy (in a good way) cheeseburgers, too.
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