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Diner Critique: Cooperstown Diner (Cooperstown, N.Y.)

Review | Written and photographed by Nathan Mattise

Directions | Web site | Overall Rating: 5

If you’re in Cooperstown, N.Y., chances are you’re there for baseball (with the exception of locals and those seeking out Brewery Ommegang of course).  Baseball and food go hand and hand however (see slideshow for details), and that’s why an establishment like the Cooperstown Diner needs to fit into your travel plans. It may appear less extravagant than that hall just down the street, but there’s just as much charm and value here for baseball purists and the rest of us alike.

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Hello Yuengling, goodbye bananas, goodbye boxed wine (guy) and goodbye Doc’s Little Gem

Food Links Compiled by Nathan Mattise

  • Yuengling is seeking out consumer opinion on a variety of their beers. They did Black & Tan last month but this time around the traditional lager is up.

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Diner Critique: Ruston’s Diner (Jamesville, N.Y.)

Review | Written and photographed by Nathan Mattise

DirectionsWeb siteOverall Rating: 5

Forgive me while I’ll weave an extended NCAA Basketball analogy.

March is a time for underdogs and upsets  in basketball and life. Every field has its share of Kentucky’s and Duke’s. Those are the names first off everyone’s lips in the CNY Diner Scene – Stella’s, Doc’s maybe The Eggplant. Each year however the NCAA Tournament brings to light lesser known sides that have all the characteristics of the major programs, they just lack the exposure (CNY’s own Cornell this year for instance). Today I found CNY’s mid-major diner that deserves major program status. Meet Ruston’s Diner. Continue reading

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Diner Week Critique Special: Les Halles (Manhattan, N.Y.)

Review | Written and photographed by Nathan Mattise

Directions | Web site | Overall Rating: 5

I love Anthony Bourdain.

He is the most popular incarnation of all my major interests rolled into one person (music, food, travel, writing, people). I’ve read his book, I watch his show religiously and I’d preorder tickets if he ever made an appearance within four hours of me. So when in NYC, regardless of whether it’s a true diner or not, I’m eating breakfast at his establishment.

Meet my hallowed grounds of all that is culinary, Les Halles. Continue reading

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Diner Week Critique: Doc’s Little Gem Diner (Syracuse, N.Y.)

Review | Written and photographed by Nathan Mattise

Directions | Web site | Overall Rating: 5

There are certain things that make a diner unmistakably charming: Variety in crowd type and size, a robust yet inexpensive menu offering specials and breakfast any time, an atmosphere that is just clean enough to maintain a “hole-in-the-wall / our secret spot” feel, and 24/7 hours that make it an oasis for hungry, bored or vital-conversation-needing folks alike. I heard about such fantasies first on the Golden Apple episode of This American Life. I lived such fantasies first at Doc’s Little Gem Diner. It’s practically what our rating system was based off. Continue reading

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Diner Critique: Miss Syracuse Diner (Syracuse, N.Y.)

Review | Written and photographed by Nathan Mattise

Directions | Web site | Overall Rating: 5

Downtown Syracuse is your standard mid-sized city maze. If you’re not a local and you’re trying to find that place on Washington (or was it Walnut?), you’re doomed to fall victim to the labyrinth of one-ways and day-specific-left-turn only intersections. The lone upside of all the mess is that exploration leads to discovery. That’s exactly what led me to Miss Syracuse Diner. Continue reading

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