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Directions - [a] From NYS Thruway, take Exit 24. West on I-90. Exit 2. At light, take right. Right at next light onto Fuller Rd.[a] [b] From I-90 Westbound, take Exit 2, right at light onto Fuller Rd.[b] Diner is appx 1 mile on left.
Dewey's Diner

Fuller Rd, Albany 12205

518-482-9406

Make - Kullman 1940s

Hours - M-F 7a-2p

Came from Kingston, NY where it was known as Cy's Diner, a chain of diners in Hudson Valley cities. a great real diner with simple but good diner food. A true experience for fans of real diners.

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Directions - Exit 5 of I-90. South 1/2 mile to NY Rt 5. East for appx 1-2 miles. Diner on left.
Jack's Diner

547 Central Ave (Rt 5), Albany 12206

518-482-9807

Make - Comac 1949

Hours - 7am-6pm

Only one of two Comac Diners left. The diner was bought by the owners of the Ravena Diner. The diner itself is on the historic register.

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Directions - Exit 24 of I-88. West on NY Rt 7 for Appx 4 miles. Diner on right.
Gibby's Diner

NY Rt 7, Quaker Street 12141

518-895-2063

Make - Mountain View #307 1953

Hours - W-Su 7:30a-7:30p closed January

Has been in the same family it's entire existence. The diner has had 3 extensions built onto it. Once you try the food, you'll know why. The interior of the diner is in excellent shape, but the exterior needs some TLC.

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Directions - Exit 24 of I-88. Go West into Duanesburg, at Intersection of US Rt 20 and NY Rt 7
Duanesburg Diner

NY Rt 7 @ US Rt 20, Duanesburg 12056

518-895-8843

Make - Bixler

Hours - M-Sa 5:30A-8P Su 7A-8P

A beacon to travelers west of Albany on US Rt 20. This Bixler has been covered over with stones for a long long time. The diner did survive a fire and has original stools and booths, wood, like they all used to be at one time. They serve good real diner food. Often a stop of mine when traveling I-88.

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Directions - [a] From NYS Thruway, take Exit 23. South on US Rt 9W.[a] [b] From I-787, at south termanus, go South on US Rt 9W.[b] Appx 1 mile to Jct with NY Rt 32 (Big M Truckstop). After overpass, take 1st right. Go appx 500 feet. Diner is on right.
Johnny B's Diner

21 Frontage Ave (US Rt 9W), Albany 12077

518-465-4324

Make - Silk City

Hours - Tu-Sa 7A-2P .. Su 7A-1:45P

Previously the Miss Glenmont Diner. The original Glenmont Diner sat on the other side of the road. The diner, probably a Brill diner and part of the Miss Albany chain, was destroyed by fire. Diner is popular on the weekends.

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Directions - On Washington, between Quail and Ontario, south side. Consult an online Map for exact location.
Dan's Place II

494 Washington Ave, Albany 12203

518-463-9102

Make - O'Mahony? 1920s

Hours - Tu-F 5A-6P .. Sa-Su 5A-4P

Diner has been at this spot since the 1950s. It was once called the Thruway Diner, though I am not sure why. So few of these small diners exist today, and this place gives you the true feeling of a diner in the 1930s during lunch when the place is packed with people from all walks of life.

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Directions - Southbound only. Exit ? (Clinton Ave) of I-787. North(Right) at light for appx 1 mile. Diner on right.
Miss Albany Diner

894 Broadway (US Rt 32), Albany 12207

518-465-9148

Make - Silk City #4195 1941

Hours - CLOSED

Diner appeared in the movie Ironweed, during which it received some refreshing. Jan and Cliff Brown, an engineer by trade, bought the diner a little bit after this and has had a successful run ever since. The brunch menu, especially the mad irish eggs and toast makes the diner a very busy place on the weekends.

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Quintessence

11 New Scotland, Albany 12208

gone

Make - Fodero 1948

Hours - demolished

Used in Fodero advertisements. The diner acted as half diner half night club/eatery mattering on what time of day it was. It was just a great place housed within a diner.

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Directions - Exit 13S of the Northway(I-87). This will put you on US 9. Diner will be on the left. If you find yourself at the junction with NY 67, you went too far.
Quintessence

2853 US Rt 9, Ballston Spa 12020

518-580-1212

Make - Fodero

Hours - 11a-11p open 8 am on weekends

photo : thanks to Cheryl Smith, former owner. Previously the Malta Ridge Diner and Chez Sophie's Bistro called this diner home. Sophie's left in 2006 for downtown Saratoga Springs. The diner is missing its original counter, but is still in decent shape otherwise.

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Directions - Diner is located 2.5 miles east of I-88 on US Rt 20.
9 & 20 Diner

Merli Village, US RT 20, Duanesburg

closed

Make - Silk City 1940 4083

Hours - closed

This diner once located at Jct of 9 & 20 in Castleton/Schodack, beckoned many a traveler headed to and from Albany via US Routes 9 and 20. If diners could tell stories, what stories would this one have to tell!

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Directions - [From East] Get on I-890 from I-90. Take exit 6(Michigan Ave) head left. At Christler Ave go right. As the road merges with Crane St, the diner is in front of you and parking is located in the back.
Maggie's

920 Crane St., Schenectady 12303

518-982-0023

Make - Swingle 1979

Hours - open

Swingle remodeled a 1950s diner that they probably took in on trade.

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Directions - [From NYS Thruway] Take Exit 24. US Rt 20 Exit. [From Northway] Go to end of Road (Jct of US Rt 20). [Then Both] West on US Rt 20, for appx 1 mile. Diner on right.
Capital City Diner

1709 Western Ave. (US Rt 20), Albany 12203

518-456-3876

Make - DeRaffele 1997

Hours - Su-Th 6A-Midnight .. F-Sa 6A-1A

One of two of DeRaffele's Capital District entries into the classic movement of diners. Standard diner fare done right.

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Directions - Exit 6 of Northway(I-87). East on NY Rt 2 for appx 1 mile. Diner on traffic circle.
Circle Diner

813 New Loudon Rd, Latham 12110

518-785-3324

Make - Kullman 1998

Hours - 7A-10P, 11 weekends

The owners hired an executive chef to run the kitchen, a fact that is not as rare as you think in large diners. They range from classic diner fare to a fusion of diner food and fine dining.

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Directions - Exit 9 of I-90. North on US Rt 4 for appx 5 miles.
Alexis Diner

294 N Greenbush Rd, Troy 12180

518-286-2603

Make - DeRaffele 1999

Hours - 7a-10p

DeRaffele's other retro entry. The owner worked his way up from dishwasher to owner of his own diner. Now that is a classic American story.

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Directions - From Northway, head west on NY Rt 5. Or from I-890, exit at NY Rt 7 east and take NY Rt 5 east.
Colonie Diner

1809 Central Ave (NY Rt 5), Colonie 12205

518-456-1550

Make - Fodero 1962 - rem

Hours - 6a-10p

This diner, sitting in a plaza parking lot is your typical 1960s suburban diner. The googie (exaggerated lines/flairs) features do seem to have been softened.

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Latham 76 Diner

722 New Loudon Rd, Latham 12110

518-785-3793

Make - 1973

Hours - 24/7

Became the Latham 76 Diner and Restaurant in 1987. For awhile, the diner was called a Restaurant, until the term Diner came back into fashion again.

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Route 7 Diner

1090 Troy Schenectady, Latham 12110

518-785-4107

Make - Manno?

Hours - early 1970s

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Wolf Rd Diner

219 Wolf Rd., Colonie 12205

518-459-5214

Make - Swingle 1973

Hours -

This diner started out at the site of the current Menands Diner. At this site, it was called the Broadway Diner. Colonie Historian related a story that there were disagreements involving the owners of the diner, and frequently, there would be broken windows. The diner was moved to Wolf Rd. in eight sections in 1983.

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Farmer Boy Diner

1975 Central Ave, Colonie 12205

518-456-2243

Make - Paramount

Hours - Su-Th 6a-11p .. Fr-Sa 6a-2a

Diner was re-done in 1992

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East Greenbush Diner

751 Columbia Tpke. , East Greenbush 12061

518-477-8483

Make - Paramount

Hours - breakfast-dinner

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Country View Diner

855 Hoosick Rd., Troy 12180

518-279-1566

Make - Swingle 1988 - rem DeRaff

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Menands Diner

563 Broadway, Menands 12204

518-465-1869

Make - Swingle

Hours - Should open soon

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Directions - Diner is at the intersection of Grooms Rd and US Rt 9
Halfmoon Diner

231 Grooms Rd, Clifton Park 12065

518-371-1177

Make - DeRaffele

Hours -

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Skyline Diner

314 Columbia Tpke, Rensselaer 12144

518-434-3268

Make - Swingle

Hours -

Need to verify the new hours

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Directions - Take Exit 13 of I-90 east to US Rt 9.
Malta Diner

2476 Us-9, Malta 12020

518-899-5099

Make - DeRaffele

Hours -

Town would not let diner owners build a retro diner.

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Glenville Queen Diner

210 Saratoga Rd, Glenville 12302

518- 399-324

Make - 1982

Hours -

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Directions - Exit 22 of I-87 and head south on NY Rt 144
Bridge Diner

NY Rt 144, Coeymans

closed

Make - Bixler

Hours - closed

The best preserved Bixler known. Will someone save this diner? And does someone know its history?

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Chuck Wagon Diner

US Rt 20, Princetown 12056

518-356-3003

Make - Mountain View

Hours - 6am - 7pm

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Ravena Diner

11 Madison Ave, Ravena 12143

518.756.9898

Make - DeRaffele

Hours - all 3 meals

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Gateway Diner

899 Central Ave, Albany 12206

518-482-7557

Make - DeRaffele - rem twice

Hours - 7a - 11p .. til 1a Fri, Sat

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