Champions of Breakfast

We all remember our first introduction to the diner. Sort of. It was probably an underage stumbling in, fake IDs exhausted from the night’s activities, the flirtations and the chance barroom brawls. We found the bottomless cups of coffee that dignified our demands. This “land of yes” where you can have anything you want at any time is the place that would reconcile the most random cravings. It is a stagecoach of equality and acceptance. And it’s why we come back under the most varied of circumstances.

Hampton Bays Diner
Montauk Hwy @ Route 24

Décor: Roadhouse retro with polished wood and lots of windows
Clientele: Real estate adventurers and lost Manhattanites
Distinguisher: One of the last few open 24hrs and actively using a liquor license

Mineola Diner
Jericho Tpke & Willis Ave

Décor: True 1948 stainless steel throwback
Clientele: Dark suits en route to the county courthouse and government buildings
Distinguisher: Outdoor seating

On Parade
Jericho Tpke, Woodbury

Décor: Deco meets doo-wop—classic 50s cars are etched on glass dividers
Clientele: Captains of industry settle billion dollar deals over bacon and eggs
Distinguisher: Fran, the 30-year morning waitress, a celebrity in her own right

Sayville Modern Diner
Main Street

Décor: Railcar meets sock hop
Clientele: Academics, teachers and professors who live and work nearby
Distinguisher: It’s haunted

Sweet Hollow
Broadhollow Rd, Melville

Décor: Mirrored walls that throwback to 70s late-night glam
Clientele: Masters of the universe headquartered along the 110 corridor
Distinguisher: Some of LI’s biggest deals were done over Sweet Hollow brew