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Good diner near JFK

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Good diner near JFK

Erica Marcus | May 6, 2002 12:06 PM

In the last two weeks I've had two good meals at the Lindenwood Diner, on Linden Blvd. corner of Amber--just on Queens/Brooklyn border. There are all the diner standards, plus Caribbean items as well. I've not eaten extensively, but everything has been far beyond what you'd expect from a diner.

First visit, I had a nice turkey club and a tossed salad. Iceberg lettuce, yes, but fresh and crunchy and the surprisingly flavorful tomatoes. Even the Italian dressing was delicious. My companion had a grilled chicken Caesar salad which was better than most I've had. It wasn't tossed tableside or anything, but again it was fresh, tasty and well-conceived.

On the second trip, I ordered "tropical chicken" which was two jerked chicken legs served on garlic mashed potatoes and a side of collards. This was really about as good as it could have been: the chicken had obviously NOT been sitting on a steam table and was perfectly seasoned, the mashed potatoes were obviously NOT made from a box, and the collards were NOT cooked to death and had bits of tomato and, I think, kielbasa (?) in them. My companion had the same chicken Caesar. They serve a nice bread basket with rolls and corn sticks.

By me, this is a double blessing as a) most diners suck and b) there's little good to eat near JFK.

The Lindenwood is an extremely attractive diner and it hops with a great energy. It's a great place to go after you've picked someone up at the airport or need a meal before catching a plane. I'm anxious to try much more there, especially the breakfast items and burgers. Anyone care to help?

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