Nestled in some of the most dramatic landscape New York has to offer, Noon Mark Diner is a kitschy place to grab breakfast, lunch or dinner. I'd gladly drive the 250 miles from my home to get another slice of their squash pie and another bowl of their black bean soup. I'd probably skip the hot roast beef sandwich I had on my first visit and try one of their other soups -- they have four homemade varieties a day.
The generous bowl of black bean soup ($2.45) seemed to have thousands of tiny black beans in a rich, complex broth, deeply flavored by salt-pork, but also tasting of cilantro, chili, and smoky peppers.
Squash pie is like pumpkin pie but made with something other than hubbard or pumpkin squashes. The waitress wasn't sure what squash this rendition used, and I don't really care except that if I knew they had the exact same pie today I'd jump into my car. The pie was firm, moist, and aromatic with nutmeg, mace, and deft touches of clove and allspice. The crust, absolutely made by hand, was tasty, flaky and moist.
Squash pie isn't on the list, but Noon Mark Diner ships more than 25 other variety of pies, most in a regular and crumb version. They also ship other baked goods and homemade jams. The link below takes you to their home page which has links to their whole menu.
Noon Mark Diner [Essex County]
1770 NYS Rte. 73, PO BOX 794
Keene Valley, NY 12943