If you find yourself motoring through the Catskills in New York when hunger strikes, we suggest locating a diner and settling in for a quick meal of American classics. We like to think that much of the appeal of diners is their fungibility and predictability, but in all honesty that probably overstates the situation. Yes, if all you want is an omelet or a burger, just about any diner will do, but some diners really do a better job than others. One of the most reliable of the breed is the Miss Monticello.

The lunch gyro special came not only with a side of fries, but a cup of soup and dessert as well!

The Miss Monticello has been owned for about three decades by the Nikolados family. Many diners, especially in the Northeast, are owned by Greek-Americans, resulting in the added bonus of Greek specialties on the menu in addition to the club sandwiches, meatloaf, and French toast served at all diners. We enjoy the well-dressed, drippy gyro, and Miss Monticello does a particularly good job with their spinach pie. Of course, you’ll also find pastitsio, souvlaki, moussaka, and Greek salads among the menu’s offerings.

Granted, the matzo ball soup doesn’t quite measure up to our own, but it is satisfying on a brisk fall day.

Prefer something more familiar? Miss Monticello offers everything you’d expect to find in a Northeast diner, right down to the “honey dipped” fried chicken and the Happy Waitress (for diner novices, that’s an open-faced grilled cheese with bacon and tomato). Breakfast is served all day, so if it’s a mid-afternoon Catskill Omelet you’re craving (lox, tomato, onion, cream cheese), or you want some of the aforementioned French toast for dinner (in four styles: thick Texas toast, challah, regular white or whole wheat bread, or made with homemade cinnamon raisin bread), it’s yours.

Sit in the front for full diner ambiance, or in back for roomy tables and chairs.

The front of the diner is traditionally configured, with a row of fixed stools facing a long counter, and a row of booths opposite. Or head into the back room for roomier seating at regular tables. The waitresses are diner dolls, eager to please. You can be well-fed and back on the road in 45 minutes.

405 Broadway
Monticello NY 12701
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Almost always the best ending to a diner meal: rice pudding.



BEST THING TO EAT: Spinach pie