May I extend my condolences to the owners and employees of the Avenue Dinner on Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven upon the announcement of their closing. I have enjoyed many excellent meals when frequenting local diners.
Over the years, we have seen the demise of too many diners, including the Bay Terrace (Bayside), Bel Aire (Astoria), Gold Star (Bayside), Seville (Douglaston), Sage (Elmhurst), Nevada (Elmhurst), Kanes (Flushing), Saravan (Flushing), Palace (Flushing), Future (Fresh Meadows), Forest Hills (Forest Hills), Waterview (Howard Beach), Fame (Jamaica), Scobees Grill (Little Neck), Sky Line (Glen Oaks), Shalimar (Rego Park), Tasty (Ridgewood) and many others.
Diners have been part of my life from teenage years to today. Eating out is a periodic ritual with my wife.
Portions are generous, who never took a doggie bag home with leftovers to eat the next day? Between the customary soup, salad, rolls, coleslaw, pickles and the main course, diners satisfy the heartiest appetite.
Many times, we bagged our desserts to go.
Here's hoping that our remaining Queens diners, including the Neptune (Astoria), Atlantic (South Richmond Hill), Avenita (Jamaica), Bell (Oakdale Garden), Blue Bay (Fresh Meadows), Bucccaneer (East Elmhurst), Corona (Corona), Court Square (Long Island City), Good Eats (Maspeth), New York (Long Island City), North Shore (Bayside), Parkway (Douglaston), Pops (Flushing), Springfield (Jamaica), The Classic (Richmond Hill), T-Bone (Forest Hills), Tower (Rego Park), Triple Crown (Bellerose), and USA (Rosedale) all continue to survive and prosper.