I met a friend in Staten Island, and he suggested we meet at Z-One. When you walk in, you get the feeling that this is more than a diner. It was Sunday afternoon, and extremely busy. Most of the servers and greeters are young women, probably from the college around the corner. veryone is smiling and generally happy. The booths are large, and plenty of room, which is unusual for a diner. Normally they try to put as many table as they can cram into the space. Also, the booths are LARGE, which is nice to spread things out on. The outdoor seating was full. It was a nice day, and everyone wanted to sit outside.
The food is interesting. They have the old standards-burgers, sides, salads, etc. They also have some dishes that I have never seen before, or are unusual for a diner, like avacoado spring rolls, bison burgers, etc. Quite good, actually. But, the portions are quite large, and if you finish, you will walk away full. The service is a bit slow. And if you try to contact another server who does not handle your table, she will ignore you just like the true New Yorker does. I saw this happen to 3 people, besides us. Our server came around once n a while, but not much.
But, the food is quite good, and the prices are exactly what you would expect. $ 10 for a burger, plus extra for the fixings. If you don't mind taking some home, the value is good. But, if you are not a "doggie bag" person, then it takes a lot to get value from the meal. You had better be hungry.
Hint: Look for a table on the sides. I saw a lot of people bumping into tables in the center, or sliding sideways between tables. I personally do not like someones butt on my table while I am eating.
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