We were on our way to NYC from Charlotte NC, so I was prepared for the culture shock, however when I read on the internet what the Clinton Diner was I really thought it would be a place my husband would enjoy (btw, there are many billboards, that was how I found it!). I had read online we could PICK where we wanted to sit, and it boasts about the room with the model train in it and the area that is actually an old train car. We walk in and were led to our table in a room with just a few train pictures on the wall. Oh and the host was about 8 steps in front of us and just put the menus on the table and walked away, didn't even wait for us to get to the table asking if it was OK like all the other places I have been to where a host seats you.
We ordered drinks, me thinking we are above the Mason Dixon line thought no sweet tea is good tea up here. My husband didn't think about this went to order "sweet tea" and we were informed they had "raspberry tea" which means Lipton from a soda fountain. No thanks, so we got Pepsi (NO COKE) which came in what is possibly the smallest soda glass I've ever been served that wasn't child sized (it was at the most 12 oz).
It says good food at Diner prices which translated means burgers and sandwiches are reasonably priced the dinners on the other hand are $15+ each. The bread we were served was warm and tasty. My husband ordered a burger and OMG it was a half pound burger! I ordered a chicken sandwich which had two pieces of chicken, 3 slices of tomato and some lettuce. It was pretty good other than the sandwich was falling apart from the items being stacked on it but I managed.
The waiter came and refilled our small cups one time, which was fine with me because I didn't even drink my Pepsi (I'm not used to drinking soda and totally regret ordering it for $2 each!). We didn't get dessert which really looked good with so many things to pick from, in hind sight I should have just ordered dessert but the dairy free options like like very few if any.
Food was good and what we got was priced well but the service could definitely use an adjustment.
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