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“Fun old style American Diner”

Crazy Otto's Empire Diner
Ranked #1 of 40 Restaurants in Herkimer
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $10
Cuisines: American, Diner
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast
Description: Welcome to our original 1952 Mountainview Diner voted Best Upstate New York Diner. Best Atmosphere. Best Bacon. Best Hollandaise. Best Pie Crust. Now celebrating 65 years in the Mohawk Valley and once noted as the "most modern kitchen in New York." We have a HUGE menu and the best staff around. We offer special menus for Gluten Free, Kids and Seniors as well as a great Value Meal Menu including a beverage. Our food is homemade and we pay attention to all the small details. Located only one mile from the New York State Thruway (Interstate 90) at exit 30. You'll be so glad you decided to come visit. Thanks for checking us out.
Ontario, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Fun old style American Diner”
Reviewed July 15, 2014

Apparently home of the worlds largest Omelette. The diner owner is a bit gruff but that gives the place its charm. The girls working the tables are well presented and very courteous. Great atmosphere surrounded by old licence plates and photos of various stars who have dropped by. This place is a gem in Herkimer and is worth the stop for a small refreshment or stay longer and have their omelettes.

Visited July 2014
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Colts Neck, New Jersey
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58 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Best breakfast !”
Reviewed July 13, 2014

Just heading home from Trucks Gone Wild noted the diner as we came into town and planned to stop before hitting the interstate. Soooo glad we did! I'm stuffed! The best florentine eggs benidictic ! Fresh spinach and perfect hash browns. My husband had ham and French toast. But they throw in eggs too! Coffee was just right. Everything fresh. The wait staff were so nice. Also nice to each other and and kitchen crew. Nice to see 8 men working like an experienced team in the kitchen. We sat at the counter and could see and hear everything. Otto should be Very proud to have such a select group of people representing his business. Don't listen to the 1star crabbys. They must never be pleased. Ya get what you pay for. Glad to pay the $2-3 for the best !!! You go Otto! See ya next truck show!

  • Visited July 2014
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Utica, New York
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“awesome food and service”
Reviewed July 10, 2014

Went for breakfast on a Sunday morning. Not very busy and we were seated immediately. The selection on the menu is huge with lots of variety.

The atmosphere is usual diner, with lots of license plates from different states hanging up and autographed pictures from singers, actors and actresses.

Our waitress came over to help us make our selection only to find out she was the owner of this family owned restaurant. Kim and Scott are the very nice owners of this establishment. She made us feel welcomed. Was very friendly.

My boyfriend got the special of the day.....prime rib with eggs, toast and hashbrowns. He loved every bite saying the prime rib was delicious and tender. I had a toasted hoagie roll with chopped ham, bacon and sausage. Topped with fried eggs, cheese and hashbrowns with mayo on the roll. Also served with a side of hashbrowns.

I highly recommend this place for a good hearty breakfast with great family service!! We totaly enjoyed ourselves.

We had been here also once for burgers and they were also delicious....but I think breakfast just totally blew me away!! Thank you Kim and Scott!! We will definitely be back soon

  • Visited July 2014
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Pittsford, New York
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Don't miss this!”
Reviewed July 1, 2014

My sisters and I were in Herkimer for a visit(it's a halfway point for each). We found this gem and had to stop in. The atmosphere is great, waitresses friendly and fun. We each ordered different menu items and enjoyed our meals. We will be eating there next time!

  • Visited January 2014
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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58 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“A Must-Visit!”
Reviewed June 25, 2014

Incredible menu, fun atmosphere, big portions, reasonable prices. It's a flash back to the 50s - a must-visit when in the Herkimer vicinity. Biggest omelets anywhere, served all day, and award-winning hamburgers. They have everything - traditional and adventurous items - for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You won't leave hungry!

Will come back over and over again.

  • Visited June 2014
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