If you’re at all familiar with the North Fork, you’re well aware that there is no shortage of delicious breakfast spots. Whether you’re looking for a simple deli egg sandwich or a luxurious 3-course brunch, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from. But no spot is quite as picturesque as the Cutchogue Diner. Well. Maybe picturesque isn’t quite the right word but what it lacks in elegance, it MORE than makes up for in nostalgia.
Housed in an original 1941 Kullman Diner and family owned since 1987, the Cutchogue Diner is one of the most beloved restaurants on the North Fork. This is a space that caters to everyone, so it’s not surprising to see visiting hipsters dining right alongside fishermen from the marina down the road. No matter who you are or where you’re traveling from, you’re welcome at the diner.
On Main Street in Cutchogue, surrounded by quaint shops, churches, and the library, the 1940’s retro, metal diner could look out of place, but over the years it’s become as much a part of the town as any of these buildings. That being said, when visiting for the first time, we won’t judge if you just HAVE to get a shot of the exterior. It’s the kind of blast from the past that you just can’t pass up photographing. But just wait until you get inside! With the linoleum countertops, the built-in red-topped stools, the original tile bar and floor, it’s hard to decide what to look at first! Don’t be embarrassed about taking a few more photos. It’s the kind of space that’s just begging for its close-up.
You know when something is so dated that it becomes cool again? This is certainly the case with Cutchogue Diner’s plates and cups. As someone who doesn’t generally drink caffeine, I’ll make an exception at the diner just so I can get my hands on one of their logo coffee mugs. It’s the perfect opportunity for your next photo! Pose your coffee or tea alongside the menu (which probably hasn’t changed in 30 years except for the prices) and you’ve got yourself the perfect shot.
You didn’t think I was going to mention a restaurant and not talk about photographing the food, did you? Although the food is simple and my order never changes (2 eggs over medium with home fries and rye toast), I can’t help but take a new photo every time I visit. The red-rimmed diner plates and corresponding placemats are the ideal background for an overhead shot. Just be sure to make it quick so the rest of your party can dig in!
I’ve never once been disappointed by a meal at the diner. On the contrary, I often leave reminded of just how GREAT the food, service, and ambiance is. This past weekend, my family and I lingered at the table well after the [$35] check had been paid and we never felt rushed or unwelcome. So next time you come see us, make it a point to visit our neighbors at the Cutchogue Diner beforehand, or afterwards for some curly fries and turkey club. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed either.
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