(Hotels are also included in this list

AirLine Diner

AirLine Diner as seen in GoodFellas

Appollo Diner East Meadow ad from the 70s (still open)

Astrojet Room (American Airlines@ JFK)
Bagel Nosh Fresh MeadowsRoslyn

Barnicle Bill’s
Beefsteak Charlie’s

Beefsteak Charlie Local Ad
Bennigans / Great Neck Shop Ctr Current Roosevelt Field
Benihana Port Washington (still open)
Berger’s Delicatessen and Restaurant, Rockaways

The Big Bow Wow

The Big Bow Wow
Blue Bay Diner (Still There)
Boccacios Hicksville

Boggiano’s – Rockaway
Boston Market Plainiew
Burger King Bayside future location 1951
Cadillac Diner Farmingdale (1964)
Cafe on The Green Recent
From 1947 Photos

When it was Jonathan’s

Another 1947 Photo

Cafe Spasso

Canton House Chinese Restaurant – Hillside Ave NHP
Captain Andy’s Farmingdale

Carroll’s Pub Bayside

Carl Hoppl’s Ad

Carl Hoppl’s -Photo

Caruso’s Vintage Photo

Cherry Valley Deli
Chi Chis / El Torito Manhasset / Great Neck
Chock Full of Nuts Times Square

Chow Chow Cup
(and Bungalow Bar, and Good Humor Man)
Clarks Diner Auburndale

Clinton Diner as seen in Goodfellas
Cooky’s Green Acres

Cooky’s Hempstead Turnpike

Cookys Newspaper Ad

Creamy Egg Cream (Bayside)

Dingy Dan’s beach – Rockaway
Don Juan Hicksville
Egg Cream

Far Rockaway Palace
Farrel’s Bayside

First Edition Bayside

Fitzgeralds Bar & Hotel Rockaway
Fontana Di Roma Restaurant
Frankin Diner Frankin Square
Franklin Grill Franklin Square
Friendlies Great Neck 

Vintage Photo

Gam Wah
(Old Country Road Westbury)
Garden City Hotel
Garrison’s Present 1935

Gilroy’s Bar Beach Rockaway
Gloria’s Pizza
Great Bay Diner Bayside
Ground Round Manhasset
Harry Locker’s Hotel, Rockaways
Hamburger Express
(The picture is actually of one in Chicago)

Hamburger Train Rego Park

Hicksville Ground Round
Horn and Hardart / Bagel Nosh / Hooters

1958 Ad

Fresh Meadows Horn and Hardart Closeup
Howard Johnson

Douglason Current

Douglaston Big Pic

Douglason Small Pic

Huntington Station



Mineloa aerial

Mineola at night

1960 area map

Queens Blvd

Queens Blvd in background

Hicksville Current
Jericho Turnpike Syosset

Magazine Ad


Flushing Northern Blvd

Hotel Nassau Long Beach
Huntington Town House

1959 Ad

Huntington Town House
Island Inn – 1960

Island Inn Postcard
Jack In The Box
JFK International Hotel

Joy Island Ad
IHOP / On The Turnpike Douglaston Jericho Turnpike Syosset
East Williston (still open)
1982 Restaurants Listing
Jack in the Box
JFK International Hotel
Jimmy’s Backyard

Kam Fong

Kings Grant Motor Inn Plainview

La Stella Restaurant
Lakeville Manor
Lauraine Murphy Manhasset Ad Current
Original Exterior
Lauraine Murphy Great Neck
Lindenvue Shopping Center 1977

Lorenzo’s Pizza

Super Deli next to Lorenzo’s on Union Turnpike

Lighthouse Hicksville
Little King / Maguire’s / Dempseys
Lennys Clam Bar Bayside / Flushing
Lorenzo’s Pizza Union Turnpike

Lums Flushing – Exterior

Vintage Ad

Recent Photo
Lums Hamburger Restaurant Ad

Magic Pan Restaurant
Maine Maid Inn

1974 Advertisement
Mama Sorrento Queens Blvd
Marathon Deli

McDonalds Bethpage

McDonalds New Hyde Park

Milk Maid Franchise
Minstrel Boy

Ad Circa 1963

Huntington Station Ad

Mr. Wong Westbury Ad

Mr. Wong Westbury Photo
Hotel Nassau Long Beach
Nancine’s Restaurant Great Neck
Nathans Hicksville

Nathan’s Oceanside

N.Y. Mets Hotel

Octagon Hotel Oyster Bay
Old Forge Tavern
Palmer’s Restaurant Corona

Pastrami King
Patricia Murphy’s Candlelight Restaurant
Patrick’s Pub


Peking House

Pizza City

Another shot of Pizza City

Nighttime Shot
Pretzel Man Circa 1940

Plenium – Little Neck

Plenium – Little Neck

Rainbow Cafe and Grill Bellerose
Ratners Deli

Roadside Rest Ocanside
Royal Diner Plainview
Roy Rogers / Super Amusement Whitestone
Sapporo New Hyde Park

Sal’s Pizza Little Neck
Seville Diner
Sherwood Diner Inwood
Sivler Moon / Skyline
Sizzler Little Neck / Great Neck
Spartan Diner Farmingdale (still open)
Steak and Brew
Steak Loft Ad
Super Deli Union Turnpike
Rams Head Diner Beach 116th and Beach Channel Dr.
Red Coach Grill / El Torito /PapaRazzi
Royal Lancer 2007 Streetview|

Roy Rogers Carle Place
Rickshaw / Bacci
Patricia Murphy’s Manhasset Vintage Current
Peter Lugers Great Neck Building 1935
Seville Diner

State Diner Bayswater
Steak Pub
Steak Loft (1st Try) Current

1975 Ad

Surrey House
(Union Turnpike)

Sweden Towers Baldwin

VIP Pizza (still there)
Villa Bianca Ad

Villa Bianca Postcard
Weiss’s Eatery, Broad Channel
Wetsons –


Wetsons Levittown Titus Oaks /Wetsons Hicksville

Wetsons facebook group


More Discussion

Wetsons Post Card

White Castle Bayside

White Castle Bayside (another photo)

White Castle at Union and Parsons

Wine Gallery Restaurant
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  1. There was Secondos, DeliMasters and the Island Diner on Horace harding blvd around 183rd st. Also Entenmann’s Bakery

    • Jane Idell

       /  January 29, 2010

      We used to eat at DeliMaster and at House of Wong right down the block from it. Best Chinese food ever. I thought that DeliMasters would be there forever.

      • Madeline Yanov

         /  September 24, 2012

        Jane, I am trying to find out what happened to the family that owned the House of Wong. Do you know anything about that restaurant? I think the family’s name was Wong and they had a son named Tommy.

  2. harrymil

     /  December 23, 2009

    Perry Winkle’s on 188th and Hillside Avenue. Great seafood.

  3. Fishken

     /  December 30, 2009

    Big Bow Wow and Pizza City in Howard beach

    • Jane Idell

       /  January 29, 2010

      OMG I remember the Big Bow Wow! I think we passed it on the way to visit my grandmother in Rockaway. That’s an amazing memory!

  4. joyce zahn

     /  January 16, 2010

    How about Mario’s Italian Resturant on Horace Harding and 158th st?

    • John

       /  January 12, 2019

      There used to be many similar italian restaurants in Queens that I truly miss. I’d like to add Fra Diavalo in Little Neck and Jimmy Rutha’s in Flushing. When I was alittle tike there was the Half Moon in Astoria

  5. joyce zahn

     /  January 16, 2010

    How about the dinner on Utopia pkwy and Horace harding?It was called the oaises dinner.

  6. joyce zahn

     /  January 16, 2010

    The Surray Steak House on Union Turnpike.

  7. Susan Brandt

     /  April 16, 2010

    My husband’s family owned the LaSalle diner in Queens. It was moved to Long Island City. Does anyone have a photo of it?

  8. Trying to find a photo of the O-MA-HA diner, a RR car diner in Rego Park, Queens. I was born in 1959 and remember going there with my mom a lot as a kid…
    BTW this is a link for the Hamburger Train- my Totally fave childhood restaurant in Queens:

  9. Madeline

     /  May 29, 2012

    What about the A&W in lindenhurst??

  10. George Geiger

     /  July 24, 2012

    What about the San Sue San Restaurant on Jerico Turnpike in Mineola?

    • Steve

       /  September 22, 2014

      My Father had a trio there in the early thru mid 60’s. He played piano and had a bass player and drummer. They worked with great talents like Buddy Greco, Vic Damone, Jerry Vale, Jimmy Roselli etc. I could go on and on, they were great days. He went by the name ” The John Lind Trio”. It was managed by a man named John Avanzino. Does anyone remember this? My father and the rest of the trio are no longer with us and if anyone has any memory of them, I would really appreciate a response.

  11. John Manbeck

     /  June 12, 2013

    I’m looking for a post card or photo of Patricia Murphy’s Candlelight Restaurant on Hicks Street in Brooklyn NY with the name legible.

  12. Susanh Lynch

     /  December 2, 2013

    Does anyone remember a restaurant in Hicksville, NY that was Australian? I believe it was situated in a large older house…Off the main road??

    • Yes! It was the Jolly Swagman. Amazingly, they also had German food. I had my husband’s 50th birthday party there.

      • Steve Lynch

         /  October 12, 2016

        I celebrated my own 50th birthday there. I was the piano entertainer there for the last six years of its existence, January 1997 until February 2003. In the last few years there was a large group of middle-aged patrons, many of them talented singers. I accompanied them all, it was a glorious time.

  13. Iris

     /  October 11, 2014

    Does anyone remember a chinese restaurant in the 1950s on union turnpike and 176th street in Flushing? Not King Yum.

    • Jason

       /  May 3, 2015

      We used to go to a place called The Seven Seas when I was younger. Could that be it?


     /  December 31, 2014

    Just after WW2 the White Castle on Q/blvd and 52nd street was picked up and moved to the corner of Q/blvd and 43rd Street. It’s modern version is still there. I was 12 and I had never seen anything like it. To this day I still remember that fantastic event. Does anybody else remember it ? Were you in the crowd with me ?

    What about The Sunnyside Pool on Q/blvd and 54th street a few years later.

    Does anybody have photos of either of the above ?

  15. Steve LoGuercio

     /  January 12, 2015

    I remember the San Su San. My father played there with his trio on and off from 1961-1966. The John Lind Trio was the name of the group. I went there twice as a 12-13 yr. old. It was unreal, the talent, the whole showbiz thing. You had a singer, a dance act, a comedian, an intermission group, and the main attraction. Not to mention an announcer! So professional and everyone in tuxes! My father loved that job, always said the owners were good to everyone. It was “the place to be” in those days. These type of places are pretty much gone and people today don’t know what they’re missing. It was a nice evening out, people getting dressed up, dancing, great food, great show. It makes me wish I was born about 10 yrs. earlier to really experience it all. If anyone remembers this or John Lind, please respond.

  16. ruth

     /  January 13, 2015

    does anyone know if the owner of pizza city in howard beach opened any other pizza restaurant any place else. anyone know why pizza closed or why owner sold.

  17. ruth

     /  January 18, 2015

    think i remember the place

  18. ruth

     /  February 13, 2015

    was the name of the restaraunt in the malls that sold franks boiled in beer, was the name lens restaraunt

    • E. Lynn Lawson

       /  October 5, 2018

      There was a Len’s Hamburger place in Green Acres Mall. I don’t remember hot dogs there. Best burgers in the state at the time. The only hot dog place I recall is Nathan’s. They may have used beer, but I doubt it.

      • Vincent N. Campisi

         /  May 21, 2019

        The name was Lum’s and they were a chain.

  19. Jason

     /  May 3, 2015

    At the location of the closed Fame Diner on Union Tpke, there used to be a Wendy’s. Before that (late 70’s?) there was what I think was a bbq place. Does anyone remember it or what it was called?

  20. Iris

     /  May 4, 2015

    Doesn’t sound familiar but thank you.

  21. Eleonora Ayvasian

     /  December 17, 2015

    There was a restaurant my Step Dad owened in Manhassett, Trouville, please post a picture and who was the owner John Yervant, and if you could who the head chief was, he wrote a cook book. This was in the 1950’s and all the famous people in the world and hollywood scene were his patrons. (including the Rat” pack and Marilyn Monroe, Stewart Granger.,etc.
    Thank you,
    Eleonora Ayvasian

  22. Gladys

     /  January 29, 2016

    We can’t remember the name of a luncheonette we used to go to in Queens. It delivered your food by train to your seat at the counter. It was a fun place.

  23. Diane

     /  March 3, 2017

    Does anyone know the name of the restaurant that is now Matteo’s in Howard Beach?

  24. Audrey and Nicholas Stanislawek

     /  April 4, 2017

    Is there any information out there about the Round Hill. Restaurant that used to be on Jericho turnpike in Hunt Sta. In the vicinity of the old Hunt. Town House??? I think it was at least 60 years ago and many movie stars used to frequent this fabulous restaurant.

  25. You left out Four and Twenty Pie Shop in Hollis Queens. I’d love to hear what happened to that place.

  26. kathy

     /  February 17, 2018

    HELP PLEASE!!! trying to remember the name of a restaurant in Massapequa near the sunrise mall from 1990’s – was next to white castle – a hexagon or space ship shaped building

    • Jason

       /  March 3, 2018

      I don’t remember the name but was it a pancake or waffle restaurant?

      • I don’t know if this was the original name, but there was a place called American Waffle House right there. We went there with our kids, and that would have been in the 90s.

      • Kathy

         /  March 3, 2018

        Yes that’s it. Breakfast place

    • Jason

       /  March 4, 2018

      I never stopped, but was always fascinated by the architecture while driving past. I can’t be sure, but may have it been named the pancake cottage?

      • Kathy

         /  March 4, 2018

        No unfortunately that was not the name 😕

    • Jason

       /  March 4, 2018

      Try this link. Had a few names of what it was…the one I was thinking was The American Waffle House.

  27. E. Lynn Lawson

     /  October 5, 2018

    Lum Lee Chinese Restaurant in Valley Stream closed when one brother shot and killed the other. Does ANYONE else remember this place and when it closed?

  28. Okay–Anyone remember a country-style restaurant in Nassau County, brown building, not fancy, that served biscuits and strawberry jam and pickles before your food arrived? Name? Location? It’s driving me nuts… My mom (rest her soul) loved to take us there…

    • Gladys

       /  February 24, 2019

      I don’t know if this is what you’re thinking of: Patricia or Lorraine Murphy’s. They served delicious popovers.

    • donna

       /  May 23, 2019

      maybe raynoors chicken ?

  29. In an effort to help your list’s completion:
    The “Beau Sejour” restaurant in Bethpage, was very elegant in the 50’s and early 60’s. I believe Eisenhower and Kennedy dined there, after landing at Grumman.

  30. Arlene Leibowitz

     /  August 4, 2020

    I am trying to remember the name of a restaurant on Union Turnpike that was not a franchise or ethnic restaurant. It was not a fancy restaurant, but was very nice. I think it was in Kew Gardens or near there.

    • Gladys

       /  September 7, 2020

      It’s not what you are thinking of I’m sure, but for a short time, my uncle had a luncheonette, Uncle Sid’s, on Union Turnpike. I think it was near Ben-Ric Furs.

  31. Robert

     /  September 14, 2020

    Porky & Glen restaurant on Bay Street in Bay Shore didn’t make the list.

  32. Robert

     /  September 14, 2020

    Porky & Glen restaurant on Bay Street in Bay Shore didn’t make the list.


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