Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Is the Cook Room in Middle Island, NY the first "Gastro Diner" on Long Island?

The Middle Island community is a rather non-descript, fairly unfashionable part of Long Island well known for its busy Wal-Mart.  Imagine Mark and Lynn's surprise when an eclectic, dare we say hip diner sprung up recently smack in the middle of this community.  The Cook Room has quickly become our favorite place to have a late breakfast on the weekends due to its eclectic menu which features the usual breakfast/brunch favorites like Omelets, Pancakes, Hash Browns, Turkey Buger and so on. We have been twice and the artichoke omelet with roasted red peppers and provolone is  my current favorite There is nothing fancy about the food here, no pretense but there is a sense of hip modesty in the details here that is quite becoming (my Diet Coke was served up in a mason jar and John Lennon and Pink Floyd provided the soundtrack for our brunch).  Much of this spirit is surely the result of Lauren and Jim a young couple who are running this restarunt   We have also just dined at M. Wells in equally unhip Long Island City  and it has taken a rather pedestrian old diner space and transformed it into one of the cool places of the moment in the 5 burroughs.  Perhaps a kind of "gastro diner" trend is truly starting to take hold in the area.  Thanks to the Cook Room, Mark and Lynn don't have to hoof it to Long Island City every time to get outstanding, creative diner food.

25 Middle Country Road

Middle Island, NY 11953
(631) 696-4260

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I (Mark) have written for The Christian Science Monitor, Clear Magazine, Picture Magazine, Film Score Monthly, Dan's Papers, Rue Morgue, In Flight USA and a lot more publications that I can't remember.... My wife Lynn was a model with the Ford Agency and her photography has been featured in most of the publications I have written for...


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