Long Island City is an area in Queens(for some reason people refuse to admit that it’s Queens), still going through a major gentrification renovation. I pass through this area of Queens quite a bit and on Van Dam St. the heart of Long Island City is the Van Dam Diner. A classic eatery, with seats at the counter, a line of booths on one side and tables on the other. Every inch of this restaurant screams nostalgia and I eat here as often as I can when I’m in this part of Queens.
As soon as I walk in, the host who knows me for years, seats me at my usual spot, right by the window. I love the window seats because they’re great for people watching, which is getting more interesting every year. As I take my seat, I’m immediately accompanied by a cup of coffee from a server who is new to this stomping ground of mine.
As I look at my phone to respond to a text message, my breakfast is sitting right in front of me as I look back. Service is one of my most important determinants when it comes to recommending a place for my readers to enjoy. Now I didn’t give my order to the server and yet there my breakfast is right in front of me. The host knows what I want and puts the order in. The server benefits from the gratuity I am about to leave after receiving excellent service.
My meal is always excellent when I come to the Van Dam Diner as it should be. I have never been disappointed no matter what the meal is, hence why I am not going to elaborate as to what my meal was. Dining establishments can have the best food which can always be ruined by sub-par service. That is why I love Van Dam Diner, the service is great and on point.
The Van Dam Diner is a pillar of the community and hasn’t changed all these years. Gentrification has had no effect on this classic grill and I am absolutely sure it’s going to remain the same. Gentrification causes change we are all aware of that, it’s places like Van Dam Diner that are resistant to change and keeps us optimistic about the future of New York City and its boroughs.