I finally had a delicious lunch at the West Taghkanic Diner a few weeks ago. My family and I were driving along the Taconic Parkway, on our way to Long Island when we needed a late lunch. As a rule, I prefer stopping at a diner or restaurant instead of an exit rest stop to avoid the pleas for Happy Meals. The West Taghkanic Diner has been opened in the 1950s. The retro silver exterior with the neon sign looks beautiful at sunset. We ordered a bowl of Boston Clam Chowder, two grilled cheese sandwiches, and a BLT. Everything was delicious. My kids ate everything, and the service was very friendly. It was an odd hour so we the diner wasn’t crowded. I’d recommend the West Taghkanic diner if you are looking for a quick budget friendly good greasy-spoon breakfast or lunch, or you are on a road trip through the Hudson Valley, and you want to have a lunch at a picturesque and quirky kind of place.
Writer Glenn Wells wrote a great article “Taconic Parkway: New York’s Diner Drive” about all the different 1950s diners along the Taconic Parkway. I hope to visit more of them in 2015. West Taghkanic Diner, 1016 Route 82. Ancram, NY.(518) 851-7117