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Old 08-25-2007, 07:04 PM
 
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Its just a run down place. There's nothing there any more. The catering place that was next door closed also. I use to eat at the dining car in the 80's. The food was pretty good. But like everything on LI taxes keep going up and people are moving off.
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Old 09-02-2007, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Cape Coral Fl
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I was Centereach for 15 years and know these area's well your chating about.

Owned in Cape Coral sine March of 2002, moved down here 7/05

Miss the Island during the fishing season but do come back to fish the Riverview Striper Tourney in NOV.
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Old 01-06-2008, 08:50 AM
 
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The Dining Car 1890 was in Setauket at the corner of Nichols Road and 25A. The original restaurant and related buildings are still standing, pretty much in tact. The Dining Car closed around 1992 for financial reasons, and was vacant for a few years before it reopened. I worked there for several years through high school and college in the late 80's and early 90's. It was primarily decorated with authentic train memorabilia. Lot's of it. Lanterns, signs, photos, plaques, signal lights, etc. I even remember an old stack of magazines in the basement that was found in one of the train cars when they were originally acquired.

Today, the main part of the former Dining Car restaurant is called the Curry Club, it's a well-rated Indian restaurant. I was in there once a couple of years ago, and the inside looks pretty much the same, except the front foyer and bathrooms were reconfigured (which was badly needed). The bar still more or less has the Dining Car feel (now called the Velvet Lounge), and now has a little stage. It's a great barroom! Unfortunately, prior to Curry Club opening, the landlord scrapped two of the train cars years ago, but some still remain. I believe you can still be seated in the rear car, which I was told was Herbert Hoover's campaign car for a whistle stop tour. The big white adjoining building that was formerly the Victoria House catering hall is also still standing. Regretfully, this was converted into office building. It was a great space that had tremendous potential - considering the size of the rooms and the relative wealth in the area. I did consider leasing it back when - but the rent was outrageous, and there was an issue with sewage rights. I believe they all belonged to the restaurant portion, and not the catering hall.

I would say it was a combination of a recession and mixed priorities that led to the downfall of the Dining Car.

I have a lot of great memories working there. The staff was like family. We always had a great time. I could talk for hours about all the people and the stories we made. A reunion at the location would be great, but I don't even know where to find any people!
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Old 01-06-2008, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Inis Fada
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The Dining Car 1890 was in Setauket at the corner of Nichols Road and 25A. The original restaurant and related buildings are still standing, pretty much in tact. The Dining Car closed around 1992 for financial reasons, and was vacant for a few years before it reopened. I worked there for several years through high school and college in the late 80's and early 90's. It was primarily decorated with authentic train memorabilia. Lot's of it. Lanterns, signs, photos, plaques, signal lights, etc. I even remember an old stack of magazines in the basement that was found in one of the train cars when they were originally acquired.

Today, the main part of the former Dining Car restaurant is called the Curry Club, it's a well-rated Indian restaurant. I was in there once a couple of years ago, and the inside looks pretty much the same, except the front foyer and bathrooms were reconfigured (which was badly needed). The bar still more or less has the Dining Car feel (now called the Velvet Lounge), and now has a little stage. It's a great barroom! Unfortunately, prior to Curry Club opening, the landlord scrapped two of the train cars years ago, but some still remain. I believe you can still be seated in the rear car, which I was told was Herbert Hoover's campaign car for a whistle stop tour. The big white adjoining building that was formerly the Victoria House catering hall is also still standing. Regretfully, this was converted into office building. It was a great space that had tremendous potential - considering the size of the rooms and the relative wealth in the area. I did consider leasing it back when - but the rent was outrageous, and there was an issue with sewage rights. I believe they all belonged to the restaurant portion, and not the catering hall.

I would say it was a combination of a recession and mixed priorities that led to the downfall of the Dining Car.

I have a lot of great memories working there. The staff was like family. We always had a great time. I could talk for hours about all the people and the stories we made. A reunion at the location would be great, but I don't even know where to find any people!
Curry Club/Velvet Lounge is a portion of the former Dining Car 1890. Another restaurant, Bliss, occupies the car that was perpendicular to Rte 25A.
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Old 01-07-2008, 05:12 PM
 
Location: home...finally, home .
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have a lot of great memories working there. The staff was like family. We always had a great time. I could talk for hours about all the people and the stories we made. A reunion at the location would be great, but I don't even know where to find any people!

I wonder if you worked with my brother Frank .
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Old 01-12-2008, 06:34 AM
 
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Default Frank?

I do remember "a" Frank. Keep in mind - this was almost 20 years ago, which I can not believe. I need a few more clues. Last name would help. Also, what did he do?
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Old 01-12-2008, 03:50 PM
 
Location: home...finally, home .
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I do remember "a" Frank. Keep in mind - this was almost 20 years ago, which I can not believe. I need a few more clues. Last name would help. Also, what did he do?
This was longer ago than that, I'm afraid. Nearly thirty. He was a waiter there in The Dining House 1890.... between college and law school.
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Old 12-18-2011, 01:47 PM
 
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Default Dining car 1890

I remember the puff dinner rolls that were served. Does anyone know the recipe for making them?
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Old 07-06-2012, 09:19 AM
 
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Nice job on the description, 1890 was really a busy place and I remember it well. David and Sandra were very kind to me when I returned from Las Vegas and needed a job. Sandra was the friendliest chef ever and full of great ideas. I still carry on the tradition of creating new dishes with the passion she had. The kitchen and wait staff were some of the best looking people around. I still keep in touch with Izzy the builder and bartender. I must stop by sometime when I'm in the area and see how much has changed. Best of the best Ron [mod] no private e-mails please [/mod]

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Old 07-06-2012, 09:23 AM
 
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If you mean the piping hot popovers served by a little cutie from a wicker basket, then it is a simple recipe found on the web. The secret is not to over mix and preheat the muffin pan with clear butter or oil, never look while they are cooking.
Hope this helps. Best of the best Ron
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