According to Greek mythology, ambrosia is the food and drink of the gods. Queensbury, NY isn’t exactly Mount Olympus, but the Ambrosia Diner would have you think otherwise.
Open 7 days a week and 24 hours on the weekends, Ambrosia Diner features some of the best desserts you’ll probably ever have in Upstate NY. But more on that later.
We arrived around noon and asked for a booth. It wasn’t super busy, and the interior was beautiful. Polished tile covered the wall behind the counter, the booths were extremely comfortable and the waitstaff were all really friendly.
The menus were comfortable and worn like an old leather couch, and featured a “Diner Classics” section, as well as an expansive dessert list, specialty coffees and dinner entrees. While perusing our variety of options, we ordered a coffee, water and a caramel cappuccino, making note that the desserts looked amazing and we’d have to save room.
The water was definitely a 5 out of 5, as it tasted pure and clean with no aftertaste. The coffee was smooth, fresh and full-bodied, and is rated a 4. My cappuccino was smooth and spectacular with no odd chemical taste like you might get with a drink at some other coffee joint (I’m looking at you, Starbucks, get it together).
We each decided on French onion soup and the triple decker turkey sandwich. Matt got the french fries with his and I went with potato salad, because I was trying to pretend it was summer. (We all have our ways of coping with this freezing weather.)
The French Onion soup, though it looked spectacular and was cooked perfectly, tasted a little bland. The cheese was fabulous though, as cheese tends to be, especially when melted in a crock.
The sandwiches were very good and obviously used real turkey instead of that 90% filler meat that you find so easily at other restaurants. The fries were cooked to a delicious golden crisp, and the potato salad was quite good (but not as good as yours, mom, if you’re reading this).
Everything was great and the waitress made sure to keep our water glasses full. We ended up wanting dessert because everything in the display cases looked incredible. Sometimes at diners the desserts look fabulous from afar, and then when you get up close, you realize it all looks like it’s doused in Cool Whip, which isn’t even real food and basically karma’s way of getting you back for pushing that kid at recess in the fourth grade. So…um…anyway, we had to decide among things like a carrot cake roll, banana cream pie, chocolate eclairs the size of my face and numerous other confectioneries. Matt went with the coconut cream pie and I went with the Napoleon. We asked the waitress where the desserts came from, and they actually have a bakery downstairs. That’s right, they’re baked on premises!
So the Napoleon, as it turns out, is one of the best desserts I’ve had in my life and the coconut cream pie was incredible as well. Here are some pictures, sorry if they’re making you drool:
It would be well worth it to drive there late night on the weekend for a cappuccino and a dessert. The food in general was a 4 but the desserts were a 5 for sure, if not a 6. The pie crust was flaky and light, and the Napoleon was dusted with powdered sugar that may or may not have been made from the tears of angels. Seriously, go there and order dessert.
We’re rating the dinerness of Ambrosia Diner a 5 out of 5, as they have captured the spirit of a classy American diner. Tile covers some of the walls, there is chrome as far as the eye can see, the counter has stool seating and the large windows offer a glimpse out to the street so you can watch the cars passing by. The old and the new come together at Ambrosia Diner a way that most diners seek to replicate but never quite get.
If you’re in Queensbury or find yourself within a 100 mile radius of it some weekend, make a point to go there and get the Napoleon or a coconut cream pie slice. Nothing connects you to the gods quite like a little taste of heaven.