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Queens diners: Favorites for all-day breakfast and endless coffee

Endless cups of coffee, broken-in booths and 10-page menus are a combination that simply cannot be beat.

Beyond home fries browned to perfection and breakfast all day, some diners just have that little something extra special.

Here are eight of our favorite Queens spots places to visit for breakfast at midnight and a booth.

Bel Aire Diner, Astoria

In business since 1965 and owned by Kefalonia,
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In business since 1965 and owned by Kefalonia, Greece, native Archie Dellaportas, this 24-hour diner serves up a multitude of classics like pancakes, omelettes and salads. "We have a lot of home cooked food as well," says Archie's son Peter Dellaportas, in addition to popular burger and sandwich options. Notable specialty items include spinach pie, moussaka and pastichio. (31-91 21st St., 718-721-3160)

Georgia Diner, Elmhurst

Complete with peach decor throughout its 300-seat dining
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Complete with peach decor throughout its 300-seat dining room, Georgia Diner serves up traditional Greek, Italian and Spanish food. "Almost every six months, we switch in and out about six new items," John Lasher, general manager, says. He also notes fresh seafood options available daily, including flounder, filet of sole and swordfish. Open since 1978, it's is owned by Greece native Demitrios Kaloidis. Open 24 hours a day, every day. (86-55 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, 718-651-9000)

Neptune Diner, Astoria

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"It's committed to its aquatic aesthetic," first-time customer Sarah Homer notes, nodding to such touches as the portrait of the Roman god of the sea that graces the menu. Dive into the nautical-themed, 24/7 Neptune and you'll find Greek classics, fresh seafood options and diner staples including chocolate milkshakes (pictured).

Opened in 1958, Neptune has hosted the sporting likes of Derek Jeter and radio talk show host and commentator Mike Francesa. It helps that the diner is about five miles away from both Citi Field and Yankee Stadium. (3105 Astoria Blvd., Astoria, 718-278-4853)

Pop’s Diner, Flushing

Juscelino Hong, Pop's owner since 2010, says he
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Juscelino Hong, Pop's owner since 2010, says he does all of the food shopping himself "from toothpick to steak," ensuring quality and consistency at the diner. Originally opened in 1963, Pop's maintains much of its old-school charm with vintage decor scattered throughout the dining room. "Right away I realized that I had found a priceless antique," Hong says.

What it lacks in size, this spot makes up for in hustle. There is no doubt that the staff here works tirelessly to fulfill takeout orders and cater to customers who stay. Try the French toast (pictured), pancakes or any variation of eggs. (44-29 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, 718-463-7719)

The Classic Diner, Richmond Hill

From breakfast fare like a broccoli and cheddar
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From breakfast fare like a broccoli and cheddar omelette (pictured) to salads and burgers, this diner is nothing short of classic. Peter Zakakis and Jerry Georgotas, of Queens, own The Classic Diner, formerly known as Olympic Diner. The pair took over and renovated the spot four years ago, while maintaining some of the old design, Zakakis says. He explains that the chicken cordon bleu is one of the diner's specialties and that the burgers weigh in at about nine ounces. "We are a neighborhood place," he says, emphasizing the relatively low prices and welcoming atmosphere. Again: a classic. (117-33 Myrtle Ave., Richmond Hill, 718-847-7500)

Bayside Diner, Bayside

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"It's like a bible," Demetra Papanastasopoulos, a server at the Bayside Diner for about 28 years, says, referring to the hefty menu. Formerly known as the Copper Penny Diner, and serving customers standards like the breakfast sampler (pictured, with sausage and Virginia ham) for more than 45 years, you also can't go wrong with banana-chocolate chip pancakes.

Susan Braver, a Bayside resident of 44 years, says she hits up the diner every weekend for breakfast or lunch. "Their food is always good, always fresh." She recommends the morning quesadilla -- scrambled eggs, bacon, shredded cheese stuffed in a grilled flour tortilla, served with home fries, salsa and sour cream -- as well as the salads.

Court Square Diner, Long Island City

You can tell a lot about a diner
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You can tell a lot about a diner by its bacon, and Court Square Diner's crispy BLT (pictured), on whole wheat bread with fresh lettuce and tomatoes features it well. Since opening in 1946, the diner has had three sets of owners, with brothers Steve and Nick Kanellos at the helm since 1991. Commuter-convenient, sitting just below the Court Sq-23 St. E and M subway stop, the diner is open 24/7. And, it passes the main test of any diner: plenty of regulars.

"During the week, about nine out of 10 tables are returning customers," Peter Anastasiou, a Court Square Diner server for three years, says. He notes that the diner occasionally closes at night for film crews, Netflix's "Jessica Jones" included. (45-30 23rd St., Long Island City, 718-392-1222)

GoodFellas Diner, Maspeth

True to its name, GoodFellas Diner, formerly known
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True to its name, GoodFellas Diner, formerly known as the Clinton Diner, served as the backdrop for two scenes in the 1990 Martin Scorsese film featuring Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta. Owner Mike Diamantis bought the diner in 1985, later changing the name to GoodFellas -- it's known in the movie as Sherwood Diner -- as that's how it became known to locals and tourists alike, Diamantis' son Nick says.

Following the success of "Goodfellas," other movies and TV shows have shot scenes at the space-age-designed diner, which initially opened in 1935, including "Urge" in 2016 and episodes of "The Good Wife" and "Law and Order: Criminal Intent." "I had to cook 30 portions of turkey," Nick recalls, in order to have a fresh dish for every Al Pacino take in 2010's " You Don't Know Jack." (56-26 Maspeth Ave., 718-894-1566)


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