I remember seeing Uncle John’s Diner while driving around Cohoes, NY and making a mental note to check it out. I mean, it’s got Albany John’s name in it!
It’s a twee storefront located right off of 787 (300 Ontario St, Cohoes, NY 12047). You might not notice it at first, but it’s so cute you won’t miss it once you do see it. You can see the counter before you even walk in. There’s not much space to it – a few tables, but best of all a long counter with stools! I love diner counters with stools.
We were greeted when we walked in – it’s a friendly little joint.
If you want a little bit of Cohoes history with your breakfast or lunch, Uncle John’s Diner is the place to go. And while the diner itself was, yes, old, everything inside was kept clean. Lots of tidying going on while I was in.
The sausage was the link variety (aka, the best kind of sausage to have) and split in half. It was a neat sensation. Chewy, crunchy meaty bits on the cut side, and enjoyably chewy other side with casings (real casings, none of that vegetable matter casing whatnottery).
My homefries were a little on the tepid side, and soft. I like them crunchy, so I didn’t eat too much of them. I’d probably pass on them in the future.
They also have sandwiches and sides. I’d definitely be up for trying a sandwich, too.
I think they’re cash only. In retrospect, I think we were undercharged. It was $9.99 after tax for both of our meals and coffees. Maybe it should have been more like $11. Did we get a free coffee? I have no idea.
Oh, and major bonus – this cute little diner is also open on Sundays! It’s the kind of place you can go and chat with everyone there if you want, or just sit quietly and read the paper. I like those kinds of places. Everyone was really warm and treated everyone nicely. They were especially nice to the senior citizens, opening the door for them, making sure they got served first. I think that says a lot about Uncle John’s Diner, and it’s really sweet.