The Hamlet Diner is a traditional small town diner in every sense of the term, offering breakfast items starting at just $2.

Hamlet Diner

By Brad Winckelmann

Located less than 30 minutes outside of Syracuse, the Hamlet Diner in Chittenango offers a welcoming, chatty and casual atmosphere that you might expect from a small-town diner. They have a no-nonsense, unpretentious menu with prices that make even the most serious penny-pinchers say, “forget cooking at home, let’s go to The Hamlet.”

With prices on the breakfast and lunch menu starting at $2, it’s hard to beat the diner’s prices for the amount of food you’re eating. With so many extras and sides to choose from, it’s simple and cheap to customize your meal. For dinner, The Hamlet is known for its Chicken & Biscuits dish ($6.50). It’s not difficult to eat a full meal and leave without spending more than $10.
The interior is simple and comfortably small. Colorful tins decorate the shelves and half walls, and vintage-looking diner signs hang throughout establishment. Different from the sometimes overwhelming hustle and bustle of a busier city diner, the simple and charming atmosphere provides a much more tranquil experience.

The Hamlet is a place for everyone. You’ll see regulars –- most of them long-time Chittenango residents – who typically frequent for breakfast. If you want to hear some fascinating Central New York history then these are the people to talk to.

And with only a handful of staff, it’s easy to meet the whole crew. Everyone is warm and accommodating, greeting you as soon as you walk in the door.

The Hamlet Diner is located at 620 Genesee St. in the heart of downtown Chittenango. There is plenty of parking.

The diner is open Monday through Thursday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fridays from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

As far as payment, be sure to bring cash.


620 Genesee Street
Chittenango, NY 13037
(315) 687-9691

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