Your Guide to Authentic Regional Eats
Sign In | Register for Free!
Restaurants Recipes Forums Eating Tours Merchandise FAQ Maps Insider

Circle E Diner

97 E. Front St., Hancock, NY - (607) 637-9905
The Circle E is a good ol’ diner just a hop off of Highway 17 in New York’s southern tier. It’s the type of place that serves breakfast all day, boasts of homemade pies for dessert, and offers French fries with cheese, gravy, or gravy and cheese. Of special note: homey corned beef hash and fine lunch-counter hamburgers.
85% Approval Rating (7 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Chocolate Milkshake
Fries with Cheese and Gravy
Rice Pudding
Corned Beef Hash
Circle E Burger
Chocolate Pie

Highlighted Reviews

rating
Michael Stern - Photos (4)
Roadfood.com Editor
"The Circle E is a good ol’ diner just a hop off of Highway 17 in New York’s southern tier. It’s the type of place that serves breakfast all day, boasts of homemade pies for dessert, and offers French fries with cheese, gravy, or gravy and cheese. We arrived mid-day ..."   [Read More]

Submit photos Submit a review See more reviews...

Map & Web Site

97 E. Front St., Hancock, NY
(607) 637-9905

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
Fries with cheese and gravy are a Northeast diner staple.  The gravy is commercial, of course, but the fries stayed crisp to the bottom of the plate.
"Fries with cheese and gravy are a Northeast diner staple. The gravy is commercial, of course, but the fries stayed crisp to the bottom of the plate."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle





No diner menu is without this traveler's favorite: the hot turkey sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy.
"No diner menu is without this traveler's favorite: the hot turkey sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy."
Michael Stern


The Circle E Burger with bacon; this is a very good diner burger.
"The Circle E Burger with bacon; this is a very good diner burger."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Nothing fancy, the simple chocolate cream pie tastes more like diner food than home cooking, but it is a satisfying wedge.
"Nothing fancy, the simple chocolate cream pie tastes more like diner food than home cooking, but it is a satisfying wedge."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The Circle E burger without the extra-cost toppings features enough well-fried onions to obscure the burger below.
"The Circle E burger without the extra-cost toppings features enough well-fried onions to obscure the burger below."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Milkshakes are served in the icy cold steel mixing vessel.
"Milkshakes are served in the icy cold steel mixing vessel."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


This is not a combo meal we would necessarily recommend. On the right is corned beef hash; on the left is a bare burger. The burger one should get is the Circle E Burger, with grilled onions and cheese. Or, for the really big appetite, a Colossal Circle E Burger, which is twice as big.
"This is not a combo meal we would necessarily recommend. On the right is corned beef hash; on the left is a bare burger. The burger one should get is the Circle E Burger, with grilled onions and cheese. Or, for the really big appetite, a Colossal Circle E Burger, which is twice as big."
Michael Stern


Yes, the photo gives the appearance of a curdled rice pudding, but Circle E's version, obviously baked in house, is particularly good.
"Yes, the photo gives the appearance of a curdled rice pudding, but Circle E's version, obviously baked in house, is particularly good."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


An advantage of sitting at the counter, rather than in a booth, is that you can meditate upon the potatoes always warming on the grill, plus whatever eggs happen to be cooking there at the time.
"An advantage of sitting at the counter, rather than in a booth, is that you can meditate upon the potatoes always warming on the grill, plus whatever eggs happen to be cooking there at the time."
Michael Stern


Apparently, the shakes give much pleasure, to look at Sue's 87-year-old mom taking a swig as soon as the container hit the table.
"Apparently, the shakes give much pleasure, to look at Sue's 87-year-old mom taking a swig as soon as the container hit the table."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Homemade Dishes Prepared Daily is the house motto.
"Homemade Dishes Prepared Daily is the house motto."
Michael Stern



What is Roadfood?  |   Submit Content  |   Privacy Policy  |   Contact Roadfood.com   Copyright - Roadfood.com