When you enter Station Coffee Shop in Port Jeff Station, it’s kind of like entering the show Cheers.
Sometimes you wanna go..
Where everybody knows your name
and they’re always glad you came.
You wanna be where you can see,
the troubles are all the same.
you wanna be where everybody knows your name
Sometimes, you really do want that. You may not even be looking for it, but a tiny mint green and mirror lined restaurant in Port Jeff Station, tucked away amongst a grocery store, a gym, dollar store, post office and more, is the warm, cozy place I only just discovered now after living on Long Island on and off for the past eight years.
I can’t even take the credit for this. My father’s good friend told him about it, and he told me about it.
I didn’t know what I was expecting, I had just heard how it was good and I should go try it. When you walk in, you are reminded of luncheonettes from the past. One long column of booths upon booths, adjacent to one long counter with stools. Three of those stools are missing towards the far end of the counter, where the waitresses pick up your food to bring to you. It’s completely open, the setup. You can watch the cooks make your food if you wish.
And speaking of the food, it’s great.
I have ordered the same exact thing over and over again now, and I love it so much my dad now orders it, and he loves it!
And it’s nothing fancy either.
Check out the Greek Chicken Wrap with fries (that are cooked well done! CRISPY FRIES FTW):
Beautifully moist, flavorful grilled chicken. Lettuce, tomato, feta cheese, and of course the wrap itself.
But what takes it over the top for me is the housemade dressing that’s put on the side:
There’s something really special about a housemade dressing with the big herbs in it versus a store bought dressing. This dressing is the shop’s Italian dressing, but it goes great with the rest of the Greek wrap. It’s a simple oil/vinegar/herbs combo, but that’s what’s great about it. Less is more.
What really took me back was how the waitresses know you by name after only going about three times now. And you feel like you’ve known these people for a long time!
One of the waitresses I met today, I felt like I knew her forever. Such a kind, sweet soul.
This is an experience that sometimes, we can forget about in our day to day lives.
With fast casual restaurants still on the rise, the personal touch of the waitress or waiter can get diminished.
Thank goodness for these places that are still holding on.
And thank goodness for the Greek chicken wrap at the cozy coffee shop where everybody knows your name.
STATION COFFEE SHOP
504 Jefferson Plz, Port Jefferson Station, New York 11776
Mon-Sat:6:00 am – 8:00 pm Sun:6:00 am – 3:00 pm