Review: Long Island American Diner and Bar


I’m always looking for somewhere new to eat in Nottingham, so when I saw that a new American Diner had opened up I was desperate to try it out! It is situated on Market Street where Bar Circle used to be, and believe me – Myself and my friend didn’t leave hungry!

So, it’s normal to start at the beginning – we each had a starter to start our trip down the long island menu. I decided to have corn dogs, as I’ve seen them eaten in all the films (cough, Princess Diaries, cough) and was just desperate to try them, whilst my friend chose a smaller portion of ribs to start. Both dishes were at a reasonable £4-5, and you definitely got your moneys worth. The corn dogs came with ketchup and mustard, and you got three, with really meaty hot dogs covered in a yummy batter which had a satisfying crunch. The ribs were amazing, they had such a rich BBQ sauce and the meat simply fell off the bone. You also get a lot of meat on the ribs, so they are not scrimping on what you want! The ribs definitely are still in my dreams.


In between our starters and waiting for our mains, we decided to try a milkshake and a cocktail off their diverse menu. The diner had a variety of milkshake flavours, but we chose strawberry. It had a classic American presentation, with whipped cream, sprinkles and a cute straw – with a hidden treat inside as it also had ice-cream! I chose to have a Caribbean iced tea, which had a bit of a kick to it! The diner is open everyday 12-12, and offer cocktails at 2 for £5, and a jug for £7.95 – an absolute bargain, perfect for the student life!


aahhh dinner. As a student, I don’t tend to venture out of the ‘pasta…chips…pizza’ realms, so i was excited at the prospect of a proper dinner! I chose to have a steak, which came with chips, onion rings, tomato, mushrooms and a corn on the cob, all for just £13.99! This was definitely worth the price, as the steak was cooked to perfection, and was a very generous portion as well. There is a wide variety of mains ranging from hot dogs, macaroni cheese, steak, ribs, and burgers, so we also chose a classic american style burger called ‘The Sinatra’, with bacon and cheese. It looked huge when we got it, with a hearty portion of seasoned chips – our eyes were definitely bigger than our bellies! The burger was succulent with the right amount of extras, and let me tell you there was definitely any left over. Absolutely delicious!


We surprised ourselves at wanting desserts, but you have to taste a little bit of everything, and besides…there is always room for dessert! It was super hard to choose, as there was everything from pancakes, chocolate cake, cherry pie… but in the end, I chose some churros (hot donut sticks) with chocolate sauce and we also picked the New York cheesecake. These cost £5, a very reasonable price for the amount you get. The churros were out of this world, I bit into one and my eyes opened wide at just how delicious they were. The cheesecake was super rich, and was complimented with the chocolate sauce and ice cream. You can tell they use top quality ingredients, which I like to see in a restaurant.


The service was impeccable, with the waitresses chatting to us and making sure we were alright. It’s a family run business, so you really feel at home with all the staff and your surroundings. It’s placed in a beautiful building, with loads of room to bring groups and parties. Speaking of parties, Long Island also doubles up as a club, so if you had a late dinner you could top yourself up on the 2 for £5 cocktails and move upstairs to the fully licensed club with dancing podiums, dance floor and chill out area! perfecto!

I would definitely recommend giving the Long Island American Diner a visit if you’re ever in Nottingham. The prices are beyond reasonable for the portions you get, and it’s a little something different from the usual restaurant chain! Let me know if you go – I recommend the ribs!


Louisa Davis