The former Skylark International Cafe is now JohnnyCakes. It’s still a diner, but the owners gave it a good scrub, a fresh coat of paint and an updated menu. I was there for brunch the other day.
First, a look around. The stools and counter are still there:
The table by the front window:
Now on to the food. French toast:
The “Baconater” omelet:
A chicken panino with bacon and avocado:
French fries with gravy:
And, the eponymous JohnnyCakes:
My impressions: Food was tasty, except, unfortunately, for the JohnnyCakes, which were so dry they crumbled. Johnny cakes are like pancakes, but made with cornmeal, and usually they’re fluffy and light and moist like pancakes. The omelet, French toast, panino and sliders were all pretty darn good. And those French fries with gravy — sinful. They are going to be someone’s savior at 2 in the morning, I’ll tell you.
Service was slow. We had a large group — six — but it took about 40 minutes to get our food. We kept ourselves entertained with the crayons and the white butcher paper on the tables, but that’s way too long for a diner. I was glad we didn’t have impatient little ones along with us.
The decor is much improved, even though they’re planning on doing more renovations come January. It’s amazing what some white paint and some elbow grease will do. It looks really welcoming — and I’m sure will be even more so after more renovations. Even though they’re silk, the yellow flowers on the tables bring a ray of sunshine to the cafe — just like JohnnyCakes is a new bright spot on the Nyack restaurant scene.
The 411 on JohnnyCakes is coming soon. Til then: 84 Main St., Nyack. 845-675-7373.