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New Jersey Diners [split from LA]

wutzizname Apr 9, 2008 11:51 AM

(Note: This post was split from LA at: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/49308... -- The Chowhound Team).

The more this thread keeps popping up, the more I’m reminded of how large a part of the social fabric the diner is throughout New Jersey. Like many of the staples that we east coast ex-pats miss so much (pizza, bagels, subs) those who’ve never lived there probably wouldn’t understand what it is we find so special about the simple, basic, unimpressive diner. It’s not the food, but the place. The family-run establishments where we dined with our parents as kids, with our friends in high school, on first-dates, and in the middle of the night after the bars let out or the parties broke up. It’s where I had my first job, at 15, bussing tables. And where, half a lifetime later, I’d run into old acquaintances whenever I’d pass back through town after years away.

It was this cultural phenomenon, albeit the Baltimore variety, that moved Barry Levinson to create his seminal film with the simple 5-letter title, “Diner.” If you’ve never seen it, it really should be your next rental.

Perhaps the greatest testament to the significance of the diner is that so many of them still remain. Though some of the classics have surely disappeared, virtually every New Jersey town still has one, if not several. And despite the Applebee’s and the Friday’s and all the other chains that inevitably moved in and proliferated over the last couple of decades, the diner survives.

It got me thinking that one of the best ways to express the significance of the institution that is the New Jersey diner, for those who’ve never been, would be to illustrate just how many still exist, even today. So I found this list of Jersey diners, all still flipping Burger Deluxes, and dishing out Open-faced Turkey Sandwiches at all hours of the day and night (at least at the time the list was compiled they were) and really, it’s awe-inspiring.

I’ll meet you at:

Abbie's Diner_300 Sicomac Ave., Wyckoff
Abel's Place Diner _17 Ave. A, Newark
Ace Diner_Route 130 North, Pennsauken
Alexander's Diner _157 Fries Mill Rd., Turnersville
Alexis Diner_3130 Route 10, Denville
All Season's Diner_176 Wycoff Rd., Eatontown
Al's Diner_869 Communipaw Ave., Jersey City
Ambrosia Diner_1239 Roosevelt Ave., Carteret
American Berkshire Diner_7024 Bergenline Ave., North Bergen
Americana Diner Route 130 North, East Windsor
Americana Diner 475 Route 46 East, Belvidere
Americana Diner_1160 Route 35 , Shrewsbury
Amwell Valley Diner _Route 31, Ringoes
Anapa's Diner_788 Ong's Hat Rd., Southampton
Anderson Diner_703 Anderson Ave., Cliffside Park
Andover Diner Route 206, Andover
Andros Diner_6 Wilson Ave., Newark
Angelo's Glassboro Diner_26 N. Mail St., Glassboro
Ann's Diner_323 Division St., Elizabeth
Apollo Diner _101 E. Andrews Ave., Wildwood
Apollo Diner_Route 33, Collingswood Park
Arena Diner _250 Essex St., Hackensack
Arlington Diner_1 River Rd., North Arlington
Athenia Diner 531 Van Houten Ave., Clifton
Athenian Diner_1012 Cox Crow Rd., Toms River
Athens Diner_1002 Harrison Ave., Kearny
Bambi's Diner_1415 Jersey Ave., North Brunswick
Bay Avenue Diner_32 E. Bay Ave., Manahawkin
Bayonne Diner 226 Broadway, Bayonne
Bayside Diner_2404 Long Beach Blvd., Spray Beach
Belmar Diner_700 Main St., Belmar
Bendix Diner_Route 17 and Williams Ave., Hasbrouck Heights
Betty Lind Diner _1932 St. George Ave., Linden
Big Apple Diner _Route 47 North & Landis Ave., Vineland
Big Ernie's Diner_3801 Atlantic Ave., Wildwood
Bill's Plaza Diner_1262 Paterson Plank Rd., Secaucus
Blairstown Diner_Route 94, Blairstown
Blue Mist Diner_44 Route 46, Washington Township
Blue Moon Diner_1 Sloan St., South Orange
Blue Swan Diner_2116 Route 35 South, Oakhurst
Boiling Springs Diner_168 Union Ave., East Rutherford
Boonton Diner_909 Main St., Boonton
Bound Brook Diner 502 E. Main St., Bound Brook
Bridgeton Diner 1 1/2 E. Broad St., Bridgeton
Bridge-Way Diner _Route 9, Old Bridge
Broadway Diner_1075 Broadway, Bayonne
Broadway Diner_45 Monmouth St., Red Bank
Broadway Diner_55 River Rd., Summit
Brooklawn Diner _Route 130, Brooklawn
Brookside Diner Route 10 East, Whippany
Budd Lake Diner_100 Route 46 , Budd Lake
Burlington Diner_Route 130 and High St., Burlington
Butler Diner_134 Main St., Butler
Byram Diner_Route 206, Byram
Candlewyck Diner _179 Paterson Ave., East Rutherford
Carl's Diner_2020 Greenwood Lake Turnpike, Hewitt
Carole's Diner_W. Broad St., Paulsboro
Carousel Diner_815 Route 22 West, North Plainfield
Castle Diner_Route 33, Neptune Township
Cavalier Diner_2401 Wood Ave., Roselle
Cedar Lane Diner _749 Cedar Lane, Teaneck
Chestnut House Diner_Route 130 N. 25 Chestnut St., Haddonfield
City Diner_263 21st Ave., Paterson
Clairmont Diner_584 Route 3, Clifton
Club Diner_20 N. Black Horse Pike, Belmar
Coach House Diner _55 Route 4 East, Hackensack
Coach House Diner_921 Kennedy Blvd., North Bergen
Cobblestone Diner _78 Route 35, Eatontown
Colonial Diner _429 Lacey Rd., Forked River
Colonial Diner _924 N. Broad, Woodbury
Colonial Diner_27 Orient Way, Lyndhurst
Colonial Diner_560 Route 18, East Brunswick
Colony Diner_332 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell
Concorde Diner_Route 40, Elmer
Conlon's Diner_1807 45th St., North Bergen
Copper Kettle Diner_Route 9 North, Lakewood
Corner Post Diner_Route 549 (Brick Boulevard), Brick
Country Club Diner _Haddonfield-Berlin Road, Voorhees
Country Diner_Route 130 South, Windsor
Country Squire Diner_Black Horse Pike/Cardiff Circle, Egg Harbor Township
Countryside Diner_50 4th St., Fieldsboro
Court House Diner 218 Stone Harbor Blvd., Court House, Cape May
Cranford Diner_7 North Ave., Cranford
Crestwood Diner _Cresse and New Jersey Aves., Wildwood
Cristo's Diner _156 Parsippany Rd., Parsippany
Crossroads Diner_Route 46 West, Bridgeville
Crystal Diner_2009 Brunswick Ave., Lawrenceville
Crystal Diner_Route 37 West, Toms River
Crystal Dome Diner _2002 Park Ave., South Plainfield
Crystal Lake Diner_572 Cuthbert Blvd., Haddon Township
Crystal Palace Diner _1601 County Line Rd., Lakewood
Cup & Saucer Diner _663 W. Broad St., Paulsboro
D & L Diner_Route 77 North, Bridgeton
Delaware Diner _Route 46 West, Bridgeville
Denville Diner _17 Broadway, Denville
Diamond Diner _Route 70 East, Cherry Hill
Diamond Diner _Route 73, Voorhees
Dickert's Bayville Diner_Route 9, Bayville
Dimples Diner _Lacey Road, Whiting
Diner Express _47 Washington St., Morristown
Dino's Seaville Diner_33 Route 50, Seaville
Don's Diner_667 Nye Ave., Irvington
Dot and Tom's Diner_Wilson Avenue west of Avenue P. , Newark
Double S Diner_Route 23 South, Hamburg
Dover Diner_Route 166, Toms River
Dover Star Diner_Route 46, Dover
Duchess Diner_338 Lake Ave., Metuchen
Dumont Crystal Diner_Madison Avenue, Dumont
Dynasty Diner _295 Morris Ave., Elizabeth
Dynasty Diner _7001 Route 130 South, Delran
Dynasty Diner_117 E. Main St., Tuckerton
Eagle Diner_121 S. White Horse Pike, Hammonton
Eagle Rock Diner _410 Eagle Rock ave., West Orange
Eagles Nest Diner_4 Hamburg Ave., Sussex
East Orange Diner_431 Main St., East Orange
Echo Queen Diner_Route 22 East, Mountainside
Edgewater Queen Diner_Route 130 South, Edgewater Park
Edison Diner_Route 1 South, Edison
Egg Platter Diner_159 Crooks Ave., Paterson
Elgin Diner_2621 Mt. Ephraim Ave., Camden
Elmwood Park Diner_375 Market St., Elmwood Park
Embassy Diner_2431 Morris Ave., Union
Empire Diner_1315 Route 46 East, Parsippany
Esquire Diner_Routes 206 and 537, Mount Holly
Fairmount Diner_641 Main St., Hackensack 5
Family Diner _606 E. Main St., Millville
Fantazia Diner_143 Route 9, Marlboro
Felix NO. 9 Diner_1244 Route 22, Bridgewater
Finderne Diner _21 Finderne Ave., Bridgewater
Fireside Diner _913 Allwood Rd., Clifton
Five Points Diner _Routes 41 and 47, Deptford
Five Star Diner_Route 206 North, Branchville
Flamingo Diner _31 Montgomery St., Jersey City
Flander Diner _Route 206, Flanders
Fontainbleau Diner _1050 Stelton Rd., Piscataway
Forest Diner_280 S. Dean St., Englwood
Forked River Diner_Route 9, Forked River
Forum Diner _211 Route 4, Paramus
Four Star Diner_543 32nd St., Union City
Franklin Diner_841 Hamilton St., Somerset
Frank's Diner_51 Parsippany Rd., Whippany
Freds Beach Haven Diner_4th and Bay Ave., Beach Haven
Freeway Diner_Route 41, Deptford
G and L Diner_774 Convery Blvd., Perth Amboy
Galaxy Diner _Route 9 South, Old Bridge
Galaxy Diner II Diner _1034 N. Pearl St., Bridgeton
Galaxy Diner_293 St. Georges Ave., Rahway
Galaxy Diner_Delsea Drive and Woodbury-Glassboro Road, Glassboro
Gallery Diner _825 N. Pearl St., Bridgeton
Galloway Diner_Route 30 West, Pomona
Garden State Diner _Route 545 at 547, Wrightstown
Garden State Diner_Newark Int'l Airport, Terminal C, Newark
Gary's White Diamond Diner _1208 1/2 E. Grand, Elizabeth
Gateway Diner_106 Broadway, Westville
Gemini Diner_Route 206 North, Newton
Georgia Diner_2201 Nottingham Way, Mercerville
Gervasio's Ship Galley_14th and Boulevard, Surf City
Glenwood Diner 265 Glenwood Ave., Bloomfield
GM Diner_706 Elizabeth Ave., Linden
Golden Bell Diner_3320 Route 9 South, Freehold
Golden Coach Diner_Route 130 North, East Windsor
Golden Corner Diner _313 W. Union Ave., Bound Brook
Golden Dawn Diner II_2090 White Horse Mercerville Rd., Mercerville
Golden Dawn Diner_Routes 73 and 38, Maple Shade
Golden Eagle Diner_239 Broad Ave., Palisades Park
Golden Eagle Diner_2602 Route 130, Cinnaminson
Golden Harvest Diner_591 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield
Golden Palace Diner 200 N. Virginia Ave., Carneys Point
Golden Palace Diner_2623 S. Delsea Dr. (Route 47), Vineland
Golden Pigeon Diner _39 Landis Ave., Bridgeton
Golden Pigeon II Diner _534 Salem-Quinton Rd., Quinton
Golden Star Diner _916 E. Clements Bridge Rd., Runnemede
Golden Star Diner_Route 35 & Steiner Avenue, Neptune City
Golden Touch Diner _Route 10, East Hanover
Grand Street Diner_246 Grand St., Paterson
Grandy's Diner_Route 206 South, Hillsborough
Great Falls Diner_Route 46 East, Little Falls
Greenwood Diner_9 Marshall Hill Rd., West Milford
Hackettstown Diner_Route 46, Hacketstown
Hagler's Diner_279 Kinderkamack Rd., Oradell
Hamilton Diner_811 Route 33, Hamilton
Hammonton Diner_12th and Railroad, Hammonton
Harbo Diner_Route 30 West, Egg Harbor
Harley Dawn Diner_1402 Black Horse Pike, Folsom
Harris Diner_N. Park and Washington Sts., East Orange
Harvest Diner_Route 130 North, Cimnaminson
Hibernia Diner _9 Green Pond Rd., Rockaway
Hightstown Diner_151 Mercer St., Hightstown
Hillside Diner_Route 202, Oakland
Hogan's Diner_20 Central Ave., Midland Park
Holly Brook Diner_1655 Route 38, Mount Holly
Homer's Diner _201 Crescent Blvd. (Route 130), Collingswood
Horizon Diner_1300 Route 130 North, Burlington Township
Horizon Diner_726 Route 17 North, Ramsey
Horseshoe Diner_Boyle Plaza, Jersey City
Howell Diner _2200 Route 9, Howell
Huck Finn Diner_2431 Morris Ave., Union
Inner Circle Diner _Route 9 South, Lakewood
Island Diner_3212 Bayshore Ave., Brigantine
J and A Diner_New Egypt-Cookstown Rd., Cookstown
Jackson Hole Diner_362 Grand Ave., Englewood
Jefferson Diner_Route 15, Jefferson
Jernee Mill Diner_20 Jernee Mill Rd., Sayreville
Jim and Josie's Diner_101 E. Walnut Ave., North Wildwood
Joe's Chadwick Diner_3469 Route 35, Chadwick
Joey's Diner_474 Washington Ave., Piscataway
John and Elaine's Diner _1103 Richmond Ave., Point Pleasant Beach
Johnnie's Diner_99 Water St., South River
Johnny B's Diner_Routes 537 and 524, Freehold
JT's Diner_Route 78, Clinton
Kelley's Diner _Route 31 North, Washington
Kendall Park Diner_Route 27, Kendall Park
Kenilworth Diner _614 Boulevard, Kenilworth
Kenvil Diner_405 Route 46, Kenvil
Key City Diner_Route 22, Lopatcong
King George Diner _721 Paterson-Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne
Kless Diner_1212 Springfield Ave., Irvington
La Mirage Diner _Route 9 North, Freehold
Lakehurst Diner _Route 70 West, Lakehurst
Lamp Post Diner_6 Weeks Ave., North Wildwood
Land and Sea Diner _20-12 Fair Lawn Ave., Fair Lawn
Larry's Dinette_905 S. 4th, Harrison
Lawrence Family Diner _2495 Brunswick Ave., Lawrenceville
Lee's Diner_518 Main St., Spotswood
Lexington Diner_351 Lexington Ave., Clifton
Liberty Diner_Route 130 North, North Brunswick
Liberty Diner_Route 47 North, Clayton
Liberty Two Diner 2496 Route 130, Bordentown
Lido Diner_Route 22, Springfield
Lincoln Park Diner_11 Lincoln Park Plaza, Lincoln Park
Linden House Diner_200 St. Georges Ave. (Route 27), Linden
Little Falls Diner_9 Paterson Ave., Little Falls
Little Nick's Village Diner_491 Williamstown New Freedom Rd., Sicklerville
Louise's Diner_Route 173, Clinton
Loupe's Somerdale Diner_Route 30 East, Somerdale
Lucky's Fireside Diner_Route 46 East, Roxbury
Lucy's Diner_1 Lakeview Pl & Bloomfield Ave, Verona
Lyndhurst Diner_540 Riverside Ave, Lyndhurst
Macedonia Diner _1024 Route 206, Bordentown
Mack Diner_150 French St, New Brunswick
Mac's Diner_Route 23 North, Butler
Madison Four Diner _1212 Madison Ave, Paterson
Madison Grille Diner _41 Main st, Madison
Magnolia Diner_Route 30 East, Magnolia
Malibu Diner _259 14th St, Hoboken
Mama's Dream International Diner_728 State St, Perth Amboy
Manalapan Diner _48 Route 9, Manalapan
Manetta's Diner_2654 S. Broad St, Trenton
Manville Diner_50 S. Main St, Manville
Maplewood Diner _1473 Springfield Ave, Maplewood
Marge's Diner_Route 9 at Route 83, Clermont
Marie's Diner_449 Ferry St, Newark
Marina Diner _Route 36 West, Belford
Mark Twain Diner _1601 Morris Ave, Union
Market Tower Diner _Market and Fleming sts, Newark
Mastoris Diner _Route 130 South, Bordentown
Matthews Colonial Diner 430 S. Washington Ave, Bergenfield
Matthews Colonial Diner_4 Franklin Turnpike, Waldwick
Max's Diner _731 Harrison Ave, Harrison
Mays Landing Diner_Route 40, Mays Landing
McLouis Diner_15 Grand Ave, Montvale
Meadows Diner Black Horse Pike and Lake Avenue, Blackwood
Medport Diner _Route 70 East, Medford
Memory Lane Diner_1137 Fischer Blvd, Toms River
Menlo Park Diner_Route 1 South, Edison
Mexico Lindo Diner _221 Main St, Chatham
Michael's Diner _185 Frelinghuysen, Newark
Michael's Diner_Route 1 south, Lawrenceville
Midas Touch Diner _61 Westfield Ave, Roselle Park
Middlesex Diner_Route 1 South, North Brunswick
Middletown Diner_1887 Route 35, Middletown
Midtown Diner_12 Church St, Montclair
Millburn Diner_72 Essex St, Milburn
Millville Queen Diner_109 E. Broad, Millville
Mini Mac Diner_Route 206, Chester
Miss America Diner_322 West Side Ave, Jersey City
Montgomery Diner_Route 206, Montgomery
Morristown Diner_73 Morris, Morristown
Mount Laurel Diner_Route 73, Mount Laurel
Mountain View Diner _1203 Bound Brook Rd, Middlesex
Mountain View Diner_1012 Tabor Rd, Parsippany
Mountainside Diner Route 206 North, Bryam
Moustache Bill's Diner 8th & Broadway, Barnegat Light
Mr T's Diner_W 21st Street, Linden
Napoleons Diner _39-10 Broadway, Fair Lawn
Nasa Diner_302 Cuthbert Blvd, Cherry Hill
Nautilis Diner_97 Main St, Madison
Nevada Diner_293 Broad St, Bloomfield
New Atco Diner Route 30 West, Atco
New Berlin Diner_Route 30 West, Berlin
New Black Horse Diner _152 N. Black Horse Pike, Mount Ephraim
New Geet's Diner_Black Horse Pike and Sicklerville Road, Williamstown
New Heritage Diner_80 River St., Hackensack
New Manasquan Diner _164 Main St., Manasquan
New Sparta Diner_80 Woodport Rd., Sparta
New Tri-Boro Diner_515 Essex St., Hackensack
New York New York Diner_Route 206 North, Raritan
Newark Avenue Diner_361 Newark Ave., Jersey City
Nicholas Diner_88 E. Railway Ave., Paterson
Northvale Diner_247 Livingston Ave., Northvale
Nothing Fancy Diner _Harrison Avenue, Harrison
Oak Tree Diner_1567 Oak Tree Rd., Iselin
Oaklyn Diner _Route 30 West, Oaklyn
Oasis Diner _1255 Route 10, Whippany
Ocean Bay Diner_1517 Ocean Rd. (Route 88), Point Pleasant
Ocean Queen Diner _906 Route 70 West, Brick
Old Bridge Diner _246 Englishtown Rd. , Old Bridge
Olga's Diner_Routes 70 and 73, Marlton
Oliver's Diner_1332 E. State St., Trenton
Olympia Diner_460 Maple Ave., Elizabeth
Olympic Diner_Route 40 East at Route 9, Pleasantville
Olympus Diner_613 White Horse Pike, Egg Harbor
Orange Circle Diner _Main and Jefferson Sts., Orange
Ormos Diner_45 New St., Irvington
Pallas Diner _Route 73, Berlin
Pappy's Diner_315 Union Blvd., Totowa
Paramount Diner_130 Main St., Manasquan
Park Chester Diner _Route 206 North, Chester
Park Diner_14 Park St., Montclair
Park Diner_372 Centre St., Nutley
Park Place Diner _1101 Hamilton Ave., Trenton
Park Ridge Diner_125 Kinderkamack Rd., Park Ridge
Park Side Diner_314 Commercial Ave., Palisades Park
Park West Diner_Route 46 West, Little Falls
Parkside Diner_1769 N. Olden Ave., Ewing
Parkview Diner_354 Fairview Ave., Fairview
Parkway Diner_Route 46 East, Elmwood Park
Parsonage Diner_Route 27, Edison
Pat's Diner_1300 S. Broad St., Trenton
Pat's Riverview Diner_810 River Rd. (Route 35), Belmar
Paula's Diner _Route 130 South, Cinnaminson
Paul's Family Diner_320 Route 46 East, Mountain Lakes
Paul's Oceanside Diner _Route 9, Waretown
PB's Diner_Route 47 North, Glassboro
Penn Queen Diner_Route 130 South, Pennsauken
Peter Pank Diner_Route 9 North, Sayreville
Phily Diner_Black Horse Pike, Runnemede
Phoenix Diner Route 30 West, Absecon
Phoenix Diner_Route 23 South, Butler
Phoenix Garden II Diner _Route 46 West, Ridgefield
Pine Brook Grill_466 Lincoln Turnpike, Lincoln Park
Plaza 23 Diner_411 Route 23, Pompton Plains
Plaza 46 Diner _440 Phillips Ave., South Hackensack
Plaza Diner _2045 Lemoine Ave., Fort Lee
Plaza Diner _Route 70 West, Lakehurst
Plaza Diner_126 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield
Plaza Diner_2066 Route 27, Edison
Plaza Diner_468 Haledon Ave., Haledon
Point 40 Diner_Route 40, Pittsgrove
Point Diner _160 Bergen Blvd., Fairview
Point Diner_MacArthur Blvd. and Circle Drive, Somers Point
Polonia Diner _122 Causeway, South River
Pompton Lakes Diner_246 Wanaque Ave., Pompton Lakes
Pompton Queen Diner _Route 23, Pompton Plains
Ponzio's Diner _Route 130 North, Brooklawn
Ponzio's Diner _Route 70 East at Route 41, Cherry Hill
Premium Diner Route 1 North, Avenel
Prestige Diner_1318 Springfield Ave., New Providence
Prestige Diner_Route 33, East Windsor
Prince Inn Diner_Route 130 North, Burlington
Princess Diner_Route 23, Wayne
Princetonian Diner_Route 1, West Windsor
Queen Elizabeth Diner_Spring Street and North Avenue, Elizabeth
Rainbow Diner _Route 70 East, Bricktown
Ranch DIner_Route 22 East, Branchburg
Randolph Diner_517 Route 10, Randolph
Randy's Diner_66 S. Main St., Manville
Red Lion Town and Country Diner_Routes 70 and 206, Southampton
Red Oak Diner _2191 Fletcher Ave., Fort Lee
Red Oak Diner _Route 35 North, Hazlet
Red Tower Diner _500 Park Ave, Plainfield
Red Tower II Diner _Route 22 East, North Plainfield
Regent Diner _528 Roosevelt Ave, Carteret
Rena's Diner_205 Market St, Elmwood Park
Reo Diner _392 Amboy Ave, Woodbridge
Ringwood Family Diner_16 Greenwood Lake Turnpike, Ringwood
Ritz Diner_72 E Mt Pleasant Ave, Livingston
River Edge Diner_516 Kinderkamack Rd, River Edge
River Star Diner _14 Route 57, Hackettstown
Riverside Diner_350 High St, Burlington
Riverview Diner _7850 River Rd, North Bergen
Roadside Diner_Route 34-33, Wall
Rochelle Park Diner_222 Rochelle Ave, Rochelle Park
Roney's Diner _50 Haddon Ave, Collingswood
Ronnie's Cafe Diner_664 Mantoloking Rd, Brick
Royal Chef Diner Central Avenue, Clark
Royal Cliffs Diner _717 Palisades Ave, Engelwood Cliffs
Royal Diner _Route 22 East, Branchburg
Royal Garden Diner _Route 73, Maple Shade
Rustic Mill Diner_109 North Ave, Cranford
Saddle Brook Diner_30 Market St, Saddle Brook
Sage Diner _1170 Route 73, Mount Laurel
Sage Diner_1958 Springfield Ave, Maplewood
Salem Oak Diner_W Broadway and Oak, Salem
Sand Castle Diner_Route 9, Beachwood
Sandman Motor Lodge Diner _Route 206 South, Bordentown
Schuyler Diner_500 Schuyler Ave, Lyndhurst
Scotchwood Diner _1934 Route 22, Scotch Plains
Seaport Diner_798 Dowd Ave, Elizabeth
Seaport Diner_83 Broad St, Keyport
Service Diner_935 River Dr., Garfield
Seville Diner _289 Broadway, Westwood
Seville Diner_Route 18, East Brunswick
Shalimar Diner_1335 Oak Tree Rd., Iselin
Sherban's Diner_Front Street, South Plainfield
Shore Diner_6710 Tilton Rd., Pleasantville
Shore Diner_Route 47, Rio Grande
Short Stop Diner_315 Franklin St., Bloomfield
Silver Coin Diner_Routes 30 and 206, Hammonton
Silver Eagle Diner_Route 33, East Windsor
Silverton Diner_1848 Hooper Ave., Toms River
Sindsor Diner_1030 Raritan Rd, Clark
Sizzle Grill Diner_1551 Main Ave., Clifton
Skyline Diner_5914 Park Ave., West New York
Skyway Diner_Central Avenue and 2nd Street, Kearny
Somerset Diner_1040 Easton Ave., Somerset
Sophia's Diner_290 Route 9, Waretown
Spindletop Diner_1420 Route 23, Wayne
Spinning Wheel Diner_Route 22 East, Lebanon
Star Deli Diner_559 Bound Brook Rd., Middlesex
State Diner_569 Valley Rd., West Orange
State Line Diner_Route 17 South, Mahwah
Steve's White Diamond Diner _624 Bayway, Elizabeth
Stirling House Diner _1079 Valley Rd., Stirling
Suburban Diner_Route 17 North, Paramus
Summit Diner_Summit Avenue and Union Place, Summit
Sunlight Diner_590 Belleville Turnpike, Kearny
Sunset Diner _Route 9 South, Northfield
Sunset Diner_1275 Bloomfield Ave, Fairfield
Sunset Diner_Route 22 East, Green Brook
Superior Diner_464 Smith St, Perth Amboy
Sussex Queen Diner_Rt 23 at Rt 565, Wantage
Teamster's Diner_Fairfield Road & Hollywood Avenue, Fairfield
Tenafly Diner_16 W. Railroad Ave, Tenafly
The Dove Diner _Route 33, Robbinsville
The Montville Diner_Route 46 West, Pinebrook
The Original Six Brothers Diner_Route 46 East, Little Falls
Three Corners Diner _8 Centre St, Nutley
Tick-Tock Diner_Route 3, Clifton
Tiffany Diner _Route 17 South, Ramsey
Tiffany Diner_882 Broadway, W Long Branch
Tiffany Diner_Route 46 West, Pinebrook
Time Out Diner_Route 50, Tuckahoe
Time To Eat Diner_Route 206 and Somerville Circle, Bridgewater
Tina's Kountry Kitchen Diner_Route 639, Wantage
Tom Sawyer Diner _98 Ridgewood Ave, Paramus
Tommy's Diner_235 Paterson Ave, Wallington
Tom's Diner_Route 46, Ledgewood
Toms River Diner _Route 37 East, Toms River
Tony's Freehold Diner _59 E Main St, Freehold
Tootie's Diner_Main St, New Egypt
Tops Diner_500 Passaic Ave, E Newark
Top's Diner_699 Broadway, Bayonne
Toshi's Diner _1419 Irving St, Rahway
Tower Diner _Route 130 South, Pennsauken
Town & Country Diner _610 Shiloh Pike, Bridgetown
Town & Country Diner_Route 130 North, Bordentown
Town Square Diner_320 Route 15, Wharton
Train Diner_548 W Passaic, West Caldwell
Travelers Diner_Route 46 East, Dover
Triangle Diner_112 Goffle Rd, Hawthorne
Trojan Diner_Route 22, Phillipsburg
Tropicana Diner _537 Morris Ave, Elizabeth
Truck Stop Diner_Hackensack Avenue, Kearny
Tunnel Diner_184 14th St, Jersey City
Twin Oaks Diner_Route 17 North, Paramus
Twins Diner_91 Canal St, Paterson
Union Plaza Diner_Route 22, Union
Union Square Diner_580 North Ave, Union
US 1 Diner_Route 1 South, Linden
Valley Diner_267 Closter Dock Rd, Closter
VC Diner_Route 22 West, Whitehouse Station
Vegas Diner _14th and New Jersey aves, North Wildwood
Verona Diner_676 Bloomfield Ave, Verona
Versailles Diner_516 Route 46 East, Fairfield
Victoria Diner _101 Route 10 , Succasunna
Villa Capri Diner_Route 36 East, Hazlet
Villa Nova Diner_8601 Atlantic Ave, Wildwood Crest
Village Diner_1034 Stuyvesant Ave, Irvington
Village Diner_117 Broad St, Flemington
Village Diner_30 Mt. Vernon St, Ridgefield Park
Vincentown Diner_Routes 38 and 206, Vincetown
VIP Diner _175 Sip Ave, Jersey City
Wallingron Falls Diner _5 Main Ave, Wallington
Washington Diner _Route 31 North, Washington
Waterfalls Diner _550 Bergen Blvd, Ridgefield
Wayne Hills Diner_1465 Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne
Wayne Hills Diner_Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne
Weber's Colonial Diner_Route 30 East, Audobon
West Orange Diner_270 Main St, West Orange
West Side Diner_Rt 46 West, Denville
Westfield Diner_309 North Ave, Westfield
Westville Diner_Route 130 North, Westville
Westwood Diner_301 Old Hook Rd, Westwood
Whippany Diner_417 Route 10, Whippany
White Circle Diner _Bloomfield Ave, Bloomfield
White Crown Diner _2019 Wood Ave, Linden
White Crystal Diner 20 Center Ave, Atlantic Highlands
White Cup Diner_131 Union Ave, Manasquan
White Diamond Diner _1501 Wood Ave, Linden
White Diamond Diner _Raritan Road and Central Avenue, Clark
White Mana Diner _470 Tonnele Ave (Route 1), Jersey City
White Manna Diner _358 River St, Hackensack
White Pearl Diner_551 Chancellor Ave, Irvington
White Rose Diner _1301 Elizabeth Ave, Linden
White Rose Diner _154 Woodbridge Ave, Highland Park
White Rose Diner _201 1st Ave, Roselle
White Star Diner _100 Maple Ave, South Plainfield
White Star Diner_715 W Front St, Plainfield
White Tower Diner _1714 Pacific Ave, Atlantic City
White Tower Diner _3213 Atlantic Ave, Atlantic City
Whitman Diner_Route 42 North, Turnersville
Wildwood Diner_4005 Atlantic Ave, Wildwood
Willie's Diner_9 State St, Bloomfield
Windsor Diner_Route 38 and Cooper Landing Rd, Cherry Hill
Woodbridge Diner_680 Amboy Ave, Woodbridge
Woodbury Heights Diner _Route 45, Woodbury Heights
Woodstown Diner _16 East ave, Woodstown
Yankee Tower Diner_174 Broad Ave, Fairview
Yetter's Diner_Route 206 North, Augusta
Your Place Diner _301 Broad Ave, Leonia
Zikos Diner_610 Delilah Rd, Pleasantville
295 Diner_Straughns Mill Rd, Pedricktown
54 Diner_Route 54 South, Buena

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  1. Das Ubergeek Apr 9, 2008 12:54 PM

    A great list but unfortunately dated. The Woodbridge Diner turned into a horrible "New Orleans Steakhouse" nearly ten years ago, and the Galaxy II is long since gone (more's the pity, that was a great diner).

    1. Angelina Apr 9, 2008 02:57 PM

      WOW!! how long did it take you to type this all in???

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        HillJ Apr 9, 2008 03:40 PM

        and if you cut and pasted the list off of another site, you should provide credit.
        NJ diners are world-renowned!

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          wutzizname Apr 9, 2008 05:47 PM

          Hello New Jersey,

          Sorry, wasn't my intention to parade this list in front of you (still) locals for scrutiny. I posted it on the Los Angeles board where a debate had been brewing about whether there were any acceptable substitutes for the New Jersey Diner in Southern California. -- Answer: No there are not. -- And our Board Ops bumped it over to yours.

          The original L.A. thread is at www.chowhound.com/topics/493086#3432253

          The list came from www.njdiners.com (had to copy and paste from all the different counties). I wasn't sure how current it was and apparently, not very. But I wasn't posting it as a resource so much as a way of emphasizing just how large an institution the diner is back east, and how the local Southern California chains that attempt to approximate it don't even come close.

          We may have the best weather out here, but you've got the all-night Patty Melts and Chocolate Cream Pies by a mile.

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            HillJ Apr 9, 2008 07:17 PM

            wutziz, I'm glad you shared the list! Only felt it was due proper cred.
            Thanks for adding the link!

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              Angelina Apr 10, 2008 04:24 AM

              wutzizname...you are so right about the weather!!! I am SOOO JEALOUS! Everytime I am in CA, I always say I am moving there..then I start to miss Manhattan. Maybe I could live in Manhattan Beach to compensate?? haa haaa

              Thanks for the post!

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          JimmyC Apr 9, 2008 03:48 PM

          wutziz holy cow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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            Heatherb Apr 9, 2008 03:56 PM

            Manetta's closed and is now under a new name. Park Place has been gone for years. Not to be a force of negativity or anything...:-)

            1. MGZ Apr 9, 2008 04:32 PM

              New Manasquan Diner closed years ago and became a steakhouse that failed. Now, it's back as a diner -- the Paramount.

              1. grampart Apr 9, 2008 04:50 PM

                VC Diner Route 22 West, Whitehouse Station. This one started life as the northernmost Stuckey's store in the whole chain. I never thought of it as a diner.

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                  jethro Apr 9, 2008 06:45 PM

                  Bill's Plaza Diner_1262 Paterson Plank Rd., Secaucus

                  The owners sold the place to Commerce Bank a few years ago. This was a neighborhood gathering place, but I guess money talks (no pun intended, being Commerce is a bank).

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                    ambrose Apr 23, 2009 06:15 PM

                    The VC Diner is now the Readington Diner (and has been for a few years). VC were the initials of the previous owner.

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                    denniscmcgrath Apr 10, 2008 10:08 AM

                    The vast majority of these diners still exist. Here, from a 50 year veteran Newjerseyan, are some high points from that list:

                    Americana Diner Route 130 North, East Windsor - still in business, 3 star
                    Amwell Valley Diner _Route 31, Ringoes - still in business, 4 star
                    Bay Avenue Diner_32 E. Bay Ave., Manahawkin - still in business, 3 star
                    Country Diner_Route 130 South, Windsor - closed but bldg. still there
                    Crystal Diner_2009 Brunswick Ave., Lawrenceville - still in business - 3 stars
                    Eagle Rock Diner _410 Eagle Rock ave., West Orange - still in business, 4 star
                    Edison Diner_Route 1 South, Edison - still in business, 5 stars
                    Felix NO. 9 Diner_1244 Route 22, Bridgewater still in business, 5 stars
                    Hamilton Diner_811 Route 33, Hamilton - still in business, 3 stars
                    Hightstown Diner_151 Mercer St., Hightstown - still in business, 3 stars
                    Huck Finn Diner_2431 Morris Ave., Union - still in business, 4 stars
                    Kendall Park Diner_Route 27, Kendall Park - this is long gone and no loss
                    La Mirage Diner _Route 9 North, Freehold - still there, 3 star, had a great jukebox
                    Liberty Diner_Route 130 North, North Brunswick - may still be there, 5 star, and the most authentic actual real diner experience anywhere
                    Manetta's Diner_2654 S. Broad St, Trenton - burned last year, reopened under new management and name, now Broad St. Diner, haven't eaten there but looks unpromising
                    Mastoris Diner _Route 130 South, Bordentown - the real deal, the one not to miss, the Disneyland of diners, 5 stars
                    Menlo Park Diner_Route 1 South, Edison, still there, used to be better 3 stars
                    Middlesex Diner_Route 1 South, North Brunswick - long gone, much missed
                    New York New York Diner_Route 206 North, Raritan - 2 star, always under new management
                    Olga's Diner_Routes 70 and 73, Marlton - once proud, on last legs, 2 stars
                    Pat's Diner_1300 S. Broad St., Trenton - another gem, 5 stars
                    Ponzio's Diner _Route 70 East at Route 41, Cherry Hill - never eaten there but I'm told it's a classic
                    Princetonian Diner_Route 1, West Windsor - still in business, 3 stars (food's okay but the atmosphere is sterile)
                    Scotchwood Diner _1934 Route 22, Scotch Plains - still there, tres authentic, 4 stars
                    Somerset Diner_1040 Easton Ave., Somerset - still there, 4 stars
                    Tick-Tock Diner_Route 3, Clifton - Rosie's Diner, a classic - 4 stars
                    Time To Eat Diner_Route 206 and Somerville Circle, Bridgewater - still there, 4 stars
                    White Rose Diner _154 Woodbridge Ave, Highland Park - this is NOT a diner, though it is in a class by itself - an indigenous hamburger shop that serves you in under 30 seconds or its free. No ###! You've gotta see it to believe it.

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                      Das Ubergeek Apr 10, 2008 11:41 AM

                      Yeah, I was wondering about the White Rose -- which I knew as the White Rose System -- god I miss those "don't ask, don't tell" hamburgers, where it tasted better for not knowing what particular sound the animal made when it was still living.

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                        RPMcMurphy Apr 10, 2008 12:42 PM

                        gray slabs of greasy beauty on a bun. best eaten for breakfast.....

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                          Das Ubergeek Apr 10, 2008 01:36 PM

                          ...or whatever you want to call the post-drinking meal taken at 0700 :)

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                          JimmyC Apr 23, 2009 05:33 PM

                          white diamond is still around one in roselle on st george one in clark by the circle one in elizabeth on elizabeth ave that i know of

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                            Angelina Apr 23, 2009 06:42 PM

                            ooohhh..White Diamond in Clark!! So much fun after a night of drinking root beer back in the 90's...heee heee!!!

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                          MooseInSJ May 8, 2009 04:47 PM

                          Olga's Diner was closed several months ago by the state for non-payment of taxes. Also from the original list, Nasa's diner burned down years ago and was not rebuilt. The Diamond Diner in Cherry Hill was removed years ago to make way for a Walgreens. Ponzio's is the best diner remaining in the Cherry Hill area.

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                            rufeen Nov 7, 2009 02:03 PM

                            went to hightstown diner this morning. fantastic crispy (and hot) cornbeef hash and friendly service.

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                            eatwithpete Jul 3, 2009 12:23 PM

                            for the most comprehensive list of NJ diners, see my book, "Jersey Diners,'' Rutgers University Press. The directory of diners within was the first time anyone had attempted to find and list every Jersey diner. Took me a year to do it. The list on njdiners.com came from it. They do credit the original source - but that site apparently has not been updated in a while because it doesn't take into account the NJ area code split in 1997, when the 732 and 973 area codes were added. The list in the latest edition of "Jersey Diners'' does. My favorite diners? The Summit Diner, the Harris Diner in East Orange, Mustache Bill's in Barnegat Light, and the White Manna in Hackensack, among others. Too bad about Olga's - I liked the little bakery inside, and the fact that if you sat at the counter they gave you a pot of coffee, IHOP-style.

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                              jrd303 Jul 6, 2009 07:29 PM

                              If I may ask are your favorite diners based on overall experience, consistent menu top to bottom, a few special dishes or some other measure?

                              If you had one day in NJ for a diner experience which diner(s) would you go to for a breakfast, lunch, and dinner and what would you have?

                              Lastlly, If you had to recommend one diner to a friend based solely on their daily specials which would it be and why?

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                              combokid Dec 30, 2009 08:24 AM

                              I live in North Central Jersey, close to Flemington. The best diners in this area are:

                              Time To Eat Diner
                              Route 206 and Somerville Circle, Bridgewater

                              Simply the best food. Their soup is particularly good, often with a homemade flavor. I have yet to have a bad dish.

                              Bridgewater Diner (formerly Felix #9 Diner)
                              Route 22 Beidgewater, NJ

                              Good dishes, reliable, clean, service always pretty good. Their pea soup, I forget what day it is, maybe Wednesdays, is phenomenal.

                              And may I add

                              Amwell Valley Diner
                              Route 31 South
                              Ringoes, NJ

                              It's not so much the food, which is standard and basic, not bad at all, but nothing stands out, it's the overall feeling of the place. I always liked the vibe inside that little diner, and their trucks welcome policy shows that they're good people.

                              Snedon's Luncheonette
                              Bridge Street
                              Lambertville, NJ

                              This is it the old-world authentic diner experience. Service is always friendly & fast, food always tasty. It's got a classic feel to it, and that includes the food. Very popular on Sunday mornings, you may find yourself waiting 10 minutes. I like how thew entire staff, from cooks to waitresses, wear the Snedon's T-shirts.

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                                Tapas52 Sep 4, 2010 05:23 AM

                                Last night for a change of pace off my fine dining treks, & didn't want to deal with the crowded Holiday Weekend waiting at most shore restaurants.. I returned to the basics and had a wonderful dinner at the Lakehurst Diner on rt 70...
                                I started off with the baked Stuffed Clams which were more like a "Casino" style and very good.... next the Seafood Bisque which was so good Thick & Creamy I took a Quart home Wow !.....for my main course I ordered the Queen Cut Prime Rib med rare w/ Au Jus made from the drippings YUM, baked Sweet Potato, steamed Broccoli, & home made Rolls...simple and really delicious ! Sometimes simple is better a refreshing change all for under $20.00.....enjoy!

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                                Lakehurst Diner Restaurant
                                State Highway 70 State N N, Lakehurst, NJ 08733

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