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Dec 7, 2013 03:45 AM

Edgewater diner Or not too far.

Is the edgewater diner any good? Or one in the area. I want to have a diner lunch for my birthday. Must be not too far from the ferry. (although we do have cars) Family is coming from the city. Thanks.

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  1. Haven't been there in many years, but I don't remember it being anything better than an "average" stereotypical diner. Just a diner, that's all.

    1. I used to go to the Green Kitchen at the Galaxy sometimes. l thought it was better than the others diners in the area. Granted, the G.C. doesn't consider itself a diner, but I always did.

      1. Not sure of the requirements of a "diner" -- but there are good restaurant choices in the area. Any other options possible other than a diner?

        1. If you are thinking of the River View Diner, it's actually in North Bergen and closest to the Ferry. It's your typical diner..

          I don't recommend any diners in Fort Lee....but there's the Original Pancake House.

          Nearby, there's the Gotham City Diner in Ridgefield....and the Yankee Tower diner in Fairview....the latter has a cult following, but it's pretty much an old dump.

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          1. re: fourunder

            Yes, I was thinking of something really close as that seemed to be important. As far as Gotham City -- I've been to the one in Fair Lawn (when they first opened, and a couple of other times). It was "OK" and for me to say that about a diner, that's a good thing. They seemed to be popular, everyone I was with seemed happy with their dishes and the food was good (for a diner, so relatively speaking). I haven't been there in a while, but based upon my experiences there -- I'd have no problem going back.

            As far as the Yankee Tower -- I disagree. Yes, they have a cult following per se, but I don't think the place is a dump. I wouldn't call it a stereotypical diner because it's more of a "joint" kind of place. Some people even call it a truck stop, but to each their own, LOL.

            It's old, and I'd call it a classic "joint" -- but not being a diner fan, I think the YT is a classic place. I've always liked the food -- and what I've ordered there is good. Can't vouch for everything, but for my likes, tastes, what I order -- good food (for that type of place).

            I haven't been to the Plaza Diner (Fort Lee) in years, but I've heard it's "slipped" quite a bit. Same with The Point Diner (Fairview). The Red Oak Diner (Fort Lee) closed, right? Under new management and a new place?

            1. re: ELA

              First....are you sure you want to disagree with me...on anything!!!!! Bada Bing....

              My reference to the YT as dump, has to do with appearance, not the food. My apologies for offending anyone or the owners of the YT.....I misspoke.....but I generally do breakfast type meal, but I will opine to say the highly heralded Meat Loaf is not to my liking...but it is a hefty portion.

              The former Red Oak is open and currently under renovation, at least for the exterior. I don't recall the name, but I seem to recall "Grille* in the name, much to the displeasure of some who get riled up of these sort of misspellings.

              1. re: fourunder

                No offense, none whatsoever. The place is certainly old and appearence-wise...yes it is! LOL. Part of the allure? LOL. To some I guess. LOL.

                I've never had the meatloaf there, but I know many who have -- I think it's one of their "pouplar" items, yes, a hefty portion...but as I've always said, chocolate and vanilla. Some people like something and some don't. It could be the "best meatloaf" in NJ and win every contest -- but if you don't like it, then it doesn't I agree with you on that! LOL.

                So Red Oak is open...and still under renovation? The spelling thing never bothered me. I don't care how you want to spell something, as long as it's not offensive.

                I've seen several diners being sold and reinvented. The diner business is changing -- times, likes, dislikes, competition, etc. I have a few clients who own diners and in several cases, the "kids" don't want to come into the business.

                1. re: ELA

                  With reference to the former Red Oak.....

                  I was incorrect about the *e* and *Grille* in the name.

                  I was also incorrect about any exterior renovations....there's only a banner sign over the entrance indicating new ownership.

                  The name is now *Chiller's Grill*.....I do not plan on trying it.

                  1. re: ELA

                    I have a few clients who own diners and in several cases, the "kids" don't want to come into the business.

                    I knew a guy who was friend with five Greek Brothers who all owned Diners in New Jersey. One of the brothers sold his diner and purchased a Perkin's Pancake House. His gross went down, but his profits went up and at the end of the week, there was more cash in his pocket. He told me the four other brothers sold their diners and they all purchased Perkin's franchises.

                    Kids not following in family footsteps....lazy bastards.

                    1. re: fourunder

                      At the East Brunswick Perkins they have a newspaper article on the wall in the entrance about the Greek family who is the franchisee. According to the article they have franchises in Colts Neck, Freehold, East Windsor and maybe another in the area. Pretty sure this is the family of which you speak. They all seem to be well run.

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