Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > New Jersey >
May 2, 2014 12:00 PM

NJ-4 W & NJ-17 N - Family Friendly & Simple & Cheap

Driving through this weekend and seeking an inexpensive simple family friendly non-chain, non-diner for dinner. Would like to stay on and stop on NJ-4 W & NJ-17 N if possible as my driving companions would make it miserable if we took a detour for Chow. I will be the only Chowhound in the car, so I will compromise, even if Suburban Diner is the only choice left.
But I'm sure there's something On these roads you'll let me know about.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Many items are big enough to share....

    btw...outside of a diner, you will not find much of anything other than a chain on the route you specified....unless you do go to a diner. How far up 17 are you headed as well. You'll have more options in Mahwah.

    1. Route 17 in particular is a challenge, Chow-wise. 17 is a wasteland of corporate parks, shopping malls, strip malls, and many, many chain restaurants. There is, however, a minor detour off 17 that will get you the best thin-crust pizza, bar none in northern New Jersey. It's very casual and family-friendly. They have a full menu aside from the pizza.

      586 N. Franklin Tpke
      Ramsey, NJ

      Franklin Turnpike parallels 17, and it's easy to get back on course.

      Aside from that, there are the ubiquitous diners, State Line Diner being one. I haven't eaten there, so can't advise.

        1. re: Curlz

          That's on the southbound side of 17. Incidentally, they are opening a second Paramus location at GS plaza.

          1. re: ebchower

            If we are going to hold the suggestions limited to the parameters set by the OP, then there are no suggestions to be made.

            1. re: fourunder

              That was my fear. I've driven through before. I found diners and chains. But since I don't know the area I thought to ask.
              No worries. We'll make do.

              BTW, on line there shows to be an Indian restaurant on NJ - 17

              1. re: Gastronomos

                Route 4, Paramus.....but it's not typical and a little more expensive than most.


                1. re: Gastronomos

                  Palisades Avenue, Englewood has many places to consider, but it's off Route 4 via Grand Avenue exit. It is easy off and back onto Route 4.

                  1. re: fourunder

                    I'll drive. It's the passengers that will give me a hard time. They'll just as soon opt for the drive thru at McDonald's. I'll compromise. But I won't drive a while on a belly full of McDonald's. They'll pay for it. Dearly.
                    Whatcha got on the Grand Ave exit?

                    1. re: Gastronomos

                      My nieces and nephews have been her and enjoyed it immensely///

                      La Maravillas De Tulcingo


                      For a quick bite I like ....



                      Not my thing, but others like it...

                      Blue Moon Mexican Cafe

                      Cassie's Pizzeria

                      Rose's Middle Eastern

                      Pintxo y Tapas

                      Jackson Hole Diner.


                  2. re: Gastronomos

                    And the diners in that part of the world are mediocre at best (unless something has changed drastically in the last year)...

                    1. re: Curlz

                      A stop at State Line and a stop at Suburban makes me agree with you. But I'm not a diner kinda guy. Save for a classic American diner with a one page menu.

            2. about a 5 minute drive from 17 on the franklin turnpike is my new favorite pizza place, Roxanne's. They've got a terrific pie, good prices, and family style dining if yer into that.
              150 Franklin Turnpike Mahwah

              1. 17N...I would consider Kinchley's for the thin crust pizza...been around a long time and big following...there's also Shannon Rose which is pub grub, but good (good burger). Not much else that I can think of.