New Crystal Diner- Tom’s River, NJ
A few weeks ago Tim and I wanted to go out to eat somewhere new. Not only did we want to go to a new restaurant but a new area in general. Though Tom’s River and Seaside Heights (made famous by Snooki and the MTV Jersey Shore) is only 30 minutes away, we had yet to find ourselves there. Since we have been to most of the rest of the state, we decided to head east.
We opted to just drive out there and find a diner to try. Lucky for us there are plenty. The nice thing about finding new diners in NJ, is you just have to drive. Chances are if you drive 10 minutes down any road you’ll find one.
The New Crystal Diner is one large room. It’s what you imagine when you picture “diner”. It’s big, red booths and tables. We were lucky to grab a booth by the window.
The coffee was hot and they had plenty of different sweeteners as well as cream. The lady couldn’t do whip cream for me (sad) but it wasn’t bad coffee. It was normal coffee. It wasn’t remarkably good or bad. It wasn’t burnt or watery. I only “took off points” because they couldn’t put whip cream on it when I know they had some for dessert.
The menu is large. There were ten full pages of different foods ranging from breakfast to seafood to an entire page of different salads…as you can see the list was endless. I actually think this could have been the diner with the largest menu that we have been too. I wasn’t sure what to expect since it was such a large and overwhelming menu.
I opted for the Greek Salad with chicken and no achovies. It wasn’t more than 5 minutes and they brought the food out. I’m not joking when I say 5 minutes. It was the fastest restaurant food I’ve ever received. (Faster than Waffle House). Tim joked that maybe they had already made it and we were waiting for us to come. It was amazing.
The salad was really good. In my personal opinion, it’s the toppings and dressings that make a salad. If you eat dry lettuce it will be gross. The Greek salad contained everything I liked: feta cheese, grape leaves, lots of pita bread, tomatoes, chicken, Their Greek dressing was a home mix of oil and vinegar. Honestly this was the fastest and one of the best salads I’ve had. I don’t even think I could have prepared it that quickly at home if I was being timed.
They had plenty of dessert at the front but I wasn’t in the mood for anything heavy. I drank some of Tim’s milkshake which was pretty good. It wasn’t the best milkshake I have ever had nor was it the worse. It would recommend it but I wouldn’t say it was the best milkshake you’ve had or it will change your life.
For two meals, two coffees and a milkshake it was 40 dollars. For a restaurant in NJ that is a good deal (especially for a filling meal). I have no complaints for price and the portions were large too.
Would I Come Back?
It was a really good meal. I could not believe how fast the food came out. I was extremely impressed because it wasn’t as if we were the only ones in the restaurant either. I had a really good meal. The only complaint that I have was the whip cream for the coffee but other then that it was good. Next time I’ll probably try one of their many desserts or cakes. I don’t have any complaints and I’m glad to check another diner off my NJ list. So long story short, yes I would come back.
Questions for you:
What is the fastest that you have ever been brought out food?
What are your favorite salad toppings?