Urban Griddle (Newark)

Urban Griddle Newark

Urban Griddle (Newark)

Recently I went to the Urban Griddle in Newark. Spoiler, I enjoyed it so much the first time, I’ve been back again.  My good friend Devon and I met up at the Urban Griddle since it’s right off the highway and a good meeting spot between North and South Jersey.

When we arrived to the Urban Griddle around 11 am, it wasn’t too busy.  There were several tables and booths available.  We were sat quickly!

Urban Griddle Atmosphere: B
The outside of the Urban Griddle is a typical restaurant building.  It’s not the old, metallic retro style but has a more modern vibe (similar to the Harley Dawn in Hammonton).  I enjoyed how open and well lit the restaurant is too.  It reminds me more of a bistro vibe than diner vibe.

The restaurant sign for the Urban Griddle could use an update, as it looks like it’s been through a few storms, and faded.

Urban Griddle Service: A
Between the two of us, we had a lot of questions about the Urban Griddle menu options and choices, and our waitress was extremely friendly and helpful.  She gave us plenty of Urban Griddle menu advice and always refilled our beverages.

Urban Griddle Coffee: A
The Urban Griddle has a full coffee bar as well as a standard bar with the ability to make alcoholic drinks as well.

Urban Griddle Newark

Each cup of coffee was brewed perfectly.  It was hot and fresh.  Definitely some of the better coffee I’ve had recently.

Urban Griddle Food: A
The Urban Griddle menu serves local and fresh ingredients.  The Urban Griddle menu has several unique diner options including “matcha pancakes” and avocado toast.  It reminds me more of a bistro-style menu.  There is a large selection of vegetarian and vegan options too. The Urban griddle is known for their comfort food and serves breakfast, brunch, and lunch.  There were so many options that enticed me, including the thick sliced french toast and home fries an toast.

As many people know, I am a big grits fan.  Since living in Alabama, I’ve been trying to find good northern grits.  The second time I went to the Urban Griddle, I ordered breakfast which came with a side of grits.  So far in New Jersey, they have been the best I’ve had.  The rest of the breakfast: toast, eggs, and bacon was equally as good.  It was one of my favorite diner breakfasts to date (but that was mostly because of the grits!).

Urban Griddle Newark

Urban Griddle Cost: $
I was actually quite surprised with how inexpensive the food is.  For my entire breakfast, the cost was $10.

Overall thoughts/Summary of the Urban Griddle:
I enjoyed the Urban Griddle, and it’s one of my more favorite diners in the area.  I’ve already been back, so it clearly is one of my favorites!

Atmosphere: A
Service: A
Coffee: A
Food: A
Cost: $8-12
Overall: A

Nearby diners: 
Tops Diner
Tropicana Diner
Mark Twain Diner

You can see all of the diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
Do you like grits?
What is your favorite breakfast? (no dad, coffee doesn’t count)


  1. I’m kinda picky about grits, but hey- I live in the South and I can be picky because grits are culture here. We have a few places with really good grits, including the place where my run group often goes for Sunday Brunch, Moe’s Crosstown Tavern. If you ever come to visit Charleston, I have a couple places in mind to recommend for you and that’s one. My favorite breakfast items to order out at restaurants are omelets and quichies- but most do come with a side of grits :).

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