Crystal Diner (Edgewater Park)
Recently I stopped by the Crystal Diner in Edgewater Park, NJ. The Crystal Diner has recently gone through a management change, including a new name, and since I needed a new diner, it made it an easy pick.
I wasn’t sure what to expect, as it was new. I had driven by before when it was under its old name, and it looked like a decent diner, smaller but not bad.
Crystal Diner (Edgewater Park) Atmosphere: B
There is nothing about the exterior Crystal Diner that screams diner. It’s a normal cobblestone building.
The interior is smaller with several booths and a full-length bar. It is the stereotypical, small diner, but you would never know from the outside! It’s a clean restaurant, but it’s not a big, shiny, building and with so many chrome diners along the same road, it doesn’t stand out.
Crystal Diner (Edgewater Park) Coffee: A
The coffee at the Crystal Diner (Edgewater Park) was brewed fresh, and the waitress made sure it was refilled. It was the local Lacas blend, and I have no complaints.
Crystal Diner (Edgewater Park) Service: B
The waitress was either young or new, but she was extremely enthusiastic. She was friendly, came to our table often, and made sure food came out quickly. Even though she was new and intense, she was friendly, and everything came out quickly.
Crystal Diner (Edgewater Park) Food: C
The Crystal Diner menu has everything a Jersey diner usually does: breakfast, lunch, and many different options from steak to seafood.
I noticed the Crystal Diner (Edgewater Park) had a hummus appetizer and we decided to order that to start. I overheard the manager telling our waitress they no longer serve it, so I guess they haven’t changed the menus from the old diner.
The meal came with good cheesy bread. Any diner with a cheesy bread basket already starts on the right foot.
In all, my meal at the Crystal Diner (Edgewater Park) was extremely average. Not the worst, not the best.
For my coffee and meal, the cost was $11, which was about average.
Summary/Would I come back to the Crystal Diner (Edgewater Park)?
The Crystal Diner isn’t a bad option and has a lot of different options. It’s not my favorite local diner, but not my least favorite either. As I mentioned, the Crystal Diner (Edgewater Park) is another NJ diner. The waitress was better than average, though.
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Questions for you:
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