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Pearl Street Diner (Manhatten)

Pearl Street Diner (Manhatten)

Pearl Street Diner (Manhatten)
I should tell you how I planned to go the Pearl Street Diner all along, but that would be a lie. While trying to figure out the train system in New York, I missed my stopped and ended up at the end of the line in the Financial District and near Battery Park and the Staten Island Ferry.  I was hungry and tired so I decided to stop at the Pearl Street Diner on the corner of Pearl and Fletcher Street. I’m glad I did. The Pearl Street Diner is a no-frills diner in New York City.

Pearl Street Diner (Manhatten)

Pearl Street Diner (Manhatten) Atmosphere: A
From the exterior, you can imagine the Pearl Street Diner is a step back in time. It’s built into a building (or maybe a building built around it). The inside of the Pearl Street Diner seats only about 20-30 people. There are plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar. When I got there, the waitress ushered me to a small table so other parties could use the bigger ones.

Pearl Street Diner (Manhatten) Coffee:

The Pearl Street Diner coffee was brewed hot and fresh and the waitress made sure I had plenty of refills.

Pearl Street Diner (Manhatten) coffee

Pearl Street Diner (Manhatten) Food: C
The Pearl Street Diner menu has everything a stereotypical diner would have. There are plenty of breakfast specials.  I wasn’t sure what I was in the mood for, just that I was hungry and tired. I decided to order the blueberry pancakes with whipped cream. The pancakes were good, but it was a small portion and I could have used 3X the amount. I would order them again, but I would probably order something else with them.

Pearl Street Diner (Manhatten) pancakes

Pearl Street Diner (Manhatten) Service: A
The waitress at the Pearl Street Diner was friendly and the food came out fast. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

Pearl Street Diner (Manhatten) Cost: $
For my blueberry pancakes and coffee, the cost was $12. It was a tad expensive considering the size, but then again, it was New York City.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back to the Pearl Street Diner (Manhatten)?
I liked the Pearl Street Diner in Manhatten and had a positive experience. If I’m in the area again, I’ll go back. It’s worth the stop from Battery Park or on your way to the Staten Island Ferry.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Food: C
Service: A
Cost: $5-15
Overall:  B

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Questions for you:
Have you ever gotten so lost, you need to take a break? Just me, LOL?
Have you been to Wall Street?

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Alps Diner (Wayne)

Alps Diner (Wayne)

Alps Diner (Wayne, NJ)

After hiking with my good friend Shawn, we decided to stop at the Alps Diner in Wayne, NJ. Hard to believe Shawn is one of my closest friends, but we have yet to go to a diner together. I guess she was initiated.

Alps Diner wayne nj

Alps Diner Atmosphere: A
The Alps Diner sticks out in Wayne, NJ. The exterior is metallic, shiny, and the Alps Diner is abnormally tall. It’s hard to miss when driving by. Of all of the diners on NJ-23, the Alps Diner stands out the most.

Alps Diner wayne nj

The interior of the Alps Diner is like a blast from the past. There are plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar.

Alps Diner wayne nj

Alps Diner Coffee: C

The Alps Diner coffee was okay but nothing to write home about. I was slightly disappointed that it was lukewarm.

Alps Diner wayne nj coffee

Alps Diner Food: C

Known for their good food, the Alps Diner menu has every option you can imagine on a diner menu. I wasn’t sure what I was in the mood for. There is all-day breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I was between the pork chops and a gyro, so I decided to order the pork chops. The pork chops came with a salad, side, and potato. I ordered the greek salad and a side of corn.

Alps Diner wayne nj greek salad

The Greek salad was the best part of the meal. The dressing was tasty and the salad tasted fresh.

Sadly, both the pork chops were thin and tasted as if they had been reheated. I was disappointed with my meal. Was it edible? Yes, was it bland and boring? Yes.

Alps Diner wayne nj pork chops

Alps Diner Cost: $
For my coffee and pork chop meal, it was $19.

Alps Diner Service: A
Our waitress at the Alps Diner was great and the food came out fast. I couldn’t have asked for better service.

Alps Diner Overall Thoughts:
The Alps Diner was one of the most stereotypical diners out there. There was nothing unusual or unique, and the food was clearly frozen and reheated. If you are looking for a retro, stereotypical diner, Alps Diner is it. It’s right in the middle as far as diners go. Nothing terrible but nothing great either.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: C
Food: C
Cost: $10-20
Service: A
Overall: B

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Questions for you: 
Do you like pork chops?
What is your favorite type of potato: mashed, sweet, french fries, baked? I’m a sweet potato fan myself.

 

Town and Country Diner (Toms River)

Town and Country Diner (Toms River)

Town and Country Diner (Toms River)

Last month when driving to the Toms River Diner, Cyd and I drove by the Town and Country Restaurant in Toms River. There was no internet proof of it and we thought, another new diner not that far away? Sweet!

Cyd is the owner of the website New Jersey Isn’t Boring, which provides information on all things New Jersey including: events, diners, and day trips.

Town and Country Diner Toms River

The Town and Country Diner in Toms River isn’t to be confused with the Town and Country Diner in Bordentown. I’m sure there are more Town and Country Diners.

Town and Country Diner (Toms River) Atmosphere: B
The Town and Country Diner sticks out on the highway but that is because there isn’t much else along the way. The massive: breakfast, lunch, and dinner sign sticks out. The inside of the Town and Country Diner is modest and has several booths, and tables. It could use an update, but in general, it’s clean.

Town and Country Diner (Toms River) Coffee: A
The waitress refilled the coffee often and it tasted great. It’s one of the better diner coffees I’ve had recently.

Town and Country Diner Toms River coffee

Town and Country Diner (Toms River) Food: B
The Town and Country Diner menu has plenty of specials as well as the regular diner choices. They are known for their great food and cheap prices. There is all-day breakfast, lunch, and several dinner specials. I was between the gyro or the pork chops but decided to order the chicken gyro which came with soup as well as coffee.

Town and Country Diner Toms River soup

The split pea soup was decent but there was nothing unusual or unique about it. I can never resist a good split pea soup but I do wish it was thicker. I enjoyed the croutons inside.

Town and Country Diner Toms River salad

When the chicken gyro came out, it ended up being a greek salad with chicken. The Greek Salad was tasty and very filling but not what I was expecting. I would order it again and I was happy with my choice but I was surprised at first.

Town and Country Diner Toms River salad

Town and Country Diner (Toms River) Service: C
The waitress was friendly but the food took a while to come out, plus it took a while to take our orders as well as get the check.

Town and Country Diner (Toms River) Cost: $
Since I ordered off the specials menu, my entire meal (including coffee) was $9.95.

Town and Country Diner (Toms River) Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?
I liked the Town and Country Diner and it was one of the better diners I’ve been too.  I would go back!

Atmosphere: B
Coffee: A
Food: B
Service: C
Cost: $8-18

Town and Country Diner (Toms River) Overall: B

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Questions for you:

Do you like split soup?

Do you typically order off the specials menu? 

JB’s 57 Diner (Manchester Township)

JB’s 57 Diner (Manchester Township)

JB’s 57 Diner (Manchester Township, NJ)

After having a good experience at JBs Diner on 33, I knew I wanted to go to JB’s 57 Diner.

JB’s 57 Diner Atmosphere: B
JB’s Diner is located in a strip mall next to a ShopRite. From the outside of JB’s 57 Diner, you would never guess how retro diner the inside was.

JB's 57 Diner

When you step into JB’s 57 Diner, it’s like a blast from the past. There are license plates, vintage car photos, and everything you can imagine in a diner.

JB's 57 Diner

JB’s 57 Diner Coffee: A
The coffee at JB’s Diner was brewed hot and fresh and the waitress brought plenty of refills. I couldn’t have asked for better coffee.

JB's 57 Diner coffee

JB’s 57 Diner Food: A
JB’s 57 Diner menu has plenty of options from breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They also have a page of specials including JBs Diner French toast waffle.

The French toast waffle spoke to me so I decided to order it. It came topped with strawberries and blueberries. The French toast waffle, was French toast, put into a waffle maker. Truthfully, it just felt like a regular waffle. It was good and the berries tasted fresh.

JB's 57 Diner

JB’s Diner Dessert: C

I decided to order a chocolate milkshake at JB’S diner and it was relatively boring. It was thinner and there was no whipped cream, or cherry. I thought that was standard with milkshakes but apparently not.

JB's 57 Diner milkshake

JB’s 57 Diner Service: A
Even though JBs Diner was packed, our waitress was attentive and friendly. Plus our food came out fast. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

JB’s Diner Cost: $
For my French toast, milkshake, and coffee, the cost was $15. Keep in mind, JBs Diner On 57 is cash only.

Overall Thoughts/Summary of JB’s 57 Diner:
I liked JBs Diner and I will be back. It’s a great stop if you’re going down the shore or if you find yourself going that way. Both JB’s Diner on 33 and JB’s 57 Diner are great stops.

I’m looking forward to checking out JB’s Cousins Diner.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Food: A
Service: A
Cost: $5-12
Overall: A

You can see all 266 Diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
Have you ever had a French toast waffle?
What is your favorite vintage car?

Colonial Diner (Lyndhurst)

Colonial Diner (Lyndhurst)

Colonial Diner (Lyndhurst)

The Colonial Diner (Lyndhurst) has been on my to do list for a while. I’ve attempted to go a few times but it’s never worked out. When the timing this time worked out, I knew I wanted to go.

One of the most common diner names is Colonial Diner. There is the Colonial Diner in East Brunswick, in Fords, and in Woodbury. I’m sure there are more.

Colonial Diner Lyndhurst

Colonial Diner (Lyndhurst) Atmosphere: A
The Colonial Diner fits for the stereotypical diner. It’s a retro diner with plenty of boothes, tables, and a full length bar.

Colonial Diner Lyndhurst

Colonial Diner (Lyndhurst) Coffee: B
The Colonial Diner Coffee was decent. There was nothing unusual and it wasn’t as hot as I would prefer. The waitress was friendly and kept it refilled.

Colonial Diner coffee

Colonial Diner (Lyndhurst) Food: A
The Colonial Diner menu has everything you would want in a diner. There are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. Since the Colonial Diner is open 24 hours, and serves everything all day.

I wasn’t sure what I was craving so I decided to order a burger. The Colonial Diner menu special was lentil soup and I can never say no to lentil soup.

Colonial Diner Lyndhurst soup

The burger was delicious. The bun had plenty of bread and tasted homemade. The burger was tasty. It also had the most amount of mustard I’ve seen.

Colonial Diner Lyndhurst burger

Colonial Diner (Lyndhurst) Service: A
The Colonial Diner waitress was friendly and the food came out fast. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

Colonial Diner (Lyndhurst) Cost: $
For my soup, burger, and coffee the cost was $21.

Overall Thoughts/Summary of the Colonial Diner (Lyndhurst):
I liked the Colonial Diner and it was a nice stop on the way home. It’s an easy stop if you are heading into NYC too. I won’t say it’s the best diner ever, but it’s in the top half of diners I’ve been too.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: A
Service: A
Cost: $10-20
Overall: A

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Questions for you:
What’s your favorite type of burger?
Do you like mustard?

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