Ocean Bay Diner (South Amboy) salmon

Ocean Bay Diner (South Amboy)

Ocean Bay Diner (South Amboy, NJ)

Recently I was in South Amboy and I decided to make a stop at the Ocean Bay Diner in South Amboy.

When I arrived to the Ocean Bay Diner, I was the only one there. I was surprised and I wasn’t sure the Ocean Bay Diner was open.

Ocean Bay Diner (South Amboy)

Ocean Bay Diner Atmosphere: A

The Ocean Bay Diner looks like a stereotypical diner. The outside is inviting with the name Ocean Bay Diner.

The inside of the Ocean Bay Diner is clean, modern, and has plenty of booths and tables. There is even a big salad bar too.

Ocean Bay Diner (South Amboy)

Ocean Bay Diner Coffee: A

The Ocean Bay Diner coffee was served hot and fresh and the waitress brought plenty of refills. It was good coffee.

Ocean Bay Diner (South Amboy) coffee

Ocean Bay Diner Food: B

The Ocean Bay Diner menu has everything you can imagine in a diner. There is all day breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

I didn’t notice any specials at the Ocean Bay Diner which was the only surprising.

I decided to order the broiled salmon which came with soup, the salad bar, 2 sides, and the salmon. It was a lot of food which is why I chose it.

I decided to forgo the soup because it was just a lot of food.

The salad bar at the Ocean Bay Diner is one of the best diner salad bars yet. There were all of the regular salad bar options including 2 types of greens, olives, tomatoes, onions, and tomatoes. It also had plenty of options that not many sale bars do including beets, peppers, and bean salad. In all, I was extremely pleased.

Ocean Bay Diner (South Amboy) salad bar

The salmon came with two sides and I chose corn and rice. The corn was bland and the rice tasted like regular rice. Nothing unique or unusual about the sides.

Ocean Bay Diner (South Amboy) salmon

The salmon tasted good. Instead of a filet of salmon, they plated salmon steak. It came with skin (my favorite) but also had bones. In all, it was one of the better diner salmons I’ve had.

Ocean Bay Diner (South Amboy) rice

I was happy with my meal and the Ocean Bay Diner salad bar is one of the best I’ve been too.

Ocean Bay Diner Service: A

The waitress at the Ocean Bay Diner was great and I couldn’t have asked for better service. Our food also came out quickly.

Ocean Bay Diner Cost: $$

For my meal and coffee, it was $23. It was a lot of food but the Ocean Bay Diner has a few meals that cost over $30!

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back to the Ocean Bay Diner in Sayreville?

I liked the Ocean Bay Diner and it’s one of the better diners I’ve been to up that way. Plus, the salad bar was great.

Atmosphere: A

Coffee: A

Food: B

Service: A

Cost: $15-30

Overall: A

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Questions for you:

What’s your favorite salad bar item?

Do you prefer salmon steak or filet? 

Empire Diner Brooklawn

Empire Diner (Brooklawn)

Empire Diner (Brooklawn, NJ)

Recently I went to the Empire Diner in Brooklawn, NJ. The Empire Diner is the newly managed Brooklawn Diner. The Brooklawn Diner wasn’t great and truthfully I wasn’t sure I wanted to go back! Since it was a new owner and new management, I decided to give it a shot.  The same owners that own the Piston Diner in South Jersey, also now own the Empire Diner.

Empire Diner Brooklawn

Empire Diner Atmosphere: A

The Empire Diner looks like it was built in a diner factory. It’s bright, shiny, and metallic. It stands out on the traffic circle in Brooklawn. The inside of the Empire Diner is bright and shiny with bright lights. There are plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar. Anything you picture in a stereotypical diner, the Empire Diner has.

Empire Diner Coffee: B

The Empire Diner coffee was hot and fresh. It wasn’t anything unique, but it wasn’t bad.


Empire Diner Brooklawn coffeeEmpire Diner Food: B

The Empire Diner menu has everything you picture in a diner. There is all-day breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals which is always a plus.

One thing that did stand out to me was the lack of specials. There were about five on the whiteboard in the front. If you wanted to view them, you had to go back up and look. Many diners have a page of specials.

I opted to order the broiled pork chops, which came with the salad bar, soup, two sides, pork chops, and pudding.

The salad bar was the best part of the meal. The salad bar at the Empire Diner has all of the regular greens, regular toppings including onions, olives, and tomatoes. They also had beets (which if you know me, know that I love beets), and a couple of different coleslaws. The salad bar was the best part.

Empire Diner Brooklawn
salad bar

I ordered the tomato bisque, which was nothing unique. It wasn’t amazing but nothing to write home about.

Empire Diner Brooklawn soup


My pork chops were disappointing. I was looking forward to pork chops and they were thin. I was expecting thicker and more full. I probably wouldn’t order them again.


My baked potato was massive and my carrots were coated in sugar. Both sides were fun but easy to make at home.

Empire Diner Brooklawn baked potato

Empire Diner Service: A

The waitress at the Empire Diner was great. She refilled our drinks often and always made sure we had what we needed.

Empire Diner Dessert: A

I opted for bread pudding and took it home. They put it in a little to go cup. The bread pudding was good; it had far more bread than pudding, which is my favorite.

Empire Diner Brooklawn bread pudding

Empire Diner Cost: $

For all of the food, it was $18. It was a lot of food, but the quality of the food was low.

Empire Diner Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?

I liked the Empire Diner and it’s a step up from the previous Brooklawn Diner. Do I think the Empire Diner is the best ever? No, but it’s a stereotypical diner with large portions.

Atmosphere: A

Coffee: B

Food: B

Service: A

Dessert: A

Cost: $8-20

Overall: B

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Questions for you:

What’s your favorite salad bar topping?

Do you like bread pudding? Rice pudding?