Things to do: Best Diners in New Jersey


New Jersey should be called the diner capital of the world. With hundreds of greasy spoons and delicious diner joints, there are plenty of places to taste your way throughout the state and keep your belly full.

Tops Diner, in Newark, has been a favorite for over 40 years. Known for its signature, handcrafted burgers, Tops maintains a relaxed atmosphere and has an extensive menu that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as late-night eats.

For fresh, quality diner food, check out Avenue Bistro Pub in Verona. Featured on The Food Network’s “Chopped,” Avenue Bistro Pub is a step up from your typical diner fare, yet it still manages to capture the local feel of a neighborhood joint. The Best Way Diner in Linden has been touted as “the best kept secret” in New Jersey. When visiting this local and greasy joint, try favorite menu items like the Philly cheesesteak or Joe’s famous tri-color pasta salad.

The Brownstone Diner is the perfect breakfast spot. With menu items like berry sour pancakes, chocolate and peanut butter pancakes and turtle pancakes, it’s no wonder The Brownstone was voted the best pancakes in New Jersey Monthly Magazine. Chicken or the Egg, on Long Beach Island, is a 24-hour diner that has been a local favorite since it first opened its doors in 1991. Although a popular breakfast spot, consider sticking around for lunch to try the “Chegg”, their infamous buffalo wings, which are available in 15 sauces and can be made breaded or naked.

Skylark Diner is fun for the whole family, and offers a retro setting with space-aged features. Come for the unique atmosphere, but stay for the good grub, including the short rib burger and the orange martini, which is rimmed with the childhood classic Tang.