The Jersey Diner is going the way of many traditional institutions with changes to keep pace with the times. If you have not yet eaten at a Jersey diner, do it now before it becomes a lost opportunity.
New Jersey, often referred to as the "diner capital of the world", with more than 500 diners, has the largest concentration of diners in the United States.
For a true New Jersey experience, eating at a diner is a must. They have a beloved "Joizy" ambiance, family friendly, in-expensive, offer a huge variety of food, and are usually open when other eateries are closed.
The Jersey Diner is Changing
The Jersey diner ranges from the shiny chrome rail-like cars with neon signs and lighting to the more modern stonewalled structures that are replacing the rail-like car, brightly lit buildings. Many of the original diners were long and narrow, with stainless steel exteriors, one room eateries with a long counter and booths with juke boxes on the tables.
Today they are giving way to multi-room structures with multiple dining areas with some large enough to host a private party or banquet.
Another change in the traditional diner is the hours of operation. In the past many diners in New Jersey were open 24 hours a day and now there are no more than a dozen diners in NJ open 24 hours a day.
That being said, New Jersey still has some olde time small classic railroad car style diners with as few as eight seats at a counter. These diners have survived as a result offering a limited menu of exceptional signature items such as burgers, hot dogs, etc.