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“Best Diner in NJ”
Review of Tops Diner

Tops Diner
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Diner
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Tops Diner serves some of the freshest and most delicious food in East Newark, NJ! Come in for an amazing meal and some gracious hospitality!
Allamuchy, New Jersey, United States
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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“Best Diner in NJ”
Reviewed December 17, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is the best diner in NJ. It's close to the Prudential Center, NNPAC, and downtown Newark. Perfect place to have dinner before a show.

Visited December 2013
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  • English first
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  • German first
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English first
Canton, Ohio
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44 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Massive portions, good service, worth the wait”
Reviewed December 12, 2013

Huge menu which is always a bit concerning (how can you do everything well?) but concern was misplaced. I had a black bean side dish and was very pleasantly surprised by the seasoning, which I expected to be cumin but was Indian and quite good. I was impressed by the front of house, particularly the host, who paid enough attention to match name and face when your table was ready. Wish I lived closer because I'd like to sample more from the menu, especially after seeing others served.

  • Visited December 2013
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Washington, DC
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79 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Is Tops The Best or Second Best NJ Diner?”
Reviewed December 1, 2013

It doesn't really matter. This place is terrific! Tops is an old style diner similar to those in many cities: with stainless steel exterior and interior trim and plentiful wooden booths. It is immaculately clean. But the food, not the ambiance, is the reason to visit. Everything, including the desserts are home made. I recently had sweet potato gnocchi with grilled chicken and pesto. It was delicious; the portion was generous. As I looked around at my fellow diners, I think I could have been happy with almost everything on the menu. Service was attentive and helpful. I'll be coming back to Tops each time I'm in Newark. By the way, although Tops is not in downtown Newark, it's only a mile or so from Penn Station (just across the Passaic River). I stayed at the Hampton Inn, which was only two blocks away. Proximity to Tops Diner is a good reason by itself to stay there.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank TJHESQ
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72 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“2nd visit service not as good as the first”
Reviewed November 23, 2013 via mobile

2nd visit here and was a little disappointed. Food was good but wait service needs work. This was a Fri night and very busy but Tops is know for being "the spot". Waited a very long time to be seated, then another long time to give our drink order, and another wait etc etc. Will probably give Tops another try later on but it will NOT be a Fri night. Not sure their wait staff is trained for crowds.

  • Visited November 2013
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Stuart, Florida, USA
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94 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Best diner in NJ”
Reviewed November 7, 2013 via mobile

We ate here with family, it was great. You can't go wrong no matter what you order and the prices were fair too. Definitely recommend eating here!

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