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Tops Diner

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American, Diner
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500 Passaic Ave, East Newark, NJ 07029-2816
+1 973-481-0490
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06:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Thu 06:00 - 01:00
Fri - Sat 06:00 - 02:00
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New York City, New York
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food here is amazing. Pretty much everything on the menu is good and the portions enough for two. Family-owned and operated, they take pride in what they do. The line moves very quickly. Chicken and waffles are great, shrimp dishes and salads are second to none!

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Thank Adrienne P
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this review

Adrienne, thanks so much for sharing your amazing experience! I'm glad that our variety-filled menu has made you a fan. It's great some of your favorites are with the Chicken and Waffles and shrimp dishes. I hope you'll come see again soon. Best, Jimmy G, Partner More 

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58 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great dinner with a wide variety of food on the menu, big portions in any plate, Big hamburgers, with fresh fried very hard to eat all.

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Thank Dr. Jose B
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this review

Dr. Jose, it's great you had a tasty dinner with portions that satisfied your hunger! I certainly hope that you'll come and visit again soon. Best regards, Jimmy G, Partner More 

Kearny
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62 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

By far,this is the best diner in the area, food is good but plan to wait,this restaurant is always packed but its worth the wait.

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Thank Orlando M
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this review

Hey there, Orlando -- I'm happy that you're such a fan of our diner! Thanks so much for your patience and willingness to recommend. 'Til next time, Jimmy G, Partner More 

Kenner, Louisiana
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73 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Reccomended by staff at a local hotel. Nice atmosphere and a very busy and clean diner. At 2:30 in the afternoon the wait was 30-40 minutes. That says a lot by itself. The hostess, server, and food runners were all polite and helpful. The coffee and food were both good.

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Thank Dmaniac
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this review

It's great to hear the food and service were able to impress! That's what we're all about, and it made my day to read this. I hope we'll see you again if you're ever back in East Newark! Until then, Jimmy G, Partner More 

Parsippany, New Jersey
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83 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

From Start to Finish this was a great dining experience. Had one of the best Waitresses I have evert had in Kathy. This was my first time at Tops and she made it even better with her in depth knowledge of the menu and feedback on items that she thought I would enjoy. So much to choose from, I went... More 

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Thank Lou F
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this review

Lou, I'm delighted to read that Kathy took great care of you and made for a great dining experience! It's great you went with the Stuffed French Toast, a burger, and Disco fries. I'm so glad you had a good time and I can't wait for you to come back. Thanks so much, Jimmy G, Partner More 

Montclair, New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

It has to be good for our family to drive 25 miles to get there. It it is so worth it. This is the finest diner anywhere. The menu has everything and they are very creative in addressing diverse tastes and great traditional American dishes. The place is always full and there's a reason. This is just perfection all the... More 

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Thank Montclair97
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this review

I'm so glad you made such a journey to enjoy our food! It's awesome that you enjoy the diversity of what we do. Thanks so much for sharing your compliments and recommendation. Best, Jimmy G, Partner More 

Paramus, New Jersey
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

I'm always impressed with a restaurant that keeps the quality and service at a high level over a long period of time. When I find one, it is worth hanging on to. And I'm adding Tops to the list with one more great review to keep the Tops great reviews current. Tops was recommend to wife by a coworker whose... More 

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Thank MattSilverman
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this review

Matt, I'm delighted each of your visits leaves you impressed each and everytime. It's great you took some recommendations from your waiter and found them to be delicious. I really like your decriptions becuase they perfectly decribe the tastes that we go for. It's certainly much appreciated that you took the time to descirbe your experience in such detail. I... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

I always enjoy coming to tips because the ingredients are always fresh. The service is always excellent and I've tried various menu items and I have never been disappointed.

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Thank Belen T
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this review

Belen, I'm glad that you always enjoy visiting us! Thanks so much for sharing your appreciation. 'Til next time, Jimmy G, Partner More 

Somerdale, New Jersey
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46 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

This diner is always crowded. Be prepared to wait or sit at the bar. The bartender is attentive and fun. The food is large portion and I am never disappointed. Had the chicken fried steak and the chorizo, eggs and grits. We shared and enjoyed both. The menu says tenderloin, but it isn't. Still good! Try it sometime.

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Thank Shannon F
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this review

Thanks for weathering that wait for us, Shannon -- we appreciate your patience more than you know! We really do love what we do here, and it's wonderful to see that you do too. Till next time, Jimmy G, Partner More 

Cranford, NJ
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183 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

I've been coming here for several years since I work in the area. I can't believe I haven't placed a review in the past. I was here on a Thursday morning for breakfast and I was joined by seven other co-workers. They can accommodate large parties with ease. This is one of the best diners in NJ and surrounding areas.... More 

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Thank Melonie S
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this review

Melonie, it's fantastic to hear you feel our service, quality of food, and consistency really set us apart as one of the best diners in NJ. From the omelets, pancakes, and waffles to your French toast with bananas, I'm delighted to hear everything was perfectly on point. Thank you so much for taking the time to give us such a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Diner
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
06:00 - 01:00
Monday
06:00 - 01:00
Tuesday
06:00 - 01:00
Wednesday
06:00 - 01:00
Thursday
06:00 - 01:00
Friday
06:00 - 02:00
Saturday
06:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 500 Passaic Ave, East Newark, NJ 07029-2816
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  East Newark
  • Phone Number: +1 973-481-0490
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!

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