Tops Diner: After reconstruction, Hudson County’s iconic restaurant reigns supreme

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Tops Diner in East Newark is embarking on a new chapter after a massive multi-million dollar rebuild that takes the New Jersey restaurant concept to the next level.

New Jersey is considered the “restaurant capital of the world” and for good reason. Among the most iconic of these restaurants is Tops Diner in East Newark, a destination dining experience that has become a statewide legend and has been nationally recognized as one of the best restaurants in the world. country.

The Hudson County institution is entering a new chapter after a massive multi-million dollar rebuild that takes the New Jersey restaurant concept to the next level. The original 5,000 square foot restaurant was demolished and replaced at the same address at 500 Passaic Ave. by the new Tops Diner, which celebrated its reopening last fall. At 15,000 square feet, it is three times larger than the original with seating for around 400 customers.

Although the aesthetic has changed, the high quality food and service that Tops Diner is known for remains. “A restaurant is a place where people can relax, enjoy great food and feel at home. It was the atmosphere of the old Tops Diner, and it remains in our new space,” said said Jim Golemis, who owns and operates Tops Diner with his brothers, Van and John.The brothers inherited the restaurant from their father, George, who bought it in 1972.

Golemis said plans to rebuild the restaurant had been in the works for about a decade. “We collaborated with a team of world-renowned architects and designers to create an ambience that instills the classic feel of a restaurant that has been around since the 1940s, but with a modern twist. Tops Diner represents what a restaurant is in 2022. Although it is a state-of-the-art building with a completely different vibe, we have maintained the integrity of the original restaurant in its design, menu and standard. of hospitality.

Although the aesthetic has changed, the high quality food and service that Tops Diner is known for remains.

The interior of the restaurant features an 18-stool counter adorned with black marble and serving a full selection of cocktails, beers, wines and spirits. Other features include a world-class kitchen, patio-style outdoor dining area, open-concept bakery, Moët & Chandon Champagne vending machine, and coffee/espresso and ice cream stations.

Tops Diner’s refined menu transcends “typical” fare and has kept diners coming back for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night snacks for decades. The restaurant’s meat and fish supplier, as well as all other products and ingredients are carefully chosen for their quality, freshness and flavor. The extensive menu includes milkshakes and smoothies, appetizers, artisan burgers, soups and salads, sandwiches, pastas, chicken, steaks and seafood, house favorites and more.

Customer favorites include “George’s Special,” farm-fresh eggs, hash browns, two buttermilk pancakes, bacon and sausage; and “Big’s Chicken & Waffles,” a house-fried half chicken, giant Belgian waffles, and Mike’s hot honey.

“We serve over 15,000 hungry customers every week,” Golemis said. “People are amazed at the number of meals we serve and the number of customers we serve efficiently without sacrificing quality.”

Restaurant patrons enjoy live music from an in-house DJ Wednesday through Sunday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. “You can hear anything from 80s music to rock or jazz. We are always trying to evolve and improve the customer experience,” concluded Golemis.

Tops Diner is open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Take-out and delivery are available.

Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are encouraged through the Tops Diner website at www.thetopsdiner.com.

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