Being a vintage lover I naturally adore diners and delight in this factoid. While my favorite local diner, continues to be Tops in Newark (I went there for my 38th birthday) I am also quite fond of a genuine relic the White Manna Diner in Jersey City. This Diner made its debut at the 1939 World's Fair where it was billed as the "diner of the future."
In 1946 the Diner of the future, with its distinctive saucer shaped exterior, moved across the river where it remains to this day. It's easily recognizable as a mid century relic on a ugly stretch of high way.
And the 1939 World's Fair logo is still prominently displayed:
(If you are an X-Files fan you might recognize the logo from the season 2 episode Aubrey, I did and its how I first noticed the Diner).
Inside, the Diner does not dissapoint. Its simple and I image much the same as it was in 1939. It's very small, no frillos, with a circular seating area around the grill and a few tables.
The menu also hasn't changed much.
Burgers, cheese burgers, fries, onion rings, the New Jersey classic Taylor Ham and the like. The prices are also low, low, low and the food is tasty. I like the small cheese burgers, which come with plenty of pickles, and the cheese fries.
The portions are small, as they would have been in the 1940s.
If you are in the area I definitely recommend the White Manna Diner for a casual vintage dining experience.
Here is a video from Serious Eats of the White Manna Burgers getting cooked up on the grill: