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Thursday, September 21, 2006

State Street Grill

New Jersey may not know how to do a great cafe, but diners-R-us! This new spot opened in August, on the site of the old "Willie's Diner". It's a Greek diner, gelateria, Starbucks, and brick oven pizza joint - all rolled into one. It's an easy fifteen minute walk for me, and open all the time. I've been there several times now already.

This is the main room, where I had lunch today. I like the fact that there are windows all around. Notice the obligatory TV sets all around the perimeter. All turned to different channels, all near the ceiling, and too far away to hear if you should happen to be seated within viewing range.

Lots of neon here. And there's a second floor. So far there has always been a velvet rope across the stairway, so I haven't had a chance to explore the upstairs.

This is the Starbucks part, just inside the door. There are a lot of separate little counter areas, as if the expectation is: "Coffee drinkers here, pizza eaters over there....."

The bakery case is just like the bakery case you'd find in any diner around here. The flan is always a good choice. So what it it's all a little on the glitzy side. It's New Jersey!


Anonymous beecher said...

Whoa! This is a far cry from the old Willie's Diner.

1:02 PM  
Blogger SuperMom said...

Looks like a fun place.

1:06 PM  

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