The scene: Monday at midday on Tonnele Avenue in Jersey City, New Jersey; it’s lunchtime and sustenance is essential to my survival. Where could this possibly be going you ask? The answer, my friends, is the old school diner White Mana. New Jersey is famous for its diners with their extravagant architecture and their all encompassing menus, but this particular place is special. Originally opened for the 1939 World’s Fair in Queens — or so the owners claim — White Mana has been serving up super flat hamburgers to generations of hungry customers. If you are out in North Jersey or just a hamburger lover it is worth the trip. I’m one to seek out old school spots like this and when my friend took me for the first time I was as happy as could be. Now when I head out to my ACL bag factory in Jersey (coming soon I promise), I always try to make a point to stop at White Mana.
The special at White Mana is three cheeseburgers, an order of fries and a medium coke for $6.50. Three cheeseburgers you say? Well, the burgers are made to be super flat and thin, so three isn’t as belt busting as one would think. The optimum seating is at the round counter in full view of the action. If you are really feeling adventurous, order the 10 burger special for $10.
White Mana // 470 Tonnele Ave Jersey City, NJ 07307-4447 // (201) 963-1441
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