Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604
- Cost: $
- Credit Cards: All Major
- Alcohol: None
- Parking: Private Lot
- Take Out: Yes
May 17, 2018
Opened in 1947, the Bendix Diner has all the classic Jersey diner attributes – a prominent neon sign, an aluminum-clad exterior, and a long counter with stools attached to the tile floor. This Bergen County landmark is sufficiently iconic that interior scenes for Barry Levinson’s 1982 movie “Diner” were shot here. More recently, Jerry Seinfeld drove to the Bendix for an episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
Like the best NJ diners, the Bendix is open 24 hours and serves breakfast with plentiful coffee around the clock. I recommend any egg dish, with hash browns of course. The rest of the menu offers typical diner fare. Watch everything prepared fresh on the grill right in front of you.
“Bendix” was a local aviation parts manufacturer during World War II and briefly the name of nearby Teterboro Airport. The diner’s large triangular parking lot, bounded by Route 17 North, the Route 46 East turn off, and Williams Avenue in Hasbrouck Heights, accommodates trucks. The Sunday morning I visited, a group of bikers was gathering for a ride.
The worn interior, featuring original turqoise tile, is charming, but has has seen better days (many). The menu boards seem not to have been touched in decades – liverwurst anyone? Service is quick and friendly. The regulars, chatting in English and Spanish, make this a community gathering place. Put The Bendix on your list of iconic NJ diners to visit at least once.