Best Diner in Lakehurst New Jersey: Sandy's Cozy Corner
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Home comfort and wonderful food!
Ask anyone about New Jersey and they’ll tell you all about the Mafia and the diners. New Jersey is home to more diners per-capita than any other state and there’s not a town that doesn’t have at least half a dozen diners.
A diner is a unique restaurant that offers perhaps the widest selection of food than any other restaurant, and serves any item on the many at any time of the day – as some diners are open 24 hours a day, you can get breakfast at four o’clock in the morning, or at eleven o’clock at night.
Diners come in all shapes and sizes, from small diners that only have a few tables, to large diners that house hundreds of people at a time! However, it’s the exterior that often makes a diner more inviting and exciting – the size and shape of diners varies from the traditional diner that is more like a trailer, to the elaborate diners that are decorated with glass and neon and really look like they’ve forgotten that the 60s have long gone.
Whatever it is, most people will often find one diner that they like; whether it’s the ambience, the serving staff or the food they’ll become regulars and will not visit any other diner regularly. For me, there’s only one diner in New Jersey that I’ll visit on a weekly basis:
Sandy’s Cozy Corner
As you drive East on Route 70 through Lakehurst, you’ll pass a large diner on the right – this is the Lakehurst Diner and is a very good example of a traditional New Jersey diner. Travel about 300 yards further, and you’ll see a small non-descript building on the left with a sign saying ‘Sandy’s Cozy Corner’ – outside you’ll see quite a few cars parked.
As you park you’ll notice how busy this little building is, and feel an instant hustle and bustle as you move towards the door. As you enter you are immediately hit by the quaintness of the ‘Cozy Corner’. With perhaps thirty tables and booths scattered around a medium sized room, and some interesting decorations (including an intriguing indoor tree effect that is pretty impressive) you immediately understand why the diner is called ‘Cozy Corner’. It’s almost as if you’ve stepped back in time and entered Grandma’s house, it has a comforting feel that is friendly and welcoming.
As you sit down, and the friendly waitress approaches you, you quickly feel relaxed. Soon, with a cup of coffee in hand you begin to browse the menu and see quite a variety of dishes that will please. Obviously, being a diner you have a huge selection of breakfast possibilities from bagels and cream cheese, to omelets and to the less traditional Eggs Benedict. Not in the mood for breakfast? No worries – there are also a selection of sandwiches and main course to choose from, there are also some specialties (here’s the full menu) :
Biscuits and Gravy – a delicious plateful of biscuits with southern style sausage gravy – this southern style dish is extremely popular and is quite uncommon in other diners.
Chicken Fried Steak – this southern inspired dish comes with a fine helping of mashed potatoes and plenty of southern style sausage gravy – it is my particular favorite, and is not always available!
Whatever you order you’ll find that the food is excellent; it is delivered quickly and is always cooked to order. The serving staff are very friendly and should there be any problems are quick to come to your rescue. The eating experience is pleasant; the atmosphere is superb, the diner is always clean and immaculate and you never feel like the serving staff are trying to rush you to clear the table.
I fully recommend this diner to anyone travelling through the area.
I note that in addition to the standard food, Sandy’s Cozy Corner also caters parties – the food is excellent and very reasonably priced – it’s always homemade and is definitely a great choice for anyone’s party.
Other diners & restaurants close by:
Lakehurst Diner – doesn’t quite have the ambience of Sandy’s Cozy Corner but has a huge selection of food, a very large dining area and always a pleasant atmosphere.
Jack Baker’s Lobster Shanty – in the mood for some Lobster, or perhaps some crab cakes – then head on over to the Lobster Shanty and sample some of the best food in New Jersey.
Pete and Elda’s – want to sample the best pizza in New Jersey? Then take a 45 minute ride to Pete and Elders – you’ll wait an hour, but the wait is worth it!
Attractions Close by:
McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Naval base – most famous for the Hindenburg disaster and the famous Herbert Morrison's phrase "Oh, the humanity" . This large base often hosts air shows.
Six Flags Great Adventure – want some fun on some of the best roller coasters in the country, then visit Six Flags which is a 30 minute drive from Lakehurst.
PNC Artscenter – in the mood for some music? Then drive up the parkway and go to the PNC Arscenter that features some of the best concerts you're likely to see in an excellent and relaxing location. Only 30 minutes drive will get you there.
Lakewood Blueclaws – experience the best minor league baseball has to offer by watching the local Blueclaws only ten minutes from Lakehurst.
Atlantic City – ready to find the east coast’s version of Las Vegas? The head on over to Atlantic City, a mere 45 minutes away, and place your bets! Also home to many off-broadway shows, concerts and comedy shows.
Seaside Heights & the Shore - want to see where the infamous party goers of the TV show Jersey Shore go, then drive 20 minutes to Seaside Heights – for a more relaxed family scene, head on over to Point Pleasant boardwalk also only 20 minutes away.
Toms River – want a little bit of history, and perhaps a major mall – then head on over to Toms River – 15 minutes away and home to the 1998 little league champions.
NJ PAC – The NJ Performing Arts Center is a wonderful place to see a modern play, classic concert or other performance – situated in the cultural center of Newark, it is an amazing place to visit and allows you to get to know the eclectic side of New jersey. It’s only a 45 minute drive away.
Sandys Cozy Corner is one of the friendliest diners in New Jersey. With great food, wonderful staff it is a great place to eat.
Another great diner in Lakehurst!
This location is most renowned for the Hindenburg airship disaster and also hosts air shows.
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