Gotham City Diner looks amazing inside and the quality of their breakfast matches.
YDKJ’s fifth anniversary is this year and upon reflection we noticed that our diner coverage was severely lacking. There’s a reason for it, though! The major dilemma was trying to figure out how to cover a New Jersey institution with upwards of a twelve page menu—a menu which duplicates most other diners by about 95 percent. So, we came up with a plan of attack. We chose some iconic menu items and allowed for a few wild card items. The wild card items could be something out of the ordinary on the menu, something that we happen to know the diner is famous for or something we’re just in the mood for.
Gotham City Diner has two locations, Fair Lawn and Ridgefield. We chose the Fair Lawn one for our review.
The diner classics we tried were:
Taylor Ham, Egg and Cheese on a Roll
This was a great sandwich on a really nice chewy roll. There was plenty of meat but you could still taste the egg and cheese.
An Omelette – South of the Border
Eggs with Chorizo, onions, peppers, scallions, Pepperjack & cheddar cheese, topped with salsa verde. This was one of the best omelettes we’ve EVER had. The eggs were well-cooked. The fillings didn’t leak out all over the place but were still plentiful. The salsa verde on top was the highlight, though. I’ve never seen this on a menu before but it should be more prevalent. Simply, delicious and amazing!
It’s hard to mess up diner pancakes and Gotham City didn’t. These were light and fluffy while still being pretty filling.
Dinner menu items were where things fell apart a little for us. The burger was dangerously overcooked. It doesn’t even look good in our picture. The only good thing to say was that the brioche roll was nice and chewy.
These were some pretty standard chicken fingers. Processed meat with some breading that didn’t adhere very well to the chicken once you bit into it. Not the worst we’ve ever had.
Matzoh Ball Soup
Yikes, this soup tasted pretty bad. It had a muddy broth and the matzoh ball was nothing special. Not even pepper and crackers could improve it.
BBQ Beef Brisket Sandwich
Slow roasted beef brisket with BBQ sauce, crispy onions & mushrooms on a Ciabatta roll, served with French fries.
This sandwich was the only good thing to come out of our visit for dinner. Maybe they do specialty items better? This was nice and rich with lots of tender brisket. The ciabatta roll was nicely toasted and the onions and mushrooms were perfectly paired with the sauce.
We’d definitely go back for their amazing breakfast!
Check out all the pictures from our visits to Gotham City Diner in Fair Lawn:
Gotham City Diner
39-10 Broadway, Fair Lawn
6 am – 2 am, 7 days
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