Jul 10

White Manna, Hackensack, NJ

This won’t be a long post. White Manna is very good. The classic diner façade is beautiful, Lou, his face a mask of concentration, is a site to see when working the grill and its fun to rub elbows with the locals.

White Manna Art Deco Diner Hackensack New Jersey

A Beautiful Diner from Another Age

White Manna is busy because it’s popular and it’s popular for the right reasons. It was my favorite slider burger so far this summer, especially at the $1.30 price.

White Manna Cheeseburger Sliders

Cheeseburger Sliders from White Manna, Hackensack, NJ

Some of the nuts and bolts to keep in mind: all the orders are taken and fulfilled by memory, as Lou, performing like a hibachi chef in front of his audience, tends the meat, clangs spatulas, and  feeds us all. If you are going to visit, bring a sharp memory because though it looks like mob-service in the non-line line, it isn’t. By observation, I deduced that everyone had a pretty good idea of who was up next to give Lou their order. The sneaks were playing it cool but everyone was keeping tabs on the non-line, line’s progress and on whose order was being packed into the paper sacks.

If I were to be very critical, I might nickname the place “White Mini” for the cramped structure and miniature dining room but in the end, the size is part of the charm. Everyone can enjoy the show and the size encourages the patrons to interact. If you are considering visiting White Manna from nearby, I’d go and experience it for yourself.

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