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Our Story

Tops the Diner is driven by freshness, quality and gracious hospitality. Founded by George Golemis in 1972. George came to New York City at the age of 18 with the American Dream of owning his own restaurant. Working with passion and at some of the finest restaurants in New York, in 1968 he was finally ready to own his own restaurant. He came to East Newark, NJ, a small town outside of Newark near Harrison and saw something that he liked and could bring to the neighborhood.

By 1972 he bought the existing Tops Diner and transformed it into what it is today. At Tops we're fully committed to preparing and serving food of uncompromising freshness and quality - with signature choices like our premium Handcrafted Burgers and we're grateful that our restaurant is made possible by passionate employees who make it their business to delight each and every guest with an excellent dining experience. From our ongoing efforts to bring you the best menu in casual dining and the best Handcrafted Burgers anywhere, to the gracious smiles and genuine hospitality that greet you at our doors, Tops wants to make our Simple Fresh American Dining your favorite dining anywhere.

Our Mission

Quality means freshness. It's fresh 100% USDA Choice or Prime ground beef formed into perfectly grilled, Handcrafted Burgers that redefine an American classic. Quality is seasonal vine ripened tomatoes and crisp leaf lettuce still glistening with garden dew. It's premium bacon and premium cheeses and an uncompromising commitment to providing you the best. Passion is people. People who love what they do and take your enjoyment personally. 

Passion is what to expect from the people who take your order, the people who craft your meal and the people who are designing our comfortable, stylish Five-Star restaurant that are destinations in themselves. Everyone you meet here is happy you've come, and they're genuinely dedicated to having you visit with us frequently. Pride makes us a family. This is our home. You are our guest. And we will attend to your dining experience with a degree of care and attention to detail unrivaled anywhere. A deep desire to serve others is the secret weapon of a gracious host. And it's why at Tops we want you to always leave with a smile.


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Matador Network | Jul 28, 2016


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500 Passaic Avenue Harrison, NJ 07029


Call 973.481.0490

Fax 973.483.0492


Sun to Thu 6am — 1am

Fri & Sat 6am — 2am

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