White Manna

★★★★★

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Hours
Mon-Wed 8:30 am-9 pm, Thurs-Sat 8:30 am-midnight, Sun 10 am-6 pm
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White Mana is what it is. A nice little burger joint that serves GREAT burgers, enough said. They don??t have a sign out front saying ??Home of the best burgers in New Jersey? or ??Please order only ___ many? or anything?the only chide is to not talk on the cell phone, which is understandable.
It is a great place for what it is and what it claims to be. A burger joint. I feel like the guy under me is pretending like this is La Cirque or something. The grill in the front is probably what makes the place. It would be so bland if you get there and there??s just a bunch of servers standing in front of you taking orders. It??s great to see what you??re getting and guess ??hmmm are those three mine?the guy before me asked for 6 right?...hmmm they don??t look like they have onions?.oh wait those are mine?.?. And its like a survival of the fittest when someone gets up and you try to squeeze your way in for a seat at the counter.
I went to Yale and was able to go to Louis Lunch (look it up and how famous it is if you don??t already know) in New Haven from time to time and what really put me off about the place was the attitudes of the owners/operators/grill men. The whole ??No ketchup? line is crap and just makes them look like they are trying to be superior. Louis Lunch is kind of like Jerseys White Mana but WM is a real honest to goodness great place with great operators and grill men. At Louis Lunch it??s a bunch of pompous New Haven townies.
And PS You could get killed by a driver crashing into your house right now. The area does have probably more risk than a few other places on River but it??s obviously not that bad if nothing has happened in 30 plus years.

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★★★★★

White Mana is what it is. A nice little burger joint that serves GREAT burgers, enough said. They don??t have a sign out front saying ??Home of the best burgers in New Jersey? or ??Please order only ___ many? or anything?the only chide is to not talk on the cell phone, which is understandable.
It is a great place for what it is and what it claims to be. A burger joint. I feel like the guy under me is pretending like this is La Cirque or something. The grill in the front is probably what makes the place. It would be so bland if you get there and there??s just a bunch of servers standing in front of you taking orders. It??s great to see what you??re getting and guess ??hmmm are those three mine?the guy before me asked for 6 right?...hmmm they don??t look like they have onions?.oh wait those are mine?.?. And its like a survival of the fittest when someone gets up and you try to squeeze your way in for a seat at the counter.
I went to Yale and was able to go to Louis Lunch (look it up and how famous it is if you don??t already know) in New Haven from time to time and what really put me off about the place was the attitudes of the owners/operators/grill men. The whole ??No ketchup? line is crap and just makes them look like they are trying to be superior. Louis Lunch is kind of like Jerseys White Mana but WM is a real honest to goodness great place with great operators and grill men. At Louis Lunch it??s a bunch of pompous New Haven townies.
And PS You could get killed by a driver crashing into your house right now. The area does have probably more risk than a few other places on River but it??s obviously not that bad if nothing has happened in 30 plus years.

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The burgers are okay, but nothing earth shaking. The unique little restaurant is kitschy but too many translate that into the burgers tasting like they are something other than standard ground beef. Wouldn't they have to say if they seasoned the beef with something special - anything other than salt and pepper, due to food allergies? I am not saying they are bad. They are what burgers hot off the grill should be. And by grill, I mean the steel cooktop they are fried upon. I agree with the other reviewer that they are better than White Castle, they are much thicker, but then, White Castle must be using a laser to slice their beef. White Mana's cook is arm's length from you and shapes the patties just before cooking. Some find this quaint, but it ain't. There's not much social joviality, and it seems too close for comfort when they periodically scrape down the cooktop in front of you for crud removal.

I have been to White Manna a few times, but only if I can see there isn't a crowd. They are not built for speed and it's so small, it really isn't comfortable eating at the counter. The small quarters are part of the attraction, but in Hackensack, you are literally on top of each other. The folks waiting for take out have no place to stand, so they sit. That kills the seating place.

What I am basically saying is, this is simple burgers and fries, and the small burgers are on those dinner roll type rolls that are nice and soft. If you order onions, they give you stringy strands that hardly had time to be transformed on the grill into the kind of soft caramelized wonders they should be. Instead they endeavor to stay attached as you bite and pull away. Pickles are on the side - just as well since the burgers wouldn't fit two across. Watch to see if that happens because with all the multi- tasking he's doing, I did get stiffed on the pickles. And as long as the pickles are on the side, some crisp spears would have been nice, but I know where I am. Kindly put, this is a dive, the greasy spoon ambiance is part of it's charm. The fries are another story. Often they were undercooked, and they are tiny crinkle cuts, supermarket grade.

Now that Five Guys has opened in the Home Depot/Pathmark shopping center, I cannot see making the stop at W.M. anytime soon. What scares the heck out of me about that River Street joint is you are staring down the barrel of swiftly moving traffic coming up River Street, and if any of the hundreds of drivers fail to nudge the wheel to the left to follow the bend in the road, they will be in your lap. They could seriously use a concrete barrier there to protect against the northbound River street traffic.

Update Dec 2011: Just because it hasn't happened YET, doesn't mean its not a hazard worth noticing. And whether a car could crash into my house or not has nothing to do with it. I wasn't dissing the burgers so much as the glorious drooling people do over them. I stopped in recently, because I saw no waiting and could steer the wheel right into the lot, as easily as right into the front door... okay, I'll stop... and because I am not a Le Cirque type eater - if I'll eat a McRib, I'll eat anything! I wanted a quick burger and that what I got. The reason I'm posting again is, to comment on the unnecessary attitude that came with the cook fulfilling orders this particular day. I feel a cuisine's legend should come with a personal pride of the ownership and especially the face to face vibe of staff with customers. White Manna is under newer management since I was last there, and maybe I forgot, but it doesn't seem necessary to be barking at customer like the Soup "Guy" if they say as I did, they want pickles on their burgers. "I don't need to know that" Say what? Even the guy next to me looked at me and smiled, I think we both had the Seinfeld soup episode in mind. This guy looked pissed off, and as the crowd grew, he was similarly brusk, as though that is supposed to be part of the culinary experience. I've heard it's kind of like that at Peter Luger's Steak House in the Willliamsburg section of Brooklyn. I don't know... these are the funny moments in life I guess. After getting home with my burgers, I see he left out the pickles entirely and again, the beef and cheese combo sells itself - there is no big whoop in the taste. Nice soft dinner roll quality bun. I tell myself I'll never return, but I'd be lying. This pot belly ain't gonna feed itself.

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★★★☆☆

The burgers are okay, but nothing earth shaking. The unique little restaurant is kitschy but too many translate that into the burgers tasting like they are something other than standard ground beef. Wouldn't they have to say if they seasoned the beef with something special - anything other than salt and pepper, due to food allergies? I am not saying they are bad. They are what burgers hot off the grill should be. And by grill, I mean the steel cooktop they are fried upon. I agree with the other reviewer that they are better than White Castle, they are much thicker, but then, White Castle must be using a laser to slice their beef. White Mana's cook is arm's length from you and shapes the patties just before cooking. Some find this quaint, but it ain't. There's not much social joviality, and it seems too close for comfort when they periodically scrape down the cooktop in front of you for crud removal.

I have been to White Manna a few times, but only if I can see there isn't a crowd. They are not built for speed and it's so small, it really isn't comfortable eating at the counter. The small quarters are part of the attraction, but in Hackensack, you are literally on top of each other. The folks waiting for take out have no place to stand, so they sit. That kills the seating place.

What I am basically saying is, this is simple burgers and fries, and the small burgers are on those dinner roll type rolls that are nice and soft. If you order onions, they give you stringy strands that hardly had time to be transformed on the grill into the kind of soft caramelized wonders they should be. Instead they endeavor to stay attached as you bite and pull away. Pickles are on the side - just as well since the burgers wouldn't fit two across. Watch to see if that happens because with all the multi- tasking he's doing, I did get stiffed on the pickles. And as long as the pickles are on the side, some crisp spears would have been nice, but I know where I am. Kindly put, this is a dive, the greasy spoon ambiance is part of it's charm. The fries are another story. Often they were undercooked, and they are tiny crinkle cuts, supermarket grade.

Now that Five Guys has opened in the Home Depot/Pathmark shopping center, I cannot see making the stop at W.M. anytime soon. What scares the heck out of me about that River Street joint is you are staring down the barrel of swiftly moving traffic coming up River Street, and if any of the hundreds of drivers fail to nudge the wheel to the left to follow the bend in the road, they will be in your lap. They could seriously use a concrete barrier there to protect against the northbound River street traffic.

Update Dec 2011: Just because it hasn't happened YET, doesn't mean its not a hazard worth noticing. And whether a car could crash into my house or not has nothing to do with it. I wasn't dissing the burgers so much as the glorious drooling people do over them. I stopped in recently, because I saw no waiting and could steer the wheel right into the lot, as easily as right into the front door... okay, I'll stop... and because I am not a Le Cirque type eater - if I'll eat a McRib, I'll eat anything! I wanted a quick burger and that what I got. The reason I'm posting again is, to comment on the unnecessary attitude that came with the cook fulfilling orders this particular day. I feel a cuisine's legend should come with a personal pride of the ownership and especially the face to face vibe of staff with customers. White Manna is under newer management since I was last there, and maybe I forgot, but it doesn't seem necessary to be barking at customer like the Soup "Guy" if they say as I did, they want pickles on their burgers. "I don't need to know that" Say what? Even the guy next to me looked at me and smiled, I think we both had the Seinfeld soup episode in mind. This guy looked pissed off, and as the crowd grew, he was similarly brusk, as though that is supposed to be part of the culinary experience. I've heard it's kind of like that at Peter Luger's Steak House in the Willliamsburg section of Brooklyn. I don't know... these are the funny moments in life I guess. After getting home with my burgers, I see he left out the pickles entirely and again, the beef and cheese combo sells itself - there is no big whoop in the taste. Nice soft dinner roll quality bun. I tell myself I'll never return, but I'd be lying. This pot belly ain't gonna feed itself.

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The burgers are delicious. Seriously, they may seem a little greasy, but they are WELL worth the calories. The place is a little small so try to go off peak lunch or dinner hours to avoid a crowd!

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★★★★☆

The burgers are delicious. Seriously, they may seem a little greasy, but they are WELL worth the calories. The place is a little small so try to go off peak lunch or dinner hours to avoid a crowd!

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Similar to white castle, only fresh with real meat made on site. Small tiny location. Always a wait. ALWAYS WORTH IT!! You cant lose with White mana!

5
★★★★★

Similar to white castle, only fresh with real meat made on site. Small tiny location. Always a wait. ALWAYS WORTH IT!! You cant lose with White mana!

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Best Burgers in the world at this tiny little spot. Old time diner with fast service. Watch them cook in front of you. But be prepared to a line that forms at lunchtime. If you want a great burger this is your place

5
★★★★★

Best Burgers in the world at this tiny little spot. Old time diner with fast service. Watch them cook in front of you. But be prepared to a line that forms at lunchtime. If you want a great burger this is your place

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I am tired of reading the negativity on this place. They do not claim to have gourmet burgers, it is a fast food place. When you compare it to other fast food burger places this place bl*ws them away. I live very close to the Hackensack location and when I want to endulge on a delicious morsel, I go here. They serve tiny burgers served on potato rolls that are absolutly mouth watering. They grill them up and sl*p the cheese and onions on while they are cooking to melt all the flavors together, I dare you to find anyplace that is half as good as this place for $1 for a burger.

2
★★★★☆

I am tired of reading the negativity on this place. They do not claim to have gourmet burgers, it is a fast food place. When you compare it to other fast food burger places this place bl*ws them away. I live very close to the Hackensack location and when I want to endulge on a delicious morsel, I go here. They serve tiny burgers served on potato rolls that are absolutly mouth watering. They grill them up and sl*p the cheese and onions on while they are cooking to melt all the flavors together, I dare you to find anyplace that is half as good as this place for $1 for a burger.

Pros: Delicious burgers

Cons: Limited seating, but that kinda makes it fun.

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When I first came here, I saw people ordering 5-6 at a time. Now I know why! Food is fresh, well prepared & cooked to order! Kids love the place!The building is a great little piece of history, too! Would like to see it cleaned up & restored a bit. With just a few stools, it can crowded. Best burger in NJ!

2
★★★★★

When I first came here, I saw people ordering 5-6 at a time. Now I know why! Food is fresh, well prepared & cooked to order! Kids love the place!The building is a great little piece of history, too! Would like to see it cleaned up & restored a bit. With just a few stools, it can crowded. Best burger in NJ!

Pros: Food, Location, Service

Cons: , Divey

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Great ambiance great little burgers made from fresh beef on potato buns. AWSOME

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★★★★★

Great ambiance great little burgers made from fresh beef on potato buns. AWSOME

Pros: Great Taste, Inexpensive

Cons: Crowded

 

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