The Diner on 'The Sopranos' Last Night


By now you've either seen last night's Sopranos or the news coverage this morning of what was the series finale.

If, like me, you were wondering where the infamous final scene took place, where it was that the cinematographer lingered so lovingly over those onion rings, Jason Perlow of Off the Broiler enlightens us: Holsten's in Bloomfield, New Jersey:

Opened in 1939, going there is literally like being sent back in a time machine to observe the social habits of pre-WWII and 1950’s American youth. The menu of ice cream treats and food items it serves are totally retro. This is not by design like one of the newer established 50’s chains like Johnny Rockets or Cheeburger Cheeburger, but because it has ALWAYS been that way—it is the real deal in every respect.

Click through for the pictures. The place looks surprisingly less menacing under typical lighting conditions.

Photographs: Jason Perlow,