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About AKB

MORE THAN A GREAT RESTAURANT. We are a “great local” .  A place to hang out that looks, feels, smells, and sounds like you want to spend time here.  We are delicious. We serve thoughtfully prepared food from the best croissants to dry-aged prime steaks. Our coffee is outstanding, our craft beer and wine list is well-priced and comprehensive.  We are comfortable and spacious with indoor and covered outdoor seating with private event spaces for special events and meetings.  We are a lovely setting for an intimate dinner by a fireplace, jazz brunch, a needed respite for people who need an alternative to working from home and a place to unwind.

Sustainability

Paper straws, compost all foods, avoid plastics, car charging stations, LED lighting, renovated the building to LEED silver standard.
1988

The Katsifis family buys a 150-seat diner that was built by Ralph Musi in 1978 Mediterranean-style architecture.

1995

Americana expands to 192 seats and renovates the interior and much of the exterior. Restaurant designer, Josh Nathanson introduces “Time to Dine” and the iconic clock tower. Mediterranean style was replaced with art-deco design.

2001

Americana adds a large bar and lounge area with a separate entrance.

2007

Americana sheds the laminated book menu and transitions to all freshly prepared food from scratch, and responsibly sourced ingredients.

2012

Heart-breaking yet shining moment. After four days without power due to Superstorm Sandy, the Americana team pulled together and served 50,000 guests in one week, as many in our surrounding communities remained without power for another seven days.

2013

Star Ledger launches a statewide search for NJ’s Best Diner. Their conclusion – which humbly was already embraced by our community, which is the benchmark for which we really strive – Americana is the Best.

2015

We rehire Josh Nathanson to design the next-gen Americana. We draw inspiration from both the original landmark design, and the quintessential “Americana Architect” – Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robbie House.

2017

Renovations begin. The project includes: A quick kitchen take out drive up window for high quality thoughtfully prepared food and drink on the go. A grab-and-sit counter for quickest service, a circular bar inspired by a European concept of a blend between coffee and cocktails, and two private event spaces for 30-150 persons.

2018

Americana rebrands as Americana Kitchen and Bar explaining: It seems to me that “diner”, my first love, has not evolved as a category that infers: healthful, mindful, delicious, community, professional, all day eatery as I wanted it to. Therefore, we renamed her, Americana Kitchen & Bar as a better marque of our passion to deliver real food and a restorative dining experience.”

2019

An expansive outdoor colonnade was introduced.