"Old-school'' doesn't necessarily have to mean ancient, but a new restaurant surely cannot be old-school. It's all about a look, an attitude; visit an old-school restaurant today, come back in 10, 20 years, nothing will have changed.
Here are New Jersey's 35 greatest old-school restaurants from around the state. There are neighborhood pubs and restaurants, seafood shacks and hot dog stands, delis, diners and more. All gloriously, grandly, unabashedly old-school.
Note: The restaurants are not ranked by the quality of food, but the food's good at all of them. It's more about how well they fit the definition of "old-school." Ice cream stands/shops and bakeries, among others, were not considered.