Check Please! Alan Darian Of Waldwick Stops At 8 Diners Every Day

WALDWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Nothing can be finer than being at a diner in New Jersey. At least that’s what one Waldwick man believes.

Alan Darian’s life has been all about these staple American eateries ever since he rode his bike one fateful day at age 11 to the Tick Tock Diner in Clifton.

“I always found it very interesting the way the people moved around and carried nine or 10 dishes on one arm and managed to keep a smile through the whole thing,” Darian said.

He now visits eight to 10 different diners every single day, including weekends.

LISTEN: Alan Darian performs his rap about desserts for 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck

1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck caught up with Darian after he’d already made the rounds.

His day started in the morning at Matthew’s Diner, moved on to Suburban, Tom Sawyer, Tick Tock, Kingsbridge, State Line, Six Brothers (where he goes during his lunch breaks from work), Park West and finally back to Matthew’s by 9 p.m.

“If I’m not here, I’m absent,” Darian said. “I don’t want to be marked absent.”

In the diner world, if you don’t show up at your regular booth people may start to worry.

“I’ve gotten a few phone calls in my lifetime from some of my diner-owner friends, ‘Where have you been? We haven’t seen you in three days,'” Darian said.

Darian has no use for Facebook or other social networking websites, he has all the friends he needs on the diner circuit.

At age 60, he still attends weddings and birthday parties of waiters and waitresses that are now his best friends.

His daily trips involve more talking than eating — he’s 5’ 10″ and weighs 190 pounds.  One thing he does a lot of is coffee drinking.

“I usually do 12 to 15 cups a day – all black,” Darian said.

For those who think Darian needs to get a life, he’s got a message for you:

“We’ll go on the diner tour, take you around the state of New Jersey and you’ll have a good time and you’ll see the other side of life,” Darian said.

What do you think of Darian’s habit? Let us know below…

  • ViNa

    What kind of job do YOU have – cruising around on the internet and it’s only 11:15am? Sounds like someone is a pretty big lard themself, Bob.

    Alan sounds like a fun dude. I’m going to start mingling at these super friendly diners!

    • Eric Fürst

      I agree with you Vina there’s something more homey and comfy about New Jersey diners as opposed to Manhattan diners.

    • emmas

      Saturday night for the 15 years,never knew his name,but knew how he liked his burgers and his coffee. Yup had fun in those days.I am a 28 years old doctor, mature and beautiful.and now I am seeking a good man who can give me real love , so i got a username Lindasunny2002 on–a’ge’l’es’s’da’te.c óm–.it is the first and best club for y’ounger women and old’er men, or older women and y’ounger men,to int’eract with each other. Maybe you wanna ch’eck ‘it out or tell your friends!

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  • Ron M

    I have been a friend of Alan for over 30 years and traveled all over the state to check out diners. He knows them all and the owners to.

  • Pam Nardella

    I work with Alan and he’s an all around ‘nice’ guy ! I love diners myself, they have great food and plenty of it….

  • JoAnne

    Yes there are “Diner Groupies” diners are friendly places and I worked in a few(one for 15 years) and these people like to chat up the server’s I liked the atmosphere it was like watching a movie sometimes very comical,but always entertaining. People get very attached to the booths or tables they choose to sit at if they are regulars.I waited on a very handsome man who ordered the same thing every Saturday night for the 15 years,never knew his name,but knew how he liked his burgers and his coffee. Yup had fun in those days.

  • CP

    I’ve worked with Alan for years and he always makes you smile – Great guy. AD I love hearing you on the radio

  • Paul A.

    what does this guy do besides go to diners? is he involved in their operations in any way? Salesman, routeman, pro coffee taster…what??

  • SharonP

    This guy is one of the nicest, mnost considerate and hard working guys I know. He is single and is up and out before most of us even think about getting out of bed. Alan – you are the BEST

  • Bob R

    Does this guy have a full-time job? What occupation allows for that many daily diner visits? Lard salesman?

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