Once upon a time, the World's Fair was a prognosticator of the future showcasing innovations and the promise of a Jetson's future. Case in point? The cooky ruins of the 1964 World's Fair in Queens.
Decades before at 1939 New York's World's Fair, visitors were invited to experience the diner of the future, with its u-shaped counter and built in grill that ensured that the waiter/cook would never have to walk more than a few steps to cook a burger, pour a soda, and wait on customers.
The diner of the future is still in business today and it can be found in Jersey City, just across the Hudson River from Manhattan, in a shabby thoroughfare between the Holland and Lincoln tunnels. It's called the White Mana and it's the original 1939 structure (with some newer add-ons) and as all things futuristic it's open 24 hours a day.
The inside still features the circular counter and the super awesome geometric floor tiles. The domed ceiling is a Formica-covered sight to behold. Not only is the building a throw back to another time, the prices are also reminiscent of another era, too. When I was there last, the special was 3 cheeseburgers, fries and a soda for $6.50. Super friendly service, super awesome diner.
The White Mana Diner