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April 8, 2011 Googie, Travel

Mid-Century Modern-Style Dining at the Jersey Shore

Teplitzky's Coffee Shop

Teplitzky's Coffee Shop

I am sick of this weather and ready for summer and the beach. Did you catch the Post’s story the other day about The Chelsea Hotel in Atlantic City and its retro-style diner Teplitzky’s? It warmed me up a bit. My wife is from Atlantic City and the restaurant is named after her friend’s grandparents, who owned the original Kosher hotel. We have stopped by to nosh on hipster Jewish and American comfort food. The blintzes were legit, although I do not see them on the menu anymore. (Too bad. They may have been even better than my late grandma’s, dare I say. ) Enough about the food.

The Chelsea Hotel

The Chelsea Hotel and Teplitzky's Coffee Shop in Atlantic City.

To create The Chelsea, the owners combined the¬†¬†Holiday Inn Atlantic City-Boardwalk and the adjacent Howard Johnson Hotel Atlantic City (formerly the hotel owned by the Teplitzky’s). The hotel sits at the corner of Chelsea and Pacific Avenues, hence the name.

The Chelsea Hotel

Classic mid-century motel lines can be seen from the pool area.

You can lounge at the pool like a mid-century star at Chelsea Hotel.

You can lounge at the pool like a mid-century movie star.

The coffee shop has all the retro-touches of a classic mid-century diner from the planters, lighting, redwood walls, terrazzo floors and counter seating.

Retro planter at Chelsea

Retro planter in a booth at Teplitzky's.

Lighting at Chelsea Hotel

Some vintage-style lighting.

Counter at Chelsea Hotel

The counter looks like it would fit in any Googie diner in LA.

Retro photo wall at Teplitzky's

Retro photo wall at Teplitzky's. You can see a picture of Hyman and Ester Teplitzky in 1963 in the bottom right-hand corner.

If you are up in the Atlantic City area this summer and want to take step back in time for a bit, make sure to stop by The Chelsea and Teplitzky’s for a mid-century respite from the sun and blackjack tables.

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