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EJ's Luncheonette

Upper East Side
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1271 Third Avenue, Close to the 72nd Street crosstown bus, New York City, NY 10028
+1 212-873-3444
07:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Tue 07:30 - 22:00
Wed - Sat 07:30 - 22:30
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New York City, New York
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

I've been eating here for years since i live on the upper East Side of Manhattan. But like everything in life if you don't take care of things you begin to see a decline. Thats exactly whats happened to this establishment. The place is dirty and can use a facelift , the bathrooms are dirty and not properly maintained so... More 

Thank rklite26
New York, New York, United States
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122 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

Nothing fancy here but good, solid food. Big portions, fast service and an old time vibe. Soups and salads are particularly good and clearly home made. Breakfast is good as well and although I don't eat them, the pancakes look awesome. Be prepared to pay cash as credit cards are a no no here. Definitely worth a visit!

Thank Jimmy B
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143 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

Fourth time in NYC visiting friends and every time EJ´s become our most visited place even though there are closer places to our hotel. And again we were not disappointed. We will be regular guest even next time in New York. Their flap jacks with, strawberries, banana and blueberry jam is great. And their french toast! Friendly service. Love the... More 

Thank Familyon2r
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Had been more than satisfied with the place on a number of occasions. I returned for the 3rd time in a week as I had mostly been happy previously. This is where it all went wrong for Ej's. After a sub standard cheeseburger with a beef patty as thick as a loaf of bread and fries that resembled soggy cigarette... More 

Thank manhattancritic
New York City, New York
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1,627 reviews
845 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

This iconic Upper East Side diner was open until 4 o'clock in the afternoon on Thanksgiving Day and the place was jammed at noon. Many servers, everyone very pleasant and very helpful. Everything is in plain sight from the main dining room; the side dining room on the street side was a bit more quiet. My Ranchos huevos had perfectly... More 

Thank robcurtross
Pleasantville, New York
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66 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

And there's reasons for why that's my hangout spot. They have an amazing selection of milkshakes, the staff are friendly and you also gotta try the macaroni and cheese! Note that the mac and cheese is more of an appetizer than a main meal.Highly recommended.

Thank Ethan B
New York City, New York
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43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

It has been many, many years since I was last at this luncheonette. I remembered when it opened. I was in the neighborhood today and stopped in for a late breakfast. Good, quality food and friendly staff in an environment where you don't feel rushed. So happy it hasn't lost anything over the decades.

Thank Andrew M
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

The waiter was hard of hearing, however, the bloody Mary was superb, and the Benedict perfect. Tables are small, good buzz, a great neighborhood joint.

Thank Francois L
Freezing Snowy North of England!
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28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

We walked up here for breakfast on our way to Central Park and ordered the obligatory pancakes (not listed on the menu as pancakes tho BTW!). We were seated on our own in a little conservatory section off to the side even though there was space in the main restaurant which was a bit busier and had more atmosphere with... More 

Thank vickilewis626
New York
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Bottom line it comes down to either ordering from your corner Greek diner and dealing with an irritable, nasty, disinterested old guy that you can barely understand and paying, to boot, 50% more than even remotely deserved.....or Ordering from these guys and always, and I mean always throughout the years, dealing with an enthusiastic, youthful, engaging, helpful voice(that you can... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
American, Diner, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:30
07:30 - 22:30
07:30 - 22:30
07:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1271 Third Avenue, Close to the 72nd Street crosstown bus, New York City, NY 10028
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-873-3444

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