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Lexington Candy Shop

1226 Lexington Ave, New York City, NY 10028-1406
+1 212-288-0057
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good27%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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“french toast” (9 reviews)
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American, Diner
1226 Lexington Ave, New York City, NY 10028-1406
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Reviewed 8 May 2018

This place takes you right back to the 1950s - in a good way. They even sell lime rickeys! The food is great, the atmosphere charming, and a great place to call in after a morning's culture at The Met.

Thank GNL17
Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

The Lexington Candy Shop Luncheonette at 83rd and Lex was established in 1925 and is a neighborhood fixture. As a “step back in time,” it brings back many childhood memories of the soda fountain I recall as a child. I was told it has appeared...More

Thank Helen H
Reviewed 25 April 2018 via mobile

Interior is old. One can say outdated, other mar say retro and nice atmosphere. In any case, the atmosphere is nice and waitress is very friendly. Food is good and decent. Nothing special and for a good price

Thank Chi T
Reviewed 15 April 2018

This was the places I got the most reactions on from everybody at home who was following my adventures. People talked about it as ‘real america’. For me it was an easy, simple, authentic place to have a light breakfast before visiting some museums. Waiter...More

1  Thank Isabelle-leesveel
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We were a party of eight and friends from DC had discovered this place. It is amazing - opened in 1925, last renovated in 1948 , it is an authentic American Diner. Staff are lovely, best breakfast we had all week. I would have happily...More

1  Thank KLN321
Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

I found out about Lexington Candy Shop on the Lofty Pursuits YouTube channel. (Great channel by the way) The shop was featured for their egg cremes just a couple weeks before I had a business trip scheduled there. I made a special trek to the...More

2  Thank knitnerd
Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

Friendly staff, good food that is always fresh, orange juice is always fresh squeezed, nostalgic, old fashioned, all in all a great experience. The coffee is great and always fresh (unusual in coffee shops and diners). I come here often and only wish I had...More

Thank greeneyes224
Reviewed 3 March 2018

This is an old-fashioned soda-fountain/diner/luncheonette (but open for dinner too) that is just terrific for all ages. It as the best tuna melt you will ever have, featuring Orwasher's Bakery bread and a variety of cheese selections. The atmosphere is fun, with classic fixtures and...More

Thank TinyTraveloguer
Reviewed 27 February 2018

I was visiting NYC and after a morning of sightseeing my host took me here knowing how much I would appreciate this classic soda fountain. We had tuna melts (excellent) and when I saw they had old-fashioned malted milkshakes made with real malt powder, I...More

1  Thank FloridaAuthor
Reviewed 22 February 2018

I have been to the Lexington Candy Shop several times over the years and it is always consistent. The food is always good and the service is very friendly and welcoming. The menu is limited but that is all you want. I go for their...More

Thank Justin W
Upper East Side
Combining quiet residential neighbourhoods that have
easy access to Central Park with world-famous cultural
institutions, the Upper East Side is one of the most
livable places in the city. Along beautiful Fifth
Avenue, you’ll find Museum Mile, which houses many of
the nation's most famous attractions in a single
stretch, like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
American, Diner
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1226 Lexington Ave, New York City, NY 10028-1406
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-288-0057
  • E-mail
Lexington Candy Shop is the last remaining authentic NYC Luncheonette established and family owned since 1925 and serving breakfast, lunch, and classic American fare all day! For drinks - serving THE best milkshakes, malts, egg creams, fresh squeezed juices, and THE best lemonade! For breakfast- serving eggs made in pans, cinnamon walnut french toast and pancakes. For lunch- serving angus burgers, sliders, and sandwiches including a great grilled cheese and chicken salad. Kid friendly! Open 7am-7pm mon-sat and on sunday 8am- 6 pm. Located just 3 blocks from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Come take a step back in time!
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