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EJ's Luncheonette

#1,881 of 11,430 Restaurants in New York City
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Upper East Side
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1271 Third Avenue, Close to the 72nd Street crosstown bus, New York City, NY 10028
(212) 873-3444
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7:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Tue 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wed - Sat 7:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Delivery

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  • 15
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fast breakfast with good portions

This is a nice luncheonette/diner on a corner in the Upper East Side. Breakfast options are plentiful as well as portion size. I was also surprised that the prices weren't higher since we were in NYC but they seemed on par with other breakfast places. The food came fast and the plates were full... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 4, 2015
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Maryland
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

This is a nice luncheonette/diner on a corner in the Upper East Side. Breakfast options are plentiful as well as portion size. I was also surprised that the prices weren't higher since we were in NYC but they seemed on par with other breakfast places. The food came fast and the plates were full. Our table had ordered eggs, pancakes,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

We went for brunch. The interior is great, quaint and cute. The food is of high quality and plentiful. It's the overall experience that ensures I'll always make a special trip to visit this diner. Don't miss it!

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Denver, CO
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We had lunch here in July 2015. It's a small place but the menu has a nice variety. It's a really nice and out of the way place. We were there for lunch. My wife and I had Grilled Cheeses and our kids had breakfast foods. We all had shakes. The food and shakes were really tasty. The service was... More 

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Orlando
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I found EJ's on a local blog about good breakfast places. Located in the Upper East Side, it had that classic diner feel straight out of a movie. We sat at the counter and had wonderful, friendly service. I ordered the crunchy French toast, which was delicious. Everyone eating there appeared to be locals. I would definitely recommend this for... More 

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London, England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 via mobile

Nothing special at this UES diner with a shorter than average menu, average food, average atmosphere, and, sadly, well below average restrooms. Forget your credit card, EJ's only takes cash.

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South Bend, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

My son and I were visiting NYC, and just looking for a menu with yummy brunch menu items. The chocolate chip pancakes needed no additional toppings, as the chocolate chips with the warm pancakes, melted just enough for a spreadable topping. I had the southwest salad, and it was very good. We had planned to come back, but just ran... More 

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Milan, Italy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Stopped in for a late night snack after our long flight in from Milan. Not easy to find, but is a good walk from Madison and 69th where we were staying. The food is classic, and simple, so do not expect anything fancy. The perfect place to unwind and start getting into the NY mode... I would be very happy... More 

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Scotland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

I have been to EJ's a few times over the last 10 years. First on the upper west side and now on the upper east side. I always try to visit when in NY. It's a very popular place, we had to queue just briefly on a Sunday around 10. The pancakes and French toast are delicious and the milkshakes... More 

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Another SIC hotspot, but the brakfast and milkshakes are amazingly good. Waffles are great and I think a good value for money.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Classic NYC diner, we stopped in for a late snack around 2215. They were preparing to close but service was good, food was simple and well prepared. Classic NY diner atmosphere - enjoyed it.

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Restaurant Details

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
  • Neighborhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: (212) 873-3444

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 to 30
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
7:30 am - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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