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EJ's Luncheonette

#1,721 of 11,209 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 - 10:30 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, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery

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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
A classic NY diner

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 10, 2015
Magenta33
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Milan, Italy
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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Milan, Italy
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Virginia, USA
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150 reviews 150 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
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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Sweden
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39 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Being a very popular place among locals it is a privilege to eat here as a tourist when visiting friends in NYC. The typical american diner food is great and the ambience is busy but friendly. You leve happy and filled up...!

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Louisville, Kentucky
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

EJ used to be the best dinner in the neighborhood- no longer. The salads and burgers are no more than mediocre. Wilted salad saturated in dressing, meat that is far from tasty, over cooked and greasy fries... When you have a place like JGMelon one block away who serves far superior burgers and home fries, one would think EJ would... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I've been here many times and the food quality and service is always very consistent. It's always very busy on the weekend, but the they always find a way to find a seem very quickly.

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Island of Gozo, Malta
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We went to EJ's for brunch and really enjoyed the food there. The portions are well sized and it's not expensive either so you don't get too spend too much and eat well.

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Visited here on last day in NYC, as stated elsewhere cash only restaurant, though they have an ATM. Staff are friendly, and atmosphere typical american diner. I had the Pancakes with strawberries and banana which was huge, couldn't finish it, but it tasted awesome especially covered in syrup! My wife had poached eggs, sausage, rye bread and fried potatoes- which... More 

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Runcorn, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 via mobile

Following a recent trip to NYC, my partner and I had pre planned all of our meals, however we came across EJ's in the top ten in New York guide book, and i'm so glad we did. Eating with the locals, it was amazing, I had scrambled eggs with sausage and toast, the coffee was plentiful, and the service was... More 

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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 - 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

Questions & Answers

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

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