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EJ's Luncheonette

#1,493 of 11,525 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
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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: Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 17
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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
Pretty good

What I expected from a high calorie American breakfast. I had waffles with choc chips and bacon.. I really enjoyed it and kept me full till dinner!! Also had a strawberry milkshake with real strawberrys in which was lovely and you got loads of it!!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Sarah M
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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What I expected from a high calorie American breakfast. I had waffles with choc chips and bacon.. I really enjoyed it and kept me full till dinner!! Also had a strawberry milkshake with real strawberrys in which was lovely and you got loads of it!!

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Sweden
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123 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are so happy our friends took us to this place the first time we were in NYC. Now we have to come back each time in NYC - and we are never disappointed. Diner place with local guests coming in. The food tastes great. The ambience is a little bit laid back, but they are always ready to serve... More 

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Thank Familyon2r
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

Great diner food and menu, everyone was pleased with their meal....great value for the location.... try the chicken reuben....

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Thank TomCharp
NYC
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84 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

This classic greasy spoon dinner in the heart of this up-scale neighborhood manages to feed the locals from the schoolkids to the ladies-who-lunch. The food is pretty good-- the specials should be considered-- and the basic breakfast and burger staples are consistently comfortable.

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Thank 55Mako75
Vancouver, Canada
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

A group of four of us stumbled upon EJ's Luncheonette on Thanksgiving Day. We were in the mood for burgers and EJ's hit the spot. The burgers are big and juicy and there's an option of choosing grass-fed beef for $3 more. The sweet potato fries are delicious too. Despite it being Thanksgiving, the service was excellent at EJs. The... More 

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Thank jvan1982
Saint Louis, Missouri
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91 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

Popped in for a quick breakfast marathon weekend on a Friday morning around 8:00 AM looking to "carb load". Went with their French Toast, as it sounded good and very different. That, it was. When they initially brought it out, I looked at the plate and thought "$12 for two full slices of French Toast...wow". However, it is VERY hearty... More 

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Thank mmrr4
NYC
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110 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015 via mobile

A staple in the upper east side. Good consistency diner. Nothing fancy. Egg white Frittata with broccoli and spinach is great. service is fast. They only take cash.

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Thank mkd318
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46 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

EJS is a neighborhood favorite with awesome eggs, burgers, salads etc. This is NOT a place for foodies but rather for families and groups who want a quality quick bite. This place has been around forever and is packed on weekends especially for breakfast/ brunch.

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Thank A877HYandrews
Brooklyn, NY
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

This NYC staple has gone downhill. We have been going there for at least 10 years for a quick good breakfast ...nothing fancy --eggs, toast, homefries and great coffee. Well it pains me to say THAT SHIP HAS SAILED! Homefries are now tasteless, coffee burnt, and toast stale and cold or burnt. Service was subpar on a non-busy late morning... More 

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Thank Ron W
Louisville, KY
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128 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015 via mobile

Originally, there was a wait for a table yet within a few minutes we were seated. Service was quick, friendly, and enjoyable. The soupFrench Onion)and sandwiches(Tuna Salad)were good and filling. We shared a chocolate mall for desert afterwards. Nothing is cheap in NYC-$33 plus 20 percent tip brought the total to $40. Caution: they don't accept credit cards- cash only.... 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

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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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