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EJ's Luncheonette

#1,932 of 11,357 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: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Nice little diner with a big menu

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
edszr
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Denver, CO
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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Denver, CO
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

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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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
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 76 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 10 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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Virginia, USA
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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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 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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Additional Information about EJ's Luncheonette

Address: 1271 Third Avenue, Close to the 72nd Street crosstown bus, New York City, NY 10028
Phone Number: (212) 873-3444
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
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
Average Prices: USD $10 to $30
Cuisine: American

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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: Families with children, Dining on a budget
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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