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EJ's Luncheonette

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1271 3rd Avenue, New York City, NY 10021
(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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Delivery
Good for:
Families with children
Dining on a budget

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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
Great breakfast!

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 22, 2015
445jenc
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Island of Gozo, Malta
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  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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Sweden
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100 reviews 100 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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
20 helpful votes 20 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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New York City, New York
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344 restaurant reviews
298 helpful votes 298 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Yep...in the middle of NYC, a cash only restaurant. Fortunately I read the reviews here, because you cannot tell from the menu posted on the outside window of this diner. It just is small print on the bill when you pay. Aside from that small inconvenience, here is a sit down restaurant, where from 4-6pm you can have a full... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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44 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

If elbow room came in the same portions as the food, I'd give it 5-stars. Fresh, creative salads, great chicken noodle soup and hearty sandwiches at a reasonable price keep this diner packed and a-buzz. Service is somewhat abrupt and hurried, but they're in a rush to turn tables during peak mealtimes.

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Sweden
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

We were taken to EJ´s by some friends living in the neighborhood. Walking 20 minutes, passing several other restaurants and cafés, makes you have some expectations to the place. The restaurant it self is not very special: A lot of guests and a lot of staff in a small place. But in some way it felt really "right". We ate... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We dived here after a walk through Central Park and visiting the Metropolitan Museum, and we reckon it was worth seeking out. We groaned a bit when we saw the crowds of diners inside, but somehow or other we ended up sitting at the bar and ordering our lunch from there. We ordered a frankfurter, which was very good and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1271 3rd Avenue, New York City, NY 10021
  • 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: 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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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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