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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 - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Tue 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wed - Sat 7:30 am - 10:30 pm
Good for:
Families with children
Dining on a budget

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  • 35
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
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
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Delivery
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Island of Gozo, Malta
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 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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602 reviews 602 reviews
333 restaurant reviews
294 helpful votes 294 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
41 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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84 reviews 84 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014 via mobile

Me and my fiance ate here twice while we were in New York City because of a referral from a local walking in central park while we were on the way to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is in the upper east side of the city and we'll worth the walk from the upper west side of New York.... More 

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Chestertown, Maryland
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54 reviews 54 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

The penultimate diner. Don't be put off by the wait: it moves really quickly to get in. The pancakes are massive, and the strawberries and bananas are insanely fresh. Juices are all fresh squeezed and yummy, a perfect combo w smooth coffee. Plenty of eggs options and lunch choices, all of which arrive w great efficiency. Its crowded but its... More 

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Camberley, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Great fun, busy, genuine American fast food dining, good local beers, this is an excellent 'diner experience'. Not surprisingly, there was a 15 minute wait for a table. But this is fun dining, fast, furious and hot food delivered by agile, engaging staff.

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

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