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Morning Star Cafe

#1,662 of 11,180 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
$$
Neighborhood:
Midtown
American, Coffee Shop, Sandwiches, Hamburgers, Diner
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949 2nd Ave (Between E 50th St & E 51st St), Frnt A, New York City, NY 10022-7782
212-588-1050
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6:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon 6:00 am - 12:00 am
Tue - Sat 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 46
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  • 66
    Very good
  • 18
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  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Diner-Style Cooking

I'm a sucker for a good diner, and this one is great - huge menu serving everything from fruit salad to hearty breakfasts to a vast array of sandwiches - the sweet potato fries were awesome, if only the coleslaw had been a bigger portion - the only thing that wasn't big enough. Even the coffee was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
Ofneph
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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65 reviews 65 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I'm a sucker for a good diner, and this one is great - huge menu serving everything from fruit salad to hearty breakfasts to a vast array of sandwiches - the sweet potato fries were awesome, if only the coleslaw had been a bigger portion - the only thing that wasn't big enough. Even the coffee was good. I had... More 

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New Westminster, Canada
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9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We went on our honey moon a few years back but in an re bed it like it was yesterday.service is great.fod is amazing.love the waffles.

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Ocoee, Florida
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56 reviews 56 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We went here for breakfast after leaving the Brooklyn Diner due to sticker shock. I ordered a 3 egg western omelet for $11 and coffee or tea is included. It came with a side (fries, grits or home fries) and two slices of toast. My wife had eggs florentine for $13 which had two eggs and no sides (except her... More 

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Rochester, NY
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 via mobile

We walked and were immediately seated with menus. Waited 5, maybe 8 minutes for someone to acknowledge us and then 3 more tables walked and received menus AND a server! What? Were we invisible? Got up and left! Meh, there's a lot of places to eat breakfast on 9th ave in NYC!

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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Had a hankering for a late night omlette one night so tried this place. Good value for money and the staff were friendly. Went back the next morning and got another omlette, fruit, cereal, pancakes and coffee. Wasnt overly cheap but then again its NYC. Would recommend to anyone wanting a quick feed in Midtown.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

If you are looking for a place on the Upper East Side late at night, the Morning Star Café is a great place to go. There is a good variety of food ranging from breakfast, to sandwiches to full dinners. The service is fast and the prices are relatively low.

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Bourne, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We hit up this place at a ridiculously early hour of a cold January morning, and were welcomed with ever-flowing coffee and a breakfast menu packed to the gills with choice. Pancakes; French toast; waffles; burgers; fries; bagels; eggs; salads... It's all here. Service was fine and the food delicious, keeping us topped up well into the day. A true... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

This is a great little diner in Midtown East. It appeared that most people were locals but there were a few of us obvious tourists in there as well. The restaurant looked full, but luckily we were quickly seated. I had the salmon and onion omelette. It came with a generous portion of home fries and toast....and it was excellent,... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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68 restaurant reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We had a great breakfast here. Typical food choices for a café/diner. We had bagel sandwich, pancakes, eggs, bacon, and sausage. Everything was fresh and hot. Service was good. Will come back next time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Went for mid morning breakfast with family of 5. Great service, good food and amazing pancakes! We were a little squeezed in the booth (with a chair at the end) but good service and food helps!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 949 2nd Ave (Between E 50th St & E 51st St), Frnt A, New York City, NY 10022-7782
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: 212-588-1050

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30
  • Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop, Sandwiches, Hamburgers, Diner
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
12:00 am - 12:00 am

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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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