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EJ's Luncheonette

Upper East Side
American, Diner
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1271 Third Avenue, Close to the 72nd Street crosstown bus, New York City, NY 10028
(212) 873-3444
7:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Tue 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wed - Sat 7:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped into this cute diner after visiting The Met and needing to duck out of the rain and get a bite to eat. I was starving and my wrap was delicious. The food was great and the prices were fair. Would definitely eat again.

Thank tonip961
Gold Coast
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71 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

Wether not we had tourist written on our forehead we most defiantly did not get ‘local’ service. A grunt when ordering, and food and water was somewhat dumped in front of us. Having been to many diners in NYC it seems that only locals get a different level of service. Was reluctant to tip more than 10%.

Thank Jaryd N
Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland
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360 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

On Saturday for lunch/brunch, the place was packed. From the styling, it is nothing to write home about, but the food is solid, the menu what you'd expect from a restaurant like that. We had big chrunchy salads, the glass of chardonnay was mediocre at best. But the food was good and if you need, there are also dishes gluten... More 

Thank Jochen-v-S
Southampton, New York
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168 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016

a neighborhood easy place to bring the whole family or sit at the counter as I often do to have lunch alone.

Thank patricia b
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 January 27, 2016 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!!

Thank Sarah M
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125 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2016

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 

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....

Thank TomCharp
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149 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 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.

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 

Thank jvan1982
Saint Louis, Missouri
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103 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $30
American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
7:30 am - 10:30 pm
7:30 am - 10:30 pm
7:30 am - 10:30 pm
7:30 am - 10:30 pm
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

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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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