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Ej's Luncheonette

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(20 Reviews)

1271 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10021

(212) 472-0600

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Today: 7:30 am - 10:30 pm
28
YEARS
IN BUSINESS
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Hours

Regular Hours

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Primary Phone: (212) 472-0699

Phone: (212) 249-3461

Fax: (212) 472-0699

Payment method
amex, mastercard, visa, discover, all major credit cards
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
Lenox Hill, Upper Manhattan, Midtown, Upper East Side
AKA

Ej's Restaurant

E J's Luncheonnette

Categories
Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Caterers, American Restaurants, Hamburgers & Hot Dogs, Restaurants
Other Information

Cuisines: Burgers, Caterers, American, Hot Dogs, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch

Wi-Fi: No

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Alcohol: Full Bar

Parking: Garage, Street

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good for Kids: Yes

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average

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Fidelis380

05/03/2012

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Overall
What a Gross Experience.

I have to report that I just ordered a Tuna Melt sandwich from an unfriendly fellow and low and behold I found a Large Black Hair while cutting into the sandwich. It made me gage, Disgusting. What a terrible experience. I will never go there again.

Eileenm

01/30/2012

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My favorite upper East Side luncheonette!

This is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant for excellent home style cooking. Two of my favorites are the roast turkey dinner and the grilled filet of sole. The sole is light, delicate, lemony with a hint of butter. They do a super job for breakfast and brunch too. I love their Eggs Florentine with home fries or their Health Kick Omelette. Prices are reasonable, but remember to bring cash.

nab32578

12/02/2009

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Great breakfast diner

My husband and I went to EJ's a few weeks back and I have been meaning to write about it ever since. We had such a nice breakfast and just really enjoyed a true NYC diner. I had a cheddar cheese omelette with wheat toast and home fries--all delicious! My husband had pancakes and he ate every last bite! We just had a really nice experience with great service and I think EJ's is a must try if you are looking for a diner with great food.

singlpty1

12/27/2008

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EJ'S Luncheonette Is A Manhattan Pleaser!

Arguably, EJ's Luncheonette leaves the nearby competition gasping for air! How can you compete with EJ'S grilled ahi tuna kebob on a skewer, delicately grilled with onions, peppers, mushrooms and tomatoes served over basmati rice and steamed asparagus. You will find this extraordinary dish at a 3-star (***) restaurant for no less than $32.00. At EJ's I was astounded to find when the bill came that it was a $13.95 item. The Tuna was crispy and fresh and the vegetables truly complimented the Blue Plate Special.

For 40 cents less, on another occasion, I tried their homemade chicken chili with melted cheese, basmati rice, chopped red onions, sour cream and tortilla chips. I wound up also taking an order home as well.

Usually, I am too busy to eat at the restaurant and order in from EJ's. But on the limited occasions where I dined at EJ's, the service was particularly good. I would not say great because EJ's seems always to be very busy, no matter the hour of the day. Our waitress had a smile that never left her. She was extremely attentive to our needs.

I tried the coconut layer cake and a slice from the cranberry apple tart. Which did I prefer? It was a toss up.
Both are winners.

Thank you EJ's for always being there for me in my hungriest moments.

DDSanchez42

10/01/2008

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How do they keep the doors open??

I clearly must be out of my mind. i've been a mainstay in the neighborhood for years and the lines outside EJ's weekend morning after weekend morning are curb deep. However, every single time i've ventured in the food is so heavy handedly prepared! It's nauseating. And yet, three times over the last 12 years I've talked (lulled) myself into returning. Surely, it couldn't be that bad? Wrong! i mean: how do you mess up French Toast? By making it taste like a phone book drenched in (carburetorr fluid) syrup. Ugh. Gross.

But-I'm clearly the minority. ""Enjoy"" New Yorkers!!!

watchmesparkle

06/30/2008

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Fun traditional diner experience in NYC

I've been living here in the city for 4 years, and EJ's (west or east side, either one) never disappoints....so long as you know what to expect. EJ's is not flashy, edgy, or sophistocated, nor does it try to be - this is a real diner, and that's about it. The food is good for the money, and will definitely satisfy your ""naughty food"" cravings that you may have on the weekends. The shakes rock, the coffee is always excellent, and sitting at the bar is fun. Their breakfast sausage is very yummy, and I think so long as you go there expecting that you may have to wait a bit for a table, it'll be a good time had by all. Or, better yet, go during the weekday when the wait is less and try it then. With the economy as it is, and all the sub-prime restaurants around that really rip you off for food that isn't that good, I think EJ's will prosper - its good food, inexpensive, and a fun diner atmosphere. What else could you want?!?

shaley9008

02/08/2008

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Eat at your own risk

Went to EJ's for Sunday Brunch with a group of friends. The place was extremely crowded which is what to be expected. We had a waitress who tried to hide her heavily bandaged hand with a latex glove and provided the worse service we have ever experienced. Shewas exceptionally slow, mixed up our orders and became annoyed when asked to correct them. At the end of our meal, to our horror, we say a huge insect crawl from the back of our booth. We informed the manager of our unwelcomed guest and he simply removed it and walked away. We all agreed that this would be the first and last time we patronize this establishment.

grenner

11/02/2006

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Overall
Nice upscale diner on the ues

I used to live right by ejs, food is better than average diner food, kind of like diner food with a twist. Instead of just bread they have fancy bread. I ised to order the wraps which were yummy and come with sweet potatoe fries. YUM. Overall yummy food but its the kind that you are going to feel really full afterwards.

Bridget_Jones

07/14/2006

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Overall
Nothing Special

It's just a diner - waiter nice, food decent, ok prices, typical diner decor, not an overwhelmingly impressive experience. It's just average.

funinnyc

09/05/2005

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not what i expected

its always so busy and i have to say ive eaten there a few times and its never been what ive expected. the pancakes are spongy and tasteless, the coffee is HORRIBLE and the service is generally nice but slow. I think they are good for eggs but stay away from the pancakes.

derikleong

07/10/2005

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User review by derikleong

great brunch and very inexpensive. basic eggs, etc. UWS has wonderful outside eating area perfect for summers.

nycgrli

06/11/2005

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Great Selection

I love this spot, there are so many good things on the menu I can never decide what to eat. It gives you that diner feel but definitely with better then diner food. The service is always great too, wait staff always has a smile on their face.

charlee3

06/06/2005

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Never order delivery!!!

Never order delivery from EJs. My food came uncooked and soggy. When I called to complain, they did not believe me that my food came from EJs since they could not find the ticket and gave me a hard time about sending me something else. HORRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE!!!

webcritic

09/26/2003

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very bad cereal!

I'm not quite sure why the editorial review of EJ's raves about the cereal. Seriously, it seemed like it came out of a box: a little gray and dry. Not at all like the scrumptious granola at Chat 'n' Chew's!! However, all the other breakfast foods seemed great, especially considering all the below-par diners on the Upper East Side. I drooled over the crunchy french toast...

elizahatesit

12/09/2002

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Overall
STROLLERS AND COFFEE

IT'S TRUE. EJ'S HAS GREAT PANCAKES. EJ'S HAS DECENT SALADS. THE FOOD IS CLEAN AND NOT TOO COMPLICATED. THERE IS A DEFINITE EFFORT TO MAKE DOWN-HOME FOOD ALBEIT THE LUNCHEONETTE KIND. THE LINES ARE OUT THE DOORS ON SATURDAYS BECAUSE IT IS THE ONLY PLACE ON THE EASTSIDE TO GET THAT DINER-ESQUE ARCHIE COMIC BOOK BREAKFAST FEEL. EJ'S SUCCEEDS IN ALL ASPECTS INCLUDING SOLID SERVICE AND EXCELLENT COFFEE CAKE.

melanib

11/09/2002

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Overall
Busy, but worth the wait

Great selection of food!
Several yummy looking vegetarian suggestions. I would love to go back to try more.
Big fat challaha toast....was great!

Gradle

11/07/2002

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Overall
Pretty good

Although it's just your basic diner, EJs makes an effort with the addition of fresh fruits to their dishes. Yes, it is crowded, but what do you expect from a family favorite.

ghutton

08/24/2002

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Overall
Please close this place down

Terrible, over-rated food. Waits that sometimes exceed an hour. Harried, surly and unhelpful staff. Strollers, whining kids and dirty, slippery tables.

Makes cooking breakfast at home a great option.

LovinNYc

08/22/2002

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Crowded, but get over it!

The wait is worth it, and so is the crowded seating. The crunchy french toast is a MUST, the granola with fruit is great, milkshakes and apple crumb dessert should not be passed by. No matter what, you will find something that will satisfy on this diner-like menu.

pixframe

08/13/2002

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Overall
Take Along The Kids

A great place for the entire family. The food is
good. The prices are reasonable. And they cater
to the kids ... no matter how young they are.

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