Our Story

EJ’s Luncheonette opened its doors on the Upper East Side in 1992. Entering its fourth decade, EJ’s continues to be relevant and cutting edge with the best comfort food in NYC. As food trends change, the EJ’s Chefs invent comfort food recipes that cater to our clientele . Gluten free pancakes, organic and vegan recipes, healthy, stick to your ribs comfort food. EJ’s continues to be the meeting place for Breakfast Lunch and Dinner for New Yorkers, celebrities, and tourists alike.

The design is a throwback to the 30’s and 40’s. It mimics the vibe of the original Luncheonettes in NYC. EJ’s was originally designed by Peter Niemetz and recently redesigned by Patricia Eby Designs with warmer finishes and seating better suited for comfortable dining for breakfast lunch and dinner.

The Design has attracted production scouts for several feature film and television productions.
It would not be unusual to see production trucks lined up along Third Avenue with bright lights illuminating the building. EJ’s is the perfect venue for any production to create a set to represent eras dating back to the 1930’s to present day New York.

EJ’s is the perfect spot for a private party venue. EJ’s Luncheonette can accommodate party buyouts ranging from after school parties for kids to Sweet Sixteens, and all out adult birthday parties with a full open bar. Please visit our gallery to see some of the events that EJ’s has hosted.


Brief History of New York Luncheonettes

Luncheonettes became important shortly after the automats in New York City. Lunch counters became a place for construction workers to grab a quick hot meal for lunch in the 1930’s during the building of the early Manhattan skyscrapers including the Empire State Building. Luncheonettes were also the meeting place for ladies to lunch while shopping. Luncheonettes were often seen in the popular Woolworth retail stores.

For more about Luncheonette history: http://www.ultraswank.net/eatable/the-american-luncheonette/