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Neil's Coffee Shop

Upper East Side
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961 Lexington Ave, New York City, NY 10021-5160
+1 212-628-7474
06:00 - 19:30
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Sun 08:00 - 19:00
Mon - Fri 06:00 - 19:30
Sat 07:00 - 19:30
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Groton, Massachusetts
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420 reviews
283 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is not fancy food or a fancy location - its an old school New York Dinner that does decent sandwiches and good breakfasts. The waiters where black vests and white shirts and tourists don't eat here.... If you come understanding that - you will love it.

Thank Alan P
Beaver Bank, N.S.
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219 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Just a few block from the South East corner of Central Park. I was exploring the neighborhood and came across this little gem. There is not many places to eat around here but you don't need any other. The dinner is an old-school, nothing fancy kind of spot but burger is great. I enjoyed a burger and a Coke at... More 

Thank Matthew L
New York City, New York
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1,709 reviews
861 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 733 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

In an earlier review, I expressed some concern about cleanliness while reporting that the food was pretty good. I read a review here comparing this shop to the one in the Seinfeld series and it certainly has some similarities. I decided to give it another chance this morning. My concerns about cleanliness persisted, and the food really wasn't very good.... More 

Thank robcurtross
Athens, Greece
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181 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Not sure what went wrong. We have breakfast a few times a year at Neil's when staying with friends on the Upper East Side, and have consistently had prompt service and well-prepared food ... but not this time! On Sunday morning the store opened a bit late. We were first in the door, but our order was taken third, and... More 

Thank Visitor_from_Athens
Rotterdam, New York
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110 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

Was in Manhattan to see the New York City Marathon. We walked by this establishment and decided we wanted to drop in for a cup of coffee. Their homemade muffins looked so delicious I had to try one. The service. The atmosphere. The neighborhood feel of the place made it even more inviting. I would drop in to have a... More 

Thank longoverdue
New York City, New York
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52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

I sometimes come here for a quick solo soup & sandwich lunch. Food is fresh, very reasonably priced and very tasty. Close to Hunter college and Armory. Love the staff and classical diner atmosphere.

Thank NYCitian
Astoria, New York
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524 reviews
351 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

I often come in here and when I am visiting the upper east side. Service is friendly and fast. Food is okay by NYC standards.

1 Thank neil102
New York City, New York
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55 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

My family loves this dinner Chocolate chip waffles are a must at any age The omelette was really good They have many breakfast specials The service was good but it is a little cramped

Thank Stacy M
New York City, New York
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230 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

I had lunch here one afternoon while waiting in Lenox Hill for a couple of hours. The food was fine but unremarkable. I'm right outside there now and feel no need to experience the place again.

Thank RoadTripToSFO
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38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Waffles, pancakes, eggs, bacon, toast and good coffee from a time before breakfast became an expensive artisan 'must have'. Neil's is a basic, no nonsense, friendly diner where your coffee cup is never empty and the plates are brimming food, however you want it. Lots of people were coming and going with takeaways, the booths were full and yet the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$10
American, Cafe, Diner, Delicatessen
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:00 - 19:00
06:00 - 19:30
06:00 - 19:30
06:00 - 19:30
06:00 - 19:30
06:00 - 19:30
07:00 - 19:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 961 Lexington Ave, New York City, NY 10021-5160
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-628-7474

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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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Upper East Side
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