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Cafe Luka

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Upper East Side
American, Diner, Cafe
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1319 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10021-8650
+1 212-585-2205
06:00 - 01:00
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New York City, New York
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1,699 reviews
856 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 726 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We have eaten here four times with very uneven foods. Today was a good example. My companion's toasted cheese was cooked to perfection, but the cheese was a combination of at least three cheeses, only one of which melted properly and which together had a slight petroleum taste. My lentil soup was perfect -- a few carrots and onions, but... More 

Thank robcurtross
Selden, New York, United States
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96 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

In the middle of Sloane Kettering's hospital complex is this place that has almost everything you would like to eat. Specials are always available. Moderate prices, and very nice help.

Thank Anthony S
New York
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101 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate there for three meals while a relative was recuperating in a nearby hospital. The cafe is a diner with some very good food. The staff is friendly and helpful. We would happily eat there again, if in the area.

Thank DavidTrip
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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59 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

And we weren't disappointed. Super friendly staff, quick service, good prices and great typical diner food. I'd def go back!

Thank Luxxie1983
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Mouthwatering American fare from hamburgers to omelets, etc. Café Luka has a relaxed and unhurried ambiance that lets you dine in leisure. It has friendly booths for the solo and families. It's open from 6 am - 1 am. It's located at 1319 First Ave.(betwn. 70th and 71st Sts.)

Thank Parisian73
Boston, Massachusetts
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53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

This is the typical NY diner though they did have a special brunch menu that included drinks and fruit or muffin in addition to the usual omelet/homefries/toast. Omelette choices were creative and included several vegetarian options. Gluten free options were also available. In general, food was well prepared. Good value for NY brunch for hungry eaters!

Thank SavTrav500
New Providence, New Jersey
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

I've been going to Café Luka for many years during work lunch hours mostly in the past, but more recently when visiting NYC with family on occasional weekends. It has a very full menu and excellent service. The two owners get to know the regular customers and are honestly friendly and appreciative. Salads and omelets are much better than what... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Given the dearth of basic diners in Manhattan, Cafe Luka is a welcome presence on the Upper East Side. The ambience and fare is traditional diner, although I was dismayed tp find they did not include Danish on the menu. As for basic maintenance, I was pleased/surprised even to see a table attendant vigorously cleaning the leatherette seats (after a... More 

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long island
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

I had a solo lunch here a few weeks ago. The interior is more stately than most diners; there are some interesting specials. The food was good and the prices were acceptable for this area, but the manager, probably Luka herself was charming and helped to make it a pleasant experience. I would return if I am in the neighborhood... More 

Thank gil014
New York City, New York
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1,699 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

Very friendly and fast service. Four lines of booths in a very spacious room. Good cleanliness including the men's room. Cheese omelette served perfectly to order; good fresh fruit on the side. Fairly limited but enticing menu.

Thank robcurtross

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:00 - 01:00
06:00 - 01:00
06:00 - 01:00
06:00 - 01:00
06:00 - 01:00
06:00 - 01:00
06:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1319 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10021-8650
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-585-2205

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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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