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Cafe Luka

€€ - €€€
Upper East Side
American, Diner
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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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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 01:00
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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59 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 14 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
19 restaurant reviews
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 

Thank Bernard L
Brooklyn, New York
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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 

Thank doe570
long island
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103 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
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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1,557 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 685 helpful votes
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
Vancouver, Canada
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131 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

i like my weekend brunch at a neighbourhood diner and this place fits the bill. the brunch is exactly what you would expect from a diner - lots of food and nothing fancy but hits the spot. note that it's cash only tips (which is quite strange and luckily i had cash on me)

Thank ProudCanadianTravell
Merritt Island, Florida
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204 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016 via mobile

Busy friendly restaurant. Eggs over easy were perfect but don't look for grits here. Fried potatoes were tasty and plentiful. Accommodating to wheat, gluten and dairy allergies.

Thank IslandzGirl
Bonita Springs, Florida
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82 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016

We had visited a hospital in the area and afterwards stopped for lunch at Cafe Luka. My Matzah ball soup was hot and very satisfying. The Spanakopita(Spinach Pie) which followed was more crust than spinach filling and truthfully though adequate was not as tasty as this dish I've had elsewhere. My wife enjoyed her Veggie Burger with Fries very much.... More 

Thank Carl L

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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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery, Wheelchair Accessible
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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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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