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Cafe Luka

$$ - $$$
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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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 01:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Cafe luka has a very wide range menu and is a perfect place to drop in for a quick meal like lunch. We had a sandwich and an omelette which was prepared efficiently and perfectly and the price was right. Just stop in and enjoy yourself.

Thank Joseph M
New York City, New York
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an upper east side neighborhood diner near New York Presbyterian Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering and Rockefeller University. We ordered the mozzarella sticks, a small soup, a Caesar wrap which came with a large serving of french fries, turkey club with mashed potatoes, French toast (which was sent back to be reheated since it was barely warm), 2 sodas,... More 

Thank Tripper10021
Shelburne, Vermont
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40 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place has been around for years as you will see from the beautiful wood wainscotting on the inside. There are many booths and tables and service is swift. The Good: Large mugs for coffee plenty of place to spread out. The OK: the food is a bit on the bland side and a tad boring but it's perfectly good... More 

Thank Dagmar G
New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 702 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

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 6 January 2017

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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104 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

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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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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29 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 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

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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, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery, Takeout, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
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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