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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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Charlottesville, Virginia
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Neil's is your classic NYC deli luncheonette, complete with Greek-themed tiles on the wall. Service is brisk and fast. The food is utterly predictable if you know this kind of place, which is ubiquitous in Manhattan: good, reasonably priced given the locatioin. My only quibble with Neil's is that the place closes (it says here) at 8:30pm -- but in... More 

Thank charl0ttesville
Brookline, Massachusetts
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372 reviews
226 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We always stop here for lunch en route to the Met. Missed it a couple years and this year it seemed changed. Lost it's old school charm. Food not great as it has been. Too bad.

Thank Nancy2005
Staten Island, New York
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Been eating at Neil's probably 5 years. Great UES old standby when you want either "breakfast all day" or just a quick bite Food always good and service as well

Thank BigMC21
Groton, Massachusetts
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420 reviews
283 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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1,604 reviews
834 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 702 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 21 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 

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Rotterdam, New York
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110 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 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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53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 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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354 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
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.

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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
Child-friendly, Kids, 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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  • 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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