Amsterdam Diner, which replaced longtime diner EJ’s Luncheonette on 81st street and Amsterdam Avenue, closed its doors for good this week.
The diner had gone downhill in the past couple of years, readers tell us. EJ’s was a staple on the Upper West Side for decades (I remember going there often as a teenager in the 90’s.). It became Amsterdam Diner in 2011 after it was sold to the owners of West Side Diner.
was apparently owned by the same people as EJ’s, according to a staff member we talked to at the EJ’s on the East Side. (the interior of the old EJ’s is pictured below)
Howard Freeman wrote this on Yelp last year:
“The old EJ’s Luncheonette (West Side; there’s still an EJ on the East Side) has gone way downhill. Upbeat blue classic diner decor has yielded to drab brown and beige, with some walls sporting spackled over spots right next to where you eat…Service was competent, but it used to be fun as well. There was no “vibe” in the place at all, perhaps because we were one of three tables filled. Place used to be packed all the time.”
The space will be replaced by something called Social House in mid-August.
Thanks to Shari, Ed, and Jeff for the tips. Photo by Ed.