Lexington Candy Shop

Row 1

1226 Lexington Ave (at E 83rd St.)
New York, NY 10028
(212) 288-0057
Diner, Breakfast
$ $
Mon–Sat: 7:00 AM–7:00 PM Sun: 8:00 AM–6:00 PM


Stepping inside the Lexington Candy Shop on New York City’s Upper East Side really is like stepping back in time. There are the spinning stools of diners past, ice-cream sodas, frosted malts, Formica, and a general wear and patina on everything around you — no wonder, this luncheonette has been doing its thing since 1925. And it still makes your Coke the old-fashioned way: a shot of syrup and a seltzer spritz. There may be a time and a place for a defense of the "diner burger," but this isn’t it. Why? There’s a special burger genre to sample here: the Lexington Butter Burger. It’s far from the only burger place serving this rendition; Milwaukee’s Solly’s Grille (founded 1936) gets a lot of that love, but it’s ridiculously delicious nonetheless, and the panel ranked this rendition higher than Solly's (#33). Conventional burger bun, a flat, but juicy patty that has that caramelized brown crust, and a heaping, honking tablespoon of buttah that arrives still intact but melting. Salty and juicy, dripping wet and indulgent, you’ll appreciate the vinegary pickle to cut through it all, but the Lexington Candy Shop’s butter burger is a decades-old next-level move that always feels revolutionary.

-Arthur Bovino

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Foursquare Tips

  • Over priced iconic NYC bullshit.
  • This old-fashioned shop will give you a blast from the past. Try the Classic Strawberry shake.
  • Chocolate malt: endless chocolaty goodness!!!
  • Terrible chicken fingers and fries, good milkshakes and floats though!
  • 100 year old vibe that's authentic without trying. Great noodle soup, french toast, egg cream, and many classic diner staples. Old freshly made, old style.
  • Sit at the counter for a traditional diner experience.
  • No nonsense diner straight out of the '50s with great burgers and club sandwiches.
  • Great old-fashioned cherry coke... with actual syrup.
  • Everything! Atmosphere, eggs perfectly cooked, toast perectly toasty. Smiling faces in the middle of the city. No smug UES service here.
  • The milkshake. They make their own syrups and they're delicious.
  • Get the walnut cinnamon raisin french toast and don't forget the pure maple syrup!
  • Greatest lemonade you will ever taste. Same goes for the club sandwich. Wonderful, nostalgic vibe, and the owner is very friendly if you strike up a conversation.
  • Continually operated by the same family (its last renovation was in 1948), it's a place to enjoy no-nonsense classics such as chopped egg or liverwurst sandwiches and the stellar ice cream fountain.
  • Orange dream sickle
  • Coffee malted milkshake. Fresh squeezed lemonade with sugar syrup. Shrimp salad sandwich. Ginger soda with vanilla ice cream. For the truly brave? The jelly omelet.
  • I love this diner, a real American experience if your English. Pancakes and french toast are a must try.
  • Get the French toast with maple syrup it's delicious. If you're with a friend split one serving so it doesn't go cold, you get a lot of food on your plate.
  • EL dinner de NY. No os dejis pasar por all un da para un desayuno... Merece la pena conocer el local y a su personal.
  • Great pancakes!!
  • Solid food but quite expensive.