Cafe Luka is more of a diner than cafe. It serves standard American diner favorites, like wraps, sandwiches, and a pretty good burger. It’s fine for what it is but it could have been a lot more pleasant if they just lowered the music (or shut it off as no one was listening to it).
Other than the music, the other layers of sound were manageable. A flat screen tv was prominently placed, but we couldn’t hear the audio. The chatter was fairly quiet even though the place was full. In fact, we had to sit at the counter as no tables were free. Kitchen sounds occasionally colored the soundscape as a bussing station was situated near us, but the bussing noise was manageable, as was the staff chatter as they ran the orders back and forth. The only reason for a lackluster review was the music. It was unnecessary and intrusive.
In the end, Cafe Luka was tolerable. If you are in the neighborhood and looking for a quick, basic meal, you could do worse.
6:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. every day (may be open slightly later on Fridays and Saturdays to accommodate customers)
nue (betw. 70th and 71st Streets), New York, NY 10021