Chez Lucienne
Chez Lucienne

Chez Lucienne

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chezlucienne.com/
  • Phone: 2122895555x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Daily: 11:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 2am - Brunch Saturday and Sunday 9am to 5pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Provencal, French
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: We cater for parties of 5 to 100. We rent the restaurant (or part of it)and provide outside catering. We also have discounted group menus for 10 or more for Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch and Dinner at the restaurant or for delivery. We are now offering Corporate Accounts.
  • Private Party Facilities: We rent out the full restaurant
  • Private Party Contact: Alain Chevreux 917-570-5216 x
  • Entertainment: CHEZ LUCIENNE WAS VOTED RECOMMENDED RESTAURANTS IN THE 2011 MICHELIN GUIDE





    ZAGAT RATED: FOOD-22 SERVICE-20



    FEEL THE HARLEM SPIRIT ON THE WEEKENDS AT CHEZ LUCIENNE

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 125 street
  • Public Transit: Subway #2 and #3 to 125 street and Lenox avenue.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Park meters all around. You do not have to feed them after 7pm. Garage on 126 street, between Lenox and 5th avenue.
A word from Chez Lucienne
We welcome you to Chez Lucienne bistro, the first authentic restaurant in Harlem where you will find signature French Classics with a touch of Provence. The front bar is perfect for cocktails before dinner where patrons will mingle like good friends in an upbeat ambiance. We have an exciting wine list with a fun cocktail program. Join us for mouth watering dishes such as Moules frites made 5 different ways, Bavette a l’echalotte, homemade Sausages, Saumon roti Moutarde grilled to perfection. Chez Lucienne’s dining is convivial with a friendly service and delicious food made with premium ingredients. The décor is warm with brick and mirrored walls, ceiling fans and dimmed romantic lighting, reminiscing of Colonial era. The bistro is in the heart of Harlem with its vibrant energy and history. Come for live music every saturday night (no cover) We have great bands every week, you will be dancing in your seat.
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Chez Lucienne reviews from OpenTable diners
69 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (41)great for outdoor dining (37)fit for foodies (26)great for brunch (17)late-night find (12)good for groups (12)hot spot (11)vibrant bar scene (11)romantic (11)great for lunch (11)special occasion (7)notable wine list (3)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • awesome mussels
    swimmermomgrandma
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    food was terrific, the thai mussels I had were probably the best mussels I've ever had and I order them often: small, tender, perfectly cooked, each one opened and the curry/coconut milk broth with lemon grass was outstanding...my friend's tomato and cheese appetizer that she had as a main course got rave reviews as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Harlem Pioneer
    LivCloseByVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    This was the first "new" restaurant on upper Lenox and it remains a good place to dine!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Red Rooster?
    StaceyBarbour
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Forget about Red Rooster, it's all about Chez Lucienne. Food, ambience, decor and drinks are all stellar. Love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lovely brunch destination
    wowinharlem
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    we had a fabulous, well-prepared meal! the servers were courteous and attentive. we had omelette and benedicte eggs, and the side of potatoes and salad, all very flavorful. definitely will be a regular here. merci!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RenoirVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    This wonderful place never disappoints. Happy, friendly great food and even better now that we can sit outdoors. The service is always with a massive smile and all the friends we take there just love it. Looking forward to a great summer at Chez Lucienne! Renoir
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch arrived cold...
    BrklynFoodLoverVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Chez Lucienne has the potential to be a good restaurant, but is not there yet. We went for Sunday brunch with 5 people, and several of the meals arrived cold. The waitstaff also seemed to be overwhelmed by the crowds, so it took a long time to get menus and basic service. The space is attractive and it could be a good neighborhood restaurant if they can correct these issues.
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  • Neighborhood favorite
    ChantboyVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    There are about 5 really good restaurants in central Harlem (I'm not including Sylvia's tourist trap) and Chez Lucienne is one of them. Consistently excellent real French bistro fare. The lunch prix fixe is a steal!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad with reservations
    NYCMJJ1970
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    I have eaten here before and enjoy the place, but this past Sunday, my friends and I were going to a later brunch, so I made a reservation for 1:30. We arrived at 1:20, and by 2:00 we still were not seated so we left. It seemed that people with no reservations were being seated ahead of us. When I made the reservation the night before, there were plenty of time slots available so i can't imagine all of these people suddenly decided to make reservations at the last minute. I will go back but only before 1:00, since after that it is too crowded. They don't seem organized enough to deal with the walk-ins yet give priority to parties with reservations. I based my reviews of food etc. on prior visits, since I had to rate all aspects.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just Terrific Food
    JHG1VIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    What a surprise - great French food in Harlem!! The roast chicken with roasted potatoes was absolutely first rate. The Spanish cabernet (who knew?) was very reasonably priced and excellent. The home-made tiramisu was just perfect. The service was friendly and efficient, the manager very friendly and a great mixed clientele. A real find in Harlem. Very highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My cousin use to work for
    Itsem25
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    My cousin use to work for Chez Lucienne many years ago and when she introduced me to this place i was hooked. I always take people here. they have greatfood extremly friendly staff and they all speak french. iots nice to have something like this in harlem this is not a franchise rest which i love. My french friend said the food here is so close to home. i recommend this place to everyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    2012NewYorker
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Everything was very pleasant (the service, the atmosphere), the band and singer were fantastic, and the food was very enjoyable. My husband and I had wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice sweet French restaurant
    PierrotVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    It was a nice surprised! We had the chance to walk in this place late right before the live music event started! The singer was amazing, the food was really tasty and the waiter was not to pushy!! We had a great experience and we will come back for sure
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and friendly service
    Stjoy33VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Chez lucienne was delicious and the service was excellent. The only draw back was that it was extremely packed and it took us 30 mins to get seated even though we got there early for our reservation. It was a very nice restaurant though overall. Thankfully because we did have a reservation we got in more quickly than those without reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, great service,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Excellent food, great service, wonderful people. You get the feeling of being in a French cafe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quintessential Harlem
    luvfood
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    A classic French bistro in the heart of Harlem. Great mussels. Super staff . . . mostly French or from somewhere that French is the primary language.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • one of my favorite places
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    one of my favorite places in harlem.....the food is always amazing with great service......love love chex lucienne........
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have recently moved to the
    RenoirVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    I have recently moved to the area, and this restaurant has been one of a couple of great finds. The food is excellent and the service 1st class. It is always nicely noisy and busy. There was some smalll confusion about the timing of the booking, but the charming manager dealt with the issue quickly and efficiently. The choice of food on the brunch menu was excellent and it is always very difficult to know what to have as it all looks so good. All of our party loved the restaurant and it will be very much a regular for us. Renoir
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chez Lucienne is a classic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Chez Lucienne is a classic French bistro with a few diversions to spice up the menu. So Parisian you'll forget you're in New York. I had an absolutely delicious chicken curry ... chicken oh so tender - really, really good. Companions had french onion soup and turkey club. Great coffee. Everyone was delighted. Many happy diners around us. Comfortable and friendly - a great choice for dinner or lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • When In Harlem
    mimilaterreure
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    We are montrealers and when we go to New York, We make a special trip to Chez Lucienne for a memorable dining experience
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    This place is intimate and the food is great. It can be a bit loud but is well worth it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    They are so friendly, unpretentious, and the food is great! I love this place
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant surprise!
    MMMGood
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    We were early and had the place to ourselves for quiet a while. Menu included a price fixe option: astoundingly good. Assumed the portions would be smaller, but it was lunch, we went for it. We shared two apps, one better than the other: best escargot I've had in ages, perfectly plump,resting in a warm garlicy verde sauce with cooked spinach and toast crisps. Delicious! Country pate': a special treat! Two thick slabs, chunky/creamy/fresh, perfect toast points. We both ordered Calves liver, three generous, thin slices sauteed to perfection, with yummy mashed potatoes and a red wine reduction. Stuffed! So much food, lovely service, GREAT price, a basket of country bread with olive oil, great ambience & service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chez Magnifique!
    DawnKA
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Recently dined at Chez Lucienne and it was a delightful treat. Our food was prepared to our enjoyment and the dessert was simply delicious. Although we would have preferred to try the Blueberry Tart we had the Apple Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream. Much to our dismay, the desert menu was limitted to three selections. In any case, the overall dining experience was great. C'est magnifique!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Harlem Bistro
    SeltzeroneVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Unexpectedly good French Bistro in Harlem - close to the Apollo theater. Service and food very good. Will definitely return. (cozy place - next door to Red Rooster).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a winner
    LivCloseByVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    We chose Chez Lucienne for its proximity and for its consistency to entertain guests from out of town. Always a reliable choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrible!
    NeverAgain
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    30 mins after we were seated and we had ordered, our food still hadn't arrived and when it did, it was dessert first, to our horror! The French food they claim to serve was poorly executed and so bland- you wonder if they've actually tasted French food?! The fish I ordered, though tender and moist, was not seasoned well (if at all), and the reduction didn't even make up for this. The terrine was okay, but they bread they gave me was burnt...the dessert (they eventually got the sequence right), was supposedly a warm, chocolate lava, was served cold and there was no lava inside! (They over baked it)- it was a dry, sponge cake that was painful to eat. It was disastrous and terribly, terribly disappointing. Do NOT eat here!
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  • Never even sat down...
    Unhappy
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We made valentine's day reservations here, and arrived five minutes late - on time for NYC. When we arrived, the place was packed, loud, and chaotic. Clearly there wasn't a table ready for us. Instead of addressing this directly, the manager left us standing in the doorway, and when he finally returned to tell us what was going on, told us, 'he would accommodate us, since we made a reservation.' Isn't that the point of making one!? It would be alright to have to wait a bit, I get it's busy, but on a day when we wanted a special night we were treated very rudely. The manager promptly disappeared, never to return, and so did we to another restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Service was unsatisfactory. Seated at the worst table in the house. Should have objected but did not. Food service was over an hour for appetizer, another 20 minutes for salads which were incorrect, another 20 minutes for order to be corrected and the main was lacking. Food was very good, but overall, a miss. Very disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AMAZING!!
    Downton
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This restaurant is an authentic French bistro. Who would have known, nestled in the middle of Harlem? Sadu, the manager, was accommodating and so attentive. Delightful!! We were greeted by David, a very affable gentleman. Escargot is the best in New York City. We just loved the dinner. It was prepared to perfection. The service was thoughtful and every wish was anticipated. The restaurant needs more room but the closeness also has a certain je ne sais quois.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant surprises
    PickyEater
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The staff was very nice and accommodating, if you don't mind eating a foot away from strangers then go there because the food is totally worth the small issues like the noise and close seating, overall not a bad dining experience, all anyone ever wants is AMAZING FOOD right? Well Chez is the place to get it...decently priced as well and perfect portions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and good vibe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Chez Lucienne is a small restaurant that has a great menu and attentive wait staff. I was pleasantly surprised to find that all the staff spoke fluent french as well! Although it was 7pm and busy, they had my reservation ready and seated my date and I at a window seat right away and took great care of us. The place had a reasonable level of noise from the many conversations being held, but nothing excessive. The decor was nice as well. Lastly, the food and wine were quite reasonably priced. I would definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Warm and Welcoming!!!
    AngieQVIP
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    I am ecstatic to have them in my neighborhood! Always warm and welcoming and the food is quite a delight. A great little treasure of a place with excellent service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • one of the best lunch spots . . .
    ChantboyVIP
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    . . . in the area (125th and Lenox). Consistently good French bistro food, and the $14 prix fixe lunch is a great deal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Has gone way downhill
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    I really loved this place a year ago and recommended it to everyone I knew, enthusiastically. Everything has changed. Service was terrible -- I had to ask about the specials myself, since the waiter asked to take our orders without mentioning them, and even then the waiter had no idea about them and ran to the kitchen to ask; beverage order initially came out wrong; we rarely had glasses filled, so poured the wine ourselves; coffees took FOREVER to arrive after ordering. The food was mediocre to poor (bad steak -- the "prime" designation on the menu cannot possibly be correct; poor frisée salad with almost nonexistent lardons), and the ambiance had none of the great vibe it previously had.
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  • consistently good bistro food
    ChantboyVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    I find myself having lunch here at least once a week. It's a really value, especially if you choose the $14 prix fixe lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    StebbingsVIP
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Four of us, others for first time. The newcomers were very impressed including a Brazilian and a Franco-American.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • consistent bistro food
    ChantboyVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    consistently excellent French bistro food, and the prix fixe lunch is a great deal
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Warm and welcoming
    JimDandyVIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Satisfying and tasty French food. We ate early, at 5:30PM on a Sunday evening, and the place was not crowded. By the time we left it was hopping, and a cool jazz trio had started playing. Next time we will dine a bit later!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Recommendation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    This restaurant was recommended to my husband and I, Best Recommendation! Staff is very welcoming and kid friendly. The food is very tasty and fresh and the atmosphere is nice.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • restaurant had only three
    bigredVIP
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    restaurant had only three tables it ws 130 pm late lunch . service was so slow there almost two hours we ordered omeletes and a sandwich and soup none of which took long to make.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.