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
67 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (42)great for outdoor dining (38)fit for foodies (27)great for brunch (17)late-night find (12)hot spot (12)good for groups (12)romantic (12)vibrant bar scene (12)great for lunch (11)special occasion (8)notable wine list (3)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Evening
    Drsteve
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    I went there on 1/3/14 to celebrate my birthday. It was an uncrushed experience. Our waiter was very cordial and patient. They surprised me with a birthday dessert on the house. A lovely touch. I go there often and now that I only live 8 blocks away, Im sure I will be there more. Great mussels.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    Fsnyc
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Friendly and genuine service. We have a 7 month old and went out to celebrate NYE early (5pm) and they accommodated us and made us feel very welcome. Staff is awesome and food delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gem of a Bistro in Harlem
    Dontnvme2
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    My husband and I made reservations to eat here as part of our Date Night. I read up on this restaurant on-line and I liked what I read. Our table was ready when we arrived at 5pm and we were promptly seated after checking our coats. I ordered a nice glass of wine and as an appetizer, I had the mussels w/fries. For my entree, I ordered Coq Au Vin. I had the warm beignets w/vanilla ice cream for dessert. My food was delicious and my husband enjoyed his too. We were impressed with the ambiance, the decor, the service, and the food. We would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Feels like being in France
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    We were there on Christmas Day - great Canard à l'orange, mousse au chocolat and good wines! Surprisingly pricey for Harlem but definitely recommendable for a special occasion! The atmosphere is really cozy and the waiter is French, so the place IS authentic ;) Indeed, there were many French guests and that is a good sign.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real treat!
    RC150
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Very reasonable price french food! Atmosphere was lovely. A real gem in Harlem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Christmas Brunch
    David
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Had a wonderful Christmas meal here with my love - salmon and lamb - both cooked to perfection. It was packed for the 2 PM seating but it felt warm and inviting. Glad to have chosen Chez Lucienne over uptown choices. Wonderful attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lackluster experience, great food
    Themicruz
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    As usual, the food was good. The service was pretty bad overall. We had to ask the waiter several times for ice for our drinks which were warm. Took almost 30 minutes to finally get ice! The drink orders took longer to come out than the food and we sat next to the bar, and would stare at our drinks there waiting to be brought to us. It wasn't too busy either, so that wasn't an excuse for such bad service. They are usually pretty spot on. Hopefully this doesn't become the norm.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't bother
    timessqregularVIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Not worthy of the previous reviews when the restaurant gets our orders completely wrong and misses out on two people's order at the table next to us and then take 15+ minutes to correct the orders. Hard to imagine that they also don't know how to cook the eggs for eggs benedict. Don't bother.
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  • BEST mussels in Harlem!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    Chez has the BEST mussels in Harlem bar none!! Run don't walk to this place and 1/2 pff on Fri/Sat nights after 12am!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Catching on
    Pool
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Chez Lucienne is a popular spot. The atmosphere is good, busy after 8:30. Reservations definitely advised. The service is good, though occasionally, there might be a short wait for your food. The food is not bad, but not great. Some dishes better than others. I would go back-just not right away.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun place, great live music
    jeatherhane
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    We enjoyed our meal and the friendly service. The live band was amazing and everything about our visit to Chez Lucienne was terrific, except it was HOT, so dress in layers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was Worth The Wait
    HappyCustomer
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    After having to wait in the cold (even with a reservation), my friend and I got seated, and eventually the most delicious meals I've tasted in a while were served!! That's all I can say.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale French Cuisine
    Baileymouse
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Our party of 6 thoroughly enjoyed our night. Everything was delicious, from the Escargot to the Duck Confit. The mixed drinks and wine pairings were spectacular. Service was slightly slow and it took awhile to place our orders because they had a separate server for drinks. All in all we loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mediocre
    AuPoivre
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Went before a show at the Apollo. 1- The balsamic vinegar added to the olive oil served with the bread tasted cheap. Very sharp / acrid. 2- Escargot - very garlicky - very tasty. 3. Kobe burger looked machine formed. Nothing special at all. 4. Le Steak, served au poivre style - over cooked, a bit tough, sauce was forgettable. 5. Frites - meh. 6. Brought our check before dessert, tried to pretend they didn't forget the dessert. We live in New Haven, CT - I can think of 5 restaurants that have much better food than this. The only thing in this restaurants favor was that it was pretty inexpensive compared to comparable
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  • Bustling Bistro
    Robina888VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    The staff at Chez Lucienne is friendly, attentive, and appropriately proud of the good food they serve. While location is next door to the fabled Red Rooster, Chez L. deserves its own clientele who may perhaps prefer la cuisine francaise to urbanized down-home southern cookin'. While I don't live in NY much less Harlem, I look forward to returning!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant wait staff, delicious food
    MargsVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2013
    This is a little gem of a restaurant in a neighborhood that may be overlooked. Merci pour un dejeuner tres bien!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • delicious, authentic cuisine
    sarahlee
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    had a sunday brunch here & it was delicious. very serene atmosphere, though granted we were among the first to arrive for brunch. nice jazz playing, very warm even though it was a cold day & we were right by the doors that doubled as a wall (sometimes doors like that are drafty, but these were not).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    We celebrated my fiancee's mother's bday here a few nights ago. When we arrived the table we were at was quite close to the door and we were constantly being bumped by people going by. Needless to say, it was not ideal. However as the night went on things got better and better. The apps came and were delicious. The drinks were great. Our mains were all fantastic. And then, the waiter brought out 5 desserts on the house and a bottle of champagne. All were delicious and a great way to finish off what had become a wonderful experience. Everyone was so kind and generous and our waiter was incredibly friendly. We will certainly be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was excellent at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    The food was excellent at this Harlem based French bistro. It is in a good location that is easy to find and parking was not much of an issue on Saturday evening. The service was good, but not great, even though the place was very crowded. The only complaint is the space. The restaurant was too narrow and the tables were jammed up next to each other, such that you were almost forced to eavesdrop on your neighbors' conversations. More space would make this a truly great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • After the Apollo Theater....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    a great stop after a tour of the Apollo Theater in Harlem. I had the Landon salad - with poached egg cooked to perfection from the brunch menu. I want to go again with more friends just to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is the second time I
    DARA
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    This is the second time I have been here and it was jus as good the second time! The ambiance is exceptional - there is not one person who could be nicer than the other. The food is excellent; rabbit is so hard to find in NYC; it was deleicious. The entire dining experience was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lovely lunch
    nygal
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    We and another couple enjoyed the prix fixe lunch at Chez Lucienne this week. The menu is varied to accommodate all tastes. Preparation excellent. Salads, fish, liver, omlets were all tasty. Desserts great. Reasonable wine by the glass. Very pleasant dining experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    SasPVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    I kept passing by, never really stepping in. Decided to finally try Chez Lucienne and boy was I pleased. Hands down one of teh best FRENCH/FRENCH INSPIRED meals I've had in all of NYC! The escargot was deeeeelish - fresh, perfectly and expertly cooked in its delicious sauce. My snapper and shrimp was heavenly and my date certainly enjoyed his duck and sausage. Truly a great meal! And he was a great, great waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab French Find
    Ellyninnyc
    Dined on 11/4/2013
    This charming little bistro has authentic food, charming and attentive staff and outdoor seating when the weather cooperates. Their onion soup is good and cheesy , frisée salad has a perfectly poached egg and chewy crispy lardons. I felt I was in a neighborhood bistro in a small town in France. Caution: they fill up after 7 so get there early or make a reservation!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    acinharlemVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2013
    Love this place. The food is solid and classic, if not haute, the service is terrific and friendly, and the place has a really good energy. The room is comfortable and spacious, but the noise level is not overwhelming at all. It's a very comfortable and welcoming place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent French bistro fare
    SharonoftheHeights
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    Loved the food, very gracious and attentive server who spoke French, let my son try out his middle school French. My husband said, "I feel like I am in Paris", a high compliment for any restaurant. Very fine coc au vin, great omelette and croque madame too. Didn't think the blueberry tart was as good as the entrees (though my son adored and devoured it--I am admittedly a bit of a patisserie snob). Though crowded with multiple large parties, it was very comfortable, unrushed and noise manageable. Definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply convenient
    Doug
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    I've been to this spot a few times in the past, and it seldom disappoints. The food is often good, and the service is adequate.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happenin in Harlem
    BonefinderVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Lively and energetic is an understatement. This place is jumping busy. We had a reservation but I don't think it mattered a whole lot. People were pouring in. The food was absolutely wonderful. I had the bouillabaisse and it was not a traditional one at all. Broth was heaven. Cooked to perfection. One other had the Duck Confit, another the Duck a L'orange. A fourth had a steak. Everybody loved their meal. Don't go for a quiet leisurely meal. Service was very helpful, friendly, but a bit uneven due to the crowds. If we had more time here, we'd go for a second visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Apollo Must
    1DiscriminatingDiner
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Great place to get a head start on an evening at the Apollo.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty and Vibrant near Apollo
    EM56VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Dined at Chez prior to seeing Get On The Good Foot at the Apollo. Seated right away but did have to find a server to take drink orders. Once he learned we had an 8pm curtain, service was excellent and professional. Meal consisted of a variety of Onion Soup, beef and salmon burgers, coq au vin and duck. All delicious and gobbled up. Fries were just right. Energetic atmosphere. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place getting a little Sleepy
    BigFanVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    One of my favorite places, loosing it a little. Hope it was just a bad night. Ridiculous Keystone Kops service, lukewarm food, ordered two Mussel Muniere, we were brought one order, waited eons for the correction. 'No whipped cream' request (on the world's best chocolate mousse).. came with double amount. As I said, hope it was just an offf night. Love the place and the hard working GM, Fred.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner
    FlyFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    We took my Mom to Chez Lucienne for her birthday and had a great time. The bartender really knows his way around a martini - you can't go wrong with the Signature Lucienne or Encore Un Fois martinis. I forget the name of the seafood pasta we had but it consisted of shrimps, bay scallops, and mussels served over a bed of linguini. It was fantastic! We also had the chocolate mousse (free dessert). The waitstaff put a candle in it and sang happy b'day to my Mom. The presentation was very tasteful and it really made her day. I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite dish
    MyFavoriteThingsVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    I ordered my favorite dish, the crispy chicken with roasted potatoes and garlic confit, and it was delicious, The service was great, great, great. Thank you.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Find
    nygal
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    This was our first visit to Chez Lucienne and we would definitely return. Great lunch menu, well prepared, reasonably priced and good variety. Service somewhat erratic but the owner (?) very quickly fixed things and gave my husband an extra side dish to compensate. Interesting art work and cozy atmosphere. Very French and seems to be a very popular lunch destination for the neighborhood..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    NYDaisyVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2013
    Three of us went to Chez Lucienne Monday night . We had drinks first at The Red Rooster next door and dinner at Chez Lucienne. The service was great -- our waiter was very professional but also warm and welcoming. The food is typical French bistro and we all had steak frites -- delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food, great atmosphere
    ambivalistVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    This is a terrific brunch spot. The restaurant is very lively with a great crowd, and the service is very friendly. Two out of three entrees were very good, the Lucienne Benedict and the Croque Monsieur, and the salmon crepe was just ok. We had a toddler with us and the staff were terrific. The service is attentive but not hurried - this is not a good choice if you need to get in and out, but an excellent choice if you want to linger and catch up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience, Saidu the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2013
    Great experience, Saidu the host was phenomenal and Adam our waiter was fantastic. Food was great, not rushed and really enjoyed the energy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic