The Lion
The Lion

The Lion

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thelionnyc.com/
  • Phone: (212) 353-8400
  • Hours of Operation:

    DINNER:
    Monday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 10pm
    Thursday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:30am
    Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

    BRUNCH:
    Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: John Delucie
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 5th and 6th Avenue
  • Public Transit:
    By Subway:

    The A C E or B D F M to West 4th Street station and head 2 blocks north.

    The 1 2 3 to 14th Street Station and head 5 blocks south.

    The 1 to Christopher Street Sheridan, 2 blocks east to 6th avenue and walk up to 9th street.
  • Parking: No
A word from The Lion
John DeLucie is the Chef Proprietor of The Lion, Bill's Food & Drink, and Crown restaurants in New York City. The Lion opened in May 2010 on beautiful tree-lined West 9th street – it features a menu consistent with the Chef himself, classic American with undeniable Italian influences. Bill's Food & Drink opened in November 2012 in Midtown, and features hearty American cuisine. Crown opened September of 2011, in a 1930's mansion steps away from The Metropolitan Museum of Art on the Upper East Side.
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The Lion reviews from OpenTable diners
124 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (56)fit for foodies (51)special occasion (50)romantic (44)hot spot (44)notable wine list (29)good for groups (24)vibrant bar scene (20)great for outdoor dining (9)great for brunch (8)late-night find (6)great for lunch (4)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Terrible service!!!
    LeslieVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    We waited over 40 minutes for our appetizers. Main courses arrived and one person's entree lagged behind by about 10 minutes. Desserts came wrong. No water refills at all. Cheese plate comparable to Delta Airlines.
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  • Hoped for a great evening, was sorely disappointed
    JMK13
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    For our last night in NY we were hoping for a fun lively evening, with good food so on the recommendation of some friends booked dinner at The Lion. We were running about 20 minutes late for our reservation so called the restaurant to let them know. As soon as we arrived we were seated fairly quickly and our waiter was friendly & knowledgeable about the menu. We ordered wine and food and settled in. At this point I realised how cold the dining room was, so much so I couldnt remove my coat, and the guy on my right kept complaining he was cold. I mentioned it to the waiter who said he didnt notice as he was warm....hmm. We waited about 30 min and still no starter arrrived (a salad!) while two more couples on either side were seated and their starters then main courses arrived...but still nothing. Eventually an hour and 20 min after we sat down our starter finally arrived, by which time our wine had ran out as they kept the bottle away from the table so you were relying on the waiter to remember to top you up. I then crossed my legs and felt my jeans stick to the table, as the diner before me had stuck their gum underneath. The manager offered me her card to send her the dry cleaning bill and I did manage to remove most of it (with lots of ice cubes and a sharp knife). By the time I returned to the table, the room was even colder so I put my boyfriends coat on top of my own - the girl to my left was wearing an enormous puffa jacket. We looked ridiculous. I asked the waiter if he thought it was normal that the guests in the restaurant were forced to wear big coats while eating and he made a vague apology, but by then the evening was ruined. Perhaps we were just unlucky and on another night none of the above issues would have happenned, but separately the combination of incredibly slow service, the lack of being able to serve our own wine, chewing gum stuck all over my clothes and freezing cold temperatures made for a miserable experience. Extremely disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A NYC Must!
    MbccatVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Fabulous food and attentive staff equal an unparalleled dining experience - don't miss this one!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Private Club Atmosphere
    Merqury37
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    High ceilings and artwork create an atmosphere of an old NY or London private dining club. Food is expertly prepared but could use a bit of passion and inspiration. Service overall is solid. Lion is expensive but memorable. Ask for seating in the main dining room. Tavern is nice but almost too casual and boring.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, but the service could be better
    Nina
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The egg benedict was super good. We sat very close to the next table.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Really cool room with a good vibe, but the food was overpriced - even for New York. The service was also just average. We were brought a glass of wine we didn't ask for and the beer I had was warm and flat. Huge portions of food but nothing memorable.
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  • UWScouple
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    We really enjoyed it. The food was delicious & great ambiance. Just wish is wasn't quits so noisy that it's difficult to talk to you dining companion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The chicken pot pie is a must share item. Very romantic date spot or for small group. Not too noisy. Pricey food but well worth it. We had the pork chop that was excellent. Only thing I wouldn't order again was tuna tartare. It was just Ok, nothing to write home about. Apple pie with ice cream was delicious too. You can't find a bottle of wine for less than $130 but the cocktails are great here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great "shanks"!
    cmd108VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    In our group, we ordered 1 lamb shank, 2 veal shanks (osso bucco special) and the pork chop. Everything was fantastic. I was underwhelmed with the kale salad (it was a bit bland), but everything else was great. Actually brought the leftover bones/meat home and made a wonderful soup with them the next day. The restaurant is very cool, old NY decor. Very tall ceilings. I'd like to have a private event there as the private room was very cool as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food Tight Quarters
    CheckPlease
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Former speakeasy beautifully restored with one of the great skylights in the city. Food and service are very good however the seating is tight and in my case uncomfortable thanks to a cushion-less wooden straight back chair. We both had the halibut with lentils which was nicely prepared and delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food.
    julianaoliveira
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food was great, bar area small, hard to get a drink while waiting.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dining room best!
    table10VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Always a great time and happy with the food. Just be sure if you book to request the dining room or you could get stuck in the bar area. Not that the bar area is bad it is just about eating in the dining room with all the art and atmosphere. The bar is very dark so it would be good for a drink night more so than a dinner. Very busy area. Overall it is my favorite place!! Very nice staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 19TH Century charm
    Sengye
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Eating at the Lion will give you a 19th Century evening of charm and ambience and hearty, simple food. I share a steak for two with a friend with the sides of mushrooms, brussel sprouts a fries. Those were okay but the steak was wonderful. They also do something special with the sweet whipped butter served with home made rolls. Best that I have ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Long wait for food
    jfoodhVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Our appetizers came quickly but the wait between the appetizers and dinner was about 40 minutes The server apologized many times but the kitchen was slow Even the hostess apologized so I'm not sure this would be usual for this restaurant
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Favorite
    simc
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    A great restaurant for drinks and/or food. Great ambiance and celebrity spotting, try the burger!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanks!
    Nikki
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Great food and atmosphere! I especially love the artichoke appetizer!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second time not a charm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    this is the second time eating at the Lion, the first time, dinner, the very expensive pork dinner for $32 which we ordered two of them, was over cooked and tough, the second time we went this past weekend for brunch the we ordered 3 fried chicken and waffles which were cold, the chicken was not deep friend but breaded and tasteless. the coffee was also cold.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love it here
    NYCfashiongal
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    A West Village must-do! Love their Jazz Brunch on Sundays. Great food and atmosphere at a fraction of the cost of dinner prices. Must check it out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    AcberwangerVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The ambiance is surprising, food was excellent and the service wonderful. Nothing to complain about.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst Table in Restaurant
    LionBadTable
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    4ppl at 8:30 on a Saturday, and we were sat at the table directly behind the host stand, next to the stairs for the bathroom and in the middle of the bar. It was as if our table was put there last minute because they ran out of space. When the bar became crowded we had people literally standing over us or with their butts against us, and we could barely hear each other. We asked 3 different staff members to be moved and each of them went to "ask about it". None of the 3 ever returned. During dinner the manager stopped by to check-in, as they do, at which time we informed her how unhappy we were with this table. Didn't get moved, but did get 4 glasses of prosecco on the house which was better than nothing. Food was good but wont go again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • had high hopes
    seaurchinVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I was excited to try The Lion and even enjoyed entering the place as it had a great looking front bar area. Once seated, however, my dinner companion and I were overwhelmed by a shrill noise level that just kept getting worse as the evening went on. Our server seemed impatient that we wanted to actually enjoy our cocktails before plunging into the menu. It took a very long time to get our entrees. My veal osso buco was merely tepid and not very tasty. It was served with "risotto" which was actually the consistency of sushi rice. My friend's sea bass was overcooked. The server delivered the check and the dessert menu at the same time! Excuse me, I didn't think spending a couple of hours at an expensive restaurant was that unusual.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cozy atmosphere
    WeezieVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We felt like we were dining at someone's townhouse. Very charming and the food was excellent. We shared the tuna tartare and the oysters. Delicious. We had the branzino and the halibut. The branzino was perfect and there were no complaints with the halibut. A must try is the broccoli with chili flakes as a side dish! My only complaint was the wine list. It was very expensive, but the California Sauvignon Blanc (in the $60 range, I think may have been the least expensive out of all the wines) was very good and I usually don't like California wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful
    NSCarroll
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    It was my friends bday and we came up from Philadelphia. We were the 1st at the restaurant for bunch on Sunday and we were able to get the outdoor 2 top. Perfect!!!! And the 3 ladies playing on instruments was absolutely magnificent. Wonderful experience!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mixed bag
    DBNYC
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Service was excellent, seafood plateau appetizer was fantastic (although they had run out of shrimp), bread was mouthwatering, but main course (lamb) was massively overcooked and otherwise uninspired. Definitely a scene and the decor is endlessly interesting. However, it's a bit claustrophobic. I might try it again, but there are other places in the neighborhood that are better in this price range.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    Cookeville
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    A friend had recommended the Lion to us and we were so pleased. The service was wonderful and the food was great. Was a great night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Brilliant
    3yearanniversary
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I had only heard tale of this restaurant before I stepped foot into the old wood, book bound room that opens your experience to this world of brilliance. The food was brought to the table with perfect timing. Never rushed. We even sat for 20 minutes before asking for a check. A rarity in this city and a truly special dining experience. The cocktails were delightful, one of the best manhattan's I have had to date and the wine was an added bonus to an already wonderful meal. The lion is gem in a city overcrowded with gimmicks and overdone ideas. The lion is unique, vibrant and brimming with a taste of old new york and new.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Ambiance, Food very well made
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The food was very well made, I had the duck. I was however hoping for more bold flavors that stand out
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We had a great time. All was excellent. Our best dinner in New York.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambience, service, great food
    HarlowVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    My friend and I each ordered a fish dish (the salmon from the regular menu and a striped bass special). Both were excellent; the striped bass was exceptional. I appreciated how quickly and graciously the restaurant handled it when my friend made a request about his meal after it had been served. Our server and the entire staff we met were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid option with a cool vibe
    Laurag
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This restaurant has charm. The food is very good and menu options were interesting. I would definitely go back for both the food and bar scene. We went for NYC Restaurant Week and it was a great deal. Chicken pot pie was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Lion
    everybitedelish
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I took my niece and nephew out for a very special dinner and we loved every bite. it was the last night of restaurant week so very nice way to savor the food & drink pairings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Lion
    mnbnycVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    As a pre theater venue, this place is good for an early dinner and not too crowded but I think it may change later. The dining room is decorated with drawings and photos and a large glass dome all of which are quite impressive. The menu is comprehensive and fairly standard fare. The service is good and the ambience is pleasant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot
    coopaloop
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I loved the amazing Restaurant Menu everything was great by themselfs however all together it was a memorable meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nycfoodie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Waited 30 hour to 45 minutes for main course. All appetizers did not come out at same time. Charged us for still water and never offered tap as an option. Credit catd machine was not working and waited and extra 15-20 minutes to leave. They traced a copy of card. Machine still not working when we left. They never apologized for any of the events mentioned.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CvogelfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Besides for the missteps with service and the noise level, food (when finally gotten right and all brought) was beautifully presented and delicious. Go for the chicken under the brick!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud but....
    TBRatLPHVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Hadn't been in a while. Louder than I remember but good service and meal.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rest. week summer 2014
    MakeItAnExperience
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Limited menu for the deal. Ordered salad/steak/ice cream cookie In a great ares, love the decor, very old world study. Food - Salad was really salty. The steak (medium rare) was inedible, and when they cleared they plates no one asked why we hadn't eaten the food. (possibly due to restaurant week they are just pumping out dishing and not trying to gain new clients). The dessert was fine, nothing to comment on. If i return and pay full price, i hope it will be better quality food, especially for the price.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We went with the RW menu and enjoyed every course. The bass was delish and hubby loved the almond cake dessert. Very surprised to see so many panning the Lion's food. And of course the ambience is divine. Will return to try their regular menu!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with art
    OutwithClients
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I chose The Lion for a meeting with clients. I wanted something that felt like a home, warm, and would inspire a personal experience vs. a professional conversation over dinner. The Lion was a perfect environment to enhance my relationship with my clients in a meaningful way. The decor is cozy, the art is eclectic and interesting, with a few conversation points as well. I highly recommend The Lion for small groups, great food with a European ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    Larry
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    My friend and I had the Restaurant Week Menu with the suggested drink pairings (an additional $25.00). We both had the Strawberry Spinach Salad and the Almond Brown Butter Cake. My friend had the Chicken Pot Pie and I had the Hanger Steak as our main dish. The food was superb and the pairings made the meal outstanding. The service was excellent. I would suggest going early if you like quiet and calm. By the time we left, the noise level was a tad up there and the place was hopping.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.