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About 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.

308 Lenox Avenue at 125 street
New York, NY 10027
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, Provencal

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 4pm

Cross Street:
125 street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 289-5550

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

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.

Parking Details:
Park meters all around. You do not have to feed them after 7pm. Garage on 126 street, between Lenox and 5th avenue.

Public Transit:
Subway #2 and #3 to 125 street and Lenox avenue.

Executive Chef:
Fidencio Cortes

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Chez Lucienne Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

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3.8

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3.8

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3.5

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Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

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Vibrant Bar Scene (182)
Kid-friendly (111)
Notable Wine List (95)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 23, 2016

a delightful surprise with so much competition nearby, easy to overlook.
glad we tried it.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 27, 2016

I can't go to this restaurant enough. It is just overall AMAZING!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 25, 2016

Definitely among the better French bistros in New York. Never disappoints.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 21, 2016

We made a 6pm reservation prior to attending a concert at the Apollo. Early dinner is probably good, because as we were leaving, it got crowded and a little noisier. However, overall it was a very good experience and good value. Our waiter, Anthony, was wonderful. He's an asset to the restaurant.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 15, 2016

A wonderful spot for a nice brunch or dinner with friends. Friendly service and good food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2016

Service was terrible, but the food was good, not great but good.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2016

Staff and Manager were delightful! Thanks for the great service and food!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 8, 2016

I like this restaurant and will back however feel that on mothers day the restaurant was not fully prepared to handle the holiday.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 8, 2016

Good energy (but too loud). Good food. Good for kids. Needs some help managing holiday crowds.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 8, 2016

Had a great brunch on Mother's Day.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 1, 2016

not as good as i remembered but still like the atmosphere and good location for events uptown

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 29, 2016

A group of friends and I had dinner at this restaurant on Friday evening after receiving a suggestion we check it out. Another friend of mine had previously raved about the great food. Upon arriving to the restaurant and being seated, our waitress walked by several times and did not take even a drink order. I had to finally order a glass of wine from the manager after sitting there more than 30 minutes. We had to ask three different times just to get bread on the table, and our food took more than 45 minutes. After finishing our meals (which were good but nothing spectacular) we had to ask twice for the dessert menu. My friend finally got up and walked up to the manager and grabbed the menus himself. Although the waiter comped the dessert as an apology, I don't think it was enough. Not worth going back any time soon.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 29, 2016

We live in Harlem but it took a rainy day to get us to Chez Lucienne for lunch. Cannot find anything to fault. The classic dishes- frisse salad with poached egg, mussels dijonaisse, onion soup, steak frites-- were both traditional and somehow new. The wait person was well informed and attentive. We will be back often.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 25, 2016

Chez Lucienne has good food, an attentive staff and great mussels! I had the French onion soup, salmon, mushroom and spinach crepe that was pretty good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 23, 2016

Honestly, my group initially attempted to dine at Red Rooster, simply because it was more well-known. However, due to RR's unavailability on Saturday night, we made a reservation next door at Chez Lucienne instead. So glad we did! A few people in our group were Vegetarians, so there were ample delicious options of veg and non-veg menu items. The waiters were extremely personable, as they entertained us with brief French lessons. The lobster ravioli was the best I've ever had. Will definitely come back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on April 21, 2016

Keep the fixed menu, it's nice to have the option!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 19, 2016

I had brunch at chez lucienne not too long ago and it was one of the best meals I've ever had. I took my in laws back for dinner two months later to show off. It backfired.

Apparently the restaurant changed management and menus. The service was rude and the food was sub par. Not terrible but nothing exciting. Things were heavily seasoned and over cooked. Fried calamari tasted like it came from a freezer. Dessert was tasty it not worth the price.

Overall I was extremely disappointed but I had the restaurant on a high pedestal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 15, 2016

As with most NYC places ...too loud. People trying to talk over loud music. Tables and space cramped... Not relaxing. Service, Menu and food outstamding.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 13, 2016

Everyone loved their meal. Mussels, beef bourguignon, chicken, onion soup, salad and bread. Will definitely return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 10, 2016

The decor was more casual than anticipated, but that was not a problem at all. Very good food, well prepared. My wife's salmon was outstanding and my French onion soup was very good as was the lobster ravioli. My wife's salad was disappointing - just a lot of lettuce. However, the prix fixe menu was a good deal at $25.95 per person; the service was very pleasant and reasonably attentive; and they got us in and out in plenty of time for our show at The Apollo. We will remember Chez Lucienne warmly and would happily consider dining there again for another event in he area.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on April 9, 2016

Chez Lucienne is the sort of place you should always have in your go-to list. Reliable French bistro classics--escargot, moules frites, steak frites--served with a friendly neighborhood feel in Harlem. The restaurant is always busy, but not insanely so and the prices are very wallet-friendly for NYC.

During our last visit, we ordered merguez and escargot as appetizers and both were very good. My main was a pan-seared trout with a lemon-butter sauce that was dynamite! Solid wine list with many bottles under $50.

A reliable standby in terms of food and service. Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 2, 2016

Just ok. Mediocre service. No water refills without asking. Waiter disappeared mid-meal and became the bartender. Very strange. Food was ok and prices were ok. Wouldn't go back unless I was stuck.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2016

Even though the restaurant was very busy,we had prompt service.The servers were polite, personable and went the extra mile to see that see were taken care of. The food was very good. Love the lamb erguez and coucous. A favorite restaurant of ours.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 1, 2016

Restaurant food was good but we had wait almost an hour for our food. Completely understaffed restaurant. Won't go back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 27, 2016

Great brunch with kids, very nice and friendly staff, excellent quality of steak !

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on March 26, 2016

This was our first dining experience in Harlem. We had read some good reviews on Yelp and we were not disappointed. The salads were very good as was the steak frites and the coq au vin. And the creme brulee did not disappoint. Pleasant atmosphere. Well worth the visit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 18, 2016

Chez Lucienne had a wonderful atmosphere, not too loud, impeccable service, well balanced menu. My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed our meal. It is a nice place for tasty meal dinner and friendly conversation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on March 12, 2016

Great service. Friendly staff. Delicious food. We totally enjoyed our visit. Try the Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon. Just perfect!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 9, 2016

Have loved Chez Lucienne ever since moving to Harlem three years ago. It has an unpretentious, cozy vibe and delicious, French food. This time around it was a bit loud, but people were celebrating different occasions, so maybe that's why. The service was great - the waiters attentive and food served in a timely manner. One of the main reasons why Chez Lucienne is so great is that the food never disappoints, and I see it as more of place to go for great French "comfort" food. The food reminds me of being in France, and it's always an enjoyable experience to go.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 28, 2016

The food was good but the service was not. It wasn't crowded but it took a long time for the waitress to take our order and check in on us throughout the meal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2016

New ownership has destroyed this one's wonderful Bistro

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2016

We will never return to this restaurant. After dining at the smallest table we have ever experienced along with some of the most terrible food, the busperson started to give my coat to the woman at the table next to us. Unbelievable from beginning to end, terrible. We dined here to support our local neighborhood restaurant on Valentine's day and reserved for the $59.50 per person prix fixe. We own a seasonal restaurant on Cape Cod, so we are both chefs and have also lived in Paris in the winter. This was among one of the most awful meals that we have ever experienced, from the watery lobster "bisque", to a soggy, milk-laden "puff-pastry" with overcooked seafood, to the tasteless and overcooked snapper, and a sugary strawberry dessert of some kind that was inedible. Very disappointing.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2016

The restaurant was hardly busy. Not even half of it was occupied. Yet we still waited over 45 minutes for food that was never put in with no explanation and each server looking to pass the blame to their coworker for who would come over and deliver the bad news. There didn't even seem to be a manager in sight. So after waiting and still being hungry we left and went over to Corner Social where we were seated, our order was taken and we received all of our food in half the time. I don't think I'll be visiting Chez Lucienne again but the place could still use some proper staff training on the basics of following up and accountability.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2016

I prefer Chez Lucienne to the prices and noisy other options on 125th and Lenox. Good food and reasonably priced.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2016

I was celebrating my birthday and could not have had a better time. The host was charming (he had the bartender make me a special drink), the food was great from the escargot to the steak to the chocolate mousse. Such a great time had by all

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 5, 2016

Moules were as wonderful as ever!!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2015

This place. used to be my favorite place. Would always tell my friends to choose it ove the place net door. No more!

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 5, 2015

This is always a reliably good meal. A bit expensive for Harlem but they do a great job. The service is always nice but this time it was even more so.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2015

This is a lovely find in the middle of an intersection dominated by major chain stores; the service was first rate, as we were offered drinks custom made to our liking by the bartender. I particularly recommend mine that translated as "I'll have another one!" (Encore...) French onion soup that came out wasn't heavy and filling as I have experienced in other places, and a dining companion's mussel soup (which appears to also be available as an entree) had a tangy-sweet broth. Rabbit in mustard was nice and tender, but the mustard sauce was a bit strong. Coq au vin was a solid winner in this case, don't miss this rendition, as was the housemade lobster ravioli. The dinner was very good, but the service is what will make me strongly consider returning in the not-too-distant future.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 14, 2015

Dinner at Chez Lucienne was very good! The Fois Gras starter was one of my favorites, followed by the tasty and just spicy lamb sausages. The main course of the classic Bouef Borginon was rich and delicious! The atmosphere was nice and the service very friendly.

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