LENA

4.6
112 Reviews
$30 and under
French
LĒNA French Restaurant Wine, Cocktail Bar is the cutest, modern and a cozy spot in the Lower East side with Basque, French flair.
This dramatic spot with a cute décor, candlelit, French music and calm atmosphere will take you from the hub of New York City to the hearth of nostalgic Basque region of France.
Its casual setting it is simple yet comfortable and is an ideal for a romantic date, meeting friends or making new ones.
The wine selection is comprised of high quality yet affordable from the main wine growing regions of France.
Whether you’re in the mood for savory munchies, dinner or a decadent dessert our experienced servers and chef will leave a taste on your palate to remember.
LĒNA‘s favorites include the incredible Soup a l'onions, Boeuf Bourguignon, Escargot, traditional Tarte Flambée, gourmet cheese & charcuterie selection, and variety of desserts from authentic French Kitchen .

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 112 people are saying
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CS912
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was pretty good but could be better in terms of getting to know the customers and their needs one on one. Food was pretty good. I’d come back for the mushroom risotto

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time at Lena. It wasn’t that busy inside when we went for dinner which was nice. They also do outdoor seating which was pretty full. Great ambiance, customer service and food. We split a pizza and each had the steak. Drinks were great as well love the sparkling rose.

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Anonymous
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with a friend. Great seating outdoors. Friendly waiter, excellent recommendations for both food and drinks. The octopus was awesome and so was the brie.

The waiter cleaned the tables with disinfectant before and after each party which was great. Would recommend staff to wear a mask though when Delta is creeping around all the neighborhoods - but that is up to the discretion of the restaurant.

Would likely come back again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & superb service thanks to Pierre and Leon. Your kindness and lightheartedness made for a fun birthday celebration! Thank you!!

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victorias
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience4

Forgot to make our main dishes and the kitchen closed after only serving us the appetizers.

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RobArmstrong
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grilled Cctopus was amazing

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Tony
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lena is such an incredible wine bar and makes you feel like you're in Paris with the ambiance, wine selection, food choices and locals talking french around you. I highly recommend going around sunset and sitting outside on a nice day. It will certainly not disappoint.

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Abby
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely staff, great food, and the cocktails were beautiful.

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vipMystic
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Drinks were fabulous. Service was amazing! Overall fabulous experience. Definitely going back soon!

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vipStephannne91
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service is always amazing here, and the food is fantastic. making it a neighborhood staple for myself!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The service was truly terrible and the food was really terrible

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vipDAOM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!! we ordered 4-5 plates to share .. all were absolutely delicious ~~ the octopus, the risotto, the steak tartare !!.. yum! we enjoyed the outdoor seating.. NYC is buzzing around this area - vibrant ambiance.

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Barbara
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding pizza, flavorful and delicious! The drink menu was extensive and met expectations.

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QiangZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great place for food and drinks. We had the pork belly, baratta, and brussel sprouts to shared. I had the octopus. Everything was well flavored and seasoned. Enjoyed a French 75 and Last Word. Great attention given the time of reservation and service was super busy with minimal amount of staff working.

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LowerEastSideUnicorn
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

It is a great little spot tucked away in the LES. The ambience was amazing. The Cajun pasta was a little too salty, however the beef was amazing.

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JenG
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the experience and the staff here! I will be coming back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. The food is delicious, the cocktails are amazing and the service is great (super fast and very nice). I think it’s likely to become one of my favorite places in the City for whenever I need escargots to take the homesickness away (i am French)!

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MonicaO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING really enjoyed thanks so much xo We had a beautiful night.

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JerelA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing experience. The bartender roger served us some of the best drinks I have ever have. The service was phenomenal and the food was something to return for

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paigeg
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server so kind!! I loved dining in the bubble, great way to celebrate my 21st

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Mara
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Lena staff was really friendly and food was delicious!

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MariaA
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food! Everything was delicious, totally recommend it!

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FlaviaC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing and the floor manager is just over the top! Not cheap but it's a great price for the quality of food

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vipjaef
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has been my second time here and the food and hospitality has been outstanding. I'll most certainly be a repeat diner.

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Heather
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Lena! The food is always amazing. Friendliest staff!

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JakeW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great. I am a hog fan of this type of casual place with really high quality food and wine. Will be back.

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MichelleP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & fun music. Had a great time for dinner!

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Nikolai
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not to miss if you are in the East Village/Lower East Side neighborhood. Friendly staff and excellent food! Truly a wonderful find.

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vipDinaW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We arrived almost half an hour before our reservation, prepared to go for a walk if the table wasn’t ready. To our surprise we were seated immediately.
Loved every dish we ordered (cauliflower cacio e pepe style was the bomb!), cocktails were interesting and delicious, service was attentive and friendly.
Definitely a restaurant we will visit again!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food (albeit on the smaller size). We told our waiter that we had just moved to NYC and he helped us ring in our first NYC dinner on a great note. Great food and service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The service is really slow. The food is expensive compare to the quality and taste.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My husband had booked Lena for our 12 year anniversary dinner. It was the first time we have been out since covid and my mom was watching the kids. Our reservation at Lena was at 7 - when we arrived there were no tables available and they set up a makeshift table without any plates or glasses by a fire exit / apt door entrance. We waited patiently but by 7:40 we were still not seated. We were so fed up and had ordered a drink but then left bc we couldn’t wait any longer. What we didn’t understand is how Lena could say they had seating but were maxed out and no one was even mid way through their meal. This was not the experience we had hoped for. We hope Lena can improve their customer service. What was even more frustrating was that a table after us were seated even though we had gotten there first. We will sadly never return to the restaurant. Not the way we wanted to spend our anniversary.

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vipTiffanyL
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I was super excited to try this wine bar -- we made a reservation a few days in advance, and they have outdoor seating under a tent in the street. Would have loved for the tables to be a little farther apart, but I still felt pretty safe! We ended up ordering a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc (the Grand Bateau) which was really smooth. Random, but instead of an ice bucket, it came with this like clear hard plastic bag filled with ice (v cool).

For our group of 3, we ordered the Duck Crostini, Cauliflower, La Bitteroise, Meatballs, and the Potatoes au Gratin. There was definitely a lot of cheese in the dishes, so maybe not the best place to come if you're lactose intolerant, but great for cheese enthusiasts. The Duck Crostini was my favorite -- the fig jam was amazing and since we also got a basket of bread, it was a great spread on that. I also liked the pizza, which comes with eight slices so is pretty easy to share! They did give us sharing utensils for the dishes which was appreciated given COVID-19 times. The other dishes were good, but unfortunately they got cold pretty quickly since it started to get chilly outside!

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vipAnon
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Food was excellent and the server was quite knowledgeable and actually asked for feedback or suggestions! We had chosen LENA for a special occasion based on their menu and reviews -- between the dishes offered and the outdoor dining experience, we were expecting that "French bistro" ambiance. Instead, however, the background music was more rap or hip-hop than accordians and Piaf. Nothing wrong with the music, it wasn't intrusive and would have been fine in a different setting, but in this context it didn't seem to fit (or at least was not what we'd anticipated).
Overall though, we definitely recommend it for the food, but suggest that you just adjust your expectations about the atmosphere!

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DaanJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Again, a very nice evening out with tasty food and fitting wine!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was my 32nd birthday! I had a wonderful dinner! It was 10 of us and the food was great! Freshly made. My favorite drink was the piña collada.

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GiselaB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice drinks. Good service. Can bring large froups

DJ
DaanJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner here! It really is French cuisine.

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Matt
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible dinner.
Wine list is getting better and better every quarter.
The cocktails are now foggy... which is amazing !
The service was impressive and the food just perfect... plates are good looking and very tasty! We took the Boeuf Bourguignon and the Risotto. Both were just a perfect mix!

Michellin star is coming for that place! When you see that Spotted Pig had one for years... this place shall get one since the food and the ambience are well beyond expectations!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The overall experience was wonderful. The service was exceptional and the food was absolutely delicious. The French onion soup was the best I’ve had in a while. And the roasted octopus was incredible.

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LENA is rated 4.6 stars by 112 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.