LENA

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$30 and under
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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 .
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JP
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had an incredible night at LĒNA. The food was amazing and the service was great. The only negative was the blasting music. It was hard to have a conversation. It just made the dinner more stressful than it needed to be.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food and service are good. I went there at the French restaurant week to celebrate my new job. The boss said congratulations to me (but if there is a complimentary drink or dessert would be more excellent).

Overall the food especially the appetizers are good. Might come back for small bites or drinks in future.

JK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

No frills but great food and atmosphere
Interesting neighborhood

OT
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Will definitely be back!

AG
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very friendly service and yummy food - better on quality than quantity - larger servings please!

RP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

super cute and super friendly. If you do not like cheese abstain! :-)

ST
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A very cute spot for dinner. It was a holiday weekend so everything was quieter than usual, but made for a great safe night. The chicken was absolutely delicious and they have a wonderful wine selection.

AP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Loved my experience here! I have to say the food wasn't the best French food I've had, but it was fairly priced and the wine choices were also excellent considering the quality. Service was also amazing! I think it was a bit quiet considering I was there on a Saturday night until 8:30pm. But overall a great experience!

CV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I found LENA while searching for an intimate venue to host a wedding shower. I dined at LENA a couple of times before my event. Every time was lovely, the food and wine selection is top notch, the environment is elegant industrial chic, the servers are pleasant. My event went perfectly, we had the whole space to ourselves, the bride to be was so thrilled! Everyone loved everything from the food, drinks and fun servers and gallery of art. I highly recommend LENA for a date, evening with friends or to host your next private affair. We had less than 25, they can go up to 40.

MC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wine selection is excellent! Split a small app, and I ordered a pizza which was yummy and filling. My partner ordered the roast octopus, which was delicious, but not entirely filling. Overall yummy, great service, great environment.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner for a bachelorette party at Lena, and the staff were extremely accommodating and welcoming! The owner texted us personally to confirm the reservation, and was very flexible. At the restaurant, there is classic French service - not as fast as most American restaurants, but very nice when you're there to enjoy everyone's company and don't want constant interruption from waiters. Definitely recommend for a casual but classy night!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriends and I went to LĒNA for Valentine’s Day and our night turned out to be more than we wanted. The food was flavorful with beautiful presentation...we will sure be back to try all the things we didn’t get to on the menu.

Service was sincere and authentic. Made us feel as if we were somewhere lost in Europe, not caught in the noise and the bustle of the LES.

Whether LĒNA is for a romantic one on one or a fun get together with old friends, it’s worth the walk or Uber to sit down and get lost in the ambiance and delicious food.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance and service and the food is incredible.

JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for valentines day or a special occasions. Make sure to make reservations as this place requires them.

h
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience1

The food was average. Cocktails tasted synthetic. Very small portions, not a good value for the money. Oh and we were the only ones dining, the restaurant was completely empty!

JC
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came to LĒNA by recommendation of my friends and It was a good experience this place is nice the food is great the service is fantastic, I have an old fashioned mezcal and it was so good and I also have the chance to meet the owner Pierre,which he was the one who made my old fashioned , he’s and amazing human been , great place the staff so lovely and the place so warm , I felt like I was at home , I recommend this place .

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Very inventive cuisine, great service and nice atmosphere, gets louder & more crowded later on. One drawback, the owner of the restaurant accused my partner of wanting to use the washroom and questioned him if he were a customer. Not good. But the owner swallowed his pride and did apologize and gave us a free dessert to share. Just a minor mishap but the food was delicious

XW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice spot, especially for those who look for French bar, French wine and French food
Cool and relax atmosphere
After work nice place to have fun time à la Française
Congrats guys

J
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The servers were all very nice but service was painfully slow. The food was fine, however both flat breads (the bourguignonne and bitteroise) were plagued by SO MUCH PEPPER. The pepper was so heavy handed that it almost rendered both of them inedible. I've lived in NYC for more than 6 years and am accustomed to close quarters, but the restaurant is VERY tightly packed. The removal of a few tables would really be of benefit to allow for a bit more breathing room. However, the atmosphere is so romantic and charming that it nearly makes up for the restaurant's shortcomings. Good date spot.

S
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service impeccable, carte des vins bien construite avec de belles sélections et meilleur steak tartare de la ville !

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LT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall3food1service4ambience4

The place is really nice and cozy. Wines are good. Food is expensive and nothing special.

MG
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience5

I was really looking forward to this restaurant as per all the great reviews, the ambience is lovely the food just mediocre. The onion soup was more like onion broth; unfortunate!

A
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was here on Saturday night the best experience for me on the french restaurant
The staff was incredible friendly and polite
The list of wine so perfect I choose the chateauneuf du pape my god so delicious with a tartare the best in my life very tasty !
I love the ambiance very cosy ,
I definitely come in back soon

OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I chose Lena because it is my mother’s name and it was her birthday. The place is very nice, sweet wine bar. But honestly, it is a regular NYC wine bar, many similar places around. The food is good, very small portions and very overpriced. I would go again for a drink perhaps.

CC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Me habían recomendado este sitio como restaurante francés. La comida no estaba mal, aunque el vino estaba caro para lo que pagamos en España, a 65 Euros la botella, cuando en casa podemos pedir una botella de Pago de Carraovejas por menos de ese dinero. Lo entiendo, es New York, pero puedo pasar sin el vino. Lo que no puedo pasar por alto es pedir steak tartar y que me traigan una mini hamburguesa de carne cruda, insulsa y donde las alcaparras no las veías ni con el microscopio. Cuando se pide steak tartar, al ser un plato crudo, lo correcto que prepararlo delante del comensal, para que vea los ingredientes que lleva y pueda comprobar su frescura. Si no lo vas a servir así, retíralo de tu carta. Así me lo han servido en diversos restaurantes de España y Francia, donde por otro lado no tuve que pedir pan para no pasar hambre.

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NJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a gem of a place - the owners were great, made us feel like we were enjoying a little slice of Basque country in NYC. They were particular accommodating considering we were with two little ones in a big group which they handled with ease.

Would recommend and will visit again

AO
London
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neighborhood Gem! LOVED this restaurant!

Great atmosphere and excellent service! Pierre, the owner, was so nice and helpful. He recommended some really good wines!
The Food was so delicious! The Duck Confit was exceptional and the Octopus was outstanding. Perfect for a romantic dinner or a friend/family’ get-together!

We will be back!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from staff and excellent wine recommendations. Been trying to find a good wine bar, and this definitely is one!

AG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Very cosy place and good food Not so buissy only us and 3 other guests, so the service could have been better

F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FANTASTIQUE!!

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MT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always !!! Never disappointed.. the octopus is to die for .. and Pierre is always a pleasure to meet !! A Neighbour hood gem !!!

j
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most outstanding French food . Chef Pierre baked a special dessert for me.

DE
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I was visiting NYC and found this gem of a French Restaurant in lower Manhattan. The chef talked with us and the waitress was very kind. The food was very good--rich and tender. It might be hard to find for someone visiting NYC, but it was worth the search.

AG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful double date here on Saturday night. The owner and hostess were charming and welcoming. The music, relaxing vibe and and warm lighting made a perfect setting. And the food! Highly recommend the La Cibourienne flatbread and octopus salad. Take their wine suggestions. Relax and have a lovely, no-stress evening out in the hands of experts.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite new spots in the city. Totally charming French wine bar with the best homemade French food we have managed to find here in NYC since moving from Paris. Service is warm and professional, ambiance is simply lovely. We had my husband’s birthday party here and they went out of their way to make it special. Their charcuterie is particularly exceptional quality, and we love the Alsacienne tarte flambée. Oh and the boeuf bourguignon and soupe à l’onion are insane!! Great selection of wines, though it’s hard to stop ordering the champagne with hibiscus flowers once you’ve started. Highly recommended overall.

ML
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely French Bistro with friendly service, small menu, nice atmosphere
The food options are limited - basically Tarte Flambee variations, cheese and charcuterie - but it's all tasty and comes with a cosy atmosphere.
Noise level is quite high and tables close, but the Basque owner and its Turkish waitress made sure that you are well cared for.
Tarte flambee was very tasty, so was the cheese and serrano; wine options limited but quite good!

R
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience3

It’s a nice place for a glass of wine with one or two people but is not good for accommodating larger groups.

OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent; don't let the smallish portions fool you, because the food is also rich and filling. LENA has great ambiance, with French café society music playing, but not so loud that we couldn't talk easily. We were there on a slow Wednesday, however, so I suspect it is a bit more lively on weekends.

s
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lena is definitely one of the best new French spot in the city, low key, super friendly staff , great food and cool wine list, definitely my new to go place with friends and family.