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LENA

4.7
4.7
115 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 .

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Booked 15 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French, Wine Bar, Basque

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 4:30 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (347) 935-1897

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    pierre

  • Neighborhood

    Lower East Side

  • Cross street

    Delancey St

  • Public transit

    Subway,F,M,B,D,J

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

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What 115 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Outdoor Dining

  • Manhattan

    Outdoor Dining

  • Manhattan

    French

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food and service

  2. LR

    LauraR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    The mushroom rissoto is one of the best I’ve had so far, octopus delicious just don’t go for the Lava cake was not good.

  3. CD

    CharmaineD

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best experience for my and my hubby's anniversary. 💗

  4. CS

    CS912

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 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

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    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.

  6. A

    Anonymous

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    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.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    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!!

  8. v

    victorias

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2021

    overall1food2service2ambience4

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

  9. RA

    RobArmstrong

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Grilled Cctopus was amazing

  10. T

    Tony

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    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.

  11. A

    Abby

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4

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

  12. M

    Mystic

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  13. S

    Stephannne91

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    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!

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    The service was truly terrible and the food was really terrible

  15. DA

    DAOM

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    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.

  16. B

    Barbara

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

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

  17. QZ

    QiangZ

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    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.

  18. LE

    LowerEastSideUnicorn

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    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.

  19. JG

    JenG

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    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)!

  21. MO

    MonicaO

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  22. JA

    JerelA

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    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

  23. p

    paigeg

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  24. M

    Mara

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Lena staff was really friendly and food was delicious!

  25. MA

    MariaA

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  26. FC

    FlaviaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 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

  27. j

    jaef

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 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.

  28. H

    Heather

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  29. JW

    JakeW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 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.

  30. MP

    MichelleP

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  31. N

    Nikolai

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    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.

  32. DW

    DinaW

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    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!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 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!

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience3

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

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    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.

  36. TL

    TiffanyL

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    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!

  37. A

    Anon

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    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!

  38. DJ

    DaanJ

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    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.

  40. GB

    GiselaB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice drinks. Good service. Can bring large froups

FAQs

LENA is rated 4.7 stars by 115 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.

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Booked 15 times today
Google Map for LENA

137 Eldridge St New York, NY 10002

  • Cross street

    Delancey St

  • Neighborhood

    Lower East Side

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 4:30 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    French, Wine Bar, Basque

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Public transit

    Subway,F,M,B,D,J

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    pierre

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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