L'Express

4.4
571 Reviews
$30 and under
French
L'express, a Lyonnaise bouchon, merges the traditional southern and northern influences of French cooking. Since its founding by the Romans, Lyon has long been the second city of France, and the bustle of this hub of culture and cuisine is reflecting L'express's twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week schedule. The menu celebrates the meat and dairy products of the region, with daily Sausages elections, Charcuterie and Cheese plates, Pig's Feet, Sautéed Tripe, Pike Dumplings, and plenty of beers and Beaujolais.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 571 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.3
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4.3
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJenniferG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Service was slow

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was great food. Just wished NYC restaurant week included the weekends.

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vipAlbertR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was terrible. L’Express should close down.

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vipDavidM
Miami
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always wonderful. Makes us feel like we are in Paris!

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Margaret
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was amazing and the service was phenomenal , the noise level is extremely disturbing… not a good place for a date or deep conversation..

Feels like eating in a school cafeteria

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LindaE
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food was fine. Solid bistro food. The service was inattentive to say the least.

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Lisa
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very accommodating once they saw our immunocompromised child. Sat us in a corner avoiding most patrons. Great they had air purifiers and were very perceptive of our needs as a large party with children during a pandemic. Wonderful experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love lexpress

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vipTK719
New York Area
299 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal at L’Express. The wheat berry salad was delicious. The salmon was terrific. And the profiteroles were amazing. Outstanding service and reasonable prices, too. No Julia Roberts sighting this time, but still a fun experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistent reliable local spot. Great for the neighborhood!

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Gene
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mateo was a wonderful host, and made some great wine recommendations. The steak au poivre was delicious and flavorful, with a savory peppercorn sauce. The steak was cooked medium rare, exactly as I had requested. This place holds a special place in my heart. I will certainly return to enjoy more of the great food and wonderful hospitality.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Disappointing compared to other NYC French restaurants and bars. No soul, cold atmosphere. Not so friendly staff.

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JeffreyO
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love going to this restaurant for a meal!

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BeyondBabedom
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this restaurant. The menu was interesting, the cheese appetizer was excellent and our entrée salads were great as well. The server was knowledgeable and friendly and our water glasses were frequently filled, even though the restaurant was pretty busy.
We would definitely go back.

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JeffreyO
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant for lunch and dinner! Never disappointed.

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vipwineslut
San Francisco
93 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were both great. I had the Pork Schnitzel.
Highly recommended

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LarryL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fairly priced, nice ambiance and very tasty French food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

This is a restaurant that we have long patronized and generally speaking the service and food have been very good. Last night, however, we asked three times for bread to go with the onion soup and escargot (bread is integral to enjoyment of this dish) and the bread did not come until both of us were nearly done with our appetizers. The steak special was entirely gristle and inedible. It was sent back. The chicken was slightly better, but was dry and largely tasteless. Don’t know if this was a one-time glitch or a sign of a permanent decline in quality for this well-loved bistro.

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JamW
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful place to meet up with friends

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elinor
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Lexpress and have been coming for years! the place is beautiful, the food is great, the service is excellent, yet the atmosphere is relaxed and laid back and we always feel at home. one of our favorite places in NYC and has been for 25 years! now we take our 16 years old kids there with us, and we all love it.

JM
vipJimM
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Our server was wonderful. She dealt with our requests professionally go out of their way to delight the customer.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

nice place for a casual dinner. although they got our order wrong, still tasty

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deegie
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Staff is wonderful. Nice menu and alternatives offered with a smile.

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NanWinston
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a family gathering at L'Express. The wait staff was gracious and the food was delicious. Everyone enjoyed the meal and the atmosphere.

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LRib
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

great ambiance - perfect place for a date. Great list of beers and drinks.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food

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vipSCS40
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to L'Express for 20 years, but when we moved out of the neighborhood, much less now. We visited last night and commented how it is not surprising that the restaurant continues to thrive. Food is very good, always consistent, ambience is great, feels French. And service last night was terrific, couldn't have been better.
L'Express is a great choice, great neighborhood staple.

JN
JamesN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful bistro food, outstanding service and charming location

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipWendy
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The service was great. Our server was very attentive. The food quality was OK. I remembered better food pre-Covid. It's a great neighbourhood place.

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vipLizB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great place for a work lunch.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Good service, below average food, nice location.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Food came out hot, service was fast, and wonderful ambiance!

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vipSTEPHENM
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good service. Pleasant ambience. The onion soup is very very good. I like the staek tartare with french fries. The fries could be done a little longer so they are crisper and less wilted. Otherwise excellent nght out

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ACM433
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

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TraceyS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We love L’Express. Sat on the sidewalk this time. Excellent!

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vipNancy
New York Area
164 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was great, especially a French onion tart appetizer on the Specials. The service was a bit spotty, which made no sense since it was no especially crowded. But, overall, very good food.

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DebbieZ
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our lunch at L'Express very much. It is my friend's go-to place in the neighborhood and I can see why. The food was great, the service was helpful, present but not intrusive. The outside facility for COVID protocols was gracious, protected and felt safe.

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vipDrLee
New York Area
170 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was fine, service solid. Park Avenue has become noisy like the old days (i.e. 18 months ago). Overall, quite good indeed.

JD
vipJeanneD
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The food was okay. I was not overwhelmed by the flavor of the food. Good onion soup

FAQs

L'Express does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. L'Express also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 254-5858.

L'Express is rated 4.4 stars by 571 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.