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L'Express

4.5
4.5
788 Reviews
$30 and under
French
L'Express is a lyonnaise bouchon serving up classic bistro dishes such as mussels, steak, and escargot.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 38 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 9:00 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 9:00 am–4:00 am

  • Phone number

    (212) 254-5858

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Gramercy / Flatiron

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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What 788 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The frogslegs appetizer is a must-have! Wish the artichoke app was fried but not battered. Duck confit is excellent . Skate fish fillet ( which was a special) was nicely presented with mashed potatoes and roasted Brussel sprouts but was a little dry. I've had better elsewhere. Cocktails were good and a good wine list to choose from by the glass or bottle.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious!!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice place, food was great and the service was excellent, Andreea was very helpful and attentive!
  4. NY

    cocoNYC

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    one of my favorite places for a cozy lunch
  5. EK

    EugeneK

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff and service. Food never disappoints !
  6. EK

    EKim

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    L’Express is consistently good without breaking the bank. They are the closest thing to a French cafe that won’t rush you out the door so that you can really spend time with your guests.
  7. NY

    NYfoodie

    New York Area

    251 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    251 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Cozy French bistro… Very good basic bistro cuisine…No surprises but definitely a classic
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Steak frites: steak was a nice size piece, but very tough. Short ribs were quite fatty. Fries were room temp at best. Brussels sprouts were soggy, and have very little evidence of searing. Not crispy at all.
  9. C

    Cb10

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food, we loved the escargot!
  10. B

    Butterfield

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were getting together Post-pandemic to have a meal and catch up. I thought the music created a lovely ambiance and didn’t interfere with our talk. The food was delicious. Warm sourdough bread with escargot. And my friends gnocchi was delicious.
  11. J

    Joel

    New York Area

    137 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    137 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    L'Express is a very nice restaurant with consistently good food and service. We have been there several times, for brunch and dinner, and it's always a good experience.
  12. A

    Asgl

    New York Area

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The restaurant looked very festive for NYE which was really nice! Great food and service. A little pricey for the venue.
  13. MC

    MC21

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place first time there. Service was amazing top shelf even reasonable wine list which are usually few and far between. Will be back absolutely
  14. a

    adfav

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the Lamb Shank (Friday's plat du jour) and the Duck confit. They were both fantastic!
  15. D

    Deirdre

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely place to eat but the decor could use a refresh. Still we thoroughly enjoyed our meal
  16. I

    Indy500

    Indiana

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We enjoy exploring restaurants wherever we travel and appreciate French and Italian most. This gem was an absolute find! The open 24 hours was a bit off putting but boy were we pleasantly surprised! Everything from the calves liver to the scallops the outstanding escargot and steak tar tare. We would highly recommend this restaurant and this after sampling other high end French restaurants in the city. Hope they know how much they are appreciated by preparing high quality dishes at a price point that allows one to eat at this level of quality again and again as the menu is very broad. Bon appetite!
  17. g

    gjmarks

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely Christmas Eve dinner. We have been coming to L’Express since it opened
  18. R

    Ruth

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect! An old classic that is loved by locals like me. So glad this bistro is still around!
  19. JN

    JudyNHP

    New York Area

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our first visit to the restaurant. Food and service were great. We had frog legs and butternut squash soup to start. Then we had duck confit, steak tartar and rollatini with a nice bottle of cote du rhone. Server is very nice and attentive. But wish the server and the bust person could SMILE more. At time the wait staff look so serious. We did love the food and will come back!
  20. c

    carolb

    New York Area

    113 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    113 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    always a good experience.. tasty food, friendly staff, nice atmosphere
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food was great as usual, and service friendly, but some glitches were that neither pâté nor escargot came with bread (had to ask for it which is weird in a French place); drinks that were ordered were forgotten, and silverware was missing. The quality of the food mostly made up for the shortcomings.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very nice waitress though we did forgotten for a while but we have compassion that no place has enough staff these days. Our table was by the outside windows and it was very drafty so we asked to move and they accommodated us. The food was good and while the place was loud it has a nice vibe.
  23. CG

    CynthiaG

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience at L’Express. Two of our party were delayed at LaGuardia and our server ALEX was so accommodating as we waited for them to arrive. He was fantastic. Food was very good and drinks were too! But ALEX was the best.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really nice experience! Sunday night and the hosts graciously moved our party of 5. ExcellentFrench onion soup, mussels and house salad to start. Steak frites, duck confit, and chicken cordon blue were all delicious and enjoyed. Crème brûlée and tart tartine were perfect endings. Loved our experience!
  25. V

    Vivien

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious, staff was great, overall atmosphere was very nice. My only complaint is how hot it is inside
  26. N

    Nnnn

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this restaurant. High quality food and you can eat outdoors even in winter because they have great heat lamps!
  27. v

    vjrottman

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We were 15 minutes late for our reservation… understandably we were told that we would need to wait a few minutes for our table … it was clear that even if we had been on time we would not have been seated … the front desk person was overwhelmed with request for tables… we ended up leaving after waiting about 1/2 hour and seeing multiple tables for 4 being given away before us…
  28. C

    Chuck

    New York Area

    91 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Just ok. Not my regular go to. On the Positive side: it was cheap and quick. But not quite right for a business meal. Seats are uncomfortable, they were out of the menu items i wanted, and i hovering waitress wanted to turn table quickly.
  29. J

    Jcnyc

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for brunch with friends. Food is always great and service is excellent.
  30. JM

    JodiM

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best short rib. Pear salad with blue cheese Yum
  31. D

    Dianne

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Very noisy - difficult to have conversations due to the noise level.
  32. RM

    RobertM

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was good, classic French fare, cooked well. Our server was excellent; attentive, handling the specifics of our order with care and gusto!
  33. MB

    MelanieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect place for a lunch meeting! Food was good too!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    always a good time, great atmosphere and tasty food.
  35. d

    designjockey

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    This usually reliable NYC staple restaurant for the past 25 years failed to deliver quality food and service last night. What happened ?!
  36. D

    David

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The most dependably good classic French bistro food in the neighborhood.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere!
  38. d

    davidm

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Met with family having seen in a while. Service was great. Food was wonderful, but tables were crowded in and was very loud.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Since L'Express is in my building I go there often. My meals are always excellent and I appreciate the good service. All signs of a good manager.
  40. k

    kims

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great local brasserie that has been around forever. There’s a reason for that!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks

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 4.5 stars by 788 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 38 times today
Google Map for L'Express

249 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10003

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Gramercy / Flatiron

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 9:00 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 9:00 am–4:00 am

  • Cuisines

    French

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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