L'Express

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$30 and under
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French
L'express, aLyonnaise bouchon, merges the traditional southern and northern influences ofFrench cooking. Since its founding by the Romans, Lyon has long been the secondcity of France, and the bustle of this hub of culture and cuisine is reflectedin L'express's twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week schedule. The menucelebrates the meat and dairy products of the region, with daily Sausageselections, Charcuterie and Cheese plates, Pig's Feet, Sautéed Tripe, PikeDumplings, and plenty of beers and Beaujolais.
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chic and casual restaurant- great service for 8 of our guests!

BP
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

My fiance and I both ordered the lamb burger following a show at Gramercy Park Theater. Unfortunately, about halfway through his burger, he encountered a tough piece of something like fat/gristle at least 3 inches long and an inch wide. I can't imagine how something that big made it into the patty without someone noticing. The waiter took his plate back to the kitchen, returned with an apology, and offered to bring him another one. He agreed, and the new burger was fine when it came out. However, the meal was ruined, and no other gesture was offered, such as taking something off the bill, or offering a free glass of wine, coffee, or dessert. That night and all through the next day, my fiance experienced stomach trouble and a general feeling of nausea and being grossed out. I'm afraid this first experience at L'Express was so negative that we cannot recommend and won't be returning.

j
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good. Service was great and very patient with some challenging dinner guests I had with me. No complaints.

BS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great place for a get together of friends. Lively, energized atmosphere, great food selections, and terrific service. Very pleased A++

MA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the beef bourguignon
The service was great too
The place is a bit loud but has a good vibe

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Efficient and tasty.

m
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Very good for lunch or brunch. Used to dine here for dinner but the menu is a lot less "bistro" than it was. Back in the day they served blood sausage a calves liver and Cesar salad. No longer. Pity, some of my favorite foods.

n
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

L’Express is one of my favorites! Always consistent and cozy ambiance. I ordered the skirt steak which was tender and delicious. My friend had the sea bass both were dinner specials. We both enjoyed our dish very much. For dessert we shared the molten chocolate dessert. My guilty pleasure at L’Express. I will always be back! Our waiter was slow with service, approaching our table, forgot my friend’s wine order, returning to take our order but I will excuse. It was a busy Thursday after Yom Kippur.

g
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience2

I had always loved l'express, but had not visited in a while; was very disappointed in the food and service.
I would not return.

n
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Disappointed this time for sure.small portion of Frye’s, weird shaped steak

KD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at L'Express are wonderful -- kind, thoughtful, and professional. The food is excellent. This is a great place for brunch with friends or family.

JH
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had lunch a pleasant with friends. We all enjoyed our meal! Although the restaurant was full we never felt rushed by waitstaff to hurry up and leave.

OT
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and the outstanding service. Also, we were not rushed !

KT
Atlanta
35 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful birthday dinner at L'Express. The food was lovely and the staff were very attentive.

C
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Tina Niçoise salad is always good. Laid back fun place with a good vibe albeit acoustics on the loud side.
Service is good.

T
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Okay restaurant near union square. overpriced, food not good, but workable in a pinch.

C
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The restaurant is consistent. The food is very good. You don’t feel rushed. Staff is nice. It’s a bit noisy.

GS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming here for late night dinner - the service and food are always lovely!

JL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

great value - would come back again for a laid-back brunch with friends.

MP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and service. My cousin who is super picky even loved it.

JW
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience.

m
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We've been to L'Express many times and have found the experience quite pleasant. The hamburger is very good as is the roasted half chicken. The tarte tatin is something special and you should save room for it. I thought the cocktail for $15 was way overpriced.

FR
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

L”Express is always a must go to anytime we are in NYC!

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Seated immediately. Ordered the Croque Madame, one the specials: Curry Chicken Salad, and drinks. The Croque Madame had a beautiful runny egg and great fries on the side. My friend enjoyed her salad but said she couldn’t taste any curry. Drinks were good as well. Very cute restaurant. Only issue was, probably because we’re younger, service was pretty bad. The friend I happened to be with is a waitress and repeatedly said she would never ignore a table for as long as we were left alone. Otherwise, I’d go again.

s
New England
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We had a large group, 11, and I could not have been happier with the evening. the service was truly outstanding - attentive, active, always on top of our needs. Food is good bistro food - but it was just what we needed with something for everyone. We were also surprised that the noise level was really manageable. Overall, an excellent experience.

s
New York Area
263 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was off on this visit, food is always good for a neighborhood place

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Restaurante oscuro, con mal olor (humedad) y carta de restaurante con pocos platos y menú de sándwich y hamburguesas (no Frances).

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c
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and friendly. Loved the wine selection.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

L'Express is a gem, a relaxed place to meet friends over great French bistro food.

R
Raleigh
74 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant to sit outside and people-watch!

m
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My wife and I went for brunch. The food was very good and our server was right on the spot with ice for the water and a refill of my coffee cup. Have dined here before for lunch and dinner and always return when looking for a casual spot that's open 24/7.

T
New York Area
124 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This is one of my friend's frequently visited restaurants, and the ambiance was lovely. We split a house salad -- it wasn't anything special but very good -- and I had the mussels while she had the pot pie. I liked the broth for the mussels but thought most of them were tiny, and had to ask waitress twice for bread to soak up some of the broth. My friend's pot pie was yummy, however.

RC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Have been there before and will always continue to visit!

M
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

It took 20 minutes for the waiter to acknowledge us. In his defense, he must have been covering over 12 tables, inside and outside the restaurant. We had asked for some bread with our appetizers, which never came. All the hot food came to our table lukewarm at best. An incredibly disappointing dinner.

JD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I would visit again. It was a busy Friday night , so you can't expect top notch service, but the service was still adequate. The food and wine were good.

s
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

My salad was awful - poached egg was cold and hard-boiled. The road was very noisy and the windows were open. The waitress was nice, but everything else was very ordinary.

m
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I had a pretty good hamburger but it definitely needed seasoning. My wife had the beet salad with goat cheese and said it was quite good. We shared a tart tatin, very good, and I had a pretty good cup of coffee, although at $5 I would think twice about ordering it again.

IT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great location, drinks and food overall were good.

DH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food no matter what you choose. Service is considerate without being overwhelming or hurried. Prices are reasonable and considering the portions, well set.

UW
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fresh and delicious, service was prompt and friendly, not expensive, good value, good time.