L'Express

4.4
602 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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
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  • Distancing maintained in common areas
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
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LindsayZ
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The host and our server were so nice and accommodating. The food was incredible. I can’t wait to return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fave, reliable, fun

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LindaG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As always food was good!

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DavidM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to place for many years! Always a great experience and food is excellent. The duck is a favorite.

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ParosTipota
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

A most wonderful meal! The escargot were formidable, equal to the ones I had on my next to last dinner at L'Express. Lots of garlic! My wife and her brother, who was visiting from California, raved about the tuna tartar, and my brother-in-law's lamb shank (we all had a taste of it) was succulent. To end, the creme brulee was perfect.

A little hitch in the service mid-meal was more than made up for by glasses of complementary wine.

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tranber
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Dining at L'express was fine. To write comprehensive comments, I would obviously need to eat there several times, but I think I can still mention three main points based on our one-time experience: 1) the French bistro setting is quite pleasant, 2) the service is very good, but 3) our food was, overall, just ok. The escargots were very good, for instance, but the house-made lamb burger couldn't be more ordinary and was served with greatly undercooked French fries. Yet my biggest complaint has to do with the wine list. The lowest price for a bottle of red is $46, if I'm not mistaken. I think L'express (and many many other restaurants in NY, for that matter) should rethink their wine pricing, or should allow their patrons to bring their own bottle. I'm almost certain we could have bought that bottle for half that price (or less) in any local wine store, and I just don't see what can possibly justify a 100%+ profit margin, especially since restaurants buy directly from wine distributors at discounted volume prices.

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EMFNYC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Service was attentive and friendly. Short ribs and lamb shank were slightly overcooked and dry although the accompanying sauce helped. The baked brie app was good although a miserly one piece of bread was insufficient. We asked for the bread basket to accompany the cheese. The cocktails were well prepared and tasty. We heard the waitress mention that there was a new chef so perhaps they need a little time to iron out the kinks in the kitchen. Overall, good meal in good location.

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octfourth
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Food was along time between courses with no explanation despite having been welcomed heartily when first seated.

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NYCcm
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the mussels. Have been looking forward to for a long time with my mussel buddy. Paired with a great Sancerre and excellent service. Magnifique!!

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Olivia
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very kind staff, helpful and quick, I highly recommend this place :)

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vipDrLee
New York Area
174 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was good but one dish (cassoulet) seemed a bit salty. Service was prompt and cheerful and accurate. We sat outside, and tables were well spaced, but it still felt pleasantly busy. L'Express is a good restaurant, a solid neighborhood presence.

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GraceC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great space. Staff friendly. Food choices varied. Wish the apple tart had more dough. therwise everthing was delish.

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vipreallybigshoe
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Reliable French bistro with good food, reasonable wine list, and pleasant environment.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside so noise level depended on the street scene at any given moment but never too loud to converse. The weather was perfect, service was extremely friendly and welcoming. And food was delicious! A perfectly lovely evening with friends!

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vipJoeStevensNYC
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. It had been a while since my last visit and can’t wait to go there again. Food is always delicious, the staff is always great and the ambiance is just cozy. J'adore L'Express!!

JM
vipJimM
New York Area
108 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As always, we had a very nice evening at L'Express. The new outside seating area was great and the service, food and wine were what we've come to expect.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Salmon was a bit “fishy.” Steak was yummy.

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ElizabethE
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

My sister and I came here for dinner. I had my dog with me and we sat outside. They brought him water and some dog treats. The food was simple and delicious. French bistro food. I had the braised short ribs. They were sublime and beyond fork tender. My sister had the roasted chicken and that will definitely be on my list to try next time. Service was amazing.

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DawnJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & excellent service!

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DoreenA
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely restaurant with great service. Ambiance perfect and excellent food. Will return again.

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vipMariaA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Generous portions even though it was restaurant week. Escargot and mussels were delicious. Service was attentive, definitely going back.

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arfarf
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best Restaurant Week menus of any restaurant, maybe ever! Both lunch courses consisted of terrific classic bistro dishes like pate, merguez and duck confit, in good portions, beautifully cooked and attractively plated. Service was friendly, professional, and excellent. Optional dessert choices were varied and delicious. Prices for beer, wine, and desserts were reasonable. And the sign of a great restaurant is great bread, and L'Express has it. I hadn't eaten here in ages and had forgotten how good L'Express is, but I will be back again often. It isn't Paris, but it may be the next best thing!

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Peabird
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is always a favorite of mine when I'm visiting NYC. I had only a week here this time and enjoyed two lunches during Restaurant Week. Friendly staff. Outdoor and indoor dining. Don't go there on your lunch hour unless you sit at the bar. Service was great but I know they were understaffed. Food is always delicious.

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vipMary
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall, we had a very good meal. We ate outside, but it was comfortable and the service was good.

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EvaKenieva
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious! And the staff was very accommodating while we took our friend out to celebrate her graduation. Thank you!

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Farblonget
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food is always good here and L'Express has been one of my go-tos for ages. I've brought many friends here, who always enjoy the experience.

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Ruth
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We were a party of 4 and we ordered 4 different dishes for lunch. Each of the dishes was delicious and a fine example of French brasserie food. I was particularly impressed with the salad Nicoise. My husband also enjoyed a beef short rib. We will definitely be back.

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Friendofbirthdayguys
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Five us of enjoyed noting two birthdays at lunch. Everyone enjoyed their escargots, the grilled merguez, the moules mariniere and house made duck confit and would recommend them. We will return.

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vipmrsC
New York Area
107 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Restaurant Week -- menu was great. 2nd time here this RW. Salad is beautifully dressed. Mussels were fresh and delicious. Hot, crisp fries. Seared cod -- outstanding. Service yesterday was a bit lacking, but not a huge letdown. Just not as attentive as should be. It's a great rendition of what Restaurant Week is supposed to be!

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vipArtichoke78
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reliable. I love their salads and fries

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Went there for NYC RW and was expecting to have the pre fix menu but apparently they don’t offer on weekends. Service wasn’t great we waited upward of 20 min to be checked on before receiving bill.

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Lyngo
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good choice for French food during restaurant week.

JG
vipJenniferG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Service was slow

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

AR
vipAlbertR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was terrible. L’Express should close down. Just a lousy dining experience. Our steak was tougher than a hockey puck.

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DavidM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Margaret
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
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
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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

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Lisa
New York Area
10 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

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 602 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.