L'Express

4.5
521 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
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vipshanester
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience1

I've dined outdoors several times over the last few months and have had very good experiences. This time I requested a corner table (I called the restaurant as well as added a note in my reservation), which we didn't get. There were corner tables available in the outdoors areas. Additionally, we were seated on the side street, not on Park Avenue South and the staff (maybe of other restaurants too) pulled multiple, large garbage dumper/bins along the sidewalk throughout the evening. Also, one of the waiters started taking down the tables around us while we were still eating. And they didn't have the heat fully up on the lamp over our table.

Those issues aside, the staff was attentive and we really enjoyed the food. And we were protected well from the rain even though we were outdoors.

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Bohoguy
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A delightful French BISTRO in the friendly "corner saloon" style,
but all the traditional dishes are done really well- like OUTSTANDING
ESCARGOTS for instance. Both inside and outside service, gracious
and fun.

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vipDSnyc
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining spot, neighborhood favorite.

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vipAngeL
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Glorified French themed ‘diner’ menu. Generous portions. Good value given it’s prime spot on Park. Attentive service.

JM
vipJimM
New York Area
93 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Another nice evening here. Good wine, very good food, and very nice service. Looking forward to my next visit.

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StephenS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going here for a long time. The food and staff are top notch. Can't go wrong here.

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ML434
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal. Great servers, outdoor dining and authentic French food.

PB
vipPiaB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite neighborhood hangout. I love the staff and the food and the space....

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ParosTipota
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The service was attentive and the ambience, especially as we were in the street, was surprisingly good - quiet and protected. As to the food, three dishes were wonderful and one was quite disappointing.

My wife's salmon tartar was even better than the sashimi we had a few days before. The avocado mixed in with the fish was a masterful touch. My escargot was, and I am not exaggerating, perhaps the finest rendition of that standard French dish that I have ever
tasted. The escargot themselves were tender and tasty and the tiny breadcrumb were crisp and copious. But copious is not a strong enough description of the amount of melted butter which bathed the escargot. It took many slices of bread to sop up this golden elixir. I've eaten this dish in France many, many times. This iteration was the best!

Alas, the short ribs Bourguignon was very disappointing. The sauce was grainy from what must have been a thickening agent, the ribs, stringy and tough, the onions very few.

But three out of four isn't bad. I'll come again and order both the escargot and the salmon.

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Mikey
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This place is never outstanding, but rather consistently good. Like your corner bistro! Friendly, attractive, tasty. Just what you want

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MatthewS
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and Amazing service. I am french and the food was delicious and authentic. The service was also beyond.

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AJDEsq
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

let's get rid of the plexiglass partitions between tables - they are very limiting and do nothing

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vipshanester
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

This was my second time there in about a month. They have a really good outdoor set up and we sat in the corner, which was extra warm. My friend really enjoyed his burger, especially since he hadn't had one in quite a while. The duck confit was also good although a little overcooked. I think the duck l'orange is the better of the duck dishes.

My only quibble is that they were supposed to do a little something for my friend's birthday (which they'd confirmed on the phone that day from the special instructions I'd put in my reservation) and they didn't do anything.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm so glad you're open for dining! I used to come here regularly when I lived in the city in the early 2000's. Things felt almost normal again! As usual the meal was delicious, service and ambiance excellent. I could pretend I was in France for a moment!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was okay. A bit cold with the doors open in middle of March. Fries from Mussels and fries looked and tasted old.

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RobertK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Food was disappointing -We just moved down from the UES and always enjoyed Cafe D’Alsace - the meal on Saturday didn’t even come close, sorry

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vipKDCH3000
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Everything was good. Food and drink were fine. Service was okay.

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vipshanester
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Terrific food and a pretty good heat set up with us covered on three sides with lamps directly over the tables. Loved the duck and creme brulee!

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ToddM
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Solid bistro, nice ambiance, good service. Big space for covid times.

JM
vipJimM
New York Area
94 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I think everyone's food was good, but overall, L'Express missed the mark. Someone checked me in but didn't seat me. The waiter filled our (wine & champagne) glasses right to the brim. The music got loud requiring us to speak louder which was therefore riskier. There was only one bottle of each thing we ordered. Suddenly at 10pm we were told we had to leave. Seems like it would be easy to train the staff, stock the wine cellar, and give diners a 15 minute warning before closing.
I'm saying I wouldn't recommend to a friend but am hopeful it was just an off night.

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GeorgiaOverdrive
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

L’Express has always been a favorite neighborhood spot and the restaurant has impressively adapted its outdoor-dining area to make Park Avenue South feel a little bit like a French street cafe. Outdoor dining is always at the mercy of weather and general NYC noise, but we were able to ignore the elements and enjoy the bistro fare we’ve missed so much.

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vipJake
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The outdoor seating is great. The food is fine and reasonably priced. We did have to wait quite a while for service and to receive our orders but not egregiously long.

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Cathyland
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great social distanced dining exoerience!

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GailD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Staff was attentive but didn’t rush us. I had stake tartare- not too spicy/salty. My friend had salmon which she said was very good. The fries were not as crispy as I would had liked. Overall very pleasant experience

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vipDAVETALK
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Brunch hours are noisy.... but that may be part of the fun

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RuthanneB
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Our steaks were delicious. Mine was very tough though, had to really cut it. My boyfriend's cutlike butter though. We would most likely return.

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LEXFILMS
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic "go to" place with the plus of being 24 hours. L'Express is very consistently good- with pomme frittes to die for, and a great staff- wonderful old school NY meets old school Paris vibe.

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was great, French onion and soup of the day were great, but burgers were lacking. Meat not seasoned at all unfortunately.

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vipAmy1
New York Area
156 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love L’Express! We go there as often as possible!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great V day dinner

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Had a wonderful dining experience at L’Express. It gives you the feel of being in France with the close tables, the wonderful food, and invites you to be friendly to the people at the table next to you (like in Paris).

The only thing about our meal that I wish was better was that they were short staffed on Valentines day and our waitress was definitely overwhelmed. Otherwise, a wonderful experience and great food.

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OutofTowner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t have had a more delightful and delicious Valentines Dinner!

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vipNeilM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE THIS PLACE and always get the steak tartare entree! YUMMMMMM

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vipAnnS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Duck breast was on the menu. I ordered it...a duck leg was served. I should have sent it back, but it was a birthday and I didn’t want to make a fuss. My husband ordered steak tartar entree. It was the size of an appetizer.
The food was not good. I wouldn’t return or recommend it.
Our waitress was very nice, but she’s not the cook.

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vipNancy
New York Area
163 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a perfect place for a drink after work with friends

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vipBobo
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service, very good food and ambiance, we could use a bit more light as diners were forced to use their cell phones to read the menu.

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StephanieC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience2

The food is always fantastic. But it was so noisy and chaotic that we couldn't hear our friends and couldn't have a good conversation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The salmon burger special was very poor. The waiter was nice and attentive, but he spilled some of the wine when he poured it in my glass.

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vipAnastasiaW
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We have been coming here for years and were bummed how long our food took with an early 6pm seating and our order in before the dining room got busier.

3 of us got the salmon which was anything but hot. I would call it less than tepid - brother asked for green beans in place of rice, got rice - even though he agreed to an up charge - cousin got a sinewy piece of steak with his steak frites - just not a great experience and we bought expensive wine....we will probably not go back now since so many other options in our neighborhood and L’Express entrées are still approx $30.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Salmon fish is super delicious, Can't wait to go back.
L’ Express at 240 Park Avenue South, NY.
Steamed Broccolini, Broccolini Soup, Escargots Bourguignonne, Grilled Organic Scottish Salmon.

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 521 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.