L'Express

4.4
555 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 555 people are saying
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4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipwineslut
San Francisco
90 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fairly priced, nice ambiance and very tasty French food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
22 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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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.

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

Great food

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vipSCS40
New York Area
7 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

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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.

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

Good service, below average food, nice location.

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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
169 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

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vipCruz
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Love that this place is still rocking... the food is medicre

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vipAryeHarmony
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Service was over-attented. It's amazing how that's a thing. What bugged us the most was how they kept reaching over us to grab or sit items when they could have went around and aside my friends. My friend turned 49 but they arranged the candles as 94 to top off everything. Lol. The food wasn't flavorful but the quality was good. I really appreciate the manager working with us with a few issues being brought up. He's a super guy 😊. We had a good time overall amongst ourselves but this is less likely a returning location.

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shanester
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
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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vipBohoguy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
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
24 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining spot, neighborhood favorite.

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vipAngeL
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

JM
vipJimM
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
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
2 reviews
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
13 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
6 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
11 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
8 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
New York Area
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.

AJ
AJDEsq
New York Area
23 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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shanester
New York Area
52 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
7 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!

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 555 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.