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L'Express, New York, NY

L'Express

4.5
4.5
935 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 31 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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 Park
  • Parking details
    None
  • Additional
    Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

What 935 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

935 Reviews
  1. Sveiks123

    New York City

    36 reviews

    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and drinks but it was the loudest restaurant we have ever been to for brunch. Also cocktails were $18 and not very big.

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  2. peeps26

    London

    64 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    64 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We've been here several times. Has a traditional French bistro atmosphere. First time I've had the onion soup-excellent. My husband had the merguez sausage with moroccan carrots. He also had the short rib bourgunion. I had the steak frites but the steak was not tender- had to chew excessively. Regardless, portions are large- we took most of the meat home.

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  3. gjmarks

    New York City

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time,food & service. My wife had to the Crab Cake & I had the gnocchi. Thanks again for a wonderful dinner.

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  4. dctravel

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed our visit to L'Express. Great place with good service. Sneaky good wine list. Spend a few minutes with Google to make sure you are getting a good value. Food tasted great, but the fish portions were small for what they were. Would go back again for sure.

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  5. Lovely

    New York City

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food. A great place to take friends to celebrate anniversary and birthday.

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  6. Appreciative

    New York City

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner itself was delicious from entree to main course to dessert. We love the vibe of L'Express. While noisy/energetic, it's exciting and seemingly very French. The tables are a bit too close but who can blame them? The portions are a bit small and while the flourless chocolate cake was sensational, we ran out of ice cream before cake and it was needed. A bit larger scooper is in order but overall, it was excellent. Thank you.

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  7. Dima

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We spent our evening at this amazing place! Our server Maria was amazing! Perfect service! We chose Salmon and Tuna Tartare as appetizers! They were tasty. But they are also pricey, comparing portion sizes to main dishes. I would not order them again. As a main dish, we ordered Branzino and Trout. They were delicious! Veggies on the sides, were so yammy! I would definitely come back again to this place!

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  8. Stephane1405

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great and amazing food . Great job always a great experience

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  9. Gramercy7

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Solid French/Belgium food. Always consistent and delicious. A great neighborhood place

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  10. CultivatedDiner22

    New York City

    73 reviews

    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food in a quintessential bistro with generous, attentive service.

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  11. Nils

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love L'Express. My go to place for 20+ years. Great service, great food!

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  12. Scott

    New York City

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were looking for a nice place for brunch. Our friends came in from Connecticut and we had a delicious brunch. It’s a fun place with lots of other people and a pretty loud noise level. Despite that, the food, coffee and drinks were excellent. Our server was also top notch

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  13. KarenC

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great for a pre (DR2) theater dinner. Because the service and kitchen have dinner down to an art form, a 6pm reservation allows one to savor the dining experience and walk to the theater in time for an 8pm curtain

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  14. Farblonget

    Philadelphia

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My go-to place. Always good. Never disappoints.

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  15. AllyC

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    This is a reliable, Americanized French resto. The portions are generous. The food was fine, but not spectacular. Oddly, they served key lime pie? Honestly, it’s hard to do a French menu in the US. The service was great.

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  16. PeterR

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the food. My new favorite place for lunch near Union Square.

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  17. Jenn

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and the servers were very friendly. The place is small, but doesn’t feel cramped.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Our salad took 1 hour to arrive - and nobody checked on us during this time. After I pointed out we were still waiting for our food we were told that our meal had been given to a different table by accident. Once our food did come out, my friend went to take the first bite of their salad and a bug crawled out from underneath the salmon that was on top of the salad.

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  19. GregC

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the place. Love the food. The table are a bit too close to each other. Don’t really want to hear others conversations. Duck confit is the best!

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  20. Vespa

    New York City

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    The waitress got the order wrong. The food was subpar. The table was terribly cramped. A drinks menu item wasn’t available. All round disappointing. Won’t be back.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience, even more so for it being 1am and still receiving great service.

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  22. LucindaT

    Poconos

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Soup delicious. Short ribs were very good. The only thing my husband didn’t like that the table was really small. Other than that we would go here again.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Mediocre expensive food, though a nice interior. Skip.

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  24. anita

    New York City

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    always reliable. great in off-hours like afternoon.

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  25. HowardS

    Mexico City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    L'Express always provides an enjoyable dining experience. It's like being transported to a bistro somewhere in Paris (I guess that's the whole point). Good food. Decent service. The room can be a little noisy - but not intolerable. L'Express will continue to be a regular on my restaurant rotation.

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  26. foodie212

    New York City

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Brunch was cold and potatoes were old. I won’t be back.

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  27. Chuck

    Atlanta Metro

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good cocktails, great food, and helpful staff. Was a good mix of traditional breakfast and great French apps and lunch. Thanks for a great brunch.

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  28. CWinPW

    New York City

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great! Good food, good service, good vibe. Perfect

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really excellent and lively French bistro. Enjoyed the Bouillabaisse, Mussels, and escargots with my wife. Perfect!

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  30. CarolD

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a neighborhood staple that I frequent a few times a year. The food was even more delicious then I remembered. I wanted to give them a 5 overall, but this time the service missed the mark. Also, I do not recommend sitting by the window. The benches, while cute, are low and uncomfortable.

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  31. FrancescaS

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Such a cute spot for a group date. The frog legs were to die for

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  32. PattyFab

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely relaxing meal there. Food was delicious, it wasn't too noisy, they didn't rush us out. Would return happily.

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  33. JanineC

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic catch up with you friends. Everything was perfect

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  34. gjmarks

    New York City

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful New Year’s dinner @ L’Express. Everything was excellent food,service Management. The restaurant looked very festive. Thanks again.

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  35. TamaraS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was great!!!!! Also appreciated the suggested tip just on the food and not the tax. That is correct way to calculate. We had a great time and the food was great too. Really appreciated the great service since the pandemic a lot of restaurant service is terrible.

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  36. Moovieluvr

    New York City

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My family had a great Christmas Eve dinner. The food and service were top notch. And I appreciated the warm, festive atmosphere.

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  37. DonaldA

    New York City

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A favorite for any special occasion. Highly recommended.

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  38. gjmarks

    New York City

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very nice time last night. Food was good & our server was great.

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  39. Lenny

    Miami

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the food and the service! A go to place for great French food!

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  40. AlexC

    New York City

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The Maitre D' was wonderful following my Open Table request to seat me with my grandson where we would have some privacy. She gave me the choice of anywhere I would like to sit. She was very gracious. The escargot and frogs legs were excellent... and we wanted to go back for more the following. It is very much a Parisian Bistro.. The food is really well prepared. And, the pricing extremely fair for NYC. They are open 7/24... and we thought it would be an excellent place to go to for that after hours bite to eat and drink.

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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 935 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 31 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for L'Express

249 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10003

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Gramercy Park
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 9:00 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 9:00 am–4:00 am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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