About L'Express

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.

249 Park Ave. S.
New York, NY 10003
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday-Friday: 6:00am -11:00am
Saturday & Sunday: 6:00am -10:00am
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
Overnight: 12:00am -6:00am
Brunch: Saturday, Sunday & Holidays: 10:00am -5:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 254-5858

Website:
http://www.lexpressnyc.com/

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L'Express Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

3.9

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (19)
Late-night Find (16)
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Great for Lunch (14)
Great for Brunch (14)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Authentic (11)
Cozy (10)
Bar Seating (8)
Fun (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Special Occasion (7)
People Watching (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Romantic (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Great Beer (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Business Meals (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Spicy (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Live Music (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Organic (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Waterfront (1)
Live Sports (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Great for a 1 hour (or less) business meal when you don't have much time. Service is very efficient, but they don't rush you - you can stay as long as you'd like.

Tags: Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Reliable, good food and service, as always. It was also quieter than I recalled, which was a bonus.

Tags: Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The food was fine. Our waiter, however, was horrible. Once she took our order, we didn't see her again. After waiting to ask for the check for 15 minutes, I had to ask the host if she could find our waiter so we could pay! It just wasn't a good enough meal to go back, especially with the bad service.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

I wish I could give this place a higher rating. The atmosphere is festive and charming. The food was quite delicious. But the service we received was just awful.

We had a table of 8 for a business lunch. I ordered a soup and salad. Pretty basic. I was given the wrong salad. I pointed out the mistake and asked for a replacement. No big deal. But, my new salad didn't come out until everyone was almost done with their meal. So, I had to shovel it in my mouth after the other plates were cleared, which was awkward.

When the bill came, I was charged for both salads! I explained the mistake to the waitress, and she brought me out another bill. Still charged for both salads. I showed it to her again, and she brought me yet another bill...you guessed it...still with both charges. At this point, we needed to get back to work. I looked at the third bill and saw that my colleague had been wrongly charged for home fries with her fritatta. The menu clearly says that home fries come with all breakfasts. When I told the waitress about this, she said that since the fritatta had potatoes in it, they would not serve the home fries without an additional charge. Just ridiculous!

Since tip was included for our large party, there was nothing else I could do. I let the hostess know that they should write on the menu that home fries are not included.

At least the French onion soup was yummy...

Tags: Late-night Find, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

nice neighborhood bistro. reasonably priced. good food and ambiance.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Overall food was good, not great. Great French Onion soup and salads, but entrees were just ok. Service was just acceptable.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Fantastic place! Food was outstanding, service was friendly, everyone was in a happy go lucky mood.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Had a truly lovely evening!
Excellent bottle of Malbec, deliicous escargot, perfect steak au poive.
Great service by Jemmel, fun crowd and the balloons were a perfect touch.
This was our 3rd New Years Eve we have enjoyed here but come anytime! It's always a pleasure!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Special Occasion, Fun, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Have already sent others here for lunch although I was there for dinner.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Casual, Authentic
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

I have gone to L'Express many times and it's the first time I was disappointed. I invited a friend there on Christmas day at 11. It was still relatively slow. We ordered breakfast. It took 15 minutes for hot chocolate to arrive and by the time it did mine was no longer hot. French toast came relatively fast but the other two plates took 40 min to arrive to our tables. 40 min for eggs on relatively slow morning? In addition, waiter brings french toast with no syrup or butter?? L'Express I like you but train your staff.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great Late Night Kitchen. Very friendly and accommodating. Enjoyed the food, wine and beer. Casual by high quality.

Tags: Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Fun
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

The staff was so gracious and went out of their way to make it a special evening. The food was delicious!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

All went well with reservations and table was fine, although the dinner room is very crowded. The wait staff were pleasant but seemed a little too focused on moving us along and taking our plates before we were finished. Noise level was deafening and very difficult to hold a conversation with my wife, even though seated right next to me in corner booth. after we hit desert, some how the pressure was off the wait staff, as getting the desert and check seemed to take forever. Food was OK, but a little on the overly large serving/heavy side. Over all a pleasant night if not for rush at salad and main course time.

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

The two friends with whom I had dinner here had enjoyed their previous experiences, but I'd never eaten here before. Perhaps because of the holiday season, the restaurant was more crowded and noisier than either one remembered, and the service was slow and somewhat disjointed. The food was good but not outstanding except for the pecan tart dessert which was very good. This first experience would not inspire me to recommend the restaurant to anyone else, but it was not so disappointing that I'd refuse to give it a second chance if a group of friends wanted to go there.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

I haven’t been here before but loved the neighborhood and L’Express reflects how comforting the area is. I brought someone that I’m interested in and it was great. Thanks L’Express!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Disabled Access, Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Romantic, Authentic, Live Sports, Afternoon Coffee, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Organic, Tapas, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Fun, Tasting Menu, Paleo Friendly, Quiet Conversation, Great Beer, Spicy, Afternoon Tea, Live Music, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Waterfront, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Very good food and amazing ambiance

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Love this place. Comfortable atmosphere evocative of a genuine French bistro. Prices are very reasonable as compared to the quality of the food, which is always excellent. The dishes generally are quite simple but always delicious. Menu is small but has a very nice selection of appetizers and main courses. And the wine cellar has some great values. Our $45 bottle of French Chablis was very good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 25, 2017

My wife and I had dinner at the location great real restaurant throw back into NYC as it should be.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Romantic, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had brunch here on Thanksgiving and it turned out to be a great choice. We had a window seat, very good service and a lovely meal. They also had nice selection of wines by the glass. It was a perfect bite before meeting friends for a movie.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

great hospitality, good food, nice vibe. Definitely going back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

I was looking for a reasonably priced French restaurant for a group dinner and was thrilled to find L'Express. It's conveniently located near Union Square and the food was great. I had the mussels. There is a good range of options and the house wine is a good deal. It's very cute and Parisian-looking. I would definitely recommend it, but not for anyone who is hard of hearing as it's fairly loud.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Like a French brasserie, with great food and drink, attentive but not overwhelming staff. Went on a Sunday night and sat for a few hours, drinking and enjoying the street scene, feeling no pressure to vacate the table for new customers.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

L'Express is always a great spot for a meal. Went with a reservation for four which was helpful because the place was packed. Often it's okay to just walk up but during brunch times a reservation is needed. Great food, great drinks, fun atmosphere. Very well decorated and cozy inside.

Tags: Cozy, People Watching, Afternoon Coffee
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

I found this place in the 90s and loved stopping in for a late night dinner/snack. I have visited it off and on since—and while I have moved out of town, I still go back to visit with my girlfriends for brunch. It is the quintessential French bistro with tin ceilings, and great creative energy.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Late-night Find
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

This is my "go to" restaurant (and not just because it is in my neighborhood)! The food is really consistently delicious and always appeals to me and my friends (and a great value). LOVE!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Food was solid, atmosphere was great. Service was the best part, my only suggestion would be lighten up on those beer prices!

Tags: Late-night Find, Great Beer, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Consistently good food, efficient service and good value. I come here a lot and I'm never disappointed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

We had a large party and our table was ready when we arrived, service was great and the food was outstanding. Great location too. Only thought was that when it is warm and very humid, they should close the front doors and windows.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, People Watching, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Service wasn't great at all. Cocktails were watered down. Food was average. Nothing to write home about.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

This Sunday our brunch was ruined by the lack of professionalism of the waitress and manager of this restaurant. We were the second people to sit down in the restaurant that morning. After 50 minutes and the entire restaurant now filled with people eating, our food was nowhere to be found. Asking for someone to see what was happening was clearly bothering the rude waitress. After an hour some meals came, one totally cold and two totally wrong. Never ordered pancakes. We sent back our cold dish and they returned with the rest of the meals and then a new dish with completely raw eggs floating in it. Sent in back again. Came back again with the eggs still uncooked. We didnt even bother sending back. Just left it uneaten. Not once was there an apology, just a dirty look from the waitress. The manager and the waitress saw we were not eating it and just watched rather than try to fix the problem. He did come when we asked for the check and apologized but had no reason for such bad service, just the kitchen messed up and I have no idea what to say. He look items off and gave us a discount but it was too late. Will never go back to that place again.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 1, 2017

This has been a recent go-to neighborhood place. It's a pretty authentic French bistro with nice ambiance. However, after having a great waiter the first couple of times, on several recent visits the service has been less than stellar; in fact I have to rate it fair to poor, with waitstaff inattentive and distracted. They seem to be more involved in their own conversations than in taking care of their tables. Our waiter was sitting at a table folding napkins and never returned to our table (this was after we had to remind him that he had forgotten to bring the bread and butter he had offered. We had to pour our own wine, and another lovely waitress did come over a couple of times when we motioned for assistance. At this point I'm in search of a replacement. Too bad.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Casual, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

On an empty day this place was overwhelmed with our mains coming out 30 mins after the apps. Wait staff seemed less than thrilled to be working and the food was underwhelming which didn't make up for it. Wouldn't be back with all the options in NYC.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

They gave us the wrong dessert and we told them and they said no it is the right dessert so we gave up arguing. They waiter came back over and said they made a mistake but we started eating it because we were hungry. They continued to charge us for it!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Less than good service at this visit, not the norm for this restaurant which I've eaten at a few times recently and usually have had delightful and helpful waiters. This waitress had a very disconnected attitude.

Tags: Casual, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 24, 2017

The most disappointing meal i've had there. Most of the food was so-so but the steak frites was atrocious. More than half the steak was fat and sinews, which I had to cut out laboriously. The octopus was also way over cooked and tasted like charcoal. We were a large party and ordered a wide selection of dishes. Suffice it to say that the steak tartare was the only good dish, maybe because it was the only one not requiring cooking.

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Have been a big fan of L'Express for many years as it is always consistently good - but this trip was lackluster at best. My sad salad was only saved by warm goat cheese masking a very weak green game and a rando whole peeled tomato that was terribly hard to cut (it looked like it came out of a can from an off brand). Fortunately my companion's chix sandwich and fries was measurably better (#emptyplate). This was a good thing as I suggested the resto for a lunch biz meeting. While my food was disappointing, the service and vibe were great. Will chalk this up to an off experience and expect better the next time I visit.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Good food and service. Nice outdoor seating and ambiance. Recommended.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 27, 2017

service was extremely slow even though it was early in the evening and not busy
we had reservations, did not get a great table

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Great Beer
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 (London)·Dined on June 19, 2017

We went to L'Express in Montreal QC after booking the NYC restaurant in error. Must put on my glasses next time. Service and ambiance faultless - food presented beautifully but disappoints in taste a little. Overall still a lovely lunch time experience. Apologies to the NYC L'Express for our failure to show!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Always open and very good food. The steak and frites is done to perfection! Great service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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