L'Express

4.5
640 Reviews
$30 and under
French
L'Express is a lyonnaise bouchon serving up classic bistro dishes such as mussels, steak, and escargot.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
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Gau1
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great atmosphere, a good place for our family to meet for brunch. The menu is perfect for everyone’s tastes. The food was good except for one of the French toast orders which came out cold & kind of bland. Considering it’s $17 that should never happen. Drinks are pricey. Brunch for 4 adults & a child was $160. Yikes!

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MegH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and cocktails! A nice place to have a celebratory meal without spending your whole paycheck.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I posted up at the bar while visiting the city in early December (prior to my official move in January). I met the bartender, Carlos, and quickly developed a report with him. I told him I would come back once I moved. Sure enough I called the first night I moved to inquiry if he was working. Carlos was serving that night, so I booked a table for myself and two friends! Amazing service, and Carlos provided us with complimentary wine and expresso martinis making it an excellent welcome to my new city. Thank you so much, Carlos!! L'Express is a mix of tourists and local Gramercy residents that frequent the bar. Cozy, French cafe vibe with dim lighting and exciting NY energy. Food is great - I recommend the lamb burger, frites, and veggie sides! I have grown up in and out of the city and have frequented L'Express a lot over the years. It will definitely be becoming one of my more regular spots now that I am living here longer term!

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TimPrinceton
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Great ambiance and decor, but I expected more...I'd give them a 2nd chance...but am skeptical...

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Haven’t been here in a while-things have def changed. Experience was fine but not great.

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CherR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

L'Express is one of my favorite places to eat in NYC. The breakfast is great, and if you arrive on a weekend, you can take advantage of their fabulous brunch. Have a mimosa or a cappuccino. They have both a full bar and an expresso bar. The staff is welcoming, and the food is consistently good. #recommended

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Christmas Eve and dined outdoors. There was adequate heating. The service was wonderful and the staff was pleasant. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal.

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DavidS
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A little taste of Paris with heated outside tables for the COVID-weary.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lamb burger is to die for and our server was very attentive. Been here a hundred times and will be back for a hundred more.

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DeanA
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always enjoy either a lunch or dinner. Food is consistent, and the wait staff is always professional and attentive.

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vipLadyBlue
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Better than years ago.

PJ
vipPJNYC
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food was delicious, as always. The restaurant was fairly crowded, giving a nice energetic feel. Everyone taking proper precautions (masks, checking vaccine status, etc). The service was pretty slow and disinterested. We had said we wanted wine with dinner, and the dinner was delivered not by our server. We asked for our waitress and eventually she came after we were almost finished with the meal. Nobody checking to see if everything was okay or if we needed water or anything, and no follow up to our request for wine with dinner. A less-than-satisfactory experience. We were there early (5 pm) so it wasn't because it was too busy.
On the plus side, all of our past experiences here were great.

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vipAnnie
New York Area
126 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We made our reservation for 4:30 - the lunch crowd was leaving, the dinner crowd arrived a bit later, so we had a lovely somewhat quiet corner. The food is always good and service was very good. It’s my go-to place in the neighborhood and I’ll certainly be back.

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ToriNYC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious french food in a classic bistro setting. Friendly staff, energetic crowd, constantly seating new parties since they're open 24/7. A little pricey but the duck was so damn good it was worth it. I loved it and will be going back.

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vipcarolb
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our dinner at L’express.. excellent menu, great food, pleasant surroundings and service

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JasonW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

A fine spot to catch up with a friend over a solid French meal.

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KnowitallNYer
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

the food was ordinary and mediocre. The service average The noise level intolerable for a business meeting Better a place for the under 40 set @ 2AM. Then it would have been perfect

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AdamB
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

An NYC classic. Get your steak frites 24/7! Serviceable French cooking, laid back vibe.

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vipmarcela
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This is my neighborhood "boîte"---it is a place I go regularly. It rarely disappoints. Lovely atmosphere, that NYC energy, good service and food.

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vipJillO
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Group of 5 women, post annual Union Square holiday shopping. Steak was so so (tough and Aupoive sauce was bland) and not worth the 40.00 honestly. Our drinks took 15 mins to come out. Not a great experience overall.

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vipShanester
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

L'Express has been my go-to restaurant in the pandemic. They did a great outdoor set up when there wasn't indoor dining and later when I wasn't yet ready to dine indoors. Last night was my first time indoors in all this time. The service was okay: the person at the host station took a while to find my reservation and no one brought us bread. But they were attentive with refilling the water and checking on how our meals were. The food, is great, as always. Recommend the lamb burger and the regular burger.

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nevercook31
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had Thanksgiving dinner- 4:30 Thursday afternoon - and overall it was a wonderful experience. The prix fixe menu had something for everyone, although the dessert selections were limited to only two. Apple pie would have been a good addition.

The service was great, attentive without being intrusive, which I always appreciate. My only real complaint is that the music is too loud. To be fair, it wasn’t as loud as in some places, but it still isn’t necessary. No self-respecting bistro in France has loud music - if it has music at all.

Apart from that, my family and I were very happy with our experience.

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DianeW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff was attentive. The food was very good. The tables were
too close together for my comfort. The noise was bad probably because the table were so close.

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JohnL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was great being a busy night. We come here all the time and nice to see the quality, service and prices being maintained.

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vipJess
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good neighborhood restaurant. Great service. Nice outdoor dining ... Food served with a French flair.. Would recommend...

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vipfoodfuture
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Buzzy. Great food. Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Had to leave our table early

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NiCo
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food and drinks were excellent, service felt very rushed. Waitress brought the check while my date and I were in the middle of conversation without us asking for it, while we were still working on our drinks. Bussers took away my plate while I was still using it to dip fries in the sauce, as I was saying I still needed it. Maybe it was just a busy night and they needed the table back.
Ambience is lovely, the music was hard to hear if you weren't in the bathroom due to noise but very cool song selection.

Absolutely worth checking out, maybe go on a less busy day for lunch.

PJ
vipPJNYC
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The staff were great. Very pleasant and attentive. In particular our waiter was so helpful in making suggestions. Every request we made was accommodated without follow up (more water, etc).
The food was great, and the menu is nice and varied.

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vipPeter
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, outdoor dining is fine. Parke Ave can get noisy from traffic.

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vipJess
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dining outside was very pleasant. Heat lamps not needed yesterday. Service very very pleasant.. Lovely wait staff here..
Delicious omelet.. a favorite neighborhood restaurant and great place to meet friends.

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LauderB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Way to
Loud!

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UESreviewer
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was appropriately engaged and allowed for room to talk.

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vipSMFoodie
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a perfect outdoor meal. Our server was helpful, we never felt rushed, food was excellent.

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vipJess
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food.. attractively plated. We dined outdoors in a heated booth. It was very pleasant. The service was good and all 4 of us enjoyed our food. I have been here many times and will continue to return!!

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nevercook31
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I like L’Express very much for many reasons. The food is really good, it’s generally easy to get a table at almost any time (except weekend brunches, when a reservation is essential), the service is at least very good, and it’s in my neighborhood.

The noise level is a problem, due to loud music. Even when the restaurant isn’t full, diners have to speak loudly to be heard over the music. The combined noise spoils the dining experience. No bistro in France has music so loud, if at all. If it weren’t for this noise I’d give L’Express the top rating possible.

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ChefK
Pittsburgh
19 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Not bad for a 24-hour venue, but I would not go here during what are usual business hours for most other bistros. Loud, OK kitchen, not all that clean, and not much decor. Dim lighting helps hide much. Terrific waiter, though.

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vipBonniS
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was terrific and the outside dining cabins were lovely. Great vibe!

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LindsayZ
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
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 on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fave, reliable, fun

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 640 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.