The LCL Bar & Kitchen NYC

3.7
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$30 and under
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Located on the ground floor of The Westin New York Grand Central, THE LCL: Bar & Kitchen offers creative cocktails and a seasonal menu in a contemporary setting inspired by nature. Designed by STEPHANIEGOTO, the 2,600 sq. ft. space features an alluring curtain wall composed of vertical natural walnut planks, a palette of soft colored reflective glass and an illuminated “forest wall” which transitions from day to night. The LCL features an expansive collection of small-batch spirits, regionally brewed craft beers, global wine offerings and a rotating selection of classic and modern cocktails that highlight market fresh ingredients and cold pressed juices. The kicked up comfort food menu is available from sunrise to well after sunset, and features favorites such as Deviled Organic Eggs, LCL LaFrieda Burger and Kale Salad. THE LCL also serves Starbucks Coffee, Liquiteria juices and fresh grab-and-go options in the morning for guests on the move.
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Los Angeles
78 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great for dinner. Breakfast is awesome too during the week but weekends is pretty crowded so get there early. Very casual environment. Sat at the high top tables for dinner. Fun to people watch on the street too.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very bad! Waitresses bothered our dining all the time

C
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Under staffed servers while management stands around not helping.

JR
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I've been here a couple of times --- good enough menu; nice servers. There were two of us on the last visit (7/12/19) with a bill of around $35. Included in the bill was a 20% service charge as well as local tax (of course) and food tax. Food tax? I live in NY --- never heard of a food tax. The price overall was still reasonable --- but what in heaven's name is a food tax?

OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Noisy bar that shouldn't have affected the dining area, but music was playing too loud. We (a party of six) were off to ourselves and restaurant not crowded, but service wasn't great. Hard to get water refills. Food was OK (my Cobb Salad was actually very good). Iced tea for $6 seemed unreasonably pricey, and even more so, given that the people who ordered it were not offered refills.

t
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal. Asked the waiter whether we should opt for the pasta or grilled cheese and she eagerly said grilled cheese. It was the perfect choice as was the brownie ala mode. My only concern was the relative lack of attention after our plates were served. We could not get a staff member's attention for refills or condiments.

PB
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always didn’t disappoint. Delicious!!

OT
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Limited menu, bland food, shabby decor, inattentive service...will not be back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good service, attentive and kind. Food was tasty. Wine was a good choice but very over-priced.

PB
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and the wait staff was knowledgeable and friendly. Starters were Manhattan clam chowder and main entree was turkey BLT with fries. Very filling and it will be our late night snack. Will definitely be back.

Y
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Rubbish food used way too much salt and the service was shocking

MT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Compliments to Octavia who did an excellent job taking care of us.

MB
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was good but a little pricey but expected as its located inside the Westin hotel. Very convenient since we were staying there. Very dead atmosphere for a NYC restaurant on a Saturday night - only 2 other tables being served. Service was slow but food was satisfying. We were tired thats why we reserved that restaurant plus it had rave reviews. Probably just order off room service next time.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

It's just a hotel restaurant. Our Waitress was absent the entire night. She wasn't even in the room to flag down. Food was overpriced.

JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything is good except they’re lack of waitress.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cocktails were amazing and the bartender was really pleasant..Our meal was delicious and our waitress was very attentive.It was our wedding anniversary and we were over from Ireland for a couple of days..overall we had a lovely experience..Thank you..hopefully we will be back in the future..

HR
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

LCL was great! The food and service were excellent and the cocktail list is fun too. Definitely a hotel restaurant though so if you’re looking for a cool vibe or hip hangout I would say pass on this place.

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I liked that they had fresh juices and organic items on the menu. The food was very good

WN
Columbus
39 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Hotel restaurants can be good...this one was not. The toast was not buttered and was so cold by the time I received butter it would not melt. Omelette was very good but potatoes were cold as well...server was inattentive and when we do flag someone down they were in NO hurry to assist...I say at this Westin frequently but never dined on premise and will not again.

JK
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The service was unbelievably bad. I've been here before and the service has never been great (just okay), but this time, it was surreal. It wasn't busy, and yet we couldn't get a server to pay attention to us. Moreover, they forgot our appetizers completely, so we ended up just paying for the drinks and leaving. The best part of the LCL Bar is its location. You don't come here for the experience.

K
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed the food mostly tried a variety of their menu. Is a good place for lunch on a day to day basis.

RN
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

This place is a hotel bar/restaurant of the Westin, and that's it. It's a gray rectangular room they slapped some tables into. A place serving "creative cocktails and a seasonal menu in a contemporary setting inspired by nature" as stated on Opentable is misleading at best. This is a generic, disappointing hotel bar/restaurant. It's like a "fancy" train station restaurant. I'd only recommend this place if you were staying at the Westin and were too lazy or tired to venture out. Food was basic, nothing special and over-priced. Ambiance was dismal and the decor is bleak. Pass on this place; it's not a restaurant you choose but rather accept out of pure necessity.

M
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good spot by grand central for breakfast --not too noisy but there were kids there bc they were probably staying at the hotel. (I was at a breakfast business meeting otherwise I am happy to have kids there!)

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved it. 10/10 would go again. Asked for a rose (gfs bday) and they delivered!

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, attentive service from waitress, Connie, who was very helpful and efficient and generally looked after us very well.
Nice variety of dishes to suit most palates.

TD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We had a new years eve dinner at the LCL, the menu was not inspiring and hugely overpriced for what we got in our plates. We had dinner, that's it. I would not recommend this place.

NY
London
9 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Pretty good for a hotel lobby restaurant. Food was very nice. Service wasn't particularly attentive, but we certainly didn't feel rushed. Was suitable for a business lunch.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was a get together with my BFF's. It was a good place to meet and have drinks. The service was good and the ambiance was good for us. We didn't want a big heavy meal so the personal pizzas were a good option for us and they were delicious!

a
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was good, the service was good. The noise level was very high, so we huddled together in a corner table so we could talk without shouting.

D
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This restaurant was horrific. I met my friend who had just flow into NYC from the west coast and no one came over to our table for over 20 minuets to give us menus and take a drink order. We waited another 15 mins for the drinks to be made. We did not stay and eat here. We left and went to a reliable restaurant in the neighborhood.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2016
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

Due to the US Assembly happening in the city the place was in a mess. But that's understandable, what bothered us was that after waiting for 40 mins for 3 bagels and a egg frittatta the food which was served was cold and the managers estimate of when the ordered will be delivered was way off. Not a ideal scenario of good breakfast business meeting.

LD
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The food was terrible. Risotto looked like barley with canned vegetables. Grilled cheese was greasy. For lunch, the restaurant filled up quickly with only one server for the entire place. Drinks were not refilled until we were practically choking from thirst. No one checked on us the entire time. I will be sure to tell my friends not to go here ever.

J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was slow... awfully long wait time. It had a small menu. Giving 3 stars for food taste and service and price very much sub-par.

M
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This place, located in a bustling part of midtown NYC needs to figure out how to deliver a simple breakfast order in a reasonable time. We ordered after finally capturing the waiter's attention and then sat for 40 minutes without any acknowledgement other than the delivery of our coffees.
We left.

BP
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Terrible service. Waited 10 minutes. Never had a server even make eye contact. Walked out. Lots of other options in NYC.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I work across the street from the LCL, so it is very convenient for business lunches, however the experience is completely inconsistent. One day the service is great for a 1 hour lunch, and during this visit, our food took SO long that i had to wrap my food and leave before my guests finished theirs--TERRIBLE experience and not one that left a good impression on my clients....Not the first time this has happened, and probably wont be the last--but I keep going there because the restaurant is so convenient--I will probably need to find a new place to do a 1-hour business lunch....it would be worth the walk of a block or two.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Clients recommended and it was perfect for a 6-person lunch. Service was attentive. They had no problem with a member of our party running very late. They sat and served us, and had the straggler's lunch ready for him when he arrived. Very relaxed environment, great food, overall good experience. I definitely plan to go back.

EL
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was painfully slow but accommodating of food allergies and special requests (egg whites, warm toast, fruit allergies etc). Eggs with bacon and fruit @ $10 is on the higher side even for the midtown crowd. Good cappuccinos.

NY
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Chose this place hoping for a nice, but quiet and relaxed atmosphere. And the atmosphere was good. Very underpopulated at 7:30 on a Monday to see an old friend, which was exactly what I'd hoped for. Chili was great, friend's salmon only okay. Service was oddly negligent, given how few patrons there were. Took forever to get our drink order in (though that and the food arrived in a timely fashion once our orders were taken.) But couldn't get a water refill to save our lives, and the waitress missed out on what likely would have been a last round if she'd only asked. Practically had to trip her to get the check. But my friend and I were able to chat without being crowded for space or time, so I'll probably give it another shot before I cross it off my list.

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were looking for a quick and good lunch spot for a business catch up. The food was basic good lunch fare and the service was excellent. Will definitely make this one of my "place to go" moving forward