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The Lion - Permanently Closed

3.9
3.9
615 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

Dine on homey American cuisine at The Lion. Helmed by chef and co-owner John DeLucie, this restaurant draws a handsome celeb-studded crowd. The Lion offers a slim but varied menu that includes salads, pasta, beef, pork and seafood dishes. Stop by for lunch and enjoy a dry-aged NY strip or delicious smoked Berkshire pork chop, brined and slow-cooked with bacon and collard greens. This restaurant also offers a small wine list to complement its meals. Considered a hot spot by New York's elite, The Lion channels the energy of the early 1950s with leather booths and framed monochrome pictures lined up on its walls. This restaurant is an ideal pick for sharing drinks with friends or a casual meal with a colleague.

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Menu

Raw Bar

  • Chilled Lobster

    cocktail sauce, dijonnaise

    • M/P
  • Shrimp Cocktail

    lemon, horseradish, cocktail sauce; 3 pieces

    • M/P
  • Selection of East & West Coast Oysters

    lemon & classic mignonette

    • M/P
  • Tuna Tartare$18.00

    preserved chili, mint, buckwheat tuile, citrus broth

    • Long Island Fluke Crudo$18.00

      apple, jalapeño, cucumber

      • Plateau Royal De Mer$125.00

        one dozen oysters, shrimp cocktail, tuna tartare, chilled lobster

        Appetizers

        • Beef Tartare$18.00

          celery root, horseradish, puffed wild rice

          • Artichoke Alla Giudea$18.00

            fresh lemon, herbs

            • Soup Du Jour

              • M/P
            • Burrata$17.00

              black mission figs, prosciutto, puffed farro

              Salads

              • Lacinato Tuscan Kale$16.00

                green apples, cashews, tahini dressing, ricotta salata

                • Baby Gem Lettuce & Smoked Trout Salad$16.00

                  smoked trout vinaigrette, sourdough crouton, pickled pearl onion

                  A La Carte

                  all served with roasted garlic

                  • Porter House Steak$98.00

                    for two or more

                    • Dry Aged N.Y. Strip$46.00

                      • Dry Aged Rib-Eye$65.00

                        Entrees

                        • Market Fish

                          sunchokes, meyer lemon emulsion

                          • M/P
                        • Branzino$29.00

                          cranberry beans, cubenelle sofrito, fennel

                          • Seared Tuna Steak$31.00

                            romesco sauce, shishitos, salsa verde, almonds

                            • Chicken Pot Pie$28.00

                              seasonal vegetables, béchamel sauce

                              • Colorado Lamb Loin$38.00

                                winter squash, pumpkin seeds, spiced date jus

                                • Smoked Berkshire Pork Chop$38.00

                                  brined & smoked, slow-cooked collard greens, bacon

                                  • Organic Chicken Under a Brick$27.00

                                    corn panzanella, ají amarillo, jus

                                    • Long Island Duck$35.00

                                      assorted local plums, new onion, ginger

                                      • The Lion Burger 'Special Blend'$21.00

                                        tomato confit, pork belly, caramelized onion, aged cheddar & provolone

                                        Pasta

                                        • Reginetti$24.00

                                          lamb merguez, pistachio, ricotta salata

                                          • Ricotta Gnudi$24.00

                                            truffle cream sauce, parmesan cheese

                                            • Squid Ink Spaccatelli$24.00

                                              squid, nduja, gremolata

                                              Sides

                                              • Hot & Sour Brussels Sprouts$10.00

                                                • Mac & Cheese$10.00

                                                  • Roasted Mushrooms$8.00

                                                    • French Fries$8.00

                                                      • Sautéed Spinach & Garlic$8.00

                                                        • Roasted Carrots$10.00

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                                                          What 615 people are saying

                                                          Overall ratings and reviews

                                                          3.9
                                                          3.9 based on all time ratings
                                                          • 3.9Food
                                                          • 3.8Service
                                                          • 4.2Ambience

                                                          NoiseModerate

                                                          84% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                                                          1. CC

                                                            ChrisC

                                                            New York Area

                                                            40 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            3.0

                                                            40 reviews

                                                            Dined on December 21, 2015

                                                            overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                            Good food, interesting ambiance, good service

                                                          2. R

                                                            Ralph

                                                            New York Area

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            2.0

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            Dined on December 18, 2015

                                                            overall2food2service3ambience3

                                                            Just terribly ordinary food for a lot of money.

                                                          3. R

                                                            Rhinestone

                                                            New York Area

                                                            14 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            2.0

                                                            14 reviews

                                                            Dined on December 16, 2015

                                                            overall2food2service2ambience3

                                                            I used to visit the Lion every month or so for dinner with friends or colleagues. This most recent visit was actually an embarrassment. We were a party of six for dinner and our original seating was in a booth that had cushions so worn that a six foot person sank down so far that he couldn't comfortably reach the table. We asked to be reseated and were moved to another booth that was less worn (to be fair, the hostess did offer a pillow for the guest to boost him up, but sitting on a "booster seat" didn't sit well - sorry for the pun). After being reseated it took almost an hour for our waiter to come by and tell us about the specials and have any bread brought to the table . It was another 30 minutes or so for us to order and about 45 minutes more to receive our first courses - so it took over two hours to place an order and get a first course. The food, which I used to regard as very well prepared, was fair at best. The lamb I ordered was done nicely, but the steaks that two of my guests ordered were chewy and stringy - obviously not great cuts. My guest that ordered the Branzino said it was acceptable if a bit overcooked. Long story short, this used to be a great dinner spot but between the poor table service and mediocre food it is no longer a restaurant I can recommend. You can do much better in the same neighborhood.

                                                          4. R

                                                            Rnonymous

                                                            New York Area

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on December 14, 2015

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Where to take my husband for his birthday? The Lion of course. It's the perfect balance of masculine friendly dishes and a few lighter weight ladylike choices. Cocktail and wine lists are diverse too. Respectful service, not too attentive and not too aloof. We felt comfortable to stay as long as we liked to savor every bite. Simple birthday candle with desert too. A perfect place to relax and enjoy.

                                                          5. BT

                                                            BTrotta

                                                            New York Area

                                                            104 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            4.0

                                                            104 reviews

                                                            Dined on December 11, 2015

                                                            overall4food3service4ambience2

                                                            Burrata (Good) - Tuna Tartare (OK) - Beef Tartare (OK) - Fluke Crudo (Very Good) - Duck (Good) - Pork Chop (Very Good) - Brussel Sprouts (Good) - Mushrooms (Very Good) Sat in upstairs area - was rather quiet, but good for groups - large tables to accommodate big crowd - Good Martini - Great Service - Food was good but not spectacular - Better energy on the first floor and near the bar as you walk in

                                                          6. L

                                                            Losada

                                                            New York Area

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            3.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on December 10, 2015

                                                            overall3food3service1ambience5

                                                            We had a reservation and arrived on time but we had to wait 15 minutes till our table was ready.but worst of all was that the service was so slow and it took a lot to get our food to the table. There was also a lot of noise which made comunication within us dificult.

                                                          7. N

                                                            Nychopper

                                                            New York Area

                                                            6 reviews

                                                            3.0

                                                            6 reviews

                                                            Dined on December 9, 2015

                                                            overall3food4service2ambience5

                                                            The food was just ok but the atmosphere is really nice. We got the porterhouse for two, and the steak lacked flavor and was not a premium cut. Not what you want to see for 96 without sides.

                                                          8. D

                                                            Downtowngirl

                                                            New York Area

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            2.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on December 8, 2015

                                                            overall2food3service4ambience2

                                                            Recently ate at the lion. It was so noisy that we could not enjoy ourselves and we left as soon as we could get out of there.

                                                          9. MM

                                                            MissMaudie

                                                            New York Area

                                                            14 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            14 reviews

                                                            Dined on December 5, 2015

                                                            overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                            The dining room has an old, European feel to it - very comfortable, high cielings. The menu is the kind we prefer: they don't offer limitless choices, but rather an array of wonderful dishes done really well. The servers were gracious and unobtrusive - loved the whole experience.

                                                          10. ST

                                                            STELLA

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on December 2, 2015

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Loved everything about this place. I left happy,all the things you expect from dining.

                                                          11. j

                                                            jorgec

                                                            New York Area

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            Dined on November 26, 2015

                                                            overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                            The turkey was amazing

                                                          12. RS

                                                            RSofUK

                                                            New York Area

                                                            1 review

                                                            2.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on November 26, 2015

                                                            overall2food2service2ambience2

                                                            We had had some wonderful meals around New York with great atmosphere and met very friendly staff and was so much looking forward to our meal at The Lion to celebrate my Daughter's 40th birthday which also happened to fall upon Thanksgiving Day. The appearance of The Lion is very nice, a bit cramped but this is the norm for all New York restaurants as space is at a premium. I had emailed to tell them of my Daughter's birthday and asked if it was possible for them to provide a cake and what the cost would be. We got no response. When we arrived we were greeted in a muted fashion although polite and shown to our table. No mention was made of our birthday celebration. The place was half empty and there was no atmosphere. The waiter said we could not take photos with a flash then he left half way through the night. The second waiter was a bit friendlier and actually mentioned the birthday but then just put 2 candles on the plate with my Daughter's dessert on it! The food was very mediocre, the worst meal we had had all week, and by far the most expensive (at least 4 times more expensive). It ruined our night and we left as soon as we had finished our meal. We cannot recommend it at all.

                                                          13. M

                                                            Michelle

                                                            New York Area

                                                            13 reviews

                                                            4.0

                                                            13 reviews

                                                            Dined on November 14, 2015

                                                            overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                            Attractive restaurant , with a very nice menu which included lots of vegetarian options as well as other exciting ones that I saw like pheasant under glass, frites etc. Service was exceptional! There could have been a little more light at the table to better read the menu and the tables are pretty close together. But neither affected a wonderful meal out with good ambiance ! I would def return and recommend.

                                                          14. TK

                                                            TheKitchenSpy

                                                            New York Area

                                                            36 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            4.0

                                                            36 reviews

                                                            Dined on November 13, 2015

                                                            overall4food3service3ambience5

                                                            One of the more interesting dining establishments around. While the food was wonderful in some instances, there were some let-downs. The steak, while aged, wasn't what it could have been. The flavor was "off.," Enough to say, "can I try what you're having?" The Chicken Pot Pie was out of this world!! The atmosphere and decor were so charming it made the evening a great experience. It's why you go out in the first place. The bar area, a winner. We'd go back in a flash.

                                                          15. LA

                                                            LoriA

                                                            New York Area

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            4.0

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            Dined on October 21, 2015

                                                            overall4food4service2ambience5

                                                            Our bottle of wine didn't arrive until after the entrees were served. Pre dinner Cocktail service was also very slow. And the food came out very quickly. Not fabulous.

                                                          16. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            Orange County

                                                            1 review

                                                            2.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on October 17, 2015

                                                            overall2food3service1ambience1

                                                            Made the reservation 3-4 weeks in advance through open table. We were seated in the bar area and requested to be moved without much effort. Probably saw the waiter only twice (to take our order and give us the check). I expect better service for the prices on the menu.

                                                          17. SA

                                                            SAVANNAHGILL

                                                            New York Area

                                                            70 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            2.0

                                                            70 reviews

                                                            Dined on September 21, 2015

                                                            overall2food2service2ambience1

                                                            Once a French Brasserie, this place has become considerably darker, quite romantic if you can ignore the actively uncomfortable seating and you have no wish to converse with your companion. The service is friendly though not professional. The music, live or otherwise, is very loud. The food is good, but neither the quality nor the quantity of it can explain the over the top pricing. The duck was tender, the sauce was mediocre @ $35. The Branzino was nicely pan-seared @ $29. Wines by the glass at $13 to $16 are pored significantly scant, though the choices were good. Whoever set the pricing structure needs a better understanding of return on investment ratio from the customer's viewpoint.

                                                          18. L

                                                            Lois615

                                                            New York Area

                                                            6 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            6 reviews

                                                            Dined on September 17, 2015

                                                            overall5food5service3ambience4

                                                            We started with the halibut croquettes are they were delicious, then they served us homemade biscuits, OMGOSH totally out of this world the most amazing biscuits I've ever had. We ordered the Lion burger, jeez can it get any better... it sure did, what a burger, moist, perfectly cooked and it had pork belly, I mean how can you go wrong with a piece of pork belly. The french fries were crispy and delicious. It's really too bad we live in New Jersey or this place would be our weekly stop.

                                                          19. f

                                                            food

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            19 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            1.0

                                                            19 reviews

                                                            Dined on September 16, 2015

                                                            overall1food1service1ambience4

                                                            I have not been here in a couple of years. It used to be one of my favorite restaurants in the. It is still beautiful, but the food & service we so bad. We were only one of 5 tables, the rest of the dining room was empty. In the past you could barely get in the restaurant, it was always so crowded and the food amazing.

                                                          20. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            New York Area

                                                            118 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            3.0

                                                            118 reviews

                                                            Dined on September 8, 2015

                                                            overall3food4service4ambience1

                                                            While the food and service was quite good, we had the misfortune of eating on a sizzlingly hot day. The a/c was inadequate and when we mentioned this to the manager, he said it's an old building. what can we do? Prices are also $4-8 higher than in most restaurants of this caliber. The extra profit is obviously not going to making the dining experience a pleasant one. M

                                                          21. b

                                                            brnsquare

                                                            Las Vegas

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            Dined on August 14, 2015

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Everything is well designed and thought out to make for a great experience. Excellent staff, food, drinks and an abundance of atmosphere make for an enjoyable evening!

                                                          22. T

                                                            Tasty2treat

                                                            New York Area

                                                            9 reviews

                                                            2.0

                                                            9 reviews

                                                            Dined on August 13, 2015

                                                            overall2food1service3ambience5

                                                            Anticipation was high when we were seated in the beautiful dining room with its domed skylight. But we were extremely disappointed with the food. My husband ordered the reginetti appetizer and the pressed suckling pig. The pasta was too al dente and the nettle pesto was bland and oddly flavored with nutmeg. Too unpleasant for more than a bite. The suckling pig turned out to be a pork loaf, dry with crackling so over cooked it could not be eaten. My food were adequate. We informed the manager of how unhappy we were with the food . He seemed more concerned with telling us how much he liked the dishes we had chosen than with improving our dining experience. We will definitely not be back, especially since my husband had to eat a peanut butter sandwich at home to assuage his hunger despite spending over a $100 on dinner.

                                                          23. n

                                                            nancyw

                                                            New York Area

                                                            31 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            31 reviews

                                                            Dined on August 7, 2015

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                            Close enough to the bar to catch the energy, but just far enough away to permit private conversation, the clutch of tables alongside Ninth Street is a bit of heaven. Usually we show up after a movie on a summer weekend, when many of the young regulars are off improving their tans; the other night, my partner in mischief & I, with two adult kids in tow, took a chance on the 5-7 Happy Hour, & all were thrilled. As usual, the crew were welcoming & expert, delivering superbly hot, crisp baby squid for the table & 4 idiosyncratic burgers as each of us had ordered them. My only beef: Guinness & porter are no longer stocked because of low demand. Wah.

                                                          24. I

                                                            Ilene

                                                            New York Area

                                                            65 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            3.0

                                                            65 reviews

                                                            Dined on August 6, 2015

                                                            overall3food4service4ambience3

                                                            We came for NYC restaurant week not expecting much and we were wowed by how delicious everything was ! And I did the wine pairing and it was perfect

                                                          25. LB

                                                            LaBoheme

                                                            New York Area

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            4.0

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            Dined on August 5, 2015

                                                            overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                            Tried the restaurant week and the regular a la carte - while service and culinary curation was top notch, the salad dressings were not memorable. Still great spot, will return.

                                                          26. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            New York Area

                                                            56 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            4.0

                                                            56 reviews

                                                            Dined on August 4, 2015

                                                            overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                            To have a huge skylight in the high-ceilinged dining room means dining in natural light but protected from the elements. Wonderful. Not wonderful: not being seated while waiting for your guests. For those who don't like sitting on a tiny bar stool at a bar (and with children, no less!! next to you), it is annoying not to be seated at your table when you arrive on time for your reservation. Question: Can kids sit at a bar??? Also: the restaurant week special menu was not at all tempting so dinner was good but also very expensive.

                                                          27. s

                                                            suze

                                                            New York Area

                                                            5 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            5 reviews

                                                            Dined on July 31, 2015

                                                            overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                            We went for restaurant week and were wowed by the food and the ambiance. We will be back.

                                                          28. BA

                                                            BigAl86

                                                            New York Area

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            4.0

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            Dined on July 30, 2015

                                                            overall4food4service3ambience5

                                                            Loved my experience here. The ambiance was very warm and inviting without lacking class. The back dining room is nothing of what you would expect judging by the small bar in the front when you first walk in. Pleasantly surprised was I.

                                                          29. J

                                                            Journeyman

                                                            New York Area

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            4.0

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            Dined on July 29, 2015

                                                            overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                            A/C did not work on a very hot night , and way too noisy. Great place, good food, and service was excellent

                                                          30. p

                                                            ppritty18

                                                            New York Area

                                                            8 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            8 reviews

                                                            Dined on July 29, 2015

                                                            overall5food4service5ambience3

                                                            The restaurant is easy to miss - but once you find this hidden gem totally worth it. The restaurant is decorated in old speak easy glamour. My friends and I came for restaurant week and totally enjoyed our meal. The wait staff was prompt and attentive. Will definitely come back again.

                                                          31. N

                                                            Noname

                                                            New York Area

                                                            181 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            4.0

                                                            181 reviews

                                                            Dined on July 24, 2015

                                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                            Excellent, well prepared food, great cocktails, attentive service in a historic tavern setting. All in all, The Lion satisfies all dining expectations.

                                                          32. n

                                                            nycnycnyc2014

                                                            New York Area

                                                            9 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            4.0

                                                            9 reviews

                                                            Dined on June 19, 2015

                                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                            the food here is consistently delicious. it's a beautiful restaurant. it feels contemporary and hip but still kind of old world. it's kind of expensive but compared to similar restaurants like the Waverly Inn, the food is much much better.

                                                          33. T

                                                            Tiesenhausen

                                                            New York Area

                                                            27 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            27 reviews

                                                            Dined on June 3, 2015

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            A very comfortable old-style place. The front tavern area is casual, bare wooden tables; the formal dining room is quite elegant and impressive.

                                                          34. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            New York Area

                                                            1 review

                                                            2.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on May 31, 2015

                                                            overall2food1service3ambience5

                                                            The Lion relies solely on their beautiful space and puts nothing into their food. The food was boring and lacked flavor, depth, and creativity. The entire staff was extremely welcoming and warm, but as the space was empty of patrons, it seemed more like desperation than hospitality. This restaurant will close.

                                                          35. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            New York Area

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            3.0

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            Dined on May 9, 2015

                                                            overall3food3service5ambience5

                                                            Beautiful dining room, with an energetic atmosphere, but the food didn't live up to the ambiance.

                                                          36. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            New York Area

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on May 9, 2015

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Everything on the menu is cooked to perfection. You can't go wrong as each dish has a beautiful presentation and an even better taste. This is by far my favorite restaurant in the city and where I go for any special occasion.

                                                          37. MM

                                                            MissM

                                                            New York Area

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 5, 2015

                                                            overall5food4service4ambience4

                                                            Actually one of the best chicken and waffles I've ever had, rich mac and cheese, great service, cool ambiance.

                                                          38. j

                                                            jfoodh

                                                            Atlanta

                                                            84 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            84 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 5, 2015

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            We had a party of 8 for Easter brunch. Service was attentive and menu excellent. Great experience!

                                                          39. SS

                                                            SSSS

                                                            New York Area

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            2.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 3, 2015

                                                            overall2food1service5ambience3

                                                            Great service, extremely disappointing food. Rabbit saddle entree special was borderline inedible.

                                                          40. MG

                                                            MGC12

                                                            Austin

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            3.0

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            Dined on March 29, 2015

                                                            overall3food4service1ambience4

                                                            For Sunday brunch, I think they had 3 waiters covering the entire restaurant. We were seated 45 minutes after our reservation time, and the service didn't improve once we were seated. The waitress seemed clueless and somewhat disinterested in making the experience enjoyable.

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