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  • French, Bistro
  • 249 Park Ave S, New York NY10003 40.738258 -73.987713
  • (At 20th St)
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  • (212) 254-5858
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User Ratings (Based on 56 reviews)

Food 3.6 Value 3.3
Service 3.1 Atmosphere 3.6

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 254-5858
Place Order:
Order From L'Express for delivery & takeout
Visa, MC, AmEx ($15 Min)
Daily: 24 hours
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Accepts Credit Cards, Brunch, Delivery, Late Night, Online Ordering, Online Reservations, Open 24 Hours, Take Out
Delivery Area:
2nd to 5th Ave; 14th to 23rd St

User Reviews

  • L'Express

    Posted by Christine on 12/02/2010

    Great Croque Monsier!

    Much better value than Pastis , and the food is delish and so much better! feels like your in a real paris bistro! Great service, love this place!

  • L'Express

    Posted by PJ on 10/17/2010

    Good FO soup but...

    The first time we came her ewas for brunch, our server was awesome she knew everything and recommended good stuff. The second time we went for dinner bc I was craving French Onion soup- it wasn't has burning hot as D'alsace usually serves it- but it was pretty damn good. The steak frites, good and the Monsuer croque (sp?) was so goooood! Oh and the caesar salad was pretty good too. The last time we went, we decided to go just for dessert- when we got there they were about 6 table wide open and looked like servers were just standing around so we were glad we weren't going to have to wait. So we told the hostess that we were just eating dessert and she said "well, you might not be able to sit" meanwhile, there are open tables! It was slow! So she went to "ask the manager" and he said yes so they sat us at a 6 top (mmhmm) and our waiter seamed pissed that we were just ordering dessert, as if we were taking up his tables or something... Dude, he had 3 empty tables! Dessert was pretty lame too...

  • L'Express

    Posted by Anonymous on 04/26/2010

    Butter and Candlelight

    The escargot comes piping hot and ready to dunk your bread in! The tartare is delectable, with just the right proportion of capers to perfectly set off the flavors in the steak. My best friend's girlfriend swears by the lamb burger. Maybe I've just been lucky in picking the right things to order, but of the many times over the past two years that I've been to this favorite, I have always been happy. As for the service: it's at least as good or better as any other restaurant in the same price range. The wait staff do their thing; I've never had a complaint. A couple of the servers are outstanding, notably fast and exceptionally attentive (and quite entertaining given the opportunity). If you're looking for a candlelit, restaurant with a steady hum of conversation where you can spark off your own with delight, then L'Express is for you. It's intimate, but with an excited sensuality built in.

  • L'Express

    Posted by anonymous on 02/16/2010

    keep walking

    It’a shame places like this even exist. Came here on Valentine’s Day in search of French fare at a reasonable price but left disappointed. One thing was clear from start to finish-the lack of passion for quality and service on behalf of the owner. The food was bland and the service, if you can call it that, was not much better. More specifically, out waiter was inattentive and aloof. The French onion soup had a gob of chewy cheese haphazardly lobbed in it, the goat cheese salad was run of the mill and our steaks were chewy and tough. The food was by no means awful, but it was uninspired and lacking in authenticity. Many of the reviews here seem to be complimentary on the basis of L’Express being a 24/7 establishment, so if that’s what you’re looking for, it may suit your needs. However, for a nice dinner out, you can do much better for a lot less. I continue to find it amazing that restaurants of this caliber can keep their doors open in a city such as New York, where there are ample alternatives. I will come here again.

  • L'Express

    Posted by Matt on 12/21/2009

    Great Late Night

    L'Express is a fun place but neither the food nor the service are really THAT great. The only exceptional thing I have eaten here is the lamb burger, which I highly reommend. Still, for a late night snack/meal, this place can't be beat. It's cute, quick, and the food is consistently good. Also, the brunch is excellent.

  • L'Express

    Posted by Johnathan on 12/19/2009

    Excellent for Late Night!

    Came in here the other night at about 2am, and was very pleasantly surprised! Food was great, service was pleasant, and the best part is, apparently, they have happy hour from 12am to 4am! 5 bucks for a Heineken, a glass of wine, or even a cocktail! Hard to beat when the going rate for a cocktail on Park ave is now $13. Great place, and I will definitely be back!

  • L'Express

    Posted by MLS on 10/28/2009

    Paris West

    I have been dining at this restaurant for years during visits to NYC and have never been disappointed. Although crowded and sometimes noisy, the food is consistently good and reasonable for the city.

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