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Posted by emptystomach1968 on 09/03/2007
I've been going to l'express for 6 or 7 years now. It's a great place with a nice french-like atmosphere but service sometimes was a little off in the past. I've had breakfast , lunch and dinner like 4 times during the past 2 months and let me tell you they have improved a lot in this matter. It's obvious they have new management running the place. I am not particulary fond of their Lyonesse specialties but the sandwiches, the fish dishes and the steaks are always consistent and a great option. The tuna nicoise salad is one of the best in the city and so are the quenelles. Great value for a restaurant on Park Ave. Last time I had the salmon dijonesse and was perfectly cooked to a medium rare as I ordered. My server was very nice and knowledgeable and suggested a bottle of Sancerre to pair it up...great choice! Don't pay attention to all of the bad reviews on this site and give this place another chance.
Posted by nyaussie on 08/26/2007
I have only eaten brunch here, but it has by far the best french toast & pancakes in the area. If ordered with fruit you get a decent serve, with great FRESH fruit, not stuff that tastes like it has been laying around for the week. Service is always friendly. My husband loves the eggs benedict, better than Balthazar - and half the price.
Posted by shrinkMD on 08/02/2007
I went to this place last night totally randomly, although I've heard about it for years. I cannot believe that some people have written bad reviews about it!The beef tar-tar is definitely one of the best in the city (and just as a pointer - if you do not know what beef tar tar is, then you will not like this place and do not go there). It is a classic french bistro with great food, reasonbly priced (we paid $120 for 2 for a very full dinner with a bottle of wine - and, again, if you think that's expensive, then go to a diner). All fo the food that we got was excellent. Wine was great. The only drawback is that it is a bit crowded and loud - not a good place for a first date. But perfect for that evening when you are just hanging out in the city and want to eat and chill out late and don't know where to go. Enjoy!
Posted by Anonymous on 06/07/2007
I had gone to L'Express for brunch before but never have I had a nastier server than the guy who waited on our table Memorial Day Weekend. He barely glanced at us as he tossed us our menus and when we ordered he had a look of sheer contempt! When I asked him a question about a dish he answered with a shrug and when he re-filled our water glasses he poured water all over my hand. Needless to say that was my last brunch -- or dinner at L'Express!
Posted by Anonymous on 02/25/2007
If you're ever feeling particularly masochistic some cold winter's evening, go treat yourself to a bowl of L'expres's hearty vegetable soup for $7. You'll get a smallish bowl of hot water with a vaguely tomato-y flavor with some tiny pieces of mushy carrot and celery and a few tiny strands of mushy noodles. You and your tablemate can then spend the rest of the night discussing which brand of diluted canned soup you were served--that is, if you can hear yourselves speak in the lively din. Anyone who would return for this food simply deserves no better.
Posted by archkevin on 02/05/2007
The atmosphere is consistently lively, and the food is consistently good, but the service is highly variable. I've had to walk out after waiting too long, and I've gotten served almost faster than I could order. Some staff are solicitous, others surly. In any event, it's a reliable value for bouchon classics.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/16/2007
Yes it is crowded and narrow, just like a REAL Bouchon Lyonnais. This is not the place to celebrate a romantic occasion in a quiet atmosphere, but rather to enjoy some good French food at a reasonnable price, and socializing with your table neighbours.Now if people in America did not feel the need to talk so loud all the time, the place would probably be quieter. :-) A nice surprise!!