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Posted by Mereditor on 11/17/2006
We went at 7:00 on a Thursday and it wasn't crowded at all. We had a large, round table for 6 of us and they didn't even complain when we waited a half hour to order (we were waiting for our 6th friend to arrive). I thought the bread was very good! Warm, soft with a sourdough taste. My friend loved her french onion soup. I ordered a burger and it was pretty good and sizeable, although I don't quite think it was worth the $10.75. It came with shoestring fries which were also very good. I found our server to be very attentive, but it was offputting when he dumped the dessert menus on our table (he actually threw them right over one of my friend's heads!) By the time we were paying the check, the place had filled up and we were feeling a little cramped as the tables around us filled. I thought the atmosphere was great--dark and cozy. I'd go back , but try the mushroom ravioli this time.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/12/2006
Here's a great place to go to feel like an abandoned, neglected sardine. In an attempt to create a hip-bistro atmosphere, customers are jammed on top of one another in a single, unattractive, noisy room. But wait, it gets better!! After being cooly greeted and seated, we waited 15 minutes before a waiter nodded to our presence, promising to come to our table in a moment. Well, 10 more minutes, and we ejected ourselves. I mean, after all, we were there to eat. Well I can't comment on the food, although no one in a nearby table was eating, always a bad sign. We are New York residents, quite accustomed to restaurants with "attitude." But no way we will revisit this place.
Posted by Dimsumfactory on 12/24/2005
Great food! Grilled Salmon is a MUST HAVE (only $15 with vegi and balsamic rice). I been there more than 5 times and this place opens 24/7, if u go about 10pm to have a late dinner, it's less crowded and the service is much better and less noisy. It's a cute place but the tables are too little and I alwasy feel like cramping in there during the dinner hours. You don't get much "Service" during the busy hours and the bread is cold usually. But I had warmed bread tonight getting there at 10pm. And the server was very friendly and gave me fresh bread to take to go. And the Hot chocolate is the french ones (No sugar), unlike most places give u premade powder ones added with hot water. I would recommend you to visit. First time visitors, you may think this place look very dark inside, but once yr eyes get used to the candle light aorund, u can really see the big portion plate of food in front of you.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/14/2005
Went here the other night and i must say that the food was delicious...got the steak au poivre and for $20, it was delicious. The wine was also really good...a little overpriced but still good. However, the service was poor. At least we were in the mood to sit and enjoy our wine. If we had been really hungry, I am sure that crankiness would have set in. Was originally thinking of having dessert but, they took so long to ask us that we just ended up getting the check instead.
Posted by RR on 10/09/2005
The server didn't take our order for over 30 minutes, she disappeared for long stretches. To get milk with my granola, I had to leave the table and go to the front. To get my check I had to go back to the reception area. When my friend ordered light (toast and cofffee) she was asked twice "Is that all you're going to have" in a disbelieving voice. Even worse (since that could have been a problem with just one employee), the restaurant was overcrowded - so much so that diners had to stand up to allow us to get to our table. They're just packing them in. None of the staff seemed to be interested in providing real service.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/16/2005
I love L'express. Unlike some, I thought the service was excellent, and the food delicious. I never had to ask for water, the server brought everything out in a timely fashion, and although the restaurant got very crowded, we were not rushed, and sat at our booth for some time sipping coffee without any feelings that we should go. I particularly love the cold cucumber soup. For someone searching for a cross between an american eatery and french cafe feel, this is the place to go-at any time of the night!
Posted by Anonymous on 07/19/2005
I go here regularly for lunch because of the quality food and affordable price, unfortunately the service at my local deli far exceeds the speediness of the wait staff. A colleague of mine commented on a recent visit how ironic it is that the name of the restaurant is l'Express when it is obviously anything but!