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Reviews from nymag.com
Posted by anon on 05/01/2013
We had a terrific dinner here; started with Provencal fish soup which was excellent, finished with lapin & scallops, both of which were so good. Can't wait to return. It felt like a Parisian bistro.
Posted by Husband and Wife on 03/10/2012
We just spent $70 on a so called Filet Mignon and what tasted like old frozen salmon. Neither of us ate more than 3 bites. When the waitress asked me if I didn't like it, I said no, it was pretty unappetizing, she just looked at me and then gave me the check - there was no "can I get you something else?" I can't believe what we just experienced. Gordan Ramsey would have shut this place down. I think the filet had some sort of meat glue in it, which for a $38 piece of meat is unacceptable and borderline insulting to the customer. The salmon had a texture unlike any piece of fish my wife has ever had and was completely bland. The vegetables underneath it weren't fresh either. We basically spent $70 for decent french fries. We have no idea why this place was so busy. I've ordered A LOT of filets in this town and this tasted like a fast food chain version. There are many MANY other better french bistros. Don't waste your time here unless you don't know the difference.
Posted by Tweezix on 01/03/2012
It used to be my favorite restaurant until yesterday when at the end of a lovely lunch just as we ordered dessert, the kitchen staff started washing the floors with bleach. The wait stuff did not tell them to stop even though the smell of overpowering. We had to tell them to stop. They moved to the back of the restaurant and continued with the bleach. The male waiter had a blank expression on his face when I tried to talk to him how inappropriate it was to pour bleach on the floor when people are eating. He was silent. I am very disappointed and will not go back.
Posted by HARRIET AKA MAMA Z on 03/12/2011
I love this restaurant. Above all the ambiance. Also the escargots, lapin a la moutarde, salade d'endive and soupe aux poissons. Thank you Lucien for an always enjoyable meal!
Posted by JW_evillage on 12/02/2010
While we liked the atmosphere and the service, the food was mediocre (maybe even less than mediocre) There were 3 of us--2 ordered steak frites and 1 had the lamb chops. Neither of the meats were very flavorful, and the food was cold (not sure why since it wasn't busy). We were all mildly disappointed--we expected more for what we paid. There are plenty of better and cheaper French bistros in town.
Posted by NEO on 09/30/2010
This place has the best Fillet Mignon around. I always get it (Med Rare) and it's always perfect. So delicious. I want one now! The Crab Cake is great too. I never order a crab cake anywhere else, but the orange sauce on Lucien's perfect crab make for an unforgettable cake! Have a beer. Have a glass of wine. Enjoy!
Posted by hay on 10/19/2009
I've been going to Lucien for about 10 years now. It's still one of my favorites. It's definitely cramped and you may wait a long time, even with a reservation, but it's worth it! I get the same thing every time: endive salad, scallops grenobloise and the cinnamon ice cream (normally served with the tarte tatin, I skip the tarte). It is so good and it has been every single time I've been there. The baguette is also very good (crisp outside, tender chewy inside) and they always have nice Bordeaux wines available at reasonable prices. The staff is wonderful, but I guess it helps when they know you from being a regular. Everyone I've ever brought with me to Lucien has always loved it too, I'm surprised to read the negative reviews...