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La Lunchonette

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130 Tenth Ave., New York, NY 10011 40.744661 -74.006331
at 18th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-675-0342 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: French
  • Price Range: $$$

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    8 out of 10


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Mon-Fri, noon-3:30pm and 5pm-11pm; Sat-Sun, 11:30am-3:30pm and 5pm-11pm

Nearby Subway Stops

A, C, E at 14th St.; L at Eighth Ave.



Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Live Music
  • Lunch
  • Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Romantic
  • Take-Out


  • Full Bar




This venue is closed.

On a charm-free, windswept corner, La Lunchonette beckons with Hernando's Hideaway intrigue. It could be because Jean-François Fraysse, the chef-owner, radiates the passion of a tamed romantic rascal. Devoted to his wife, Melva (who is also the manager and co-owner), and two kids, he cooks as if each meal were testament of his love for them. His rabbit with prunes, muskily sweet venison studded with quince, cassoulet to get lost in, and golden-glazed tarte Tatin are all surefire seductions. The next time you bemoan the trysts and turns one has to go through on this island to find a romantic spot with more than a votive candle, find that too-low window set in an unassuming door, and turn the knob.