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Le Clown

205 E. 75th St., New York, NY 10021 40.77168 -73.959049
nr. Third Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-517-3356 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: French
  • Price Range: $$$

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Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 77th St.



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Prix-Fixe


  • Full Bar




This venue is closed.

Pretense is at a minimum at this cozy Upper East Side bistro. The unassuming space houses barely a dozen tables, and under low light, subdued ochre walls are hung with a gallery-style hodgepodge of paintings of the restaurant's alternately jovial and unsettling circus-borne namesake. There's nothing clownish about the menu, however: Traditional French bistro fare is on tap, and it doesn't disappoint. The France-by-way-of Belgium favorite moules frites are quite good—mussels are steamed to perfection in a light-as-water cream and white wine sauce with just enough briny juiciness. Fries are crispy. Steer away from the seared tuna, which is rich and hearty, but stewlike in consistency because its juices mingle with the overcooked vegetable sides. Escargot are so heavily buttered you'll need thirds on the breadbasket to mop up the garlicky dregs, but they're awesomely delectable and evenly spiced. The rest of the menu spans bistro standards and American-friendly greatest hits, from grilled calamari to a troika of pasta dishes, and from roast chicken au jus to a sautéed NY strip steak.


Prix-fixe Menu is served Sunday and Monday.

Recommended Dishes

Mussels, $15; snails, $8