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L'Express

249 Park Ave. South, New York, NY, 10003
at 20th St.
212-254-5858

Avg. Rating

6
Food: 7
Service: 5
Décor: 7
"Mixed Reviews"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

57% would go back.

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Great Value, Delish Food!

By Chrisnyc1 on 12/2/2010

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Cozy Little french Bisto, the croque monsier is Delicious and so much better than Pastis! actually comes with fries! Escargot, Duck everything was excellent, would highly recommend!

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33 out of 63 people found this review helpful.

Downhill....

By lpnyc on 8/24/2009

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

I'm not sure if this is typical L'Express these days, or just what happens on Monday nights, or maybe there was no manager on duty tonight, but we had a terrible experience. Here's what happened: 1. Horrible service from a waiter who made us feel he had no time for us (meanwhile the place was half-empty and there were at least 2 other waiters on duty); 2. The staff let a woman bring her dog into the restaurant. She stood at the bar for 5 minutes holding her dog up on a bar stool (she was standing) and chatting with the staff. The dog was not teacup-sized; it was more of a medium-sized dog and definitely not what you should see in a restaurant; 3. The food was barely OK. My entree of chicken and tomato sausages came with a flavorless accompaniment of sauteed spinach and smashed potatoes that needed tons of pepper to inject any flavor. 1 + 2 + 3 = I won't return anytime soon. Another reliable spot has become unreliable.

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73 out of 136 people found this review helpful.

Roach and Rudeness

By xdfxdfxdf on 6/27/2009

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

My partner and I ate here tonight and will never return. Not long after we were served, a huge roach crawled across the floor of the restaurant and settled under our table. I flagged a hostess and, while pointing out the roach, knocked over my glass of wine that broke into my dinner. They sent out a replacement dinner and glass of wine, however when the bill came they had charged me for two glasses of wine. I asked the waitress about it and she called the manager, who accused us of lying and refused to remove it from the bill. So I called the Department of Health (311) on the spot. Only then, the manager took the bill and removed the wine. I am amazed at the low standard of service and the blatant rudeness. Everyone knows (or doesn't want to know) that many, even high-end NYC restaurants have critters, so in truth, that wasn't even the issue. It was the attitude of the manager and staff that turned the experience truly sour. We paid the corrected bill, tipped and left. Needless to say, we would not recommend dining at L'Express.

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71 out of 129 people found this review helpful.

Steak Tartar is excellent, service .. not so much

By franciskirigin on 12/4/2008

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 5
  • Yes, I would go back!

In an otherwise blase neighborhood, this is a great place to get steak tartar at 4am or 4pm. The interior feels a bit like a cafeteria, (not to be confused with Cafeteria), so ambiance is relative to your style. Do not come here for service with a smile, do drop by to nibble on some excellent frites and escargot.

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66 out of 128 people found this review helpful.

Crappy service and mediocre food

By gramercygirl on 9/2/2008

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

Went to L'Express for lunch with a friend. We were shoved in next to another table for two. Waited at least 10 minutes to even get a waiter. Gave us both tiny glasses of water with no ice - it was a hot day! Waited another 10 minutes for waiter to return to take our order. I had the grilled chicken sandwich, which according to the menu was just plain, but when I received it, the sandwich had some gross, unrecognizable vegetables on it and nasty mayo. The fries were good though. Food seemed overpriced for what you got. Service there was definitely not "Express." My friend exclaimed out loud, why is it called L'Express?! Waited probably another twenty minutes for the bill, the waiter seemed either to have forgotten about us or was ignoring us. Would never return!

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61 out of 120 people found this review helpful.

Best Faux French Bistro in the city!

By ishaara2 on 6/29/2007

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

Great service, great atmosphere and amazing food. And it's open 24/7!! It's a great place to enjoy good food and good conversations. The ambiance is a spin-off on French cafes but not too blatant. Sophisticated crowd. Their lamb burger is To Die For.

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222 out of 481 people found this review helpful.

Great Brunch

By adam on 4/25/2003

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

For a great brunch at a resonable price, this is the place. The kinda place once you visit you'll go back weekend after weekend.

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