249 Park Ave S, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.738293 -73.987685
Daily 24 hours
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Gramercy Park
A French bistro hosts cafe-goers on Park Avenue South all day and all night. – In Short
You don't have to be a Francophile to appreciate a casual, 24-hour bistro with a menu heavy on specialties from France's so-called culinary capital of Lyon, such as such as charcuterie, tripe, pig's feet, and other hardcore French country classics. (There are of course all the standard New York bistro items: steak frites, burgers, and the like also) Wicker chairs and small tables set with paper placemat menus embody a no-frills environment--somewhat of a contradiction to its Park Avenue address. Mabye this uniqueness is what pulls everyone in, from Gramercy residents to tourists passing by. In the dining room, a waitstaff serves consistent cuisine combining influences from the southern and northern regions of France with aplomb.
Sooo Delicious.. – Everything at L?express was SOOOOOO delicious! I don't know if the food is actually THAT good, or if I was just really hungry....perhaps it was a combination of both, but in any case, it was a delightful meal. My love of French food comes mainly from the prevalent role butter plays in many French recipes, and L?express used my fave ingredient quite well without making any dish too greasy or rich. My friend and I enjoyed the Steak Frites and Chorizo Brochettes ; both were excellent
Be wary of the late night service and crowd. – I've eaten here once during normal dinner hours with no problem, but my experience this past weekend was among my worst dining experiences in the city. The wait staff seems to make use of the fixed tip after 1AM. I do not know if our waitress was trying to add some authenticity to our French dining experience (actually, I think she was Russian), but she promptly snatched the menus from each of our grasps upon ordering and she essentially ordered one of my friends, who was still deciding, to hurry up. The place was busy, but it was still uncalled for. Among other minor acts of rudeness, the management does not appear to care who they let in. A girl at a neighboring table was hanging on to her boyfriend for dear life and was in and out of consciousness. Imagine my lack of surprise when she threw up on the floor next to us. If your concern is mostly the food, I can honestly say that it is no more than mediocre. The pate left much to be desired and my croque monsieur had an odd after-taste (how do you mess up a ham and cheese sandwich with loads of butter?). At least it was not expensive. Better luck to you all in your late night dining...
Great service, great food! – A couple of friends and I enjoyed some wine and appetizers at a table right next to the windows. We got a nice breeze so it felt like we were outside without sitting on the sidewalk. The service was excellent and the specials, delicious. Creme brulee with rhubarb was amazing!
4:30am Saturday morning=time for L'Express! – I love love love this place! I've been here several times, usually after a night of partying, made it one time for dinner as well. The French toast here @ 5am after a long night=heaven! Everything is delicious, fresh, well prepared. When I came for dinner we got a bottle of wine which was ok, a little pricey for the quality, which is my only complaint. I love the atmosphere, music and crowd every time I come, its very chill and relaxed, not filled with loud, obnoxious drunks. L'Express is the absolute perfect way to begin or end every night!!
Great Service – Nice range of food options, good value, convenient to Union Square and open 24 hours. This restaurant is also kid friendly with wonderfully patient waitresses. - Noga Rosenthal
Express to hell. – A couple years ago, when I worked in the area, I used to love L'Express. They could always be counted on for a nice atmosphere, a good glass of wine, and reasonable prices. But over the last year, the place has gotten worse and worse. Last week, I walked into the restaurant and hovered around for about five minutes before the hostess appeared. I asked for a table for two -- which shouldn't have been a problem since it was still early and the tables were virtually all empty. Yet she bruskly refused to seat me and directed me to the bar which, unlike the dining area, was full. I wouldn't have thought much of it, but my last few visits there have been more of the same. Go to L'Express if you're looking for disinterested service and mediocre food; otherwise, take your money elsewhere and let this place go the way of the dinosaur.
mediocre food, slow service – went there for lunch during a weekday and service was terribly slow, it took forever for a server to come over even though the place was not busy at all
food was mediocre, we ordered the tomato and mozz salad, mussels, and calamari
everything was subpar...the mozzarella did not taste fresh at all, calamari dipping sauce had a really odd flavor, and mussels were eh...overall would not come back here again, especially with so many other good restaurants in the area
mediocre food, ok brunch – 24 hours is great... the fries are great.. otherwise, service is usually slow, the food just ok. but a good place overall to have in your repetoire if you eat out a lot and need options.
Half-empty – Tried to get a table for two in the half-empty restaurant and was told to wait until a table opened up or be squeezed between two other couples. The tables are too close as it is. Meanwhile, we saw at least five tables for 4 that were empty. The waitress said they are for bigger parties. I'll bet that in the time we could've sat down and eaten, only one or two of the tables would have been occupied. I understand about seating policies but it looks like the restaurant would rather have empty tables than go against their own seating policy. Hope your waiters enjoyed the tips from your empty tables.
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