Lucien

★★★★☆
  • 14 1st Avenue 1

    New York, NY 10009

    Cross street: 1st Avenue

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  • 212-260-6481

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Lil' Bit of Paris in New York.\r
After our recent visit to Paris, we were yearning for that little Bistro, we loved so much. Who knew we would find it in NYC.\r
Close your eyes and you are in Paris. From our beautiful waitress, who grew up

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★★★★★

Lil' Bit of Paris in New York.\r
After our recent visit to Paris, we were yearning for that little Bistro, we loved so much. Who knew we would find it in NYC.\r
Close your eyes and you are in Paris. From our beautiful waitress, who grew up

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My BF and I made a reservation and still had to wait 45min. We would have left but it was peak dinner hour on a Saturday night so we figured it would be the same everywhere else.
The service was rushed. My BF's mussels were overcooked

3
★★★★★

My BF and I made a reservation and still had to wait 45min. We would have left but it was peak dinner hour on a Saturday night so we figured it would be the same everywhere else.
The service was rushed. My BF's mussels were overcooked

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Don't bother making a reservation. They don't honor them. I made an 8:30pm reservation. Upon arriving early (8:15pm), I was told that all reservations were pushed back a bit, which is reasonable considering that it was a Saturday night.

3
★★★★★

Don't bother making a reservation. They don't honor them. I made an 8:30pm reservation. Upon arriving early (8:15pm), I was told that all reservations were pushed back a bit, which is reasonable considering that it was a Saturday night.

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Last Thanksgiving Day when everything was closed, I had a nice trek of the LES with my sister when we happened upon this charming little place. They had a Thanksgiving Prix Fixe menu with Turkey but we opted for the grilled Octopus which was delectably soft and not rubbery, a great Steak Frites and a Clams with white wine sauce with Linguini - which we paired with a good red wine from Italy - Sacre Bleu! It's not a Bordeaux but the server was knowledgeable to recommend it and it was perfect. This felt like a locals only bistro in a cozy hidden street in Paris with the aged dark wood interior, candle votives, the bar full of easy laid back patrons, and for a moment you forgot that you are on Lower East Side. It may not be French Noveau but why change when you do the standbys quite well already. Too bad, I was with my sister but this could be a go to romantic dinner place. Lucien's will always remind me of a great Thanksgiving Day meal for quite some time.

2
★★★★☆

Last Thanksgiving Day when everything was closed, I had a nice trek of the LES with my sister when we happened upon this charming little place. They had a Thanksgiving Prix Fixe menu with Turkey but we opted for the grilled Octopus which was delectably soft and not rubbery, a great Steak Frites and a Clams with white wine sauce with Linguini - which we paired with a good red wine from Italy - Sacre Bleu! It's not a Bordeaux but the server was knowledgeable to recommend it and it was perfect. This felt like a locals only bistro in a cozy hidden street in Paris with the aged dark wood interior, candle votives, the bar full of easy laid back patrons, and for a moment you forgot that you are on Lower East Side. It may not be French Noveau but why change when you do the standbys quite well already. Too bad, I was with my sister but this could be a go to romantic dinner place. Lucien's will always remind me of a great Thanksgiving Day meal for quite some time.

Pros: Nice moody ambience, great food, excellent wine selection

Cons: Tight space, loud when full, ambient music needs updating

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I went to Lucien's for Lunch, after a few trips here, its not difficult to see that it pays to be a regular here. The food prices haven't changed in probably ten years... This is one of the cheapest espressos/cappuccinos in the city, Go to some fake euro corp, like the Soho Grand, pay six dollars for a cappuccino or 7 for toast. Here its under three.
Wines priced close to retail, a restaurant that actually Wants you to buy wine. Its awesome.
It gets me pretty excited. A bottle here is the same price as two glasses at a lot of places, AND the selection is broad and clearly Picked by someone Smart and French. Whenever I leave I always write down the wines they get so I can buy it later (for nearly the same price!)
The service was good, casual, but polite... fit the vibe.. IT is weird, it does feel like time travel to france... a lot of the people there were french actually.
They could work on the menus there, theyre kind of hard to read. They could have a few more vegetarian options, But their vegetarian plate is really impressive, it looks like a cooked vege tower, WIth eggplant.
My friend had the fish soup, it smelled like the beach and he had it to the LAST drop.
YUM.
i think sometimes the food is a bit different day to day, but i think because they use REAL food, you know...?
Go there, but don't rush.

2
★★★★☆

I went to Lucien's for Lunch, after a few trips here, its not difficult to see that it pays to be a regular here. The food prices haven't changed in probably ten years... This is one of the cheapest espressos/cappuccinos in the city, Go to some fake euro corp, like the Soho Grand, pay six dollars for a cappuccino or 7 for toast. Here its under three.
Wines priced close to retail, a restaurant that actually Wants you to buy wine. Its awesome.
It gets me pretty excited. A bottle here is the same price as two glasses at a lot of places, AND the selection is broad and clearly Picked by someone Smart and French. Whenever I leave I always write down the wines they get so I can buy it later (for nearly the same price!)
The service was good, casual, but polite... fit the vibe.. IT is weird, it does feel like time travel to france... a lot of the people there were french actually.
They could work on the menus there, theyre kind of hard to read. They could have a few more vegetarian options, But their vegetarian plate is really impressive, it looks like a cooked vege tower, WIth eggplant.
My friend had the fish soup, it smelled like the beach and he had it to the LAST drop.
YUM.
i think sometimes the food is a bit different day to day, but i think because they use REAL food, you know...?
Go there, but don't rush.

Pros: old world, Old prices!

Cons: not a place to go in a rush

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I've been going to this small French bistro for over 10 years and it has never let me down. The food is delicious, the staff friendly and efficient and the restaurant's somewhat cramped tables make it a perfectly friendly NY joint. Typically I get the same order - frisee salad and filet mignon - and have never been disappointed.
Sometimes there is a wait, but it's a good excuse to stand at the bar and get friendly.

2
★★★★☆

I've been going to this small French bistro for over 10 years and it has never let me down. The food is delicious, the staff friendly and efficient and the restaurant's somewhat cramped tables make it a perfectly friendly NY joint. Typically I get the same order - frisee salad and filet mignon - and have never been disappointed.
Sometimes there is a wait, but it's a good excuse to stand at the bar and get friendly.

Pros: Frisee salad, Escargot, Filet Mignon.

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Best French food in Manhattan for the money.Service is French in style so if your a hyper spoiled and neurotic New Yorker go home. ...Biker Billy

2
★★★★★

Best French food in Manhattan for the money.Service is French in style so if your a hyper spoiled and neurotic New Yorker go home. ...Biker Billy

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After waiting for a very long time - seeing the waitress friends CUT in front of us - NO EXCUSE, no free drinks, nothing for that. they kept telling us 2 minutes and we waited more than 30 minutes. When it is 10 PM that is really long and only on the account of BAD service.
We finally left without even eating - fed up.

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★☆☆☆☆

After waiting for a very long time - seeing the waitress friends CUT in front of us - NO EXCUSE, no free drinks, nothing for that. they kept telling us 2 minutes and we waited more than 30 minutes. When it is 10 PM that is really long and only on the account of BAD service.
We finally left without even eating - fed up.

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We recently had two meals there - the service was good but the food was somewhat inconsistent. My partner had Steak and Frites both times - while the first time it was great, the second time the steak was rather hard, uneven for medium-rare. The escargots were very mushy one time and the sea bass was passable. Seems the quality of food depends on your timing...

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★★★☆☆

We recently had two meals there - the service was good but the food was somewhat inconsistent. My partner had Steak and Frites both times - while the first time it was great, the second time the steak was rather hard, uneven for medium-rare. The escargots were very mushy one time and the sea bass was passable. Seems the quality of food depends on your timing...

Pros: Casual, relaxing ambience

Cons: inconsistent food quality

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If you're very hungry, this is not the place to go. The portions are tiny (especially the scallops) and the cassoulet tastes like it came straight from a can. And I like cassoulet! The ambiance is fine, but Lucien is just another bistro trying to be trendy while sacrificing the food. This is constructive criticism, by the way. I hope they get the hint.

1
★★☆☆☆

If you're very hungry, this is not the place to go. The portions are tiny (especially the scallops) and the cassoulet tastes like it came straight from a can. And I like cassoulet! The ambiance is fine, but Lucien is just another bistro trying to be trendy while sacrificing the food. This is constructive criticism, by the way. I hope they get the hint.

Pros: Lighting, music

Cons: Mediocre cuisine

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Bad service! Bad Food! Bad! Bad! Bad!!! What a terrible experience! The owner Lucien was barking like a wild dog at his staff. The food sucked! Oysters stink! Steak fatty! We had a french waitress that gave attitude a new meaning! Stay away!

0
★☆☆☆☆

Bad service! Bad Food! Bad! Bad! Bad!!! What a terrible experience! The owner Lucien was barking like a wild dog at his staff. The food sucked! Oysters stink! Steak fatty! We had a french waitress that gave attitude a new meaning! Stay away!

Pros: None

Cons: Bad Food, Bad Service, Owner barks like a wild dog!

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An old heavy set, crazed looking bald man, whom we later found out was Lucien, was shouting and barking orders at a tiny sweet little waitress and other members of the staff. He was overly cruel and demeaning and brought the waitress to tears.

We asked Lucien why he was being so cruel to this very nice girl and he said "Oh it's an inside restaurnat thing." We expressed our dismay and he balked at us then continued to rage around the restaurant and degrade the staff for our entire visit which we cut short as we and cancelled our entries, paid for our weak drinks, consoled the waitress and left!

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★☆☆☆☆

An old heavy set, crazed looking bald man, whom we later found out was Lucien, was shouting and barking orders at a tiny sweet little waitress and other members of the staff. He was overly cruel and demeaning and brought the waitress to tears.

We asked Lucien why he was being so cruel to this very nice girl and he said "Oh it's an inside restaurnat thing." We expressed our dismay and he balked at us then continued to rage around the restaurant and degrade the staff for our entire visit which we cut short as we and cancelled our entries, paid for our weak drinks, consoled the waitress and left!

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Degrading

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It was a summer-time. At the beginning waitress brought us glass of water (no ice). I asked for it and she brought another glass fool if ice. During all diner she never refill water glasses or that ice-glass (was melted in first 20 minutes). Appetizers was horrible ? Foie Gras Maison was uncooked and Escargots has souse only on 2 pices (2 of 6). Main dishes - Filet Mignon au Poivre was salted but at list eatable, but Cassoulet Touloussain Traditionnelle we was have to sand back to the kitchen ? it was only beans and hot-hot-hot sausages, no lamb at all! THE WORST EXPIRIENCE IN MY LIVE!!!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

It was a summer-time. At the beginning waitress brought us glass of water (no ice). I asked for it and she brought another glass fool if ice. During all diner she never refill water glasses or that ice-glass (was melted in first 20 minutes). Appetizers was horrible ? Foie Gras Maison was uncooked and Escargots has souse only on 2 pices (2 of 6). Main dishes - Filet Mignon au Poivre was salted but at list eatable, but Cassoulet Touloussain Traditionnelle we was have to sand back to the kitchen ? it was only beans and hot-hot-hot sausages, no lamb at all! THE WORST EXPIRIENCE IN MY LIVE!!!!!

Pros: THE WORST EXPIRIENCE IN MY LIVE!!!!!

Cons: THE WORST EXPIRIENCE IN MY LIVE!!!!!

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It's places like this that give the French a bad name. I had a reservation for 8pm. I was not seated until 8:50pm. During that time I was forced to stand with my friend in a crowded little space in front of the bar with other waiting patrons while being bumped into by the waitstaff with hot plates of food. When I asked the hostess how long the wait would be she gave me an attitude. I've been to France before. The people are very nice. This hostess however was not. When we were finally seated and ordered it took us about 40 minutes to be served. The food was good, but hardly worth the headache. In hindsight I'm sorry I tipped them so well, but the waitress (who was very nice) shouldn't be held accountable for the poor management of that place. Stay away. There are plenty of other French places in the LES.

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★☆☆☆☆

It's places like this that give the French a bad name. I had a reservation for 8pm. I was not seated until 8:50pm. During that time I was forced to stand with my friend in a crowded little space in front of the bar with other waiting patrons while being bumped into by the waitstaff with hot plates of food. When I asked the hostess how long the wait would be she gave me an attitude. I've been to France before. The people are very nice. This hostess however was not. When we were finally seated and ordered it took us about 40 minutes to be served. The food was good, but hardly worth the headache. In hindsight I'm sorry I tipped them so well, but the waitress (who was very nice) shouldn't be held accountable for the poor management of that place. Stay away. There are plenty of other French places in the LES.

Pros: Steak Frites

Cons: 50 minute wait to be seated WITH reservations, bitter Hostess, no waiting area

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I love the food and the atmosphere at Lucien. Always come here with friends and have never been disapointed. The apetizers are delicious especially the salmon tartar and I've had some of the best steaks here. Sitting at the bar is a fun alternative and the tables are comfy, the service great.

2
★★★★★

I love the food and the atmosphere at Lucien. Always come here with friends and have never been disapointed. The apetizers are delicious especially the salmon tartar and I've had some of the best steaks here. Sitting at the bar is a fun alternative and the tables are comfy, the service great.

Pros: ambience and apetizers

Cons: none

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Sorry, but when there is a sign above the sink stating: "Employees must wash hands" but there is no soap to be found, it kind of makes you lose your appetite. The food was average. The wine was good. The staff add their own 20% tip for a party of 4 or more. But the bus boy was nice enough to bring me extra ice cream with my chocolate tart. The place gets way too crowded after 6pm so either get their early to beat the crowd or suffer waiting at the bar being bumped into non-stop. And bring your own soap please, that's just disgusting!!!

1
★★★☆☆

Sorry, but when there is a sign above the sink stating: "Employees must wash hands" but there is no soap to be found, it kind of makes you lose your appetite. The food was average. The wine was good. The staff add their own 20% tip for a party of 4 or more. But the bus boy was nice enough to bring me extra ice cream with my chocolate tart. The place gets way too crowded after 6pm so either get their early to beat the crowd or suffer waiting at the bar being bumped into non-stop. And bring your own soap please, that's just disgusting!!!

Pros: Wine, service

Cons: I repeat: NO SOAP IN BATHROOM

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I am French (lived in France for 20 years) and bistro food is usually my favorite. So I was excited to see that Lucien had a lot of dishes I liked on their menu. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed with the food. Although the place is charming and the staff is courteous, the food is very average and not authentic. The Squab (Pigeon) was dry and had no flavor and the Cassoulet was tasteless. I have eaten a lot of Cassoulets in France before and the dish at Lucien was not done right at all. They drowned the dish with so much tomatoes that I could not taste the meat and beans. We lost our appetite midway through the meal and skipped dessert. I will not come back again. I would not recommend this place if you are looking for good authentic French food.

1
★★★☆☆

I am French (lived in France for 20 years) and bistro food is usually my favorite. So I was excited to see that Lucien had a lot of dishes I liked on their menu. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed with the food. Although the place is charming and the staff is courteous, the food is very average and not authentic. The Squab (Pigeon) was dry and had no flavor and the Cassoulet was tasteless. I have eaten a lot of Cassoulets in France before and the dish at Lucien was not done right at all. They drowned the dish with so much tomatoes that I could not taste the meat and beans. We lost our appetite midway through the meal and skipped dessert. I will not come back again. I would not recommend this place if you are looking for good authentic French food.

Pros: Friendly staff, charming bistro style

Cons: Not authentic French, average food

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went with my mom to this place. we loved it. reminded so much of a bistro in paris. Very authentic...

1
★★★☆☆

went with my mom to this place. we loved it. reminded so much of a bistro in paris. Very authentic...

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good music. the beatles white album and the doors. pretty good atmosphere. many of the dishes looked good on the menu.

0
★☆☆☆☆

good music. the beatles white album and the doors. pretty good atmosphere. many of the dishes looked good on the menu.

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This was the worst restaurant experience in our lives. We arrived 15 minutes before our reservation on a Friday, and waitied 45 minutes to be seated. My partner was continually bumped into by a waiters who apparently could not walk and talk at the same time. They appeared to be either intoxicated or high. Request to talk the manager were dealt with as if we were trying to see the President. Therefore, we left. This is NOT a customer friendly restaurant, but the Mexican place nearby was great.

1
★★★☆☆

This was the worst restaurant experience in our lives. We arrived 15 minutes before our reservation on a Friday, and waitied 45 minutes to be seated. My partner was continually bumped into by a waiters who apparently could not walk and talk at the same time. They appeared to be either intoxicated or high. Request to talk the manager were dealt with as if we were trying to see the President. Therefore, we left. This is NOT a customer friendly restaurant, but the Mexican place nearby was great.

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We arrived for our rreservation minutes early to be told that our table would be ready in 15 mins. The "stoned" hostess asked us to relax at the bar with our party of 6. The bar was so crowded because it is only 2' x 5' that the 3 in our group decided to hang outside. After being knocked into over 100 times by the wait staff that does not know the words excuse me, i decided it was time to ask when our table was ready. I had enough of being pushed by the rude wait staff that would push you out of the way with a hot plate or a cold drink to you back. It was now close to an hour of waiting and politely we asked the now completey STONED hostess when our table would be ready. She once again told us a few minutes. I inquired why and she said b/c our complete party is not here and b/c someone in our group brushed into a waitress as she walked passed the bar. #1 Our cmplete party was there, but b/c your hole in the wall of a restaurant has a bar the size of my closet, 2 out of 6 decided to wait outside. #2 that "brush" by someone in our party against your waitress would not have happened if you taught your waitstaff proper manners like, excuse me or pardon me or HOT plate coming through. We at this point decided it was time to leave. Other people we were talking to at the bar were having similar experiences. We wrapped up our bar tab and asked to speak to the manager. After asking a man if he was the manager, he answered "It depends on what's in reference to" We along with a number of other would be guests felt like we were in the Twilight ZOne. Not only is the waitstaff extremely rude, the place is falling apart, the wait for a drink is at least 20 minutes, the food looked an smelled HORRIBLE. This place is the worst Restaurant in all of NYC. No sweat though if you are in the area, there is an amazingly friendly and tastey Mexican right accross the street.

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★★★☆☆

We arrived for our rreservation minutes early to be told that our table would be ready in 15 mins. The "stoned" hostess asked us to relax at the bar with our party of 6. The bar was so crowded because it is only 2' x 5' that the 3 in our group decided to hang outside. After being knocked into over 100 times by the wait staff that does not know the words excuse me, i decided it was time to ask when our table was ready. I had enough of being pushed by the rude wait staff that would push you out of the way with a hot plate or a cold drink to you back. It was now close to an hour of waiting and politely we asked the now completey STONED hostess when our table would be ready. She once again told us a few minutes. I inquired why and she said b/c our complete party is not here and b/c someone in our group brushed into a waitress as she walked passed the bar. #1 Our cmplete party was there, but b/c your hole in the wall of a restaurant has a bar the size of my closet, 2 out of 6 decided to wait outside. #2 that "brush" by someone in our party against your waitress would not have happened if you taught your waitstaff proper manners like, excuse me or pardon me or HOT plate coming through. We at this point decided it was time to leave. Other people we were talking to at the bar were having similar experiences. We wrapped up our bar tab and asked to speak to the manager. After asking a man if he was the manager, he answered "It depends on what's in reference to" We along with a number of other would be guests felt like we were in the Twilight ZOne. Not only is the waitstaff extremely rude, the place is falling apart, the wait for a drink is at least 20 minutes, the food looked an smelled HORRIBLE. This place is the worst Restaurant in all of NYC. No sweat though if you are in the area, there is an amazingly friendly and tastey Mexican right accross the street.

Pros: NONE

Cons: EVERYTHING!

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We got there 30 minutes late after fumbling with the subway system, and they were very gracious and fit us into a table right by the window. We split an escargot and some shrimp, and I had a great beet and chevre salad. I also had the hanger steak with red wine mushroom sauce, one of my friends had rabbit, and the other had a good looking filet mignon. We started with a bottle of Sancerre (unfortunately not the aromatic kind, but nice and crisp), then switched to a $100 Pommard, which was light and fruity and not much more interesting than a $20 Oregon pinot (but I don't fault the restaurant.) The wine list is short-ish but excellent, primarily French - my only criticism is that there could be more of a range of prices in some categories. It wouldn't hurt to throw in an AOC Bourgogne or AOC Bordeaux. Very satisfying in general.

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★★★★★

We got there 30 minutes late after fumbling with the subway system, and they were very gracious and fit us into a table right by the window. We split an escargot and some shrimp, and I had a great beet and chevre salad. I also had the hanger steak with red wine mushroom sauce, one of my friends had rabbit, and the other had a good looking filet mignon. We started with a bottle of Sancerre (unfortunately not the aromatic kind, but nice and crisp), then switched to a $100 Pommard, which was light and fruity and not much more interesting than a $20 Oregon pinot (but I don't fault the restaurant.) The wine list is short-ish but excellent, primarily French - my only criticism is that there could be more of a range of prices in some categories. It wouldn't hurt to throw in an AOC Bourgogne or AOC Bordeaux. Very satisfying in general.

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had been walking in LES in the scorching heat with my 16 mo daughter and decided to stop for a quick lunch in an a.c. spot. Not only was it absolutely comfy but the owner and the waitress went out of their way to make sure myself and my baby had the best spot to relax. I ordered sardines and artichoke salad. Delicious. Been awhile since i had such fine grilled sardines. Totally recommend this place. Can't wait to go back and experience more of their amazing selections. Great MENU!

2
★★★★★

had been walking in LES in the scorching heat with my 16 mo daughter and decided to stop for a quick lunch in an a.c. spot. Not only was it absolutely comfy but the owner and the waitress went out of their way to make sure myself and my baby had the best spot to relax. I ordered sardines and artichoke salad. Delicious. Been awhile since i had such fine grilled sardines. Totally recommend this place. Can't wait to go back and experience more of their amazing selections. Great MENU!

Pros: authentic french fare

Cons: bit cramped

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After reading a review trashing this place, I had to write my first EVER. As a European who has eaten at countless of NY's self-proclaimed great French restaurants I highly recommend Lucien. Cozy, cramped, cluttered, service unpredictable, FOOD IS GREAT AND IT'S TRULY FRENCH. If you like NY's "French brasseries" (overpriced, overhyped) stay away. Lucien has the usual staples and some variations - good wine list (mix, decent wines, prices). The reviews on here complaining about it are clearly written by people who came to NY from god knows where in small town America, have no clue what real French food is truly like and think great coffee is made in Starbucks. Go to Lucien for a great French bistro in NY and save yourself from the Americanized versions elsewhere over Manhattan - only tourists think any French restaurant charging more than $50/head in NY is actually worth the money!

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★★★★☆

After reading a review trashing this place, I had to write my first EVER. As a European who has eaten at countless of NY's self-proclaimed great French restaurants I highly recommend Lucien. Cozy, cramped, cluttered, service unpredictable, FOOD IS GREAT AND IT'S TRULY FRENCH. If you like NY's "French brasseries" (overpriced, overhyped) stay away. Lucien has the usual staples and some variations - good wine list (mix, decent wines, prices). The reviews on here complaining about it are clearly written by people who came to NY from god knows where in small town America, have no clue what real French food is truly like and think great coffee is made in Starbucks. Go to Lucien for a great French bistro in NY and save yourself from the Americanized versions elsewhere over Manhattan - only tourists think any French restaurant charging more than $50/head in NY is actually worth the money!

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I had a terrible time at this place. It took 75 minutes to get two french onion soups and a salad. No one even appologized for forgetting to put in our order. we were promised a round of drinks that never came. i refused to pay for my meal, first time i have EVER or would ever do such a thing.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I had a terrible time at this place. It took 75 minutes to get two french onion soups and a salad. No one even appologized for forgetting to put in our order. we were promised a round of drinks that never came. i refused to pay for my meal, first time i have EVER or would ever do such a thing.

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We stumbled upon this fabulous bistro last winter and stopped in for a glass of wine. Granted, it's small, but feels so authentically Parisian that it's worth it. Even though the LES is a trek for us, a friend and I went back to enjoy the steak frites and escargot.
My roomies had my surprise birthday party here, and our party of 8 was only seated with a reservation made far in advance. But the pate, duck (oh, the duck!), rabbit and steak we enjoyed, as well as the wine and desserts, were fantastic, and reasonably priced. This is my favorite place in the city! Service is perfectly French--not too friendly, not too present, but always around when you need them.

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★★★★★

We stumbled upon this fabulous bistro last winter and stopped in for a glass of wine. Granted, it's small, but feels so authentically Parisian that it's worth it. Even though the LES is a trek for us, a friend and I went back to enjoy the steak frites and escargot.
My roomies had my surprise birthday party here, and our party of 8 was only seated with a reservation made far in advance. But the pate, duck (oh, the duck!), rabbit and steak we enjoyed, as well as the wine and desserts, were fantastic, and reasonably priced. This is my favorite place in the city! Service is perfectly French--not too friendly, not too present, but always around when you need them.

Pros: Amazing Food, Good Value, Lovely Atmosphere

Cons: Small

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After reading several reviews, we took our chances with the place -- and found a true village gem! The decor is simple and the lighting is comfortable. It's not loud, and the service is quite friendly. I would definitely recommend the half confit, half magret duck. It looks great but tastes even better!

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★★★★★

After reading several reviews, we took our chances with the place -- and found a true village gem! The decor is simple and the lighting is comfortable. It's not loud, and the service is quite friendly. I would definitely recommend the half confit, half magret duck. It looks great but tastes even better!

Pros: Food, Value, Not loud

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Seriously the best french restaurant in NYC, all around. I love everything they serve, and the wine list is excellent. Certain reviewers have grumbled about the cramped space and diners being nearly on top of each other while they eat...to them I say welcome to New York! That's the price you pay to eat the best food in the best city!

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★★★★★

Seriously the best french restaurant in NYC, all around. I love everything they serve, and the wine list is excellent. Certain reviewers have grumbled about the cramped space and diners being nearly on top of each other while they eat...to them I say welcome to New York! That's the price you pay to eat the best food in the best city!

Pros: Food, Service

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We wound up sandwiched between two tables of longtime fans who couldn't stop raving about it. When their food arrived, we salivated. When ours arrived we didn't speak to each other for 15 min. We couldn't. It was love at first tastebud. Highly recommended.

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★★★★★

We wound up sandwiched between two tables of longtime fans who couldn't stop raving about it. When their food arrived, we salivated. When ours arrived we didn't speak to each other for 15 min. We couldn't. It was love at first tastebud. Highly recommended.

Pros: the food

Cons: the cramped seating

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I must say that I have never eaten better than I had in Paris. And this is the place that reminds me of those good times. It's not pretentious, the service is attentive, and the food is fantastic. I've even opted for the grilled chicken few times and have been very satisfied. A great French bistro when you're feeling a bit of a Parisian foodie.

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★★★★★

I must say that I have never eaten better than I had in Paris. And this is the place that reminds me of those good times. It's not pretentious, the service is attentive, and the food is fantastic. I've even opted for the grilled chicken few times and have been very satisfied. A great French bistro when you're feeling a bit of a Parisian foodie.

Pros: Food, Service

Cons: Casual Setting

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This charming French spot serves wonderful food and is a great spot for a cozy meal on weekdays. Weekends get a bit loud, so daters take note. Also, the left side heaters get really hot during winter, so beware of sitting on that side!

2
★★★★★

This charming French spot serves wonderful food and is a great spot for a cozy meal on weekdays. Weekends get a bit loud, so daters take note. Also, the left side heaters get really hot during winter, so beware of sitting on that side!

Pros: Decor, Ambiance

Cons: Seating

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enjoyed the experience. good service. nice feel. excellent food. all in all very pleasant. we were seated in the back side; would have prefered the front side of the restaurant. see if you can ask for the fron side when you make a reservation. Wine bottles are small. really small. order by the bottle. with those small glasses ypou will have 8 glasses for each bottle. other than that everything was lovely. the salad, the sardins, the seafood dish and the hanger steak. lovely. lovely.

2
★★★★★

enjoyed the experience. good service. nice feel. excellent food. all in all very pleasant. we were seated in the back side; would have prefered the front side of the restaurant. see if you can ask for the fron side when you make a reservation. Wine bottles are small. really small. order by the bottle. with those small glasses ypou will have 8 glasses for each bottle. other than that everything was lovely. the salad, the sardins, the seafood dish and the hanger steak. lovely. lovely.

Pros: food, food, food

Cons: wine by glass

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A more Parisian place is really not to be found. Aside from the suspicion I have that the escargot comes from a can, this place is a fabulous little hole-in-the-wall with absolutely French dishes. I go here whenever I miss living in the quartier latin. I have yet to eat any of the main dishes, but so far the escargot, mussels, asparagus and arugala salads, and pate have all been perfect. My only complaint is that the wine is more expensive than I'd expect it to be.

2
★★★★☆

A more Parisian place is really not to be found. Aside from the suspicion I have that the escargot comes from a can, this place is a fabulous little hole-in-the-wall with absolutely French dishes. I go here whenever I miss living in the quartier latin. I have yet to eat any of the main dishes, but so far the escargot, mussels, asparagus and arugala salads, and pate have all been perfect. My only complaint is that the wine is more expensive than I'd expect it to be.

Pros: food food food, no soho snob bistro, laid-back service

Cons: , $$ wine

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I've eaten here a few times now. The last time we visited NYC, we ate here twice--it's that good. Not just the food, but the place and the staff. Accommodating, friendly service and a relaxed dining experience in a lively, authentic bistro atmosphere. The duck, the steak frites, the roasted chicken--all excellent. As are the sharable pates, cheese plate and endive salad with blue cheese dressing. Ask for a table up front--the back can get a little warm near the kitchen.

2
★★★★★

I've eaten here a few times now. The last time we visited NYC, we ate here twice--it's that good. Not just the food, but the place and the staff. Accommodating, friendly service and a relaxed dining experience in a lively, authentic bistro atmosphere. The duck, the steak frites, the roasted chicken--all excellent. As are the sharable pates, cheese plate and endive salad with blue cheese dressing. Ask for a table up front--the back can get a little warm near the kitchen.

Pros: food, atmosphere, staff

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this place is absolutely wonderful. one of the best little restaurants NYC has to offer. the food is always top notch, the wine terrific, and the service is helpful and so much fun! i love coming back to this place and it's never been anything less than fantastic.

2
★★★★★

this place is absolutely wonderful. one of the best little restaurants NYC has to offer. the food is always top notch, the wine terrific, and the service is helpful and so much fun! i love coming back to this place and it's never been anything less than fantastic.

Pros: escargot, desserts

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If you don't want great French food, authentic French ambience, and an owner who treats the place and its customers as family--in other words, as a real French bistro--then you should bar hop right past this one. The menu, to those familiar with food an ocean away from the notion of Freedom Fries, comprises astonishing recipes from one top-flight Parisian boite to another. If you occasionally miss the city of lights, this is where you can get recharged. And well fed. It's true it's crowded. I would suggest lunch. If Lucien is sitting next to you, there's a fair chance he'll even insist you have a glass of vin on him, because it offends his French sensibility to see you with such food sans wine. Or, if the perfect match of wine and food don't mean that much to you, it's probably a good idea to hop on by.

2
★★★★★

If you don't want great French food, authentic French ambience, and an owner who treats the place and its customers as family--in other words, as a real French bistro--then you should bar hop right past this one. The menu, to those familiar with food an ocean away from the notion of Freedom Fries, comprises astonishing recipes from one top-flight Parisian boite to another. If you occasionally miss the city of lights, this is where you can get recharged. And well fed. It's true it's crowded. I would suggest lunch. If Lucien is sitting next to you, there's a fair chance he'll even insist you have a glass of vin on him, because it offends his French sensibility to see you with such food sans wine. Or, if the perfect match of wine and food don't mean that much to you, it's probably a good idea to hop on by.

Pros: Food, Well-PricedWine, Ambience

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I wouldn't really call this place a restaurant. It's more like a bar with a little corner to sit down and eat. The tables are so close together, your arms touch the guest next to you. The food is on the good side but not so terrific to compensate the bad service, crammed tiny-tables, dirty glasses, overly loud music, which is good for the bar part of the establishment but not when you want to seat down, eat and have a normal conversation at normal volume.

Also, despite having reservations, I had to wait over 30 minutes to be seated.

The only thing this place is good for is to have something good to eat while bar hoping.

1
★★★☆☆

I wouldn't really call this place a restaurant. It's more like a bar with a little corner to sit down and eat. The tables are so close together, your arms touch the guest next to you. The food is on the good side but not so terrific to compensate the bad service, crammed tiny-tables, dirty glasses, overly loud music, which is good for the bar part of the establishment but not when you want to seat down, eat and have a normal conversation at normal volume.

Also, despite having reservations, I had to wait over 30 minutes to be seated.

The only thing this place is good for is to have something good to eat while bar hoping.

Pros: Food

Cons: , space, ambiance

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The decor makes it feel like a real Parisian bistro; Crowded, crammed tables, dust on the shelves.
The food was just ok. Service, so-so. More interested in table turnover than making you have a nice enjoyable dinner. It was also way too expensive for what was offered, the quality and the service.

2
★★★★☆

The decor makes it feel like a real Parisian bistro; Crowded, crammed tables, dust on the shelves.
The food was just ok. Service, so-so. More interested in table turnover than making you have a nice enjoyable dinner. It was also way too expensive for what was offered, the quality and the service.

Pros: authentic feel

Cons: too close tables, expensive

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took my mom here last night. It was good as usual, not crowded, nice atmosphere. The waitress was nice and helpful. I had the sea bass, with veggies in a garlic white wine sauce, similar to the broth that comes with mussels. YUM.

2
★★★★★

took my mom here last night. It was good as usual, not crowded, nice atmosphere. The waitress was nice and helpful. I had the sea bass, with veggies in a garlic white wine sauce, similar to the broth that comes with mussels. YUM.

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That was the first word that came to mind. Anti-stuffy atmosphere, just chic and relaxed. Food was so on the money. Foie gras was amazing and intense with balsamic reduction, perfectly seared and oozing on the inside. Duck was flavorful and well-matched with sweet/tart root vegetables. Steak Frites was perfect.

2
★★★★★

That was the first word that came to mind. Anti-stuffy atmosphere, just chic and relaxed. Food was so on the money. Foie gras was amazing and intense with balsamic reduction, perfectly seared and oozing on the inside. Duck was flavorful and well-matched with sweet/tart root vegetables. Steak Frites was perfect.

Pros: Atmosphere, Food, Service

Cons: None

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I have been to this restaurant at least 40 times over the past few years and I have to say that I have never had a bad meal, in fact, every one was just as delicious as one from the last visit. I'd like to know his secret for consistent perfection.

2
★★★★★

I have been to this restaurant at least 40 times over the past few years and I have to say that I have never had a bad meal, in fact, every one was just as delicious as one from the last visit. I'd like to know his secret for consistent perfection.

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Perfect French food in the perfect French atmosphere....a European friend of mine recently came to visit and we spent more time here than anywhere else in the city! the food was truly melt-in-the-mouth (we had the snails) and the waitresses attentive and charming. Highly recommended.

2
★★★★★

Perfect French food in the perfect French atmosphere....a European friend of mine recently came to visit and we spent more time here than anywhere else in the city! the food was truly melt-in-the-mouth (we had the snails) and the waitresses attentive and charming. Highly recommended.

Pros: Great atmosphere

Cons: not open 25 hours!

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Yes, it's small, but that is certainly part of the charm. Every experience here has been positive. The service has been very helpful in answering questions and very attentive. A neighborhood jewel!

2
★★★★★

Yes, it's small, but that is certainly part of the charm. Every experience here has been positive. The service has been very helpful in answering questions and very attentive. A neighborhood jewel!

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It's a true French cafe- that means that the tables are small, the coffee is strong and a 2nd cup is hard to track down. The waitresses are thin and pretty and nice in their delicate and snail-pace way. The brunch will fill you up but not leave you feeling overstuffed. Not many choices on the menu, but here, you don't need many.

When you walk in you will think the staff will be patronizing (Like Casimir) but if you respect their slow pace, you will come to appreciate it on a sunday morning.

2
★★★★☆

It's a true French cafe- that means that the tables are small, the coffee is strong and a 2nd cup is hard to track down. The waitresses are thin and pretty and nice in their delicate and snail-pace way. The brunch will fill you up but not leave you feeling overstuffed. Not many choices on the menu, but here, you don't need many.

When you walk in you will think the staff will be patronizing (Like Casimir) but if you respect their slow pace, you will come to appreciate it on a sunday morning.

Pros: Ambience, Sleepy Sunday a.m's, easy access from F

Cons: not 4 coffee chuggers, rickety tables

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French bistro in the East Village serves classic onion soup, steak frites, pate and escargot in a cozy atmosphere.

 

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