Lucien

Lucien

French Restaurant$$$$
East Village, New York
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    Dens
    "Still delicious steak frites (and filet) and A++ escargotz 🐌"(16 Tips)
    Olympia L.
    "Bests r the asparagus, artichoke n palm salad, duck n filet mignon."(9 Tips)
    Anna F.
    "Oysters, escargots, foie gras, steak frites, filet mignon."(3 Tips)
    Susan S.
    "Very cute local place - the grilled octopus was outstanding!"(3 Tips)
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  • Giovanni D.heart icon on user image
    Giovanni D'PalmaAugust 9, 2015
    This is the French Bistro to visit in EV hands down. There's nowhere around even close. The ambiance and service were perfect and the food was divine. Try the filet mignon, escargot or moulles!
  • Anna F.heart icon on user image
    Anna FrenkelMay 28, 2013
    Oysters, escargots, foie gras, steak frites, filet mignon. Oh, and keep that red wine flowing. Cozy spot & great staff. A hidden neighborhood gem that's been right in your face the entire time.
  • Carolineheart icon on user image
    CarolineAugust 16, 2015
    One of the best French places in the city. The closest I've found to a real French bistro, down to the chairs and the friendly staff. Amazing Moules Marinières!
  • Yasemin B.
    Yasemin BAugust 24, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Cozy atmosphere, friendly staff, best French bistro in the city, without a doubt. Everything on the menu is fantastic. The steak frites pepper sauce is unbelievable!
  • Gothamist
    GothamistDecember 29, 2014
    This East Village bistro serves up spectacular French fare that won't break your budget. Spring for a bottle of wine, order the Steak Frites Traditionnelle, and don't let anyone steal your fries. Read more
  • Lili B.heart icon on user image
    Lili BazNovember 16, 2019
    One of the best restaurant ambiance’s in NYC! Great place to catch up with friends, eat and drink! Recommend the filet mignon with fries!
  • Densheart icon on user image
    DensMarch 29, 2017
    This *used to be* one of the last places in the EV with bernaise sauce... but they no longer have it! Still delicious steak frites (and filet) and A++ escargotz 🐌
  • Perri S.
    Perri SilverDecember 18, 2015
    This place needs above a 9.0. Such a hidden gem with an amazing wine list. Steak frites are amazing, scallops are excellent, and the French onion soup was the best I've ever had.
  • Kinjil M.heart icon on user image
    Kinjil MathurMarch 28, 2015
    Not many vegetarian options but an awesome wine list and an authentic Parisian ambience more than makes up for it.
  • JR -.
    JR -May 31, 2014
    Amazing and well-executed French dishes that do not stinge on the portions! Charming atmosphere too. Try the magret and confit de canard dish, as well as the bouillabaisse. Very $$$ though!
  • AmateurConciergeheart icon on user image
    AmateurConciergeApril 11, 2015
    The perfect downtown NYC spot for a buzzy evening cocktail, coffee or bite. Take your visiting friends so they can see what the city is supposed to feel like
  • Marie
    MarieSeptember 21, 2014
    This cozy spot boasts an amazing wine list and excellent atmosphere. The roasted chicken and steak frites are both divine!
  • Susan S.heart icon on user image
    Susan S.January 3, 2017
    Very cute local place - the grilled octopus was outstanding! The steak frites and bouillabaisse were perfection!
  • Sofia P.heart icon on user image
    Sofia PapastamelosJune 21, 2015
    Delightful and cozy French bistro! Surprisingly large menu filled with French favorites. Try the duck or cassoulet! We loved this place.
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealJune 9, 2011
    While the bouillabaisse may be tempting, the highlight of the menu, which you'd be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in the City, is the lapin de la moutarde served over broad bright yellow egg noodl Read more
  • Adrienne S.
    Adrienne SJanuary 13, 2012
    These guys do a solid French brunch/lunch. Cozy, usually not too crowded, the waiter may give you extra wine if you speak French to him. The steak frites is pretty damn good. (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Foxxy B.heart icon on user image
    Foxxy BMarch 13, 2017
    Very chic & hip crowd in a packed little French throwback. Do not expect to be seated on time. Wine list is awesome, mussels are good.
  • Veronika S.heart icon on user image
    Veronika SonsevJuly 10, 2014
    Amazing dinner. The sardines and duck cinfit were delicious. The steak was a bit rough, but tasty. Cute date spot.
  • Stephen M.heart icon on user image
    Stephen MilbankMarch 19, 2016
    Filet mignon, frisée (great lardons) & fries! Bouillabaisse was pretty good. Chocolate flourless cake was serviceable -- I expected better.
  • Heming L.heart icon on user image
    Heming LeiraDecember 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Very relaxed French place. Good ambient in the evening. Try the Moules! It comes in a very tasting soup
  • Jag F.heart icon on user image
    Jag FirerwalkerSeptember 17, 2016
    Love the food and the waiters. It couldn't be a better experience and worth revisiting. Definitly leave space for the warm tarte tatin
  • Jon S.heart icon on user image
    Jon SteinbackJune 1, 2015
    the mussels and fries are fantastic. pair it with a cheap bottle of wine!
  • AmateurConciergeheart icon on user image
    AmateurConciergeJuly 31, 2015
    I'd swim in the au poivre sauce if it were socially acceptable. The steak and fries is such a good bet.
  • refinery29
    refinery29August 3, 2014
    This bistro has got all the regulars, plus specialties like duck-liver mousse and grilled octopus. Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJanuary 28, 2014
    At this long-lasting French bistro,the food is reliable, seasoned well, and portioned with hunger in mind.
  • Anthony C.heart icon on user image
    Anthony CastroMay 6, 2016
    We shared the steak frites, and it was delicious! They even split it into two portions for us!
  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WhitakerFebruary 15, 2013
    Lovely, relaxed atmosphere. Attentive but not overbearing service. The food is great. The steak tartare and rabbit are standouts.
  • Layla A.heart icon on user image
    Layla AlotaibiDecember 5, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    A favorite of mine! Small space though and gets crowded at night on weekends
  • Collette S.heart icon on user image
    Collette SNovember 17, 2015
    Classic, authentic French bistro in the EV. Excellent wine, get the steak frites.
  • Joshua N.
    Joshua NguyenJuly 8, 2011
    sign of a good French place: the waitress suggested that we should dip bread in the remaining butter-garlic after we finished the escargot as "that's the best stuff"
  • Maxime B.heart icon on user image
    Maxime BuryMarch 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Classic French food. The rabbit is good, so are the mussels, and the pigeon
  • Zach W.heart icon on user image
    Zach WoodillOctober 7, 2018
    Steak frites!
  • Ana C.heart icon on user image
    Ana CardenasJune 13, 2017
    An NYC classic. Great food, great service and great people watching.
  • Monsieur V.
    Monsieur ValentinDecember 26, 2011
    Most of French restaurants in the city within a reasonable budget are embarrassing for French people like me, but I think we have a winner here, almost everything is wrong from service to food...
  • Jane K.
    Jane KatzMay 7, 2015
    don't even bother with the menu: steak frites medium rare, green pepper sauce on the side. Bottle of red to go alongside, duh.
  • Candice D.heart icon on user image
    Candice DSouzaOctober 6, 2015
    Steak fries are an amazing value. Also their soups are fantastic.
  • perke p.
    perke perkeNovember 4, 2014
    Food: simple bistro and good, but most dishes tiny for rather high price. Watch out for some waiters who will upsell you, especially if you come for hoping for a cheap bottle of wine w/ your appetizer
  • Olympia L.
    Olympia LambertFebruary 28, 2010
    Been coming here for 7 years now n never a bad experience. Bests r the asparagus, artichoke n palm salad, duck n filet mignon. Outstanding wine list.
  • Lili B.heart icon on user image
    Lili BazNovember 16, 2019
    Filet mignon with fries!!
  • Dana O.heart icon on user image
    Dana OMalleyJuly 25, 2012
    Steak frites! Steak frites! STEAK FRITES!
  • Abby
    AbbyJune 3, 2012
    Make a reservation if you're going for dinner; it's small. And be on the lookout for Ryan Gosling.
  • Kat
    KatDecember 31, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    I love this place. On point authentic french food w great prices. Leave here happy every time!
  • Ken M.
    Ken MatsunoSeptember 30, 2017
    So, they don't respect reservations. Forget about making reservations. They will tell you 'sorry there's no table at the moment' no matter you tell them we made s reservation.
  • 💖✨Brigitte V.
    Delicious food! My favorite: Octopus salad. It is apparently a 'special', even though I have been having it for a year! :)
  • Jerome S.
    Jerome SchmeltzFebruary 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask for the special wine from Lucien! Cuvée G Vacqueyras ! Formidable
  • Leslie Q.
    Leslie QApril 4, 2012
    Great taste of France on 1st Ave. Tasty food and nice vibe.
  • Bulent C.heart icon on user image
    Bulent CakirDecember 17, 2017
    Steak frites ~
  • Natalie Y.heart icon on user image
    Natalie YuenSeptember 16, 2015
    Bouillabaisse is phenomenal!
  • Mauricio G.heart icon on user image
    Mauricio GameroJuly 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The salad nicoise is to die for!
  • Tara N.
    Tara NixonJanuary 17, 2012
    If you like Red Wine try the 2009 Chinon Cuvee Terroir it will not disappoint!
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