The Lion

The Lion

(Now Closed)
American Restaurant$$$$
Greenwich Village, New York
  • The experts at The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times recommend this place
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  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupOctober 3, 2011
    Once you get a reservation, you’ll be treated to a fun and interesting dining experience. Get a custom cocktail and then have the ‘Special Blend’ Burger or the Delmonico Steak!
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BarnettJuly 19, 2015
    Beautifully played modern cuisine with an authentic backbone. Rustic interior features Basquiat originals and modern prints making the experience all-around very cool.
  • Jordan M.
    Jordan MoldoMarch 31, 2013
    The chicken and waffles is a perfect balance of sweet and savory. With a top notch decor, The Lion is one of NYCs hidden gems. I will be back whenever I can afford it.
  • jon a.
    jon accarrinoAugust 13, 2012
    The BBQ burger was awesome. it doesn't come with fries, so make sure you add that as an extra. they are definitely worth it.
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CityJune 1, 2011
    Vintage flea market portraits and "Daily News" photos of boxers and gangsters give this John DeLucie hotspot an undeniable Americana feel. Go for brunch, and make sure to order the truffled baguette.
  • New York Post
    New York PostSeptember 1, 2014
    Far from the riffraff of the main dining room below, the private, second-floor table at John DeLucie’s West Village restaurant is undoubtedly one of the best in the city. Read more
  • Brad G.
    Brad GaroonApril 23, 2015
    I would recommend you go to the Lion and give this burger a try. The meat was tasty, and the fried pulled pork was interesting. Read more
  • Valerie B.
    Valerie BrownApril 7, 2011
    This place is all about the scene unlike waverly which is yum. Skip the potato gnocchi and order the amish chicken. I hate chicken but this is a must . Your hips wont life after the lobster pot pie.
  • Lee H.
    Lee HoffmanJuly 3, 2013
    Maybe the best burger and broccolli I've ever had. And the truffle gnudi maybe be the best dish I've ever had.
  • Siovonne
    SiovonneAugust 26, 2014
    If I owned a restaurant, this place would be my inspiration. The food was amazing, but I'm in love with the decor. You have to see it to understand.
  • Oliver H.
    Oliver HoAugust 9, 2014
    All the food is great, but the ice cream sandwich is absolutely killer. Also, they do surprising justice to Restaurant Week -- definitely not mailing it in.
  • Juicy Couture
    Juicy CoutureAugust 13, 2010
    Yes, the food is great but what we like even more to get at The Lion is a photo with a celebrity. Talk about paparazzi central, The Lion is one of the biggest celebrity hot spots in New York City. Loo
  • Varun S.
    Varun ShettySeptember 26, 2014
    Voted coolest bathroom in New York by an informal poll of Varun Shettys in 2014. Also, there's a secret room on the left before the bathroom entrance.
  • People
    PeopleSeptember 22, 2010
    A favorite for private soirees, this 2-story Village den will feel like you've made a discovery — until you spot Ashton and Demi sitting among the leather couches and weathered picture frames.
  • Mike D.
    Mike D. IISeptember 8, 2010
    All apps & sides were good. Try Lamb Porterhouse! Also, my friend that was with me had Lobster Pot Pie & was good as well. The Lion's wine connoisseur was very knowledgable. Ask her pairing thoughts.
  • Steve N.
    Steve NewhouseMay 17, 2010
    Promising new restaurant. Biscuits were different on two visits and a delicious start. Tuna tartare very tasty, and I liked the scallops for a main course. The main dining room is filled with light, a
  • Milun T.
    Milun TesovicApril 5, 2012
    Opened by a chef that used to work at waverly. Cool layout and restaurant. Food is good too. The Lion is newer so probably at the margin slightly cooler than Waverly at the moment
  • Krista H.
    Krista HoffmanJuly 3, 2013
    Ricotta Gnudi and the crab pappardelle are absolutely fantastic. Also, the chocolate covered bacon dessert is yummy.
    BLOUIN ARTINFOJuly 9, 2010
    After ordering the infamous lobster pot pie or their signature burger with fried pork belly at this A-list hangout, make sure you gaze over at the Basquiat and the LaChapelle on the wall.
  • LK
    LKFebruary 4, 2011
    The fois gras app is off the chain, well cooked piece of branzino with great flavors...service isn't best but the food & vibe def makes up for it!!!
  • Lawrence L.
    Lawrence LenihanApril 9, 2012
    Great scene, beautiful restaurant, pretty good food. Great burger, duck ravioli ehh. (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Mandy F.
    Mandy FatemiJuly 13, 2014
    Burratta for appetizer dish is a great choice! The pasta with bolognese was also a delicious entree
  • Amy B.
    Amy BApril 5, 2015
    Great food, nice atmosphere. Go for the artichoke app. Not your traditional peel & dip.
  • Michael K.
    Michael KaneNovember 11, 2013
    When asked if they had more vegetarian options than the 2 listed on the menu, the waiter snapped back 'no.' Had a good meal but limited options will keep me from coming back soon.
  • Eva
    EvaNovember 27, 2011
    Gorgeous room with gorgeous people. The food leaves much to be desired but the steak and frites will satisfy for the moment.
  • Jordan M.
    Jordan MDecember 10, 2013
    The spiced duck breast is life changing. Seriously.
  • Adam B.
    Adam BesvinickOctober 27, 2012
    Great food, awesome space, and one of the coolest restaurant bathrooms I've seen in NYC
  • Amanda M.
    Amanda MullerMarch 10, 2013
    Best meal I've ever had. Order anything. It will be amazing. Pretty sure this is the peak of my food life.
  • Matt H.
    Matt HantzFebruary 17, 2014
    The Old Fashioned is described as "rusty" because it has Drambuie in it, making it similar to a Rusty Nail.
  • Lisa P.
    Lisa ParavanoJune 7, 2013
    no longer the "white hot" resto from a few years back but still delicious.. a gorgeous & transporting room.. feels like Europe.
  • W magazine
    W magazineJune 16, 2010
    Can’t get into the Waverly? Then you’re in luck. The Lion offers the same chef, menu, environment and clientele of the famous West Village spot but reservations can be made over the phone. Read more
  • Valerie B.
    Valerie BrownJune 1, 2011
    This place is all about the scene. Waverly Inn features better food but since you've already checked in order the Amish Chicken, this from a Chicken hater. Fries are good.
  • Lee H.
    Lee HoffmanApril 29, 2013
    The super secret back room is super secret cool
  • Julie L.
    Julie LinSeptember 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The food here is delicious - the burger is one of the city's best! There's pork belly on it!!
  • Rebecca W.
    Rebecca WeinsteinNovember 10, 2014
    The private, hidden room is amazing
  • Lamarr B.
    Lamarr B.January 12, 2012
    Absolutely love this place! Everything I tasted was great. Amazing service too!
  • danielle
    danielleMarch 25, 2015
    one of the best private dining rooms I've ever see in NYC (upstairs)
  • Conch V.
    Conch VNovember 4, 2012
    Check out the gallery of prints! Some Basquiat's and LaChapelle's are among them.
  • Kyu J.
    Kyu JangJune 23, 2012
    The pork chop and burger are outrageously good!
  • jared z.
    jared zlotnickOctober 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The second floor perch is one of the finest seats in Manhattan.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    This West Village hot spot wanted ivy creeping up its 1839 facade, so they installed fake ivy made of silk. But the Landmarks Preservation Commission ordered it taken down. Read more
  • Tarik H.
    Tarik HartJanuary 20, 2015
    Great cocktails. Cool vibe I the back dinning room.
  • Thomas W.
    Thomas WittSeptember 3, 2015
    Lovely place for dinner. The Porterhouse steak is great.
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AmbsMay 25, 2015
    There is a great private room upstairs you can reserve
  • Tiana C.
    Tiana ChernOctober 5, 2012
    Classy decor. Check out the painting in their womens restroom!
  • Peter H.
    Peter HimlerNovember 20, 2011
    For brunch, the "3" scrambled eggs looked more like one egg. Also, 10-15 minutes for a cup of coffee was a tad long to wait. Fab space, though.
  • Amanda T.
    Amanda TerryMay 25, 2010
    Pretty darn sceney- on a monday night, brooke shields, andre balasz, and seth meyers there. It's a more spacious Waverly Inn with better food and more down to earth service. Nice bar area.
  • The New York Times
    The New York TimesJuly 27, 2010
    You made it in! Order a big drink and a burger, some extra fries, something with an egg. Now, who’s here we recognize from Page Six?
  • James K.
    James KiernanMay 8, 2013
    Chicken pot pie is what you would call amazeballs. Get involved!
  • Chris H.
    Chris HallSeptember 15, 2010
    Enjoy the Long Meadow Ranch, EJ CHURCH Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. Delicious, and only 150cs made! The best!
  • DAVID D.
    DAVID DANESHDecember 20, 2011
    i like the atmosphere more than the food. but i love the atmosphere
  • Jacob B.
    Jacob BriarsAugust 22, 2011
    The Raspberry Cobbler is amazing! Strong but satisfying
  • Trae F.
    Trae FOctober 7, 2014
    We had a great time here sitting up in the balcony.
  • Tiffany H.
    Tiffany HSeptember 29, 2010
    The food is incredible! I had a great time there. Highly recommend it!
  • Maria E.
    Maria ErikssonApril 1, 2011
    The cauliflower with garlic & tuna tartar is amazing.
  • Lee H.
    Lee HoffmanApril 29, 2013
    The expensive gnocchi is amazing.
  • Kayvon M.
    Kayvon MesbahNovember 10, 2012
    The food was delicious, but could never make up for the aweful service. Never returning.
  • Andrea A.
    Andrea ArterberyOctober 1, 2011
    The secret upstairs floor is so cool and the food is amaze.
  • julia t.
    julia tNovember 23, 2014
    Overpriced and a bit silly. That said, they make a mean old fashioned and the space is warm and cozy.
  • Ben B.
    Ben BearnotJuly 8, 2012
    New brunch menu as of today. Website is not up to date.
  • jared z.
    jared zlotnickNovember 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Brussel Sprouts are out of this world.
  • Erin T.
    Erin TaylorJanuary 10, 2015
    Quite possibly has the worst service in all of Greenwich village restaurants. Upon seating it wasn't less than 20 minutes before our drink order was taken, another 25 to take our order.
  • Linnie D.
    Linnie DMarch 15, 2015
    Never been a huge fan of places that don't serve bread with dinner.
  • David H.
    David HollandsJanuary 11, 2014
    Def convince someone to show you the insane private room (NSFW).
  • The Salup Group
    The Salup GroupJuly 27, 2010
    Great venue for entertaining clients - Try the Artichoke Fritters.
  • Drew J.
    Drew JazJanuary 17, 2013
    Ask the server for the key to the art on the walls!
  • Angela W.
    Angela WilliamsJune 27, 2010
    Perky sommelier gives good wine recs. Wish the lobster pot pie was up to par.
  • jon a.
    jon accarrinoAugust 13, 2012
    Dan Abrams, founder of Mediaite and ABC legal analyst, co-owns The Lion with Dave Zinczenko, editor of Men’s Health. Read more
  • Joe G.
    Joe GruchaczJune 13, 2011
    The Steak for 2 is fantastic. Read more
  • Blake S.
    Blake ShawJanuary 22, 2012
    Get the baked eggs. Delicious!
  • The Fashion B.
    The Fashion BombFebruary 7, 2012
    Go upstairs and push through the painting .
    BLOUIN ARTINFOJune 29, 2011
    Recommended: the Cucumber Gazpacho. Read more
  • Loretta H.
    Loretta HoJanuary 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    You haven't really made it until you see the private party room.
  • Martha
    MarthaMarch 7, 2015
    room is gorgeous. i would come here for a drink but that's about it. food did not blow me away unfortunately.
  • Jordan M.
    Jordan MJanuary 14, 2014
    Mmmmy favorite duck in the world.
  • Serena T.
    Serena TSeptember 19, 2011
    AMAZING BRUNCH!!! LIVE JAZZ!!!! Read more
  • Andrew K.
    Andrew KellerApril 23, 2010
    burger is phenominal. as is devil's food cake dessert.
  • Yannis P.
    Yannis PapagianniAugust 26, 2011
    So... Cool place, but where are the waiters??? Been sitting here for 20m now...
  • Dani R.
    Dani RApril 7, 2012
    Get the Brussels Sprouts!
  • Jessica A.
    Jessica AprilJuly 28, 2010
    If you get this tip before you sit down -- do yourself (your wallet and your taste buds) a favor and leave. The food is sub-par and expensive, the ambiance is extremely loud.
  • Minnie Mortimer
    Minnie MortimerSeptember 10, 2010
    One of my favorite places to eat & hang out in New York!
  • Brennan R.
    Brennan ReesApril 5, 2013
    this place is ehh... service on the maitre'd'ing side leaves ALOT to be desired ...
  • Blair B.
    Blair BaxterJune 22, 2010
    The food is better than the Waverly Inn and so is the wine list.
  • Alinutza V.
    Alinutza VMay 16, 2012
    Modern Family Crew is here tonight
  • Megan G.
    Megan GeistApril 7, 2011
    Lobster pot pie is delicious!
  • Devery N.
    Devery NallsFebruary 14, 2011
    Amazing dessert: Cheesecake IN A JAR!! :D
  • Clayton
    ClaytonDecember 5, 2013
    Don't expect to be seated within an hour of your scheduled reservation, avoid making timely plans afterward.
  • Bradley W.
    Bradley WrightSeptember 1, 2011
    don't miss the art in the bathrooms
  • Christopher A.
    Christopher AngellFebruary 18, 2011
    Bring a chair. And your own food.
  • Katherine S.
    Katherine ShenMay 12, 2012
    Terrible service. One person's dish came 40 minutes after the other two. Manager couldn't have cared a less--never coming back.
  • Margaret P.
    Margaret PiersonJanuary 22, 2013
    Turn around and leave!! Got brutal ***food poisoning*** here. When I called to alert them was rudely told to call the health dept. instead.
  • Jennifly G.
    Jennifly GreenJuly 20, 2010
    Very sexy! model and celeb hot spot from owner of Waverly Inn
  • Eelain S.
    Eelain SteketeeJanuary 3, 2011
    yes yes, people.. it's a scene here.
  • Purplelabnyc
    PurplelabnycJuly 27, 2010
    Keep your eyes peeled, serious celebrity sightings occur!
  • Sasha W.
    Sasha WyrobaOctober 19, 2010
    House red for $20?!
  • Derek K.
    Derek KanMay 13, 2010
    Lamb Porterhouse is sick wash it down with Guiness
  • 💥💱Ashwin D.
    Low-grade table-hopping.
  • Ali
    AliSeptember 21, 2010
    Ok so the burger is ridiculously good
  • Anthony L.
    Anthony LaudatoJune 6, 2010
    Dig the burger at the Lion!
  • Saul M.
    Saul MunozOctober 12, 2011
    Very expensive bad meals.
  • Meryl P.
    Meryl PearlsteinAugust 15, 2011
    Expensive and a scene Read more
  • Renee H.
    Renee HarrisJune 13, 2010
    Icky nasty mean icky fake women, don't bother unless you are on a date.
  • Artemis P.
    Artemis ParkApril 27, 2014
    분위기가 케주얼한 레스토랑임에도. 문을 지키는 할아버지 그리고 여자화장실에는 팁통과 같이 종이타올을 건네주는 아줌마가 계신 특이한 레스토랑
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