French Restaurant · Flatiron District
249 Park Ave S (at E 20th St), New York, NY 10003, United States
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  • Mon–Sun
    • 24 Hours
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
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Yes (incl. American Express & MasterCard)
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L'express, a Lyonnaise bouchon, merges the traditional southern and northern influences of French cooking.


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    Masha G.
    "The lamb burger and the steak tartar are the BEST in the city!"(11 Tips)
    Tim E.
    "Try the croque Monsieur for a great late night snack"(11 Tips)
    Jason H.
    "Best escargot in NYC, and get the Cafe Ole (not at the same moment)"(6 Tips)
    Lisa G.
    "Always solid, and a great place for late night eats."(26 Tips)
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  • French food
  • good for a late night
  • steak tartare
  • croques
  • breakfast food
  • escargot
  • wine
  • 24-hour
  • french fries
  • brunch food
  • seafood
  • authentic
  • meats
  • cocktails
  • café
  • good for dates
  • creme brûlée
  • good for a quick meal
  • good for groups
  • French toast
  • Martin S.

    The grilled octopus was expertly cooked. The Merguez was amazingly tasty. My steak came in big and thick, and perfectly pink in the center. The Avion tequila shots were generously and smooth as silk.

    Martin S. · January 6, 2015
  • Sumeet S.

    One of the best cafes in the city all around. Lattes and the paper by day, wine and steak tartare by night, with Croque Monsieurs in the middle. Try to get a table in the nook at this 24-hr gem.

    Sumeet Shah · March 23, 2013
  • Unur E.

    L'Express is the bomb!!! Had egg bennies (deliciosooo) and berry pancakes yesterday. Pancakes were not great at all! soup l'oignon, mushroom ravioli and steak au p'ouivre are one of the best in town!

    Unur Erdene · March 26, 2013
  • ZenFoodster Eats

    I've been coming here 24/7 for yrs! Great for the hip vibe & people, late night snack, dessert or drinks. Love frites w/ side of peppercorn sauce & vanilla creme brûlée w/ a side of raspberry purée!

    ZenFoodster Eats · February 22, 2014
  • Belle H.

    Open 24/7 with a focus on food from Lyon, France. The grilled octopus appetizer is delicious. Roasted pork and herb sausage, steak au poivre, burgers and skirt frites are all good.

    Belle Huang · March 6, 2015
  • Barbara R.

    The waiter at lunch yesterday threw me a curve, in front of my visiting guest, by saying "how much change do you need back, $10?". His stunt resulted in an extra $2 tip, and I left with that icky fee

    Barbara Rose · September 21, 2010
  • Gothamist

    It's Stinky Cheese Week 2016 and that means the Tour de France restaurant group is having specials all week long. L'express in Flatiron is serving a delicious cheese soup that will melt your heart. Read more

    Gothamist · February 25
  • StonehengeNYC

    Whether it's breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, or 2 a.m...L'Express is open 24-hours! Residents of the building upstairs, 8 Gramercy, can get keys to the nearby private Gramercy Park.

    StonehengeNYC · November 17, 2011
  • Austen P.

    They make their martinis with fresh grapefruit juice - Kettle with a splash of fresh grapefruit juice is quite delicious. Their mushroom ravioli is exceptional - I have had it 10+ times lol.

    Austen Parker · October 18, 2012
  • Ira B.

    I was expecting a little more overall. The food was fine the atmosphere was just Ok. A good place to go for a quick brunch if you're starving. Not going to blow you away but gets the job done.

    Ira Blossom · January 13, 2015
  • Libby T.

    adorable 24/7 french restaurant perfect for dates. sit @ the bar for wine and good conversation (w/ the bartender, or companion), or be seated to enjoy some authentic french cuisine. Read more

    Libby Taggart · January 29, 2010
  • EchoDA

    always open NEVER closed!.. always if you are hungover, especially if need to eat for a while, good variety of cuisine, love the onion soup!-- of course very Frenchy decor!

    EchoDA · March 13, 2012
  • nymag

    Sponsored Tip: Order San Pellegrino or Acqua Panna water at this 24-hour bistro and a donation will be made to Share Our Strength! Also: try the croque monsieur. Read more

    nymag · April 4, 2011
  • Nathan K.

    honestly a lifesaver being open 24/7, saved me from sleeping on the streets and fed me snacks and coffee suitable for a 24/7 joint, highly recommended after 2am

    Nathan Kobland · September 23, 2013
  • Elvia F.

    The food is great; the restrooms are not. For dessert, almond tart w/ honey is highly recommended! For food, I quite enjoyed the salmon w/ spinach and fries.

    Elvia Francis · October 29, 2013
  • Grover R.

    The crab cakes are FORGET ABOUT IT!!! I get it with their lovely Sancerre. The service is wonderful. The place is wonderful. Perfect place to go for lunch.

    Grover Reed III · April 19, 2013
  • Deep G.

    If eating here late night I highly recommend the Escargots à la Bourguignonne (Snails in GarlicHerb Butter) - with the lamb burger (and goat cheese).

    Deep Gujral · August 10, 2014
  • Angela

    Great brunch. Omelette is hearty & fillings are plentiful. Honey Almond Tarte a la mode is also a must.

    Angela · August 23, 2015
  • Marc B.

    Open 24Hrs a day L'Express is your posh-spot for French cuisine with a menu your mouth will water over. No matter what meal your hunger pains for you will walk away comfortably stuffed & pleased Read more

    Marc Birnbach · April 22, 2010
  • Lenny G.

    This 24/7 French diner is a fun place to go if you need a bite late night. Burgers are always safe here and prices are semi-reasonable.

    Lenny Gallo · May 20, 2015
  • Edwin A.

    For late-nite dining, try the escargot, the steak tartare, the warm goat cheese salad, the lamb burger with goat cheese, or the salmon.

    Edwin A. · September 16, 2010
  • Lori L.

    L'Express offers a quick lunch for those on a tight schedule. Skip the Onion Gratinee, though, which comes doused in gruyere cheese.

    Lori Luo · September 12, 2014
  • Shanick A.

    Large portions big enough to share. Make sure to get a seat by the full length windows in the summer for a breeze and people watching.

    Shanick Augustin · June 17, 2013
  • Chet M.

    Great value French cafe. Straightforward classic dishes. Lots of nice half bottles of wine if you're feeling 350ml.

    Chet Mancini · November 24, 2015
  • Michael F.

    The cafe au lait is fantastic, the chicken sandwich (believe it or not) is amazing, and the escargot is divine. Open 24 hours!

    Michael F · March 18, 2011
  • Chris G.

    The food is not bad. It comes out quickly. But, on a busy day, they may forget about you when you're trying to get the check.

    Chris Gelles · February 1, 2014
  • Christopher T.

    Come here for any meal at any time of the day. It's that fantastic. For brunch, order the croque madame with a side plate of bacon.

    Christopher Tai · April 17, 2011
  • Nas B.

    The large indoor space makes it excellent for groups. Good food and good prices. Plus, they're open 24/7.

    Nas Benali · May 13, 2015
  • Marcus J.

    The half roasted chicken is DELICIOUS. Mark my words. Substitute the fries for the mashed potatoes and you will be in heaven!

    Marcus J · December 21, 2011
  • st

    best all night French spot I've been to. lamb burger and escargot are biggest winners. solid drinks too.

    st · December 21, 2013
  • Mashka

    Mussles and escorgo were amazinly good. Nice surprise. Service is pretty bad at 5am though because they are so packed I guess.

    Mashka · November 22, 2010
  • Dev A.

    Croissant Sandwich. Sub Egg whites. Bacon on a side plate (for the homies). Sub fries for side salad. The perfect vice.

    Dev Anand · December 17, 2011
  • Holly B.

    Order the lamb burger (with goat cheese) and a glass of red wine. Post how much you love me in the morning.

    Holly Bounds · November 12, 2013
  • duane l.

    The mocha is good, but be warned: the cup has no handles, and they apparently heat it up on the surface of the sun

    duane lawrence · April 29, 2012
  • Santiago D.

    Little cozy cafe in NoLiTa. A mix between french and arab (perhaps argelian). Good hummus. Not great though.

    Santiago Duarte · September 5, 2014
  • Marc J.

    This my first time here and the atmosphere was great. As well as the food. Gotta come back here!

    Marc J. · June 30, 2013
  • @JaumePrimero

    If you haven't done so, you have to visit this place late night. The best place to head after a night out. Trust me!

    @JaumePrimero · April 2, 2012
  • Howard D.

    Order the toasted granola and Greek yogurt for breakfast, great start to staying alert in the morning! Read more

    Howard Duffy · September 19, 2011
  • Marcelo F.

    24 hour spot - another great place after a night of drinking. The Croque Monsieur is a must

    Marcelo Fleitas · November 19, 2010
  • Jerry K.

    Great Meal, at ANY time of day. Had the ravioli which was okay, but the lamb was surprisingly good.

    Jerry Kallarakkal · September 15, 2011
  • Jessi P.

    French onion soup was delicious. The croque Madame looked good, although I didn't order that!

    Jessi P · October 26, 2013
  • Jeanine G.

    The onion soup is insanely amazing, the atmosphere is cozy, and the service is fantastic.

    Jeanine Guidry · December 6, 2011
  • Kate Y.

    Reasonably priced French cuisine. Get the steak tartar and wilted garlic spinach.

    Kate Yan · February 5, 2015
  • Dens

    All the tips point to the Lamb Burger for a reason -- it's really f'ing good!

    Dens · April 2, 2014
  • Yulia A.

    For breakfast take Eggs Copenhagen!! It's Benedict with Salmon and it's perfect.

    Yulia Andreyanova · February 23, 2013
  • Simmy P.

    Great Lamb burger but don't end up there at 6 am or breakfast. Not such a great menu.

    Simmy Pappachen · January 29, 2012
  • Matt H.

    The daily lunch specials can be a good alternative to an otherwise unadventurous menu.

    Matt Hantz · June 13, 2012
  • Vincent V.

    The place is nice but the food is pretty bland. Not a big selection, default cafe food I guess.

    Vincent Vin vol · January 24, 2015
  • Grovo

    The Steak Frites are a must-try. They are so good! Read more

    Grovo · April 29, 2013
  • Jason H.

    My default late night go-to spot! Best escargot in NYC, and get the Cafe Ole (not at the same moment)

    Jason Heller · August 28, 2009

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