Lucien

Lucien

French Restaurant$$$$
East Village, New York
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  • Dens
    "Still delicious steak frites (and filet) and A++ escargotz 🐌"(14 Tips)
    Olympia L.
    "Bests r the asparagus, artichoke n palm salad, duck n filet mignon."(7 Tips)
    Susan S.
    "Very cute local place - the grilled octopus was outstanding!"(3 Tips)
    Anna F.
    "Oysters, escargots, foie gras, steak frites, filet mignon."(3 Tips)
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  • Giovanni D.
    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!
  • 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
  • Anna F.
    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.
  • Caroline
    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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • JR N.
    JR NewMay 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!
  • Marie S.
    Marie S.September 21, 2014
    This cozy spot boasts an amazing wine list and excellent atmosphere. The roasted chicken and steak frites are both divine!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Sofia P.
    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.
  • Susan S.
    Susan S.January 3
    Very cute local place - the grilled octopus was outstanding! The steak frites and bouillabaisse were perfection!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJanuary 28, 2014
    At this long-lasting French bistro,the food is reliable, seasoned well, and portioned with hunger in mind.
  • Kinjil M.
    Kinjil MathurMarch 28, 2015
    Not many vegetarian options but an awesome wine list and an authentic Parisian ambience more than makes up for it.
  • refinery29
    refinery29August 3, 2014
    This bistro has got all the regulars, plus specialties like duck-liver mousse and grilled octopus. Read more
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinJuly 31, 2015
    I'd swim in the au poivre sauce if it were socially acceptable. The steak and fries is such a good bet.
  • Jon S.
    Jon SteinbackJune 1, 2015
    the mussels and fries are fantastic. pair it with a cheap bottle of wine!
  • Veronika S.
    Veronika SonsevJuly 10, 2014
    Amazing dinner. The sardines and duck cinfit were delicious. The steak was a bit rough, but tasty. Cute date spot.
  • Dens
    DensMarch 29
    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 🐌
  • 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...
  • Heming L.
    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
  • Foxxy B.
    Foxxy BMarch 13
    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.
  • 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.
  • Stephen M.
    Stephen MilbankMarch 19, 2016
    Filet mignon, frisée (great lardons) & fries! Bouillabaisse was pretty good. Chocolate flourless cake was serviceable -- I expected better.
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinApril 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
  • Jag F.
    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
  • Anthony C.
    Anthony CastroMay 6, 2016
    We shared the steak frites, and it was delicious! They even split it into two portions for us!
  • Approach Guides
    Approach GuidesMarch 13, 2011
    The Beaujolais on the menu says 2008, but its actually a 2009 (the "vintage of a lifetime" for these wines). At $36 you can't go wrong.
  • 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
  • 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"
  • Collette S.
    Collette SNovember 17, 2015
    Classic, authentic French bistro in the EV. Excellent wine, get the steak frites.
  • Jane P.
    Jane PoretskyMay 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.
  • 💖✨Brigitte V.
    Delicious food! My favorite: Octopus salad. It is apparently a 'special', even though I have been having it for a year! :)
  • Abby
    AbbyJune 3, 2012
    Make a reservation if you're going for dinner; it's small. And be on the lookout for Ryan Gosling.
  • Layla A.
    Layla AlotaibiDecember 5, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    A favorite of mine! Small space though and gets crowded at night on weekends
  • Maxime B.
    Maxime BuryMarch 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Classic French food. The rabbit is good, so are the mussels, and the pigeon
  • 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.
  • Candice D.
    Candice DSouzaOctober 6, 2015
    Steak fries are an amazing value. Also their soups are fantastic.
  • Nicole P.
    Nicole PoteatDecember 21, 2015
    French onion soup and the scallops. A couple of hours later I was hit with a horrific bout of food poisoning lasting 48 hours. Restaurant won't even give a refund, angrily denies any responsibility.
  • Leslie Q.
    Leslie QApril 4, 2012
    Great taste of France on 1st Ave. Tasty food and nice vibe.
  • Tara N.
    Tara NixonJanuary 17, 2012
    If you like Red Wine try the 2009 Chinon Cuvee Terroir it will not disappoint!
  • Ana C.
    An NYC classic. Great food, great service and great people watching.
  • Kat C.
    Kat C.December 31, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    I love this place. On point authentic french food w great prices. Leave here happy every time!
  • Mauricio G.
    Mauricio GameroJuly 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The salad nicoise is to die for!
  • Samantha T.
    Samantha TurnerMay 29, 2011
    I love it here. Always feels so sunny and comfortable no matter what's happening outdoors
  • Nicholas V.
    Nicholas VanderBorghAugust 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The fillet mignon...three pepper sauce is awesome!
  • lucy R.
    lucy RandallFebruary 16, 2013
    Actually my second time...first time I saw Ryan Gosling the first time!
  • Jerome S.
    Jerome SchmeltzFebruary 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask for the special wine from Lucien! Cuvée G Vacqueyras ! Formidable
  • Clea C.
    Clea CoulterNovember 13, 2011
    Three hour lunch! Very relaxed service and nice to catch up with family. Read more
  • Brian M.
    Brian MichaelJanuary 2, 2013
    Get the foie gras. Trust me.
  • Dana O.
    Dana OMalleyJuly 25, 2012
    Steak frites! Steak frites! STEAK FRITES!
  • Natalie Y.
    Natalie YuenSeptember 16, 2015
    Bouillabaisse is phenomenal!
  • Allegra R.
    Allegra ROctober 28, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    When you get fries, always ask for a side of mustard. Always.
  • Tom D.
    Tom DonahoeMay 27, 2013
    My fav French restaurant in NYC. With Lance and Kimberly.
  • Erin N.
    Erin NNovember 21, 2014
    New York Steak Frittes
  • fr m.
    fr martinsenMarch 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I was dissapointed coming back after a year. The moulles were not tasteful, as they were one year ago.The service was not so good.
  • CaesarNYC
    CaesarNYCApril 7, 2013
    Shell steak was excellent
  • Rob H.
    Rob HowellSeptember 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    best steak frites in nyc
  • Guillermo V.
    Good food, good mood!
  • Francis V.
    Francis VisayaApril 16, 2012
    Filet mignon... obviously.
  • Erin N.
    Erin NApril 20, 2014
    Grilled octopus
  • Trevor G.
    Trevor GraysonSeptember 6, 2011
    Rabbit is great
  • Soraya D.
    Soraya DarabiNovember 30, 2010
    Try the Artichokes salad
  • Pierre V.
    Pierre ValadeJuly 30, 2011
    get the filet mignon
  • fr m.
    fr martinsenDecember 25, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Delicious food.
  • Thais L.
    Thais LimaOctober 16, 2010
    Don't believe the waiting time. We were told 5 minutes as waited 40.
  • Christine Weihe K.
    Small and lovely French restaurant
    Upvoted 2 days ago
  • Ina L.
    Ina LiFebruary 14, 2015
    Pâte maison, soupe de poisson (essentially same with the 42$ bouillabaisse,) moules marinière, escargot, steak et frite
  • Melina A.
    Genial restaurante! La calidad es excelente! Un poco caro pero vale la pena hacer el esfuerzo!
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