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Lucien Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
East Village
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14 1st Ave, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10009-7904
11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We made reservations one month in advance at 9.00 Pm for a Saturday. When we arrived the place was packed and they told us we had to wait for 30 minutes. We told them we had reservations, they said: people here have been waiting for more than an hour. We had to stay inside to wait otherwise our reservation was... More 

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New York City, New York
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56 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This lower east side French bistro is a taste treat as well as an immersion in the left bank. It is fine dinning and good wine with the staff well versed in both. This long term neighborhood restaurant is more expensive than most restaurants in the general area, but well worth they investment. It is small and intimate making the... More 

Thank Carmen R
New York, New York
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016

I am a new yorker and this is probably the best place in the city for steak frites. I love going here. Elizabeth Cook

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San Francisco, California
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208 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2016

We went with a friend to Lucien. It's a great neighborhood bistro and would fit in well in Paris. The food was traditional bistro fare and well made. The lardon salad, mussels, and fries were well prepared. The wine was good and reasonably priced. The dessert was nice also.

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New York City, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2016

Very fun and cool French eatery in the East VIllage. Very good young hip crowd. If you go there, tell Zach Paul sent you.

Thank Paul A
New York City, New York
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169 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2016

I'm not the biggest fan of French Restaurants but I am now a true fan of Lucien, The owner was so accommodating and friendly, she made us feel like old time regulars! The mussels were simply over the top delicious. I love this dish and it is truly the best I have had anywhere. I followed it with Steak Tartar... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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195 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2016 via mobile

We asked the staff at our hotel desk where to go to eat steak and a fellow guest who overheard immediately recommended Lucien. It's a small and intimate place. Don't expect space around your table. But we were treated really well by the staff, and we loved the steak frites (which - at New York prices - was good value),... More 

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Mamaroneck, New York
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66 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2016

If you are looking for an authentic French bistro with foie gras, escargots, rabit, steak tartare and tarte tatin on the menu, Lucien is your kind of place. Nothing pretentious there. It's family style and cozy (to the point you almost touch the next table... as it is in any good Parisian bistro). Very friendly service. Interesting and reasonably priced... More 

Thank DoJH
Austin, Texas
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58 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2016

Wonderful little place! As soon as they served me some french bread, I felt at home. The food is very tasty and the ambiance is very chill. The food is a bit more expensive than the average meal (i guess) but it's so good! La tarte tintin was to die for! service is also amazing

Thank Cookiebaum
Laguna Beach, California
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239 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 215 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2016

I took my wife, stepson and his girlfriend to dinner at Lucien at the beginning of his 30th birthday week. WHAT A FIND! Although small, crowded and cramped, there was undeniable energy throughout the restaurant that literally screamed out: FUN! That said, the food is the star of the show. Every dish that we ordered was absolutely top notch French... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$21 - $35
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14 1st Ave, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10009-7904
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
  • Neighborhood: East Village
  • Phone Number: 212-260-6481

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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