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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
+1 212-260-6481
11:00 - 02:00
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We read the reviews about the food and the ambience and we decided to give it a try on our 24hr visit to NY. Not disappointed! First, we had to call a couple of times to postpone our reservation, and both times they were very accommodating and polite on the phone, once we got there, we were really impressed by... More 

Thank Lolo0001
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207 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The evening started off rockily, we showed up on time for a reservation and were told we'd have to wait at least 30 minutes. The hostess showed little empathy or desire to help out. It is a small space, so there was really no where to stand without being in the way. After some cajoling on our part, they finally... More 

1 Thank Morog
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

We found this beautiful little restaurant purely by chance. We walked in without any expectations! We were seated immediately without any reservations. Our server was so nice and sweet! We ordered the octupus, tuna tartar, arugula salad and beet salad! Everything was really tasty and just the right size! We will definitely return and is highly recommended

Thank mcb_pr
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Excellent service, super good staff that treats you like family, fantastic food. Loved the vibe so very much. The place may seem a bit expensive, but it's definitely worth it.

Thank Ilya N
New York, New York
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

Went here again for Christmas Eve. Took a friend and it was excellent as usual. I had the filet Mignon and it was great

Thank MichelleCook
Dusseldorf, Germany
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150 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

Well, the place looks really inviting from the outside and the first impression inside is that of a buzzing place with a good vibe. As mentioned before, reservations are not really worth bothering with, you´ll have to wait at the bar until a table becomes available even if you do have a booking. The space is tiny and servers and... More 

Thank ProfDrMaus
Jersey City, New Jersey
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420 reviews
277 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

My wife and I have been coming here for years, and bringing family and friends. Across the street from the Sunshine cinema, and always a great lunch before a movie, or dinner after. A recent visit saw many familiar items on the menu, but at higher prices. A $190 -- tip included -- lunch for three (including the cheapest sparkling... More 

Thank Andrew K
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

We love everything about Lucien. The place is alive with interesting people and a dynamic ambience that takes you back to another time. We usually order the duck confit, or the lapin moutarde. Both are splendid dishes that you won't find anywhere else. Even the bread and butter here is divine. The wine list is terrific, too.

Thank Remoulade
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

My favorite place every time I visit NY. Food is outrageously good and staff are very down to earth. Love this place!

Thank Farima B
Miami, Florida
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40 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Reservations don't really matter at this bistro. If not for the unbelievably good food I wouldn't have bothered with reviewing it. We've been to Lucien in the past and have always enjoyed it but lately their hostess is just awful. Go at your own risk.

Thank trude1117

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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
US$21 - US$35
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: East Village
  • Phone Number: +1 212-260-6481

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

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