Address: 249 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10003, United States
Opening Hours: Friday – Saturday 9:00am – 2:00am; Sunday, Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 11:00pm
Official Website: lexpressnyc.com
L’Express: 24/7 Boucherie in Park Avenue South, NYC
Nowadays, I prefer intimate settings to catch up with friends. Somewhere quiet, strictly no loud music. It was a really spontaneous meeting (even better) with old pals I hadn’t met since the pandemic. Right after our dinner at The Spanish Diner at Mercado Little Spain in Hudson Yards, we scouted the city for a nice place to unwind over wine and desserts. We landed at L’Express, a dimly lit boucherie packed on a late Saturday night. Here was where you could enjoy French classics — steak and frites, mussels, wine, spirits and desserts.
At graveyard shift, there was still dinner served, but the vampiric night called for desserts. We ordered three menu favorites: Apricot Cake, Chocolate Mousse, and Tarte Tartine Creme Fraiche, which was my pick. Over a glass of French Sauvignon, we shared those three plates, a musical of flavors made sweeter when we discussed about the past two years forcibly taken from us. I thought the Tartine was a great choice, less safe than the default Creme Brulée, a choice reflective of my post-pandemic perspectives. The ambience wasn’t quiet as I would have liked, and I wish it were so. At midnight, den overflowed with interesting characters — Russians, Ukrainians, French, Italians and Americans alike — from nearby embassies, and my night sped in a blur of stories from distant past. Previous visits, 2,3,4 trains filled with homeless fellas and a dangerous city that I once called home. Soon we blended into what felt like a scene in The Godfather, or even a modern Gangs of New York, in media res.
I left the boucherie, wondering what L’Express was like during the day. I was certain it looked far from what it was, more like Veselka, the 24/7 breakfast spot in East Village. For any of you visiting seeking a different adventure in NYC, check out L’Express.