France has graciously loaned three things to America: flag colors, Gerard Depardieu, and words with a silent but deadly x. Experience the cuisine of America's mighty rival with today's Groupon. For $20, you get $40 worth of brunch and dinner fare at Chez Lucienne on Lenox Avenue in the heart of Harlem. Lucienne serves up authentic bistro classics that eloquently translate to palates of all nationalities.
Chez Lucienne greets diners with a quietly refined meal in a space that's at once welcoming and intimate. Moving between the restaurant's quaint interior and beautiful outdoor terrace, a friendly and accommodating staff circles about white-linen tabletops and powder-blue banquettes while patrons mull over the inspired fare of Head Chef Thomas Obaton, whose affinity for innovative simplicity goes into every dish. Brunch crowds can indulge in the uncommon post-noon sensibilities of Tartare de Thon, a tuna tartare with wasabi caviar and sesame oil ($11.95), and savory crêpes de poulet au sauce champagne, a blanket of crêpe wrapped about chicken, sautéed spinach, mushrooms, roasted peppers, toasted peanuts, and gooey brie ($14.95).
The evening dinner gong summons Chez Lucienne's dinner menu, with appetizers and entrees to sate any craving. Traditionnelle Quiche Lorraine sings the classic harmonies of bacon and cheese over a tender surface of baked egg ($8.95), preceding robust rounds of Boeuf Bourguignon, a savory beef stew in a red-wine sauce with juicy veggies ($21.95); and Moules Marinieres, a mariner's feast of steamed mussels in white wine, garlic, and parsley with the company of french fries ($17.95). Reservations are encouraged.
- One of my favorites is the sautéed skirt steak. At Chez Lucienne, the skirt steak has a texture more like filet mignon, but with all the skirt steak's flavor. And the foie gras terrine was as good as a foie gras terrine should be. What made it special were the accompanying Anjou pears, steeped in red wine. They enliven the seriousness of the foie gras itself. – Danyelle Freeman, Daily News
- For me, Chez Lucienne offered more than just a great meal, it also gave me a reason to get out of downtown Manhattan and an eating scene I know too well, to venture uptown to a neighborhood with a fun albeit different vibe (before Sunday I had only been to Harlem a few times and never to eat). I highly recommend Chez Lucienne to anyone looking for simple and delicious French favorites at very reasonable prices in a different setting than the norm. – Intern Sarah, Daily Obsession
- A lovely restaurant! I live nearby and eat here often. The servers are top-notch, the ambiance is just right, and nearly everything is perfectly delicious. – jmac, Time Out New York