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Restaurant Spotlight: L'Express

Within a mile radius of Stuy Town, hundreds of restaurants from all different cuisines can be found. This is New York after all! With all these choices the city has to offer it can be hard to decide where to go for a meal or a bite, especially that late evening/early morning/red eye snack. Each restaurant is unique, but the best place for 24-hour quality French cuisine is none other than L'Express.

Located just down E 20th, past Gramercy Park, on Park Avenue, this casual but intimate bouchon style restaurant stays true to its Lyon roots with simple, quality ingredients, incorporating both southern and northern French influences into its dishes. If the food doesn't transport you instantly to a bistro in France, the decor certainly will. The tables and booths are cozy, with an elegant tin-plate ceiling overhead.

Carnivores rejoice! This restaurant's focus is the meat and dairy products that can normally be found in the Lyon region of France, including daily sausage selections. Regardless of the type of meal you are looking for, breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack; L'Express has you covered. From a simple three egg omelet with your choice of fillings, to their famous lamb burger, ham (or jambon) quiche to die for, or delicious duck a l'orange, you will not leave hungry or dissatisfied. In addition to their regular menu, they have daily specials focusing on what is in season.

L'Express is open 24 hours, 7 days a week but the entire menu is not available for the entire 24 hours. Breakfast is served from 6am - 11am weekdays and 6am to 10am on weekends. Brunch is available on weekends and holidays only from 10am - 5pm. Lunch is at 11am - 5pm weekdays. Dinner is available from 5pm to midnight daily. Sandwiches and appetizers are available at any time. There is even a special 'Graveyard' menu for the wee hour of the day. Take-out and delivery is also available if you don't have the time to stop in. Delivery only has a limited service area (it ends at 1st Ave) and is not offered 24/7, but take-out is always available.

With a full bar service, you can indulge in your French craving with a crisp, cold beer or  beaujolais. The beer selection heavily relies on French bottled and draft brews but there are other European choices with a few domestic options as well. You will not find Budweiser or Coors here. The cocktails are also French influenced, using fine Champagne and Bastille whiskey, among other spirits. Sparkling, white, rosé, and red wines are available by the glass. While France is well represented in the wine selection, other vintages are also available from Napa Valley and other locales.

The next time you having a craving for something unique or something French, no matter the time, stop by L'Express at 249 Park Ave. South, New York. They can be reached at (212) 254 5858 or found on Facebook or Twitter.

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