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The Lion
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62 W 9th St New York, NY 10011
62 West 9th StreetUSNew YorkNew York10011
(212) 353-8400thelionnyc.com
$$$American Restaurant, BarToday 5:30 – 10:00 pm
Monday 5:30 – 10:00 pmTuesday 5:30 – 10:00 pmWednesday 5:30 – 10:00 pmThursday 5:30 – 11:00 pmFriday 5:30 – 11:00 pmSaturday 5:30 – 11:00 pmSunday Closed
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For much of the past decade, John DeLucie has been New York City’s most sought-after chef. As founding chef and partner of The Waverly Inn, DeLucie and his Italian-American take on classic cuisine attracted both the celebrity crowd and serious food fans, who were wowed by his original and eye-opening offerings. The Lion, DeLucie’s newest and most ambitious venture, has only solidified his stature as both a serious chef, and a culinary light that attracts the brightest of the glitterati.

The Lion has been called “eye-catching” (W Magazine), “the latest addition to the power pantheon” (Time Out New York), and “the edge of the volcano” (Gael Greene) that “has the media, fashion and pretty folks out in force” (Women’s Wear Daily). But it’s not the celebrity clientele that demands the most attention. In the end, it all comes down to John’s cooking—a passion that was instilled in him as a little boy.

DeLucie’s grandfather ran a fruit and vegetable market, and would bring home a bounty of fresh produce for his grandmother to turn into meals showcasing boldly flavored seasonal foods. Those early taste lessons left a lasting impression: Although John tried his hand at a few 9-to-5 jobs, he eventually gave in to his natural culinary curiosity, first taking courses at New York’s New School for Culinary Arts, and then getting his first food job, chopping 40-pound bags of onions in the back room of Dean & DeLuca. After a tour of Europe’s great cuisine centers—France, Italy and Spain, DeLucie began to sculpt his own cooking style, fusing modern cooking techniques with European flavors. Upon returning to the States in 1990, John landed a job in the kitchen of the groundbreaking Southwestern eatery Arizona 206, which received 3 stars from the New York Times. In 1996, he took over at the venerable seafood restaurant Oceana. Today, DeLucie’s style is as distinctive as it is universally praised, and The Lion is its apex:

“The menu derives from DeLucie’s expertise in simple, wonderful unhip American specialties…that have made his work such a hit.”
- Vanity Fair

“The biscuits are ethereal, the asparagus with soft boiled egg lushly sensuous.”
- Gael Greene, Insatiable Critic

“Dry-aged Delmonico steak arrives beautifully blistered, thick as a book, with a pitcher of silky bearnaise.”
- Time Out New York

“A standout menu includes traditional Italian-inspired dishes all brought to the table in…a perfect presentation.”
- Vogue.com

“DeLucie clearly had a good time coming up with his menu, and a lot of the dishes are as good as the room is fun….The place bubbles.”
- Esquire.com

And in honor of his success at keeping rock and roll royalty well fed, in 2009 DeLucie became the first Celebrity Chef honored at the MTV Movie Awards (an award he claimed again in 2010).

DeLucie has been featured on Entertainment Tonight, the Today Show, the CBS Early Show, Martha Stewart and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and in Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal, Town & Country, New York Times and Saveur. His memoir, The Hunger: A Memoir of an Accidental Chef (2009) has been called “a delightful book” (Salman Rushdie) and

“the best memoir from a chef since Kitchen Confidential” (Jay McInerney). As a writer, DeLucie’s work has also appeared in The New York Times, Black Book and Gotham.

A New York native, DeLucie lives in Greenwich Village, just steps away from The Lion.
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A celeb-studded crowd dines on homey American fare at this upscale Village hot spot.- Google
"Wine list and cocktail menu is wonderful - albeit a little pricey."
"Great American food, great atmosphere."
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Tom McDonough
4 months ago
I brought three friends here with me for the first time for restaurant week and had a less than stellar time but was personally invited back by Lisa the assistant manager and had a LOVELY time. The food was great (the brunch burger is AMAZING, topped with two cheeses and pork belly!). I highly recommend it.
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a year ago
The Lion is themed on a traditional British pub, and as someone from the UK I can say that it's the most glamorous pub I've ever been too. Not a sticky carpet or dart board in sight! The food and drinks here are great, though again you'd never have to pay quite as much for your burger at a Whetherspoons back home. It's a great buzzy spot to be, and I'd go back.
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Brenda Lilly Cervantes
a year ago
The place was really cute, but it seemed too overpriced. I expect delicious food if I'm going to be paying a good amount. I've had much better food at cheaper locations, but the ambiance was fun and they have a huge selection of wine bottles.
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Clarissa Striker
2 years ago
I love the intimate vibe of this restaurant, even if you're likely to be in a room jam-packed with celebrities if you go. The decor is elegant but still comfortable and classic. Their menu consists of mostly upscale southern comfort food, and I always look forward to the buttery biscuits they give you before the meal. Their pasta with shaved black truffles on top is one of most luxurious meals I've ever had. Service has always been great and the staff very friendly. A great place to go for special occasions...or if you want to indulge!
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André Fava Pestana
5 months ago
They recently charged me $150 for not canceling a reservation before the “72h minimum” policy. ABSURD The food is OK but inferior to places such as Waverly inn, Casa Lever or Cipriani which I highly recommend.
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Federico Torre
a year ago
As a restaurant this place was just okay. The food, especially for their prices, left a lot to be desired. The service was great though as were their drinks, and as others have noted it attracts a trendy crowd and has a cool atmosphere. In the end I almost felt that we were better off hanging out at the bar.
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Clayton McGratty
4 years ago
A Greenwich Village institution! Service was excellent, as were all three courses, amidst the lively roar of the crowd on a Saturday night!
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Liz Klein
2 years ago
One of my favorite restaurants in NYC. Tucked on a quiet strip of 9th Street, The Lion's intimate atmosphere is the perfect place to celebrate special occasions or just have a fabulous meal. The burrata salad is a personal favorite as is the gnocchi (which you can shave with black truffles for extra deliciousness). Wine list and cocktail menu is wonderful - albeit a little pricey. If Kenyon is working, ask to sit in his section - a true gem and wonderful server!

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Our #FathersDay Dinner was featured in @GothamMag. Check out the details: http://ow.ly/OrSdX
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Ida Santos's profile photo
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Featuring distinctive cuisine, a carefully selected wine list and a beautifully designed setting, the Lion occupies a 19th-century West Village townhouse. Meticulously renovated with
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It’s #NationalFrenchFryDay, and we’re celebrating with The Lion Burger and a bucket of fries!
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Kick off the weekend with #HappyHour in the Tavern from 5-7! Enjoy $1 Oysters, $7 Select Cocktails & Glasses of Wine.
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This Father's Day, do better than a neck tie. Bring the old-man by for a Father's Day barbeque brunch or dinner!
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