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Posted by Anon on 06/24/2015
I hate writing this because I have been coming here for over 40 years (at least 3 times a year). I have always loved this restaurant and was so disappointed the last time I was there for lunch. The appetizer tasted like it had just come out of the freezer...it was still extremely cold. The dessert tasted like an ingredient was left out. The owner came over and asked what was wrong. I told him and he said he would take care of it....whatever that means. I am seriously thinking of not returning.
Posted by damon jacobson on 02/06/2015
I took my wife to La Grenouille on a Friday evening. I ordered the filet, which was OK, but not near the taste and quality that you would receive from a prominent steakhouse. My wife ordered the trout, and the actual quantity of fish that she received was less than that of a typical appetizer. The quantity of fish couldn't have been more than 4oz. My wife, at 105 lbs, was hungry when we left. Even though our waiter deducted the main course portion from our invoice, it ruined the evening. We had to go to another restaurant afterward.
Posted by Kiki on 07/18/2014
I thought it was fantastic! Went for my 16th birthday and again for my 21st and it just keeps getting better. People say it is snobby and stuffy. I was a teenage when I first went and I found that it was elegant and the service was amazing as well as personable. Some may say that I know nothing of dinning because I am relatively young but I have grown up in NYC and have been to my fair share of international restaurants. Plus I am obsessed with food and if I wasn't headed down the lawyer track would probably want to be a chef or food critic.
Posted by Rebecca on 06/22/2014
La Grenouille has excellent atmosphere, but falls short on food. I've lived in France, and a place like this exists to make people enjoy their wealth, rather than their palates. They do meat well, and the wine list is lovely. The flower arrangements are great, and the waiters are charming, blah blah. But there is no creativity in the dishes, the breads were stale (stale!), and my desserts were dull and tasteless. Very sad. Considering all NYC has to offer, it's kind of an insult to eat here, because they don't seem to be trying so much as floating on their status (quo). And what is French cuisine about, really, except technical excellence, flavor and sophistication? La Grenouille delivers none of that. Celebrities and Manhattanites dine there, but I can't eat glamor. Go only if you prefer to be seen rather than pleased.
Posted by NAT on 06/09/2014
FABULOUS...Perfect dining in NYC
Posted by Bobby5000 on 01/09/2014
It was my turn to take some friends out who were kind enough to help during a recent illness. We had a wonderful evening. The dish appropriately called appetizer featured an impressive and ample variety of foods and the tab seemed fair. A few suggestions 1. Order the appetizer. 2. Consider eating upstairs. It is not the "in" area. It is quite pretty and quiet and we spent an unusually relaxing few hours on a Saturday night, a rariety in New York. 3. This is a traditional restaurant and you will get a sizable desert along with some complimentary sweets, a little too much for me. Consider asking for a substitute for one or having a quite pleasant cheese platter as we did. 4. You are expected to wear a jacket even upstairs. We had an enjoyable time.
Posted by foodfan on 06/27/2013
I was looking forward to eating at La Grenouille again. The last time was probably 20 years ago. And the food was as good as I remembered. It's old-fashioned but beautifully so, with offerings like quenelles, frogs legs and kidneys. (Some with a hefty additional charge to the $100+ prix fixe, but we knew it was expensive going in.) The problem, oddly enough, was the service. Not only was the wait between courses prolonged, but they brought us the wrong bottle of wine, one that cost twice as much as what we ordered. Not the service you have a right to expect from this grande dame. The next time I plan to spend that much I'll go to Daniel.