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La Grenouille

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  • French, Vegetarian-Friendly
  • 3 E 52nd St, New York NY10022 40.759726 -73.975544
  • (Btwn Madison & 5th Ave)
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  • (212) 752-1495
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User Ratings (Based on 44 reviews)

4.405
Food 4.5 Value 3.9
Service 4.6 Atmosphere 4.5

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
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(212) 752-1495
Fax:
fax
(212) 593-4964
Website:
www.la-grenouille.com
Notes:
Jackets Required Downstairs No Cell Phones Allowed Childen Under 12 Should Be Left At Home Visa, MC, AmEx
Hours:
Tue-Sat: 12pm-2:30pm+5pm-10:30pm
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Features:
Business Dining, Group Dining, People Watching, Prix Fixe, Romantic, Pre/Post Theater, Online Reservations, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Lunch Special, Private Parties

User Reviews

  • La Grenouille

    Posted by Due Fiorentini on 08/08/2010

    A Disappointment

    We went to La Grenouille expecting to have an eating experience. It was not. The room was stunning as so many others have said, and the service quite attentive, perhaps to the extreme. We have lived in Florence Italy for the last seven years and have eaten creative dishes as some of the most basic trattorias. Not so at La Grenouille where the fare was quite mundane and totally lacking in creativity. Our meal could have been served in any medium-priced steak house. My husband's tenderloin was prepared as he asked. It was served with standard steak fried and buttered fava beans. The highlight of his meal was the risotto which was as good as we've had in Italy. My lamb chops, again, were prepared to my specifications; the seasoning was traditional. They were served with overcooked zucchini and yellow squash. The wine list consisted of basically over priced French wines. But it's perfect if you like being fawned over.

  • La Grenouille

    Posted by William on 05/02/2010

    French Haute Cuisine Survives in NYC!

    I love French food. From the time I was a little child watching Julia make soupe a l'oignon gratinee (which takes all day), I've enjoyed going to restaurants which allowed me to taste dishes beyond my culinary skills to make at home. La Cote Basque, Lutece they are gone. Where to eat Rognons flamb├ęs sauce moutarde? La Grenouille, c'est evident! I'll be honest in saying that the recent review in the NY Times brought La Grenouille back to my radar, with Daniel, Per Se etc. having eclipsed it in my conscious. I'm now a happy person because I now remember what true haute cuisine is! We love Daniel but it's not haute French cuisine. The sauce accompanying my kidneys was so rich that the pleasure of the first bite was indescribable. Cream! Butter! Cognac! Dijon mustard! Yes! As to dessert, who can argue with a perfectly executed banana/vanilla souffle? We each had the medium size and were glad of it. The atmosphere is like a jewelry box containing precious family heirlooms. Colorful, with the intense smell of fresh flowers hitting you the moment you enter. Only the roast chicken that a nearby patron had just been served distracted us from the smell of gardenias. Quality does not come cheaply, but it never has. The prices were absolutely fair, but truth be told for most NYers who aren't lucky enough to have inherited "old money", it is primarily a special occasion destination but what's wrong with that? It only makes it all the more special, although I do see myself dropping in for a glass of cremant and a little souffle at the bar area next time I happen to be shopping in the area. It's still nice to live in NYC where such classic fine dining still exists in it's purest, non trendy or adulterated form.

  • La Grenouille

    Posted by dave on 04/19/2010

    glad to be back

    February of this year I submitted a critique of the way a reservation confirmation had been handled on the phone. It was a very surprising and unpleasant experience and as much as I like the restaurant, I had decided to never go back. Charles Masson, the general manager and owner responded and asked that I call him. I contacted Mr Masson and he encouraged me to return. I accepted and am glad I did. The food was superb and the service was excellent--as always, but I did not expect otherwise, since my issue had not been related to either of these and that incident which had prompted my original comments was forgiven and forgotten. For me La Grenouille has resumed its rightful place in the pantheon of great restaurants, thanks to Charles Masson, his chef and his staff and I now look forward to returning many times.

  • La Grenouille

    Posted by Anonymous on 03/06/2010

    Wonderful Evening

    From the minute we walked in, the service until the end was seamless. Wonderful and helpful staff in every way. Started with a bottle of Pomeral and a tasting of potato soup from the chef. Appetizers were the tuna tartar with caviar which was not made like I had ever had it before, but tasty. Main courses were the dover sole - YUM! and the duck with kumquats which was also wonderful. Desserts were a tasting of sorbet and they brought out cookies to end the meal. Such an elegant and beautiful space. I look forward to returning.

  • La Grenouille

    Posted by fuzzcheeks on 02/20/2010

    A Very Pleasant Evening with Reservations

    We enjoyed the food, the atmosphere and, especially, the service. It is easy to see why La Grenouille is so highly regarded. Nevertheless, there are a number of other restaurants in New York that offer either a better dining experience for the same money (Daniel, Jean Georges) or a comparable one for less (Petrossian).

  • La Grenouille

    Posted by Charles Masson on 02/12/2010

    response to Dave's review

    Dear Dave, We truly appreciate your comments. I apologize for the way, as you describe it, your confirmation for a reservation was mishandled: it is unacceptable. I wish to assure you that it is our policy to serve our customers in a discreet and courteous manner consistently; whether we are busy or not, whether we receive a great review or not. Unfortunately, your experience reveals a problem that I wish to address and correct immediately. I would greatly appreciate it if you would call me directly in order to remedy this unfortunate situation. I am grateful for your patronage as I am for your time in posting this memo. Sincerely, Charles Masson General Manager

  • La Grenouille

    Posted by dave on 02/03/2010

    why great french restaurants disappear

    I have eaten at la grenouille many times over the past few years; always was pleased with the food and service and of course the ambiance of a temple of haute french cuisine. However I will never go back. A few weeks ago I had such an arrogant and obnoxious person on the phone when they called to confirm my reservation that I cancelled. I called back to speak to the manager or maitre d' who , surprisingly, was no better. It seems that now that the economy has improved and they no longer have those empty tables (plus of course a great review in the Times) they can return to the hauteur of prior times. Its a shame, because I will miss the place.

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