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Posted by Nina on 11/20/2011
Make no mistake--the food at La Grenouille doesn't suck, but this is one of those places you mainly go to enjoy the mammoth flower displays, and the eight thousand year old oil paintings, and the chandeliers which may have been installed when the Vanderbilts first came to town. It's old New York, and by "old" I do mean that you will most likely feel at home here if you're on the verge of needing emergency medical care. On the positive side, the service is so spectacular that if you DO have a heart attack the waiters will surely be by your side in a flash, performing CPR with a sophisticated flourish, as they simultaneously hand you one of the best little baguettes I've had in ages. Other than that, and the desserts (my crisp hot apple tartlet drizzled with caramel was wonderful, and my friend's chocolate souffle was to die for), the food is positively so-so. The foie grois was good if greasy, the lobster ravioli fine, but as unappealing looking as Cream of Mushroom Soup dumped out of a Campbell's soup can, and the Dover sole not bad, but blandly seasoned, while the Pea Soup on par with Hale 'n Hearty's. In summary, I'd say it's a fun place to go if someone else is picking up that tab.
Posted by NK on 06/13/2011
went for dinner few days ago, didnt realise we had a table "upstairs" had to walk up in my 6" heels! was more worried about getting back down, but I guess I made it. Food so so, no taste, no flavor nor any creativity, really, I could have made what I eat at home. Works for an older crowdr. No plans to go back. There are sooooo many better places in the city for French food, stick to them.
Posted by Stanley Edelman, M. D. on 10/14/2010
My wife and I chose La Grenouille to celebrate my 86th Birthday. We made the proper choice. We were escorted to our table by the owner. He asked me what was my secret to reaching my age. I replied "drinking French Wine". He gave us a great smile and told us his Father (in France) used to drink a bottle of French wine every day and lived to the age of 98. That comment introduced us to an evening of great dining, excellent service, while we adored the great flowers all over the dining room.
Posted by Due Fiorentini on 08/08/2010
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.
Posted by William on 05/02/2010
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 flambés 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.
Posted by dave on 04/19/2010
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.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/06/2010
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.