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Reviews from nymag.com
Posted by Delaware Beauties on 07/18/2011
This restaurant is absolutely delicious and consistent everytime we go. The food is fabulus, the drink menu very innovative, and the servers and staff beyond friendly. Salads are great, burger is wonderful, and entrees are fantastic. We travel from Delaware to NYC several times a year, and because of the outstanding food and excellent service, we make a point to make a special trip back to this restaurant everytime we visit, and we never leave disappointed. Attached to the Library Hotel, it is the perfect compliment to an equally charming boutique hotel. The next stop on our NYC tour: a stay at the Library Hotel, hoping its service will be just as memorable as our visits to Madison & Vine!
Posted by Lexa on 02/18/2010
Stopped by this place the other night for a quick bite before going home. What a great decision, I ordered the burger and it was fantastic. The atmosphere was beautiful and my server was charming. I'll be back!
Posted by Nywhiz on 09/04/2009
Met a friend for drinks at the rooftop lounge of the Library hotel. As we paid the check there we were told we could get a 15% discount at the restaurant downstairs with bar receipt. Ok. Convenient so we went. We thought food was very good. Shrimp ceviche, shrimp risotto, beet salad, iceburg lettuce wedge salad with blue cheese. Service was prompt. Wine was good if a bit pricey. Noise level loud but still able to have a conversation. I think they've gotten their act together and this place is worth a try!
Posted by Dan on 04/26/2009
Went there for dinner last night. Beautiful night out in NYC, so they had all the front windows open. The restaurant itself is very nice, good atmosphere etc. It is, as has been mentioned before, on a slightly odd corner, still very nice though. Simple things that one would expect such as being offered bread in the beginning of the meal never happened. The serving size was quite small, definitely not satisfying. Thankfully I was able to finish my date's dinner, which more or less made a meal for me. Our drinks sat empty on the table for about 10 minutes before they were topped off or we were offered another round. This all while the restaurant was less than half full!! Very very disappointing. I recommend against going to this place, plenty of other much nicer places to go in the area.
Posted by Russell on 11/01/2008
We stayed at the Library for our honeymoon recently (October 08) and after a long day in the city we were pretty tuckered out so we decided to indulge in some room service from Madison & Vine. The food was fantastic. My wife had the Salmon with these golden potatoes and I had the Vine Burger. Out of all of the amazing meals we had on our trip in NYC this second best (just behind the sushi at Nobu 57th). Ok so the Vine Burger is simply the best burger I've ever had... Butter lettuce, unreal... gruyere cheese... unreal... and the highest quality sirloin burger that was cooked to perfection. Now look this is a 20$ burger, and I can honestly tell you it's well worth it. The fries are so lightly fried your hands won't have a hint of grease. BTW, The Library is so romantic and classy we just loved it.
Posted by Jersey Boy on 12/11/2007
I read an earlier review of this restaurant and I'm not sure he/she was in the same establishment. My wife and I enjoyed a cocktail at Bookmarks, the lounge on the 14th floor of the Library Hotel before heading back down for dinner at Madison & Vine. The calamari we shared was excellent. I more than enjoyed the beet salad. The presentation and pallot appeal was great and I had the feeling that no matter what was ordered next from the menu it would more than satisfy my appetite. However, I too ordered the Vine Burger. While overcooked for my liking it was flavorful and certainly far from fat laden. My wife agreed and she is someone who would have never tolerated a "fat soaked" burger. I disagree about the fries. I have tried many in my time and cannot think of any better. They did not leave an unhealthy aftertaste nor a lump in the pit of your stomach like some I have encountered in this country and in others. Service was a little lacking, but considering the time of year and that the place was nearly packed, for a new establishment, I could be a little forgiving. None the less, I will expect better next time. Overall 4 1/2 stars out of 5. I'll be back!
Posted by Not happy on 09/25/2007
Like the review below, I too was staying at the library Hotel when I visited Madison & Vine. The wine was great, no doubt about it. You can put it down to poor choice, but I ordered the Vine Burger. A tourist choice of sorts; being in Rome and all. I imagine the meat used to make the burger was quite nice, but the end result was so soaked in fat, my stomach was in knots. This fat patty was served with part of a leaf of iceberg lettuce, one slice of tomato, cheese, and a couple slices of pickle. The majority of the place was garnished with French fried, decorated with a dried herb that was as bland as it was green. My eagerness to try this burger soon wanned once I realised it was not to my liking. Rather than subject myself to the lard burger, I waited patiently for the bill. I was asked if I was enjoying the meal, to which I replied "The *wine* is great". I was asked again as the response as subtle yet clear as it may be was not the expected response of a happy customer. Didn't help though as he just walked off in a humph. Why ask!?