3 E. 52nd St., New York, NY, 10022
nr. Fifth Ave.
By PupoftheRhones on 12/23/2013
I was hopeful to add to the long list of justified praise but I am too intimated by the previous review by cstrum (the shouting, the liberal use of punctuation, etc). = = = **Update: Because am stupid, I later realized that the review by cstrum was NOT in fact the most previous but rather a review that was written almost ten years ago.
By parisnewyork on 3/11/2012
As a french I can say this is the best french restaurant I have been to in town. The food is delicious, some traditional french recipes revisited with a hint of modernity. But before satisfying your palate it satisfies your sight with nice presentation. The service is perfect. There is a horde of servers, maitre de table at your service but there are so discreet that you don't even notice it. They do not interfere in your conversation and yet they are around at the right time to refill your glass, serve you more warm bread or add some suggestion. No background music, so you don't need to shout to be heard from your partner. Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and noisy children are not aloud : it gives you a hint of the atmosphere you will find there. Prices are very reasonable considering the quality with a theater 3 courses prefix menu at only $60 and you can add wine pairing for a few dollars more. If you want to treat yourself with a nice bottle of wine you can also do so as the wine list is quite well furbished. Only issue : it is fully booked well in advance
By mels11 on 12/29/2010
Easily one of the top five dining experiences of my life. From the moment we walked through the door we were treated with grace and courtesy. And as you turn the corner from coat check into the restaurant--WOW. The floral arrangements are stunning, the lighting makes the whole room appear to glow, and the pop of red from the upholstery gives a certain light and warmth. We enjoyed the pre-theater menu with wine pairings. Each course was divine and made you want to savor every bite. The compliments provided between courses were a fun touch. The service was perfectly executed and seemed to run like a well-oiled machine without being stuffy. It was very professional. And do yourself a favor and order the Grand Marnier Souffle. You'll be glad you did. An excellent dining experience from start to finish and worth every penny. I will absolutely return.
By claudiaebonn on 9/1/2010
And so the old world rolls over, giving way to the new. Gone are waiters who know what crossed fork and knife on a plate mean, what the knife and fork aligned together signify. The waiters who serve ladies first and wait until everyone at the table is finised before clearing plates. But not here. At this, the last of the great NY restaurants, the service is old-fashioned, which means impeccable. The food, although not terribly inventive is wonderfully prepared. The room is beautiful and resplendid with flowers. This is THE place to go for a taste of the best, a representative of another era when life was lived more graciously.
By superad13 on 1/31/2010
It's never a disappointing meal at La Grenouille. A must for every NYC foodie!
By claudem23 on 10/1/2009
I went to La Grenouille for the first time recently, and it certainly won't be my last visit! I have never been to a restaurant with such impeccable service, exquisite food and GORGEOUS ambiance! I felt as though I was transported to another world, and it was enchanting. I cannot wait to go back!
By Blogthropologist on 7/13/2009
After reading countless positive reviews I was totally pumped about going to La Grenouille. Fine dining probably my favorite treat and my excitement was palpable. La Grenouille, however, was a humongous disappointment. The Food was so-so. I didn't linger on your tongue and make you mull over the meal for a week (which is a must when you're spending $255). Furthermore, the portions were almost nonexistent. My foie gras was edible, but the filet mignon failed to melt in my mouth. Mediocrity was the name of the game. The service was dry and callous, and the ambiance was passable. In retrospect, La Grenouille comes off as a casual dining locale for the mega-rich. Nothing Special, and exorbitantly expensive. If money is not an object pop over for a nibble on a Wednesday, but Ultimately, I've had much better meals and better experiences for half the the price. I will continue to seek out fabulous meals, but La Grenouille is definitely off of that list.
By thegreat on 4/8/2008
La Grenouille is a treasure. The service is expert, gracious and artful. The extraordinary floral arrangements are swoonworthy. And the food. I'm convinced the food is divinely inspired. A table at La Grenouille is heaven to me. A quintessentially New York restaurant that's downright magical every time.
By jab1946 on 11/16/2005
My wife was in NYC for business on her birthday and I flew in to have dinner. La Grenouille had great ratings. They rtings are accurate. The staff was very nice, the decor beautiful and all the food excellent except my sole. The sole was the BEST sole I ever ate. The accompanying sauteed green beans were superb. There was only a slight lapse in getting our wine. I wish it was cheaper but you get what you pay for.
By eatdat on 6/13/2005
We selected this restaurant to celebrate our 1st anniversary based on reviews of other patrons. We quickly discovered that formal wear was the norm. It would have been more helpful if that was mentioned by the staff or on the website. We had a wonderful dinner nonetheless. The ambiance was disappointing and suffocating. It was very loud and quite informal for the 'required' formal wear. For the first timers, don't forget to tip the 'captain' of your table too besides the waiter.