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Madison Bistro

238 Madison Ave., New York, NY, 10016
at 37th St.

Avg. Rating

Food: 8
Service: 8
Décor: 8

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

75% would go back.

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By Soizic84 on 3/9/2012

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

Very rude wanna-be french maitre d'. Condescending from the start. Their wine list is poorly written - it listed Moulin a vent as 2007/2008. I assume they had both 2007 and 2008 as a wine list must have a vintage attached to the wine. According to the know-it-all maitre d', this was not the case. It was one or the other: 2007 or 2008. They only had one. He acted as though it was normal to list several vintages although they only had one. The condescension continued. When we told him that we were both ordering the prix fixe and that we planned to share all the dishes, he insisted that we tell him who was ordering which dish for "placement" purposes. We had already told him we were sharing. When I pointed that out for the second time, he said, "Fine. It doesn't matter." Half of the dishes were good, some were mediocre. The tarte flambe was good. The bread was mediocre. The seafood overcooked. We had a Bloomspot that gave us $30 off the $142 bill. The maitre d' said, "You didn't tell us about this." I said, "I did. When I called. That's what the Bloomspot instructed to do." He then took it, and said, "Next time, give it to use when you walk in." What - so I could get even worse service? When I told him I was giving him a tip commensurate with his service, he became enraged. He followed outside the restaurant and asked us why. I explained to him how he was condescending to us the entire meal. He threw up his hands, exasperated, and said, "Fine!"

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102 out of 236 people found this review helpful.

Terrific value for French bistro

By bogotel on 6/9/2004

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

The food, the service and the wine list are the perfect combination for a perfect dinner. this place is more than only a bistro.

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204 out of 414 people found this review helpful.

Comfortable with great food

By jkline on 5/4/2011

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Do not leave with out trying the "Tarte Flambe". The service was great, the food was great and the atmosphere made my dining experience very enjoyable. Recommend for sure.

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83 out of 170 people found this review helpful.

A beautiful place with AMAZING food and service!

By meanshewilson on 7/18/2011

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

The food was wonderful, service truly stunning. The food and the prices are unbeatable! Great place for a date or an after work drink!

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93 out of 177 people found this review helpful.

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