La Grenouille

Row 1

3 E 52nd St (btwn 5th & Madison Ave)
New York, NY 10022
(212) 752-1495
$ $ $ $
Tue–Sat: Noon–10:30 PM

This iconic New York restaurant opened its doors on a snowy night in 1962, and has survived while its onetime counterparts like Lutèce, La Caravelle, and La Côte Basque have shuttered. So what makes this restaurant so special that it's continued to flourish? Le Grenouille is a captivating snapshot of the dining trends of past eras, where the signature dish, pike quenelles lyonnaise, is the same as it was on the first night of service, and the luxurious dining room, decorated with fresh flowers and scarlet banquettes, feels positively refreshing (even though the décor hasn't changed at all, either). Yes, the prices are high (starting at $98 for a three-course prix fixe) and the menu is devoid of the kind of culinary drama often experienced at more modern fine dining restaurants, but when the food is as expertly prepared as it is here, there's no need to change a thing.

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Foursquare Tips

  • Recommended: Foie gras, sweetbreads, wild-mushroom risotto, Dover sole, quenelles of pike, veal kidneys, braised oxtails, souffls.
  • The ruby banquettes at this classic French restaurant have been graced by presidents, Mad Men and movie stars. Make a dinner reservation tout de suite and request a small corner table.
  • Sophisticated socialite Deeda Blair lunched here with Nan Kemper in the early 1960s.
  • Vintage classic, romantic decor and an exquisite Parisian dining experience.
  • Got swept away by the crispy frog leg, souffle, and everyone's french accent ;)
  • The venerable midtown restaurant was the site for our April fashion spread, NY, NY 10021, and proved to be as classically New York as any place could get.
  • spinach souffl for vegetarians, out of this world.
  • This place was a favorite of author Antoine Saint-Exupry (The Little Prince, 1943)
  • De los mejores restaurantes franceses de NY, por algo lleva aos. Es como un viaje en el tiempo. No olviden pedir el souffl.
  • Bill Addison's review: "Winner of the evening: pike quenelles."
  • If you are planning an intimate dinner for two ask for a corner table. The food, ambience & wine list are all devine. Most of the other tips are spot on!
  • The food is incomparable, as is the service in every respect. Beautiful room. Not inexpensive, but you'll be treated as if you were Louis XIV.
  • "Este es el restaurante favorito de Carolina Herrera, especializado en comida francesa y distinguido por sus espectaculares arreglos florales."
  • La Grenouille rocks in its own impeccable way. Put on a tie, order a plate of rognons de veau, and celebrate this New York City restaurant survivor with a round of souffls.
  • Get The Grand Marnier Souffle.
  • Amazing....
  • Ultimate old-fashioned romance and classic French cuisine. Settle into a plush red banquette amid riotous bouquets of fresh flowers and golden sconces. The food is pricey but guaranteed to impress.
  • Be seduced with the Prix Fixe Menu ($95) and try the Seared Foie Gras, the Veal Kidney and any of the desserts!
  • This is the place to try old-school French dishes from the Gallic canon like cognac-flambed veal kidney with mustard, or Provenal-style fried frog legs in a butter-tomato-garlic sauce.
  • No other restaurant in New York captures the glamorous aura of France like La Grenouille. The menu includes rare delicacies like pan seared foie gras and frog legs sauted in garlic and butter.