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La Grenouille

Recommended by: Geoffrey Zakarian (Iron Chef), David Burke (Chef/Owner, David Burke Kitchen), Graydon Carter (Editor-in-Chief, Vanity Fair), James Oseland (Editor-in-Chief, Saveur), Nate Berkus (Interior Designer), Eric Ripert (Chef/Owner, Le Bernardin), Joshua Boissy (Maison Premiere), Simon Doonan (Creative Ambassador to Barneys NY), Lizzie Tisch (Suite 1521), Iris Apfel

Named consistently by our tastemakers as the New York restaurant that never goes out of style, La Grenouille is a midtown French bistro institution started in 1962. The spot offers classic French cuisine in a plush, flowery setting. La Grenouille brings us back to a time in New York when a few mid/uptown French and Italian bistros were the very hub of this city’s restaurant industry. 

“It has the best lighting of any restaurant in America. And Charles Masson – the owner – I just think he cares as much as (if not more than) any restaurateur in America. He’s there everyday.” – Adam Rapoport (Editor-in-Chief, Bon Appetit)

“La Grenouille, in Manhattan’s mid-town, is truly a doyenne of New York City’s dining, from the fresh-cut flowers that adorn every table to the always great renditions of French classics.” – James Oseland (Editor-in-Chief, Saveur)