La Grenouille

Recommended by : Geoffrey Zakarian (Judge, Chopped), 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 (Co-Owner/Director of Operations, Maison Premiere), Simon Doonan (Creative Ambassador, Barneys NY), Lizzie Tisch (Suite 1521), Iris Apfel, Amy Astley (Editor-in-Chief, Teen Vogue), Chloe Perrin (Designer, Perrin Paris), Anna Sui (Fashion Designer)

Cuisine:French. Price: $$$$. Location: .

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)

“I also like the cheese soufflé at La Grenouille—it’s killer. “ – Amy Astley (Editor-in-Chief, Teen Vogue)