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La Grenouille

carlylecat | | Jun 21, 2010 11:52 AM

his place is so old, it's good. From the age of the diners (us 50 somethings were the youngest in the crowd, but yes there was a crowd) to the old fashion meal receipt calling for captains and waiters tips, the place preserves NYC dining from an era long passed in a very elegant manner.

The food is good, not exceptional but executed with precision. Service is pleasant and productive. But you are here for the room, the scene.

We happily scored a table on the end and had a full view of the dining room. We took in the fabulous flower arrangements, and had spot on views of perfectly dressed gentleman and ladies sporting dazzling baubles and elegant timepieces.

These folks are sitting side by side in what at first looks like a totally uncomfortable and almost communal looking banquet. Once seated you fall down into the comfortable cushions as your breath relaxes and a great feeling washes over you as to say "it will be quite fine hanging right here for the next few hours."

The table that is just inches from your elbow now seems a world away and as water and cheese puffs are delivered you finish off the cocktail the expert barman has concocted for you a few moments ago while diners were being seated, bags were being checked, regulars acknowledged and asian men without jackets are being fitted with wide blue blazers in the small entryway that doubles as a bar..

The menu is in English but of course you must try and order en francais. The wine list is easy to navigate but nothing here is easy on the wallet. $250 to $300 per head with wine and cocktails as the three course menu is $95 to just begin with.

It is a great theater, it is a sublime evening and if you have that special friend with you, it will be the beginning of a magical night!

La Grenouille
3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

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