We are sad to read in both the New York Times and other places that after nearly 30 years, Le Madeleine is being evicted from it's 43rd Street location (directly across the street from the more famous ESCA).
We were introduced to the Le Madeleine by someone in the wine industry who remarked how dedicated the place has been to wine, so much so it has been awarded the Wine Spectator Magazine Award of Excellence multiple times. And the wine list has indeed been strong with outstanding fairly priced wines. Most are French, but the other wines are outstanding examples of New World wines. An outstanding local selection is Grapes of Roth Merlot from Long Island winemaker Roman Roth priced at only two times the retail price.
The décor is classic French bistro with a wonderful year-round garden area. The place is bright during the day and nicely lighted in the evening.
With recent chefs including Bruce Beaty and now executive chef Fabian Pauta, the restaurant has tended to be more modern in its cuisine than the classic bistro/café one would expect from its décor. The menu is a balance of classic French bistro choices and many American favorites. By using local products the kitchen prepares interesting dishes that are full of flavor.
They may be open through this weekend, so you may want to stop by and say goodbye. Hopefully they will relocate and be even better.
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