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Madison Bistro
Madison Bistro

Madison Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.madisonbistro.com
  • Phone: (212) 447-1919
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday - Friday 7:30am - 11:00am
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:45am - 3:45pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, French American
  • Executive Chef: Claude Godard
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Private room available for up to 20 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Melvin (212) 447-1919
  • Special Events & Promotions: Madison Bistro is available for private parties. Whether you would like to plan a casual cocktail & hors d’oeuvres party, or a larger full dinner party, Madison Bistro will accommodate you. Private room or entire restaurant available.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 37th Street
  • Public Transit: 4,5,6 to Grand Central
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking available on 37th street between Madison and 5th Avenue and 38th street between 5th and Madison.
A word from Madison Bistro
For fine French cuisine in a romantic and elegant setting, be sure to visit Madison Bistro and enjoy Chef, Claude Godard's updated traditional bistro fare. Enjoy a 3 course prix fixe lunch for $27. and Dinner 3 course prix fixe $45.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Went there to celebrate Bastille Day. Ideal for that occasion! Terrific charcuterie (don't miss the duck pate) and wonderful desserts."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "I had lunch with a co-worker and the food was excellent. However, service could have been better. The waiter brought out the wrong lunch order for me. He told me he would bring my correct order of mussels and fries. The mussels did come out of the kitchen shortly thereafter and then the waiter said he'd also bring me fries. 20 minutes later no fries and when we asked the waiter he looked confused. He said he'd check on it and then he came back to tell me they were making them now. He never really apologized but the host did. This was a little mishap which could have been handled better. The mussels were delicious and when the fries finally came out they we hot and tasty also. Eventually, the host offered us coffee/cappuccino on the house."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "I live in the area and have wanted to try Madison Bistro. It finally happened last week for a Bastille Day event. The food was very good, indeed. I had eaten in a similar type of French bistro earlier that week and Madison Bistro was head and shoulders above the other one. I had a beautiful mixed green salad with crispy garlic chips....I swear it's always the little things in restaurants that makes them stand out! A delicate broiled trout was a welcomed change to an overcooked salmon swimming in sauce earlier in the week. An assortment of fresh and fruity sorbets with perfect meringue flats completed a memorable meal. Some loud and drunken tourist-types needed to be managed by both our party and the staff but all in all....tout va bien!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Went to Madison Bistro for a lunch business meeting. Location was convenient, although restaurant a bit 'worn.' Waiter was friendly, but took some time to get our order. Unlike dinner, lunches should be quicker. Food was excellent. Overall, nice experience and would recommend."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I have dined at Madison Bistro on many occasions, typically for lunch and occasionally for dinner. My favorite items are the baked chicken and the mesculun salad. Excellent!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "It's a fave among locals who want to feel like that they are dining in Paris. Duck pate is out of this world! Service has a European flair, so please don't go if you're in a rush. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Dining alone was comfortable, early in the evening. Food and presentation impressive. Noise level at the bar notable, but not intrusive. They were having a good time. I would return, for lunch with friends. Location is good."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I always lunch here when in NYC-- location is convenient, menu varied bistro, and prix fixe menu a bargain. Service is always pleasant too. Place is never noisy, either."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "A great neighborhood spot. Always delicious and consistent. Good wine selection and always friendly and competent service."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Excellent food and quite reasonable prices. However, the waiter did not hear our dessert Order for soufflé. It's a 30 minute wait. When we inquired, he did not apologize or attempt to make amends in any way for the error. Did not appear to care. Disappointing finish to a super food experience. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Not an extensive menu but that's fine - and we both ordered two appetizers: the charcuterie plate and the cheese plate. We were happy campers. Both were served on bread boards - the only issue: small bits of toast, not enough to complement the selections. However, they offer a very good small bread and we both asked for second helpings of those. Wine was fine; we were satiated and a good walk of some 30 blocks completed the evening. The service was fine. This was not a busy evening so not much competition for service - but all seemed good. One thing they could do something about - fix their little outdoor space in the back. It has lights and some poor plants (not sure if they were real) but it could be so spruced up and isn't."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I first found this place nine years ago on a fast trip to NYC. My hotel was just around the corner, and one night I wondered around just to see what was local and happened on it. I was so impressed that I ate there twice that trip, and now I make an effort to stop by at least once every time I'm in Manhattan. You can't beat it for mornings; it's usually not at all crowded and it's a great spot to have breakfast or coffee and watch the street go by. Very much the feel if a little Parisian side street cafe. It's also a wonderful intimate spot for dinner for two, but it gets crowded fast so it's important to get a reservation if you have a schedule. The menu isn't too broad, but everything is nicely prepared and they're very friendly. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "the food is 5 star the service attentive perfect place for lunch"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Good food, excellent value on prix fixe menu. Super service. A good place for conversation over dinner."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Party of 6...Went for Mothers day. Hardly any customers except for a few senior citizen couples....should have seen the signs.... Food was ok. The French onion soup was so so. Streak frites best thing on the menu....says a lot...charged us extra for the souffle that was on the prix fixe menu.....we've had better....only thing we could taste was egg...at the end of the meal they added gratuity of 20% to the bill and then charged tax on the total.....can you believe it...they taxed us on a gratuity....this was intentional and not an act of ignorance...place was empty most of night they probably figured they needed to recoup some losses Never again would not recommend"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We got together with the kids to celebrate Mother's Day. Friendly, courteous service and good food. One minor negative. Their ad mentioned a glass of champagne for the mother on the group. We forgot to ask and no one volunteered. We remembered when we were on the way home."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Wonderful meal at an affordable price. Good menu that is not overwhelming but still has good variety and some unusual items."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "We hadn't been back to Madison Bistro in a while, and I remembered it as a charming small bistro. I asked to have "a quiet table" when I made the Open Table reservation, and the restaurant honored it--there is a tiny room that was added to the back of the restaurant--but it was very dark and had no charm, and the noise level from the bar upfront on a Sat. night was certainly more than "energetic". The "quality French" menu looked different to me ( a small piece of lasagna? plain grilled salmon? ), and the" prixe fixe deal"(Zagat quote) was $46 for just an appetizer and entrée. Sorry, Mad Bistro , we missed the old you."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "i met a friend there for a late lunch and it was not crowded and everyone there was very attentive. the chicken with salad dish I ordered was fantastic. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Welcoming bar is nice place for per dinner cocktail . Fixed price menu provides excellent way to enjoy some very good French cuisine "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "The chief is offering Dover Sole this spring, and it is absolutely wonderful. The product was of the highest quality, prepared with chief's light touch enhancing this wonderful creature's unique flavor and texture. Generally fish in New York restaurants is overcooked, and frequently immersed in preparations containing everything but the proverbial kitchen sink (i.e. prosciutto, bacon, nuts, lots of sweet stuff, etc.). At Madison Bistro, there's an intelligence in the kitchen."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Great spot in midtown...Always a great lunch. Food is well crafted. French onion soups can be salty..the one here isn't and has a deep rich flavor. The Prix Fix lunch is a great bargain in an expensive city."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "I went during lunch. The service was pretty slow. We constantly had to wave over our waiter for him to notice us. Two people next to us ended up leaving before touching the food due to the poor service. However, once the food came I was fine. It was quite delicious and flavorful. The portions were perfect for both the french onion soup and chicken. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Lunch at Madison Bistro is always a fantastic choice. Great food, excellent service and nice ambiance."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The bread is amazing at this restaurant. The bar scene is vibrant and a bit loud at times, but not overwhelming. My food tasted great and was cooked perfectly. I ordered the filet with frites. I'm a steak guy and I know it was not a filet. It was more of thin cut NY strip. Overall, it was still fine, but not what I expected. The pear desert was one of the best deserts I had in NY. The French onion soup was very good too for a cold day. The price of the meal was reasonable (pre-fix $45 (3-course)), but the house wine is pricey for what was provided."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Claude Godard a " Maître Cuisnier de France" is an outstanding chef and such a nice guy! An absolute Must try is his "egg Moley" FABULOUS! His " Salmon croque Monsieur" is so considerate and delicious for those who keep Kosher. In the evening, the glazed "daurade" is Amazing. Their bread and desserts are Made on premises and DELICIOUS!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The restaurant's service was fine -- especially because of an attentive manager. I booked because we were attending a concert at the Morgan and since my friend was too late to dine, I only had time to try a couple of things: a mesclun salad with garlic chips and the shrimp risotto with pesto. Both were well-presented and my only real objection was to the risotto, i.e., the amount of oil in the pesto that swam atop the risotto as a bed for the shrimp made the dish far too -- rich? cloying? -- to eat much of. Anyway, while I'm sure Madison is a good neighborhood restaurant, I wouldn't seek it out again."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We were coming from seeing a concert nearby - Mariachi Flor de Toloache - and craved French Food. Did our Open Table homework, and came up with Madison Bistro as being the best rated and most convenient. We were not disappointed. Both of us had the Prix Fixe dinner, both of us enjoyed our dinner, and both of us left stuffed - and satisfied."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We have been walking downstairs to eat here almost monthly for 16 years. It seems to always be owned by a different person with a different chef and almost always different waiters. They practically never recognize us and it is always understaffed as well. We truly miss Frere Jacques that was around the corner where they knew our names almost immediately. None of us can figure out why this restaurant always seems so mismanaged."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Nice atmosphere and a good place to spend some time !"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "When you're not busy at night you create a menu with minimum choices, no specials and high prices to make every meal COUNT. That's what's happening here with $11.00 for any appetizer (Onion soup?) and $26.00 mains and $11.00 desserts this place is definitely not a bargain. Minimal decor, decent service, average food and high prices won't help this Murray Hill old timer."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "We have been going here since they open. they consistent in their food quality and excellent service. We are customers for life here."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I went on a St. Valentine's date to this restaurant and the restaurant proved to be a good place for a date. The food was excellent and the service was good to say the least. The one bad aspect was the music. For a candle-lit French restaurant, the music of choice was a poor idea. The bar played Bob Marley songs back to back the whole time. I love Bob Marley, don't get me wrong. It's just that the music choice took away from the general mood of the restaurant (especially on St. Valentine's day)."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I was attracted to the restaurant by the prix fixe lunch at $27. So I invited a guest and although we had no alcoholic drinks -- in fact only sparkling water and cappuccinos, the bill was just under a hundred dollars. No bargain. But the food was definitely good."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Pleasant friendly bistro with a solid French menu. Goat cheese appetizer and mushroom soup were formidable. Chef came out to greet us. Service is excellent. Wonderful desserts also."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Madison Bistro is one of the best French restaurants in the city. It also has maybe the best prefix lunch deal in all of Manhattan.I went there for lunch if you visit Morgan Library which is directly across the street. Beautifully prepared dishes -truly in the French manner, excellent service, great location– you cannot go wrong Go!!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Never having been here before, I didn't know what was in store for my group. As it turned out the full lunch menu was available as a prix fixe lunch--one item from each of the three categories. The food was excellent and in the proper amount. One of the appetizers was actually big enough for lunch: the cheese board. If you just wanted that with either a glass of wine or a cappuchino, it would be more than enough. There is an outdoor eating area behind the restaurant, and we plan to return when the weather moderates."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "My party and I arrived at the restaurant and were a bit disappointed from the street as the restaurant looked a bit "dated". However, I'm so glad that we gave this place a chance... The food was AMAZING! The Bourgignon was beautiful and the price fixe menu was absolutely perfect!!!!! I recommend this place to anyone in the area who enjoy a classic, comforting French meal!!"
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Very good neighborhood French, with reasonable pricing."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "The service was better than I expected and the food was fine, it's just that my oyster ceviche had shell bits in it that really hurt my teeth and could have hurt my insides if I had accidentally swallowed the shards. For that carelessness, I would not go back here personally, but feel that it is not a bad place."
    Dined on 1/18/2014