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Madison Bistro

4.3
702 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Romantic
For fine French bistro 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 $29. and Dinner 3 course prix fixe $46.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, French American, Bistro
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 7:30 am–11:00 am
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–10:30 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(212) 447-1919
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Claude Godard
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Catering
Chef Claude Godard can provides with all range of proposal in your place or anywhere you like.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
37th Street
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Parking details
Parking available on 37th street between Madison and 5th Avenue and 38th street between 5th and Madison or Street parking allowed after 7 PM
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Public transit
4,5,6 to Grand Central
F, M, B, D Bryant Park
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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.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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What 702 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.4
service
4.2
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The pate was delicious. We got the calamari risotto and lobster lasagna, which were ok. Portions are on the smaller side as well.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Very tasty meal

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Cozy restaurant. Great food. Very nice staff.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Terrific service from waiter. Nice atmosphere. Very good food and wine.

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2.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Although the food was good, the portions were very small for the amount of money we paid.

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Fabulous restaurant. The food is very tasty and consistent and the ambiance is old school New York....which is (sadly) increasingly less prevalent as the Starbucks, Prets and Chipotles take out all the interesting family run restaurants. .... the service is gracious and efficient and there seems to be a real sense of pride in presenting delicious food.

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Lovely French bistro with excellent menu selections, perfectly prepared. Tables just a little close together making conversation a bit difficult and not overhearing conversations next to you impossible.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

the food was good and the service was exceptional. we had been there before and were just as pleased.

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Very nice meal but somehow the bill ran to $170 for a lunch for 2. Couple of glasses of wine, a dessert and poof!

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4.0Dined on February 21, 2018

The food was very good; the service was somewhat slow; they seemed to be missing a a bartender/server. I ordered a second beer but never received it. I have been here before, the service seemed to be a one day problem, so I will be back again.

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Surprisingly good neighbourhood bistro. Authentic French food, well prepared and well presented by friendly, knowledgeable staff. Recommended

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Very nice wait staff Food is small in portion but very good in quality.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Good, solid neighborhood restaurant that never disappoints. The food is delicious and the ambiance is warm and cozy. Nice prixe fixe!

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

We went for French bistro food, and French bistro food is done very well here. For dinner I had a hanger steak with fries cooked to perfection, followed by a chocolate souffle, which was excellent. My wife had a lobster lasagna, which she very much enjoyed. Service was great and food came out quickly. We will definitely go back.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Absolutely delicious food on the prix fixe Valentines Day menu, and we'll definitely be back to try the regular menu at some point as well.

My one drawback: The servers were slightly hard to flag down or even make eye contact with from the very dim side room once our meal ended, and I did find that they (incorrectly) assumed my boyfriend would be handling the V-Day check and so did not check on us until he returned from the restroom - after an extended amount of time had passed since we turned down coffee/tea, finished our dessert course & had our plates cleared. But it is a French bistro, so a more laid back meal-ending was to be expected.

Oh, and the iPad menus were insanely bright compared to the dimness of the side room - my eyes took a while to adjust back once we'd ordered wine & food. It would be nice if the brightness of the screen were set a little lower at least for that back room.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Food is amazing and the ambiance is great. The wait staff is very friendly and helpful. My wife and I have been coming here for years and have never been disappointed by the delicious food.

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3.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent food.
Noisy, close bar.
Relatively expensive.

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5.0Dined on January 29, 2018

I found this little French bistro completely by accident as I was walking around in the neighborhood with my fiance and boy oh boy - we will be back! When we entered the restaurant we were greeted by the chef at the door who kindly showed us to a perfect little table to the far right of the restaurant with a view of the entire floor. I wasn't long before the waiter came to take our order wine and food. Not knowing much about wine ourselves, we asked the waiter for his recommendation, and he proposed a perfect bottle of white for the two of us which was both inexpensive and sophisticated. We started our meal with the cheese board and some escargot before ordering the braised short ribs and the lobster lasagna - WOW! Everything had so much flavor, was well seasoned, and the portions were very generous which completely broke the stereotype of other French restaurants we had previously been too. The ribs were even served in front of us by the waiter, which definitely got the attention of the rest of the floor. We ended with the creme brule and chocolate cake which were both also divine and made for great Instagram pictures. All in all, lovely experience and would absolutely recommend to those looking for a casual great tasting dinner. Great discovery - I will be back!

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3.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Nothing special. Average restaurant, food is ok, but again, not impressive.

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2.0Dined on January 21, 2018

overpriced bland food They might do a lunch time business, given their location, but there is no reason for them to be open for dinner. Virtually no one in the restaurant. Nothing exciting on the menu, and the food is tasteless. I will not come back

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2018

First bistro meal of 2018 : exactly what we would have encountered in the 4me or 5em arrondissment. Pure pleasure, fine onion soup, great ambiance, good lunch crowd!
Godard is special!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

An excellent dinner on New Year's Eve. I had an excellent Docwr Sile fillet. Kathy a well orepared hangar steak. The cherry giboullee for dessert was perfect.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We dined here for New Year’s Eve. They had a great NYE special menu, and it wasn’t a pre-fixe so there were a lot of options. Portions were perfect, not to little, not too much. We tried the cheese platter, rack of lamb, short rib, and the warm chocolate cake. All were delicious! Service was good, we were served quickly.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Fantastic food, presentation, and service. iPad menus are a bit unnecessary though.

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4.0Dined on December 26, 2017

Visiting a relative in NYC. Have been here before. Food is always excellent. Service great. Very accommodating for our arrival mid afternoon. Always a pleasure!

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

The service and food is absolutely perfect. We come here semi/regularly; it's been a few months since our previous visit. Since our last visit the waiter still remembered our order! Such personalized service. So friendly and kind. The food is fantastic. Ambience is lovely. Everything about this restaurant is perfection.

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4.0Dined on December 20, 2017

Tasty food in a great location. Highly recommend for small parties.

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3.0Dined on December 19, 2017

Excellent food. The atmosphere, decor and equipment is a bit grundgy, but the prices are OK and the service is fine.

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4.0Dined on December 17, 2017

Great neighborhood find. Very nice food.

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2.0Dined on December 14, 2017

The service was just awful— after sitting there for about 15 minutes, we were finally given water by one of the hostesses. After next 15 minutes, a busboy noticed that we were waiting and he became our server . As we were eating, waiter came by, aggresively butting into conversation to “apologize”. That was the last of him, until he brought the check. Food was unimaginative but ok.

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4.0Dined on December 14, 2017

Madison Bistro is one of those places that you know what to expect before you walk in to this establishment.
Good Food and good value.
Been going there for many years and have never been disappointed.

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5.0Dined on December 13, 2017

A perfect spot for dinner. The food is consistently great and the service is perfection. Try the chicken dish. It’s pure comfort food - just missing your Mom serving it. Great place for many years for us

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3.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Haven't been there in a couple of years as we have moved away. Coming back to NYC, We were looking forward to a quiet dinner but it was so noisy we gave up hope. Food was great as usual but ambience was not.

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Price fixe lunch prices were great for the food quality. The steak and fries were delicious and the service was excellent. Overall a great experience.

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3.0Dined on November 23, 2017

I went for the set Thanksgiving dinner - turkey etc. It was nice enough for a single diner on a festive day. The staff were particularly helpful.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

We visited Paris 6 months ago with friends and wanted to get together with these friends and reminisce about our trip over French cuisine. We knew nothing about this restaurant other than that is convenient to where all of us live. What an unexpected surprise! It was charming inside, the food delicious, and the service was wonderful! Our only complaint is that we ate way too much as it was too fantastic! We will definitely return!

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5.0Dined on November 16, 2017

Food was really good with authentic French flair. Nice wine list that wasn't over-the-top with respect to price. Thoroughly enjoyed the meal and the quaint atmosphere of the bistro.

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4.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Great service and an unrushed meal. Food was very good and fairly priced.

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Madison Bistro is near my office -- and convenient to Grand Central -- but I've never visited. Will definitely be back. The food was wonderful, loved the table side service for some of the main courses, and the wine was fantastic. Will return!

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5.0Dined on November 8, 2017

Fabulous deal. Bar menu for lunch and table service price fix. Excellent value. Delicious food. Generous portions

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