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Madison Bistro

238 Madison Ave, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10016
+1 212-447-1919
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good39%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“pre fix lunch” (2 reviews)
“escargot” (8 reviews)
“hanger steak” (7 reviews)
Open Now
7:30 AM - 10:30 PMAll hours
French, European, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
238 Madison Ave, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10016
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Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

This dinner was a disappointment. We expected better after reading the reviews. Had to return the steak and salmon because they were blue. Food had no taste.

Thank Marsha S
Reviewed 9 August 2017

great little place for lunch midtown. had lunch with business partners. good cheese plate and salad. had flank steak it was a little tough but tasty. liked the fries too.

Thank lindas286
claude G, Owner at Madison Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

Thank you so very much for your comment. We look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

A bit of a surprise find for me and a very pleasing one. Very nice space in a good midtown location, with outstanding service, felt extremely welcome in a casual environment, with the choice of bar or table seating. On a summer evening the Independence...More

Thank JRDelirious
claude G, Owner at Madison Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2017

Thank you very much for your beautiful review. I would like also to Thank you for taking the time to write about Madison Bistro. See you very soon.

Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

Had a recent group booking at this bistro and had been looking forward to it as the reviews had been good. Well, can't say I was impressed. The food was less than satisfactory, service poor and the final straw was having hot beverages served both...More

Thank Ruth K
claude G, Owner at Madison Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2017

I would like to thank you for your visit and the time you spend to review Madison bistro. I would like also express or apologizes for your disappointment. I would like to correct the price of our fixed menu: $45 per person and not $75....More

Reviewed 17 July 2017

Drifted into this place at 9 p.m. one recent evening, with a couple of friends I had not seen in ages, hence great need to catch up. Service was discreet and impeccable, food was of high French standard, in the hands of an accomplished chef...More

Reviewed 25 June 2017

We were looking for an early supper so dropped into the Madison Bistro right across the street from the Morgan Library. At 5:00pm, there were plenty of quiet comfortable tables available. Our food came right out and was delicious: French onion soup for my friend...More

Thank Cedar880
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

As my daughter and I walked from Penn Station toward the gorgeous, welcoming Surrey Hotel we saw the intriguing entrance of Madison Bistro. Descending a level, we encountered a French Bistro from the land of myth. Two men sat talking over post-prandial cups of espresso,...More

Thank lkb4643
claude G, Owner at Madison Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2017

Thank you so very much for this charming comment. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed you lunch with us. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

My husband and I visited this lovely little French bistro while visiting New York from England for a few days. It was close to our hotel in mid town Manhattan and it felt a little gem. It was good to see people relaxed and quietly...More

Thank croisettegirl
claude G, Owner at Madison Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2017

Thank you so very much for your very kind words. We always try our best for the pleasure of our customers.

Reviewed 20 April 2017

Visited here during a recent stay in New York. The food was very nice and the onion soup was wonderful. Service also was very good. However, portion sizes were quite small and all of us felt it was vastly overpriced which was fed back to...More

Thank Lindy L
claude G, Owner at Madison Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2017

Thank you very much for your comment. We are glad you have enjoyed our cuisine and service.

Reviewed 25 March 2017

We had been her for dinner a while ago, but I wanted to try it for lunch. My wife and I had visited The Morgan Library that morning, so the location was perfect. The service was warm, and the food was first rate. The wine...More

Thank Kent B
claude G, Owner at Madison Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2017

Thank you so very much for your comments. We appreciate you kindness and are working hard to make our customers happy.

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imagine before they visit—spectacular skyscrapers like
the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building,
iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal
and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop
hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is
a shopper's heaven where you can find every kind of
store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$28 - US$45
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
4:30 PM - 10:30 PM
7:30 AM - 10:30 PM
7:30 AM - 10:30 PM
7:30 AM - 10:30 PM
7:30 AM - 10:30 PM
7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
4:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 238 Madison Ave, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10016
    (37th Street)
  • Public Transportation: 4,5,6 to Grand Central
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-447-1919
Madison Bistro is a French Bistro with a modern twist that is based on a mix of Godard's family recipes and traditional French recipes. Diners can enjoy the wonderful cuisine in the restaurant's dining hall that has a Parisian ambiance with a touch of classic French influence, all the while retaining its casual and classy atmosphere.
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