I have dined at La Grenouille for many years whenever I visit NYC and I have the time and desire for a culinary experience. I am not a regular by any stretch of the imagination so I do not get to sit in the first horseshoe where the A-listers sit but I have managed not to be seated next to the kitchen entrance either. The place is as elegant and exquisite as it was the first day it opened 40+ years ago. The flowers are still incredible. Well let's leave the decor and ambiance and talk about the food, which is still among the best in Manhattan if not Paris. My latest visit was for lunch with a friend and we arrived on time and were escorted to a great banquet in the second horseshoe with a nice view of the entire room. We ordered drinks and were given menus, we opted for the prix fixe 3 course lunch since it not only allows you to order from the prix fixe menu but anything else in the a la carte menu. We ordered sweetbreads and the salmon rillettes for starters, then we ordered the frog legs (which carried a small surcharge above the prix fixe and are the best) and the calves' liver, and for dessert we order the a pistachio soufflé (also carried a small surcharge but I have never had it) and the tart tartan with maple ice cream. We also ordered a wonderful and reasonable Pomerol Bordeaux which turned out to be superb, the waiter decanted it for us. The entire meal was over the top, the service was excellent and the place pack and as good as ever. Although they have made some adjustments, now men do not need ties or coats to be seated like the old days but I guess they had to adapt to survive in this casual environment that we are currently living. When you leave La Grenouille, you knows that you have had a great meal and experience.
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