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“Rude service” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Madison Bistro

Madison Bistro
238 Madison Ave, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10016-2816 (Manhattan)
212-447-1919
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Ranked #4,542 of 11,751 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $30 - $40
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Manhattan
Cross street: 37th Street
Transit: 4,5,6 to Grand Central
Columbus, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Rude service”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Food was adequate, but menu selections limited. For example, tuna Niçoise salad was served with salmon because "they didn't have tuna in that day." Salmon portion was very small. Service was slow. When it came time to settle the check, they wouldn't do separate checks "because it was a hassle." This message was delivered curtly even though we were asking for only two checks. Won't go back. EVER.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Small causal french bistro serving decent food without pretention.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

Small causal french bistro serving decent food without pretention.
We were the second table on Father's day. Prix fix menu was reasonable priced and had good selections. Portion size was adequate and fair to good food.
One surprise was when ordering the baked chicken as the principle plate, we were told the only other table had the last one. This was 6 PM on Father's day and to only have one baked chicken, the chef must have been sleeping on the job.

Visited June 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“So good we ate there every night”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

When you taste something that make you think all other food is second rate then that is how we felt at Madison Bistro. On my second visit to NYC, we found this gem of a bistro and we were so impressed we offered to take the chef home just to cook for us but no such luck!!!!

Visited June 2013
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claude G, Owner at Madison Bistro, responded to this review, July 8, 2013
Thank you so very much for taking the time to post on our page,

I was a pleasure serving you at Madison Bistro.

A bientot,
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East Windsor, New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“I used to LOVE this place!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

This WAS my favorite French restaurant in NYC for many years. Now, I hate the prix fixe menu. I also don't enjoy having the wait staff stare at me while I eat. The food was good but the service was not great! I felt like I was being treated like a tourist!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Kensington, Maryland
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Unexpected charming find on Madison Avenue”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013 via mobile

A delightful place: excellent food, attentive service, charming ambience.

The pear crumble is wonderful!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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claude G, Owner at Madison Bistro, responded to this review, July 8, 2013
Thank you so very much for taking the time to post on our page,

I was a pleasure serving you at Madison Bistro.

A bientot,
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