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Madison Bistro

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238 Madison Ave, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10016 (37th Street)
+1 212-447-1919
07:30 - 22:30
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Sun 16:30 - 22:30
Mon - Thu 07:30 - 22:30
Fri 07:30 - 23:00
Sat 16:30 - 23:00
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Norfolk, Virginia
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2015

We recently visited Madison Bistro with two couples of old friends. This is a gem of a find in the Murray Hill district of New York City. It is a neighborhood place with excellent French cuisine. The staff is professional, attentive and well versed in the menu offerings. We had a very enjoyable evening. This is one not to miss... More 

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claude G, Owner at Madison Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Madison Bistro, I am glad that you have enjoyed your stay with us. We hope to see you again soon. More 

Buffalo, New York
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 May 2015

My husband and I stopped into this place for dinner on a recent visit to NYC. Wasn't expecting much as you never know what you'll get on an impromptu visit. There were a few patrons when we first arrived and business started picking up shortly thereafter. This was around 7 p.m. Menu was interesting. Service was good. My husband had... More 

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claude G, Owner at Madison Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review Madison Bistro. We appreciate your visit. More 

Tampa, Florida
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2015

We ate breakfast here one morning and spent $101 for four people. That did include 2 bloody marys at $13 apiece. THe drinks weren't very good and the food was just OK. not worth a second visit though. The staff was very friendly and the service pretty good. Just too expensive for a repeat visit.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 7 May 2015 via mobile

It is hard to find somewhere quiet in New York for breakfast. This restaurant offered a nice little oasis to enjoy a good French breakfast of warm baguette and croissant and coffee. Really good place to know about.

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claude G, Owner at Madison Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review Madison Bistro's Breakfast. I am glad you have enjoyed it. I hope to see you again. #MadisonBistro, #Breakfast More 

San Francisco, CA
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2015

We went here to eat a nice lunch with my wife’s aunt, uncle and cousin. Things were pleasant enough through the reasonably tasty appetizers. But then things went south in a hurry. Our aunt ordered a burger cooked “medium” and it came our looking bright red. We got the waiter’s attention and they took it back for more cooking. Except... More 

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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199 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2015

Went as part of a larger group. This is a tiny place on the corner of 37th and Madison. 8 minute walk from Grand Central. You walk through what appeared to be a friendly bar, which didnt have too many places to sit. Everyone who got there early who ordered a martini was very pleased with their drinks!! Its a... More 

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claude G, Owner at Madison Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for taking some of your valuable time to write about your experience at Madison Bistro. I am sorry we did not meet your expectation but I am glad at least your wife enjoyed her dinner. I am always happy to compare my bistro with others then do not hesitate to suggest me some places in... More 

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129 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2015

We dined here one night before going to the theatre. I thoroughly enjoyed the Boston lettuce salad with almond & Dijon vinagrette to start followed by the cod choucroute. My companion had the lobster & spinach lasagna which he said was rather tasteless. Service was sporadic even though we arrived early & were the only customers there for a while.... More 

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claude G, Owner at Madison Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to write on our page. I am sorry for not meeting with your expectation. I wish you can give us an other chance and we will do our best to correct those mistakes. More 

Arlington, Virginia
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273 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2015

French Bistro with a good variety of selections. Service professional and efficient - server had good knowledge of menu, ingredients, cooking time required for each entree, etc. Portion sizes were absolutely appropriate - not sure I understand some of the prior posts regarding small portion sizes. I ordered the herb omlette with salad and it was a very filling lunch... More 

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claude G, Owner at Madison Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you very much for visiting Madison Bistro. We are glad you enjoyed your Lunch and we hope to see you again soon. All the best, More 

New Jersey
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77 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2015

The pre-fix dinner would be a great value if the entrees were a bit more generous! It is $45, and at tht price the entree ws very skimpy! My entree was hanger steak with shallot sauce ( which is served sliced) with french fries. The portion was adequate for me but would not have been for my husband. It was... More 

claude G, Owner at Madison Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting Madison Bistro. Thank you also for taking the time to post your review on TripAdvisor. Quality is my main goal and I am glad you noticed it. Lokking for big meal, the lobster lasagna was maybe not the best choice and I am sorry about that. I wish you will change your mind and... More 

New York
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2015

This is an adorable restaurant with a delicious and affordable prix fixe menu for both lunch and dinner. I have eaten at this restaurant multiple times and have only had one experience where I did not like what I ordered (and it was a dessert item). The service is friendly and the food has truly been fantastic every visit. I'm... More 

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claude G, Owner at Madison Bistro, responded to this review

We, at Madison Bistro, are absolutely glade you enjoyed your dinner with us. We hope to see you again soon. Thank you, More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$28 - US$45
French, European, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
16:30 - 22:30
07:30 - 22:30
07:30 - 22:30
07:30 - 22:30
07:30 - 22:30
07:30 - 23:00
16:30 - 23:00
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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