La Grenouille is the last French haute cuisine restaurant from the 1960s. Charles Masson sr., apprentice to Henri Soule, founded the establishment in 1962 within on 3 East 52nd Street in the heart of the Garment District. Consequently, La Grenouille is not only known for its food but the clientele. New York fashion designers and creative directors have flocked to this center of fashion industry personalities. In 2012, the restaurant won the James Beard Foundation for outstanding service.
From its inceptions, La Grenouille has been famous for its lavish floral arrangements. Charles Masson sr began this tradition that has come to define the experience. The floral arrangements have become so iconic that every top tier New York restaurant seeks to imitate it.
The five star restaurant experience provides the most elegant French cuisine. Start out your dinner with chilled asparagus and poached quail eggs. Move on to lobster ravioli “beurre blanc” tarragon sauce or roasted French free range chickens. Order frog legs in butter and garlic for the entire table. End your evening with a wonderful iced grapefruit with vodka as your friends choose from soufles.
Due to the 2020 pandemic, La Grenouille has temporarily transitioned to an outdoor dining experience. In addition to its take-out and delivery service, La Grenouille allows for patrons to sit outside and enjoy the summer nights in a suddenly serene Manhattan.