Press Mentions Madison Bistro
Insatiable Critic: Gael Greene – “Yes, you should go. The garden out back will open as soon as weather allows. Even if Godard never makes a hard decision for tradition vs. fashion, it’s still a spot for foie gras and winey short ribs where you can hear yourself talk. Remember I said garnet, not ruby.”
Wall Street Journal: Robert P. Walzer – “Burgundy Roots in NYC. The pièce de résistance? Tahitian vanilla crème brûlée ($11) made with fresh vanilla beans. (Or was it the warm chocolate molten cake—$12—made with 72% pure cocoa from Madagascar? Hard to decide.)”
CBS New York: Tony Tantillo – Visits Jeanne & Gaston in search for NYC deals.
FriendsEAT: “Godard has become a New York name. His restaurant Madison Bistro has been open since 1998. He just opened Jeanne & Gaston in the West Village in honor of his grandparents. Here, he strives to deliver uncomplicated, modern French food inspired by his grandfather’s recipes. ”
The Gotham Palate: Elena Mancini – The Poached Chocolate Mousse Pear was a glorious fall dessert. The presentation of this dish alone was mirth-provoking. However, the real reward was delivered by the supple chocolate mousse filling couched into a firmly poached Anjou pear–resulting in a truly elegant and satisfying pairing.
France Amerique: Mathilde Fassin – “With an international wine list, the menu offers among other foie gras, onion soup, tuna tartare, truffled macaroni, beef bourguignon with pinot noir, a fillet of sole “farigoulette” etc.. All finely cooked and rich in taste. Among the desserts, the prize goes probably the creme brulee, although the Grand Marnier soufflé follow closely.”
Your Vicarious Experience: Lady T – “My revisit to Jeanne and Gaston was well worth it! The outdoor space is beautiful so I urge you to head over there before the weather betrays you. The restaurant recently began an all night happy hour from 4pm to close. The bar is beautiful and if the French windows are open, you’ll be able to gaze out on 14th street and watch the foot traffic. My recommendation from last time stands. Jeanne and Gaston is a great restaurant with lots of great options. The $40 Prix Fixe dinner is a great deal! There are a lot of high points on the menu and the space is beautiful. Enjoy!”
French Morning NY: Anne-Laure Perrin-Klein – “Branché” et sans être prétentieux, le bébé de Claude Godard détonne par sa décoration moderne et cosy, et son ambiance intimiste (54 couverts). Un jardin situé dans l’arrière-cour ouvrira même ses portes quand les beaux jours arriveront. Et ce week-end, le brunch sera servi.”
New York Journal: Marc Shepherd – “Forty bucks for three courses or $13/$26 for appetizers and entrées à la carte? If it were served in a garage in Brooklyn, they’d be lined up out the door.”
Newbie Foodies: “Jeanne & Gaston is an absolute gem buried amidst all the bars on the bustling 14th street. Stop in to slow down and experience some fabulous French cuisine.”
Woman Around Town: Alex DiBlasi – “Prix fixe menus can be murky territory, especially when it comes to gourmet cooking. If it seems like a bargain, usually it’s because the food is atrocious with only a few selections available. On the flipside of this, there are some great prix fixe meals that cost about as much as I make in a week. Thankfully, Jeanne & Gaston offers a nightly (yes, NIGHTLY) three-course prix fixe meal for only $40. Not only is the meal affordable, the menu offers a wide selection of Burgundian delicacies, made with great care by Executive Chef Claude Godard.”
The Lunch Belle: Lindsay Feinberg – “Like a strong woman, this dish packed an impressive punch but, from the outside, appeared artfully delicate and feminine. Oh, how deceptive! The Napoleon exploded with flavor and texture. It proved to be just the perfect portion and left me, the diner, curious and hungry for more”
Whom You Know: Peachy Deegan – “3rd Generation French Master Chef Claude Godard’s latest culinary venture, Jeanne & Gaston, is a charming little bistro on edge of Chelsea. Its homey yet chic ambiance offers a calming and unexpected escape from the grind of West 14th Street.”