La Grenouille

LA GRENOUILLE

Roberto Santibañez, Fonda, New York City "We were speechless as we left, in part because we were so full and in part because we were emotionally touched. For a little while afterward, we felt like very important people." Read the complete SAVEUR 100 story » See the complete list of SAVEUR 100 items »Landon Nordeman

My parents took me to La Grenouille in New York City when I was a teenager. I adored it: the beautiful bouquets of flowers, the endless parade of waiters. There was asparagus in a creamy sauce and a rich veal stew. Only later did I understand that I had eaten my first great hollandaise and blanquette de veau. By the time I returned years later, I had graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and had moved to Mexico City. My friend Pepe and I were planning to open a restaurant, and we came to New York to be inspired. This time at La Grenouille, I could recognize the effort that the food and the service required, and I understood how flawlessly both were executed. My memory of the food is hazy—I recall foie gras and a frighteningly expensive bottle of Chateau d'Yquem. But I clearly remember that Pepe and I were speechless as we left, in part because we were so full and in part because we were emotionally touched. For a little while afterward, we felt like very important people. —Roberto Santibañez, Fonda, New York City

La Grenouille
3 E. 52nd St.
New York, NY 10022
tel: 212/752-1495