The restaurant opened its doors on December 19th, 1962 on a quiet night in the midst of a snowstorm.
In 1962, with a dream and a Double Bourbon Manhattan, Gisèle Masson sent a wire to her husband, Charles: “Congratulations! You are the owner of 3 East 52nd Street! Find a name!” On December 19th,1962, during a blizzard and newspaper strike, La Grenouille was born. From that day on, a loving following began with an array of stars bringing their glamour to La Grenouille. Who could forget the eyes of Sir Laurence Olivier, Paul Newman and Edward G. Robinson; the voices of Richard Burton, John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, Placido Domingo and Sean Connery; the superb and legendary Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren; the incomparable Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Rod Stewart, Prince, Madonna, Elton John and Iman, the comedic genius of Alan King, Woody Allen, Johnny Carson, the superb and elegant Galanos, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Lacroix and Ungaro,the extravagant Salvador Dali and famed French painter Bernard Lamotte who lived on the 2nd floor above La Grenouille entertaining Greta Garbo, Charlie Chaplin and Antoine de St Exupery who wrote parts of the little prince in the upstairs room of La Grenouille.
From the first day there were flowers, just a few roses here and there, but few as they were, this was to be the birth of a tradition.
La Grenouille serves classic French cuisine and spontaneous creations in a glowing setting that many consider home.