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Madison Restaurant - First Ave

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Diner
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965 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10022-5102
+1 212-421-0948
06:00 - 02:00
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Tallahassee, Florida
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169 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

The menu here is amazingly extensive! My friend and I had brunch and had an incredibly hard time deciding what to get because everything looked amazing. Our only regret was we found this restaurant on our last day in NYC. Our food was great- the French toast was soft and decadent, the coffee was never-ending and their cakes are immensely... More 

Thank Michelle D
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

Huge selection, but we went trice for the French toast. They make it with challah bread and each slice is about 6-8 in long and about 2 inches thick. They serve 2 slices per serving and the syrup is awesome. Prices are average for NYC. Open late.

Thank Lynda H
Clifton, Virginia
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238 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2017

Nice NY diner with all the usual dishes. I never know how many dots for a place like this. It was good but it is a diner. I had the spinach/Feta omelet and it was good. Wife had one of the specials and I think she fared better than me. So go for the Benedict, Florentine, or some other specialty.... More 

Thank Pjay99
Montauk, NY
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41 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017

Last visit was 40 years ago. Prices have gone up! Seriously, place was mobbed at Sunday noon, but still pleasant. Service good but slow which was expected due to peak crowds. My "Reuben" was not served on rye bread and had no Russian dressing. The oddest "Reuben" ever. Not expensive. So, not likely to go back till 2057!

Thank southforker39
Charlotte, North Carolina
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103 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

Coming in late to the city and needing a quick bite. Walked down the street and were very pleased. Could not get over the cakes and pies but had to get a Reuben. Very pleased

Thank chuckcocke
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Fantastic breakfast at a reasonable price. Great staff. Very busy restaurant so go early! Would definitely go back!

Thank Dave B
New York City, New York
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1,584 reviews
915 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 379 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

This place has been here at least 40 years under. Greek ownership. And having very hearty meals. Great specials throughout the day and specially their meat loaf. , chicken soup. And stuffed cabbage. Have had many meals with family and good conversation. Their home rice pudding is tops . Service can be a bit puzzling at times but generally okay.... More 

Thank Allan S
Northampton, United Kingdom
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1,435 reviews
683 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 932 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017

This diner was recommended to me by a guy on the bell desk at my hotel when I asked if he knew any authentic diners that were good for breakfast... He sent me to Madison Restaurant on 1st and 53rd and it was just what I was after. A real authentic American Diner that served up a great breakfast and... More 

Thank Roberts69
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

Fab diner/restaurant on 1st. Came for mid week dinner and the server was friendly, food was great. So good that we came back for breakfast before we had to come home. It was just as generous, great eggs, friendly staff - we'd highly recommend you give them a try.

Thank ClaireRoots
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38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

This is a classic New York coffee shop expanded into a cozy neighborhood restaurant. The food is consistently excellent and portions are huge. They have everything you could ever want. Terrific big breakfasts with all the usual egg dishes, waffles and amazing French toast made with thick challah bread. Lunch and dinner specials, pastas, steaks and chops and even fresh... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:00 - 02:00
06:00 - 02:00
06:00 - 02:00
06:00 - 02:00
06:00 - 02:00
06:00 - 02:00
06:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 965 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10022-5102
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-421-0948

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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