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To My Beloved Customers/Friends of Le Madeleine

Le Madeleine

Manhattan’s Modern French Bistro since 1979

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To My Beloved Customers/Friends of Le Madeleine

 

3/10/08

After 28 consecutive years at the same location, tonight Le Madeleine, will close its doors.

On a dark and scary block in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen in 1979, in the company of wonderful friends and with an euphoric indomitable spirit, I carved out of a wooden storefront with a dirt floor and an outdoors, a cute cafe serving croissants� thus began the evolution of the successful restaurant which you know and love and have supported throughout our tenure!

As most of you know, for the past three years we have tirelessly fought eviction by our landlord, Mark Scharfman. Unfortunately, last week, the courts ruled in favor of Mark Scharfman!

Mark Scharfman, has evicted us from this thriving business with 51 wonderful, exemplary employees, because he plans to demolish the site and build yet another high rise apartment building in an already overcrowded area. Apparently, he is allowed to do this through a myopic reading of a ‘demolition clause’ in our lease.

In fact, we do not believe Mark Scharfman can legally demolish, or build on this site for many reasons. The primary one being that this is now part of the “Special Clinton District” and our one-story building is attached to, part of, and ‘of one block and lot’ with the corner 5 story building for which the space above our roof provides the legal “light and air” required for habitation. These governmental strictures were devised as protections for tenants (including rent regulated tenants) from developers like Mark Scharfman who try to rid themselves of these ‘impediments’ to creating more high rises in our now evolved neighborhood.

Mark Scharfman has very deep pockets, owns over 200 buildings, and keeps a cadre of lawyers on retainer. He goes after both commercial and residential tenants. He cannot build a hi-rise here on this site until he somehow gets rid of the tenants in the building which adjoins ours, the corner piece of his ‘development site.’ They are supposedly “protected.” Stand by!!!

We did win one very important court battle however; the right to sue him for “damages” if he has fraudulently evicted us�we had 12 years left on our lease and he has now “fraudulently evicted” us. This matter is not over.

On the brighter side, there may be a miracle in the offing. We have located a possible place to move everyone and open up again within a very short time. If all goes well and we immediately gather a group of dedicated investment partners for the relatively small amount it would cost to start up in this already fixtured space, similar in size to Le Madeleine and where we could resume business once a liquor license was transferred, we will do so. Stand by!!!

We intend to maintain our website: www.lemadeleine.com and urge you to contribute, share your thoughts and experiences with us via this blog. There is a book being written and a proposal circulated to publishers, and we will be so interested to hear and include your stories.

As always, please feel free to contact me personally, via email at tedwards@lemadeleine.com

Thank you for your past and future patronage,

Toney Edwards, Proprietor

140 Comments

140 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sean Francis // Mar 15, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    I can’t believe it. This landlord hasn’t just closed down a restaurant– he’s getting ready to demolish a huge part of my childhood and my memories of New York City.

    Whatever happens, I wish everyone at Le Madeleine the best of luck.

  • 2 ditto // Mar 15, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    hello dears… as if life weren’t strange enough already. I have high hopes for the future for you and that wonderful restaurant.

  • 3 jaclyn // Mar 16, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    We are very sad to see le madeleine closed.The neighborhood is really going to miss u. good luck with everything

  • 4 Sophie // Mar 17, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Oh that’s really too bad. I just discovered your lovely restaurant recently and was so looking forward to coming back! Best of luck with everything and I hope you reopen soon.

  • 5 Alan Sacks // Mar 18, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Having recently moved to NYC from New Orleans–where we understand the meaning of losing ones home–I and my friends have returned tima and again to the closest thing New York had to a French Quarter patio bistro. Now that the rug has been pulled, I look forward to seeing a joyous reopening as soon as possible! Laissez le bon temps roule.

  • 6 Sally Wendkos Olds // Mar 18, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Mark & I are so sorry to lose our favorite restaurant in New York. We have enjoyed so many meals at Le Madeleine over the past twenty years or so — lunches, pre-theater fast dinners, long leisurely dinners, some out in the garden room, others in the lively main room. We have loved bringing people here who have never known the restaurant — a very special New York bistro. We look forward to hearing from you when you reopen. We’ll be there!

  • 7 Sue // Mar 19, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    What a shame! I love Le Madeleine. I love the food, the people, the atmosphere, the memories of special dinners with good friends.

    Can’t wait to hear that you’ll be reopening soon and know it will be on friendlier ground.

  • 8 Sandy & Tony // Mar 20, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    We are losing a NYC treasure! We will go where ever you open!!!!

  • 9 Leslie Bott // Mar 22, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    We are sick, sick, sick, sick that you closed!!!! We can’t bear walking past the dark restaurant that we spent so much time in, talking with everyone that worked there and with all of our friends. It was a home away from home, a place where we felt warmth and welcomed.
    Please open up again soon!!! We really miss you!!!!

  • 10 Linda & Jonas // Mar 23, 2008 at 11:02 am

    We were really looking forward to visit you again, in May 2008, it´s were we got engaged, May 15, 2004. Even though we don´t visit you as often as we wish we could (since we live in Sweden) we´re really sad that you´re closing. Why????!!

  • 11 Toney Edwards // Mar 23, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    Thank you Paul for helping me get everyone on one e-mail list…Maggie and I just got back from an Easter stroll from 58th and 5th down 5th to Macy’s for their flower show - Macy’s is closed on Easter by the way. The walk was very pleasant in the sunshine and it was good to get out. The hats were not as interesting as in earlier years, but it was a trifle cold out there though refreshing. Yesterday we ran into Kyle at the Union Square market and learned a little about his shifts at the bar in Greenwich Village and their food.
    Maggie and I have finally figured out a routine to go out to eat. We go somewhere in the Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen area and critic the ambiance, service and food in a book so we can keep up with what is happening
    In the community and give me positive reinforcement about what a wonderful staff, food and physical environment we have had a Le Madeleine - we are very good at what we do! This helps me to convert negative thoughts into positive energy to keep moving in the direction of re-opening our location and buying the Rene Pujol space.
    I regularly go into Le Madeleine to water the plants and check out the space. Our mail is being delivered to my apartment and I am maintaining the main phone number, answering many calls and responding to messages. I hope you are well and that everyone is healthy and getting wiser. Please visit our website and contribute to our new blog. Ii can be fun to read people’s comments and appreciation of what we do and who we are, and it helps communicate with our customers and staff who do not have e-mail.
    Love to all of you,
    Toney Edwards

  • 12 Paul // Mar 23, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Hey all!! Happy Easter!
    I walked by the empty Cafe this morning and it broke my heart to say the least. Easter Sunday was always a lovely day at Le Mad, and I looked forward to visits from our regular guests and all their families, especially when I couldn’t get away to be with my own…

    I hope to see all your smiling faces again soon, somewhere. In the meantime, I’m trying to keep busy and stay out of trouble. But it’s not easy. I don’t even know what day it is. Well, I know it’s Easter, but without my regular shifts at the Cafe, it’s easy to get lost and lose track of time. Everything just kinds of blends together.
    Be well,
    Paul

  • 13 Jacob Thompson // Mar 23, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    I thought of all you wonderful people today. I woke up to open Ellen’s Stardust Diner at 6:30 am for breakfast. I waited on table after table of ill-informed tourists and school groups, getting out recently-frozen food to uncaring masses as fast as I could so we could drop the check and get ‘em out. I am hoarse from screaming “Did you say fingers or fajitas?!?” over my fellow waiter’s off-key rendition of “La Bamba.”

    I miss working somewhere I’m proud of. I certainly will come back to Le Mad with a strong sense of gratitude. We were all so lucky.

  • 14 Vincent // Mar 24, 2008 at 9:12 am

    Mr. Edwards, family, and staff,
    I am so sorry to hear of your recent closing. I lived and worked in the neighborhood in the nineties and your restaurant was one of my favorite “date spots”. I was planning to bring my wife there on a future trip into the city. Hell’s Kitchen has continued to change over the years, in ways both good and bad. Le Madelaine was representative of the quaint, affordable charm the area was reknown for and seldom seen anymore today. The future looks bleak if all you will soon find are corporate chains and cookie-cutter Disneyland-theme-ride eateries offering overpriced and mediocre food, weak cocktails, and boxed wine, all served under the shadow of towering glass and steel high-rise “luxury” monstrosities. I sincerely hope you will be able to resolve your legal issues with your landlord and reopen in the space you created organically over the course of thirty some-odd years. If not, I wish you the best of luck with a new start and a fresh opportunity in a different location.

  • 15 Sylvie Covey // Mar 24, 2008 at 9:34 am

    Hi Toney and Maggie
    I miss you all
    Waiting for the new place to open
    love
    Sylvie

  • 16 Fred Goldstein // Mar 24, 2008 at 9:57 am

    The Goldstein’s and L’Hommedieu’s loved coming to your terrific restaurant on Sunday evenings after theatre. The food and service were always wonderful, and we couldn’t wait for Gene to show up and hear his great guitar. What will we all do?

    Please open up again soon.

  • 17 nancy & jerry // Mar 24, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    OH dear…please find a new space & open up again. We had planned to spend Easter at your beautiful restaurant….what a disapointment.

  • 18 Lindsay // Mar 24, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    Le Madeleine has always been more than just a place for great food and wine at affordable prices..it has been an oasis of grace and charm..and wherever you are Toney, there too is an oasis of grace & charm. My best to you & Maggie

  • 19 Margaret A. Lena // Mar 24, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    We very much enjoyed the ambience, food, and service at the lovely Le Madeleine. I must believe that justice will prevail and you’ll be up and running very soon. Best wishes!

  • 20 Mark A. Leighton // Mar 25, 2008 at 12:21 am

    I’d like to make a public announcement and make it short and sweet and that is, I have worked at Le Madeleine for three years as a waiter and I have worked in the restaurant business 25 years.

    Le Madeleine Restaurant is by far the most wonderful, joyous establishment I have ever worked in. Most of all, Toney and Maggie Edwards are delightful owners and the other members of staff are a dream come true.

    A quick note to add is also our customers have been so supportive over the years to Le Madeleine by patronizing the restaurant and keeping us all working.

    In closing, I would like to say, and I speak on behalf of the staff of Le Madeleine–CUSTOMERS WE DO MISS YOU AND THANK YOU.

    I miss you all.

  • 21 Gwen // Mar 25, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    boo hoo hoo. I thought you’d prevail. Le Madeline was one of my very favorite NY spots..so many nights spent there pre-theatre for so many years. No other NY spot has the ambiance and terrific staff. Wherever you open again (hopefully very soon) I’ll be there! Good luck!

  • 22 Christian (and Josh) // Mar 26, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    So sad to hear that Le Mad is closed! The restaurant has always had a special place in my heart, and introduced me to great friends and Josh!
    The continuous homogenization of New York is disturbing, and it is disappointing to see such a quintessential ‘neighborhood bistro’ fall victim to this trend.
    Best of luck in the future, please keep us informed of your new location as we would love to visit the next time we are in NYC.
    Best wishes to all!

  • 23 Andy on 43rd Street // Mar 27, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    We are so upset that you have closed. We look forward to your opening again in the neighborhood. For the past 8 years I have enjoyed your wonderful food and ambience on a weekly basis. Please let me know your new location once you are ready to open.

  • 24 Coimbra // Mar 28, 2008 at 8:57 am

    Best wishes for your future restaurant. Please let me know when and where. Five years ago today you and your staff helped me celebrate my husband’s 50th birthday. At the end of a lovely evening, with friends from all over the US around him, my husband cried as our singer/friend sang him Stevie Wonder’s “Happy Birthday.” I will always remember that evening. Your restaurant made it happen.

  • 25 Yvonne & Paul // Mar 28, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    Like everyone else we fell in love with Le Madeleine and have enjoyed every visit. Please add us to your mailing list and let us know when you open your new location. We hope to be making a table reservation soon.
    Bon Courage!!

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  • 27 C. Roskam // Mar 29, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Unbridled development is ruining our beloved city and destroying its character. Certainly Le Madeleine was part of that character. Thank you for 28 wonderful years. We wish you all the best–and will follow you wherever you go!

  • 28 Heather // Mar 30, 2008 at 11:15 am

    How sad! Le Madeleine was one of the few places that gave this neighborhood some charm. The atmosphere was so unique and that back patio was such a hidden gem in midtown. GOOD LUCK to you and the residents on 43rd as well.

  • 29 john sullivan // Mar 30, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    Like a phoenix, i know you will rise again and
    be there for all of us. Many pleasant meals
    and conversations with the wonderful staff are
    indelibly impressed on your memory. Best to
    Sonya and Behar and all the rest. We await the next meal in the new location!

  • 30 Joann Fontaine // Mar 31, 2008 at 11:57 am

    My first experience with Le Madeleine was a luncheon (bridal shower) in 2002 and I loved everything about it. Since then I’ve come for lunch, dinner before theatre, etc; plus sending many people there. When you relocate please make sure to email me.

  • 31 Terry Teachout // Apr 1, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    I hoped it wouldn’t happen, and now that it has, I’m appalled. Not only was Le Madeleine a regular pre- and post-theater stop for me, but I also went there countless times specifically to hear Gene Bertoncini. My wife and I loved Le Madeleine so much that we had the rehearsal dinner for our wedding there last October. I ate my last Le Madeleine dinner a week or so before the doors were closed, not realizing that time was short. A friend and I dined in the garden room after a play for which neither one of us cared–the meal was far better than the show! Please, please, PLEASE find a new home and open up as soon as possible. You are greatly missed.

  • 32 Patti Loach // Apr 1, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    I have nothing but the fondest of memories of fabulous evenings of music with Gene Bertoncini and Lynn Roberts and Warren Vache and Frank Vignola, while eating beautifully prepared food served by waitstaff who knew their stuff.

    A Sunday evening at Le Madeleine was a highlight of my trips to NYC and I arranged weekends with Monday morning flights back to Toronto, just so I could have an evening at a restaurant where they were doing things RIGHT.

    Please make sure you let me know where to find you again…

  • 33 Paula // Apr 2, 2008 at 12:26 am

    Miss everyone so much. Hang in there. I hope the cafe comes back even stronger. Know we are all thinking of the staff and missing you all very much. Looking forward to Le Madeleine II

  • 34 Bud & Polly McCullough // Apr 4, 2008 at 9:15 am

    One of our traditions is to start every visi to NYC with a meal at Le Madeleine ’s. It will just not be the same without you there. Hurry up and get relocated so we can join you again for lunch in May when we return next.

  • 35 John & Graceann // Apr 5, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    We only ‘discovered’ Le Madeleine about 4 years ago and were made to feel at home as if we had been members of their wonderful family for years. Great food, great service - it was Le Mad’s great people that made it that way. Lokinig foward to Le Mad Part 2.

  • 36 Dayna // Apr 6, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    Le Madeleine was and remains one of my all time favourite restaurants. Toney and Maggie are such warm, wonderful people. My boyfriend and I were in the neighborhood yesterday and were truly sad that we could not stop by for dinner. Looking forward to a new restaurant soon.

  • 37 Steve J // Apr 7, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    My wife and I found out about Le Madeleine about 4 years ago purely by accident, but it quickly became our favorite restaurant. We were in the city with some friends for a travel show at the Javits Center. We were walking around looking for a place to eat when we ran into this guy who had LeMad on his speedial. He made us a reservation, hailed us a cab, and sent us on our way. We’ve been going ever since, especially for our anniversary. Sometimes I’d come home from work and we would just drive into the city just to go there. We live in CT about an hour and a half away but it was always worth the trip. We love the ribeye and the Creme Broullett (I don’t know how to spell it). I was devastated when I first went on the Website and learned about the court fight that was going on. And then the last time I went on, it was closed. Our anniversary is the end of August. You’d better be open by then! I don’t know where else to go.

  • 38 Judy Staiano // Apr 9, 2008 at 11:30 am

    Saturday is my birthday and I have always wanted to return to Le Madeline for dinner which I was going to do this weekend. What a disappointment that it is closed. I will always remember that I first tried skate fish here and loved it. I now order it whenever I can-and I was so looking forward to ordering it on Saturday. I’m sorry to see you go.

  • 39 Vincent // Apr 9, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Just read on Eater.com (restaurant blog) that le mad is reopening! Any truth to the rumors?

  • 40 Pam Dendy Knap // Apr 10, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Toney & Maggie,

    I’m so upset! I was about to call for reservations to
    bring my relatives from Scotland for lunch and got
    the sad news from your website. I know if you
    relocate, the new Le Madeleine will be as charming
    & special as the original. I look forward to it.

    Best,
    Pam, Bard Class of ‘67

  • 41 Jen Nash // Apr 10, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    I’ve lived around the corner for 15 years and have eaten many a lovely meal in your restaurant. The room with the trees, flowers and running water was one of the my most special places to take guests visiting. It was a tranquil little oasis. I can only wish you all the best in the future with the new space.

  • 42 Phyllis G Herman // Apr 10, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    Have you, or are you moving to 51st street where Rene Pujol was located? Let us know. PGH

  • 43 Christine // Apr 12, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    Some of the very best meals we have eaten in NYC have been in your amazing restaurant! We’re so sorry you were wrongfully evicted, but look forward to hearing that you have reopened nearby. Among many memorable dishes we have enjoyed was your ratatouille. It was the very first ratatouille we had eaten, inspired to do so by the movie of the same name. It was fabulously subtle and delicious. We miss you, your excellent food, skilled wait staff, beautiful decor, and the engaging music of Gene. Open soon!

  • 44 KAREN & KEN // Apr 13, 2008 at 11:12 am

    We strolled by one night and found you had closed the week before. Devastating news. You are our favorite post theater restaurant and your garden our favorite special occasion spot. I had hoped to return for my birthday this summer. I wish you well and will keep checking to see where and when we can again enjoy a wonderful meal in your very capable hands.

  • 45 Coyote Anderson // Apr 13, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    Please come back soon. I miss the music and the divine dishes and most of all the atmosphere. I only moved here about half a year ago and now Le Madeline is closed! This is just terrible and yet another example of a growing problem.

  • 46 Phil and Beth // Apr 14, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    We came to you for the very first time the night you closed, and listened in to your inspiring pre-opening pep talk. We had a wonderful dinner with a fun and knowledgeable wait staff, and eagerly await eating with you again! We join your prayers for a quick reopening!

  • 47 kath & ian // Apr 16, 2008 at 10:46 am

    we were going to celebrate another anniversary with you this june as we did over 20 years ago!come back!!

  • 48 Eileen Borkowski // Apr 23, 2008 at 10:30 am

    We truly miss your wonderful restaurant. Always a perfect experience. We live at the Jersey shore and always tried to include a stop for lunch or dinner on every trip into the city. We to sent many friends. Looking forward to your hoped for reopening!
    Eileen and Jim

  • 49 Kris & Larry // Apr 26, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    We found you 4 years ago and Le Mad quickly became a tradition with us.
    When my sister wanted to experience a trip to the Big Apple, of course we brought her to our favorite place!
    I’ve been following your struggle with your snake of a landlord, and was so sad to read about your closing. We’d planned another visit for our anniversary in July.
    We’ll be thinking good thoughts for you on your efforts to reopen again- and look forward to seeing your personalization of the new space.

    Bon Appetite!

    Kris & Larry

  • 50 Kathleen // May 1, 2008 at 1:29 am

    I am so saddened by the news of your closing! La Mad is hands-down my favorite NYC restaurant. We live in Baltimore but have enjoyed many a lovely meal on our trips to NYC. My 9-year-old daughter will be devastated to hear that her favorite brunch location (with the best french toast ever) is closed. I have sent many friends to Le Mad to have small parties in your garden room, and everyone has always come back with glowing reviews.

    Please, please reopen!! We were looking forward to hosting a birthday brunch in June!

  • 51 Dan and Lucille // May 2, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    We were so disappointed recently when we came there and saw you closed. We have been coming to a wonderful dinner there for many, many years. We have even started bring grandchildren as part of their birthday present and they loved it.We are hoping you will reopen soon, if not there somewhere close. Good luck.

  • 52 Debbie // May 3, 2008 at 8:52 am

    Although I live in Boston, I have made a point for a number of years to frequent Le Madeleine on my trips to the city. I originally was recommended to the restaurant by a good friend who now lives in DC but is originally from NY and returns regularly for visits with family. I’ve returned the favor by recommending Le Madeleine to other friends and family heading to NYC for some Theatre and/or fun. I will be watching this site and hoping the restaurant will reopen again soon.

  • 53 Jim // May 6, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    I am so sad to read this. I did not have many chances to enjoy your restaurant, but every time was wonderful. I wanted to share the special spirit with a friend. Alas, this will not happen. All the best battling with the real estate moguls.

  • 54 Eric // May 8, 2008 at 8:38 am

    I know that you are working diligently to find a new home for Le Madeleine and her staff and customers. That said, I hope that you and Maggie have been enjoying some time away (perhaps in France for some inspiration) to re-energize after your long and grueling battle. In the meantime, we eagerly but patiently watch for a sign of new life…

  • 55 Wood Huntley // May 12, 2008 at 10:34 am

    My wife and I have sorely missed Le Madeleine. Brunch at Le Madeleine has become an integral part of our regular forays into the city for Sunday matinee’s. We look forward to a speedy ‘recovery’. We will definitely be there when this remarkable bistro opens - and we have fingers crossed that this will happen soon.

  • 56 Linda Babnis & Charles Nemetz // May 12, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Charles and I so miss LeMadeleine and all of the wonderful staff. We are hoping and praying that you re-open soon so that we can continue to enjoy the superb food, gracious staff and incomparable ambience!

  • 57 Shelley and Fab // May 12, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    When we booked our trip to New York for Autumn 2007 we deliberately included Le Madeleine after reading about your predicament. It was a memorable evening - great food, welcoming and attentive staff. We have lost some treasured eateries in Montreal as well over the years. We thank you for the lovely experience and wish you success in finding a new home for your beloved bistro. Please keep us posted.

  • 58 Bryan Hatchett // May 13, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    I have been delinquent in adding my name to this list of Le Madeleine patrons. I miss my Sunday nights (and the occasional Monday night) with all of you. I hope that soon there will be good news — that we can enjoy the same wonderful food, elegant music and bonhomie again.

  • 59 Wayne & Linda Bussell // May 17, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    We’re late in learning about this situation, so we apologize. We have been visiting NYC and Le Mad for several years now, coupling it with both our anniversary celebration, business trips, and rendezvous with Gene Bertoncini. We’ve always considered Toney, the Le Mad first class staff, and Gene of course, as friends to visit. Excellent cuisine obviously. Sorry to hear about all of this. We’re hoping we can visit you in a new location. In any event, thanks for the memories. I’ve referred many friends and travelers to Le Mad, and to hear Gene as well.
    Best regards to Toney, (and Gene of course, whom I will see on 9 June) …from Lexington, Kentucky.

  • 60 Johanne Gauthier // May 17, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    Hello,

    We only recently found you, in December 2007. We are planning another visit to NYC at the end of June and we wanted to have dinner at Le Madeleine. Sadly, we see that this won’t be possible. Good luck in your search for another place. We’ll be looking for you!

  • 61 Linda Meaney // May 18, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    So deeply sorry you have lost the battle- and how absolutely unfair! Le Madeleine is my favorite restaurant. The food, hosts and waitstaff were always perfect. I’ve celebrated my birthday and anniversary there for many years, and more recently, introduced many of my friends to the charming oasis- the garden room- one of the best spots in Manhattan. All good wishes in finding a new home!

  • 62 Al & Franci Glatz // May 18, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Sorry, we miss you and the great food and fine staff. We look forward to the grand opening of your new location. I’m sure it will be wonderful.
    Over the years we have introduced La Madeleine to many of our friends. We have never been disappointed, until we found out your were closed!

  • 63 Jim // May 20, 2008 at 9:40 am

    We do miss you and hope you are making progress in finding a new home–I was hoping to introduce a number of visitors from French Canada to La Madeline in June when they visit for the annual event of Les Marmitons(a men’s culinary society) that is being hosted by our local chapter.

  • 64 Paul Cain // May 20, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    Just wanted to add my bereaved comments. My wife and I go to NYC every December and we have visited Le Madeleine each trip for the past six years. We’re both hoping there is a place for us to visit this coming December. Good luck!

  • 65 Burt and Sasha Ettinger // May 20, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    We are heartbroken along with many others. We can remember the many wonderful dinners at your restaurant and the special service of Tahir and the other staff. We anxiously await the news of your new location and will be there when you reopen!!

  • 66 Joanne J // May 21, 2008 at 11:38 am

    I am so disturbed to read that you have closed. We were at Le Madeleine for the first time in February and had the most delightful dinner. We planned to bring some friends there this weekend and had raved to them about what a great place it was. I am so sorry and wish you the best of luck in finding a new place. How very sad that such a wonderful, New York restaurant has been lost.

  • 67 Peter // May 21, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    Many memories of good food and good times with friends and family, some departed. And now your restaurant has departed, hopefully temporarily.

    The neighborhood has quickly lost the balance of rediscovered charm and its Hell’s Kitchen roots in the past several years. I do hope you re-open soon.

  • 68 Sally // May 21, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    Say it isn’t so!! Wonderful memories of your charm, graciousness and fabulous food and wine served in a most convivial manner. Please, please, please: come back!!!

  • 69 Harriet Stone // May 22, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    You have been a very important part of my New York experience. I live in New Jersey and have always looked forward to lunch with you on matinee days. I will look for you at, hopefully, a new location. Good luck to you. You shall be missed!!

  • 70 Nick from Houston // May 29, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    My friend Kathleen, a long time patron of Le Madeleine, introduced me to your wonderful restaurant just before the New Year. We were treated to a very talented guitarist playing, amongst others, a rendition of The Eyes of Texas - Go Horns!. Come on, y’all, get a new gig going and we’ll be sure to visit.

  • 71 Katherine // Jun 5, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    I was planning to bring an out of town friend to Le Madeleine, and have sadly discovered you have closed. Was last there only a few months ago! Please open again soon. I still have on my camera a picture taken last year of my parents and me at dinner before we saw Inherit the Wind. We sat on stage that night and it was overall a magical evening of excellent food and wonderful theater.

  • 72 Maureen // Jun 7, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Please keep everyone informed of the progress of your new location. I agree with the person above who mentioned the “phoenix”… you will rise again - keep up the faith! I was a somewhat regular visitor for over 25 years bringing both local and international friends and later my children for a meal that one could always depend on to be great. My last meal was lunch about one week before you closed — the duck salad — mouth watering even now… we miss you!

  • 73 Jennifer Lively // Jun 9, 2008 at 1:14 am

    Aloha Toney,

    I was saddened to hear that your original location has closed but have faith that you will find a new place to rest your french hat. It has been so long since I have seen you but know that I will never forget my times spent with you in New York. You were my main tour guide for my first visit to the Big Apple. Remember I carried a Snoopy to the World Trade Center? Please give her my contact info. Just yesterday I found a bunch of pictures of us in Dallas and New York. I also found a note that she is trying to reach me but she left a note on the wrong Jennifer’s website. It was pure fate that I found it. Hope to connect with you and her soon. Miss your smile!

  • 74 MaryAnne Lund // Jun 13, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    I was saddened to hear about the current
    situation. High riser are ruining neighborhoods
    in NYC. I was introduced to Madeleine’s in
    1990 and have gone back many times . I have
    also reccomended it to many friends. My husbandliked even to come and have a drink at the bar either before or after a play. A friend and I were talking the other day how we like the
    ambience of the place . I will check the website
    periodically. please let us know when and where
    you reopen. Good luck on the search for a
    place and with your lawsuit against the landlord.

  • 75 Alan Sacks // Jun 14, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Just another note from one of the “caged animals”, pacing about, awaiting your reopening! We miss the wonderful crew!
    Best of luck, Toney!

  • 76 Susan // Jun 14, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    I was just cleaning off my desk and found the menu for the Autumn wine dinner and thought I’d check out the Web site to see if there was any good news. Alas.

    It was our favorite restaurant. We took many friends visiting NY there and recommended it to many other visitors venturing out on their own. Like us, all our tourists friends were impressed by the food, the ambience, the wine list and how comfortable the staff made everyone. Le Madeleine is missed.

  • 77 Karen // Jun 19, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    I can’t believe it! I do hope you open soon and keep up posted on where and when. Your food, ambience, staff were first rate - we’ll miss the chocolate bread pudding. Good luck - and I’m sure you’ll be successful in your law suit.

  • 78 Molly Hughes Wilmer // Jun 23, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Toney,

    I come to New York rarely, but always ate at your wonderful restaurant, and recommended you on my international email newsletter, as well as to friends. How can all the wonderful people on this blog help you?

    Molly

  • 79 Angela // Jun 23, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Both y husband and I were saddened by your news. We always looked forward to dinner in the garden on every trip to NY and always recommened you to all our friends that visited NY. We are planning a trip in September and hope you are open by then, we’ll keep checking. Best of luck!

  • 80 Peggy M. Grosso // Jun 24, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Keep us up to date.

  • 81 Michelle // Jun 25, 2008 at 10:06 am

    I am truly saddened to learn of the closing of this lovely restaurant. Every visit there was a delightful culinary experience and it was oh so convenient to the theater district. In fact, I was hoping to make reservations for tonight…. but that clearly will not be happening. I look forward to hearing the news of your re-opening sooner than soon! Good Luck!

  • 82 Bill // Jul 1, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Hey, what the heck is happening? Why is cafe un deux trois moving into your restaurant if the scummy landlord threw you out to tear down the place??? Something is rotten in Denmark. Please let us know. There is a community board meeting about this proposed restaurant and I think all of your loyal customers should go to that meeting and protest and insist the CBoard refuse to grant a liquor license to the new tenant. The Community Board needs to stand up for its long time residents and businesses.

  • 83 Dick Lyons // Jul 8, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    Hello, Toney!

    Mad was suggested to me many moons ago by Maureen McGovern. We’ve returned numbers of times since - and have suggested it to many friends.

    Your story of a stroll on Easter Sunday down Fifth to Macy’s struck a chord. I recall accompanying a friend into the City to purchase rugs - at Macy’s. We were there for some time and when we left, it was snowing. A cab was impossible. We walked, in high spirits, from Macy’s to your Cafe, arriving slightly before 5:00 PM. Your inviting bar never looked more so and the drinks it proffered kept us in :high spirits! Needless to say, the dinner that followed was superb, as was your wait staff.

    Will be looking for news of your reopening and wish you the very best of good luck.

    Dick

  • 84 Ed & Jean Eubank // Jul 12, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    More sad news we could not have received. You were an institution. Be well, Toney. More later.
    Ed & Jean

  • 85 Ed & Karen // Jul 14, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    We hope very much that Le Madeleine returns. NYC does not need more trendy restaurants that care more about the decoration than the food. It needs small, beautiful restaurants like Le Madeleine. We wish you the best…..

  • 86 Steven Solomon // Jul 16, 2008 at 11:35 am

    I was just about to book reservations at your wonderful restaurant to celebrate our 37th wedding anniversary. I can take higher gas prices, a falling housing market, a gov’t that’s failing and a stock market that’s collapsing, but to not be able to celebrate our anniversary at Le Madeleine is crushing. Please come back soon!!
    Steven (and Diane) Solomon

  • 87 Randy Thomas // Jul 21, 2008 at 10:55 am

    We ate at your wonderful restaurant for the first time last February and were hoping for a repeat of our delicious meal - but alas for evil landlords! We hope you can reopen in a new location soonest…your approach to food is superb and should have a chance to shine! Once you have reopened you can be sure your restaurant will always be our first choice.

  • 88 Martin Gabel // Jul 22, 2008 at 11:18 am

    I have so many fond memories of Le Madeleine.
    It has so often been my restaurant of choice for one-on-one dining with loved ones.
    .
    You are dearly missed.

  • 89 Maureen Flanagan // Jul 22, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    I was so saddended to learn that Le Madeleine has closed. I do hope that you will be triumphant in your search for a new site and that this will happen soon. Good luck to you Toney.
    Maureen

  • 90 Barb // Jul 24, 2008 at 9:08 am

    We truly enjoyed your lovely bistro and were saddened by the news.

    We hope your endeavors are fruitful and look forward to the good news of a new location…we would be there in a heartbeat!

    Barb from Delaware

  • 91 Mark // Jul 28, 2008 at 7:08 am

    Like so many others, I ws looking forward to having a meal with a loved one at your lovely oasis in Manhattan. My son is leaving for grad school in California, and I wanted to treat him to a farewell dinner at the place our family has enjoyed many times. Tant pis! I hope that the employees and owners find employment in a similar, wonderful environment.

  • 92 John & Claire // Jul 28, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    We ate here the night we got engaged and the staff at this restaurant treated us like royalty and ensured that we had a fantastic night. So sad to hear about the situation and we wish you all the best for the new location. We will be sure to visit when we return to NYC.

    Claire and John - Birmingham UK

  • 93 good luck // Aug 2, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    i do not know you but reading your site made me both sad and angry. keep up the fight, but also open a new location so your family of fans can share the joys of life and continue to celebrate life. vive la cuisine francaise! :D

  • 94 M. Brophy // Aug 3, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    Dined at Le Madeleine many times with family and friends. I would do the same at your new location in a moment, keep us informed .

  • 95 Lydia // Aug 8, 2008 at 8:52 am

    Our lunches at Le Madeleine the past
    17 years before a theater matinee have been
    wonderful.
    Hope you open at another location! We
    will be there!
    Would also contribute $$$ to help.

  • 96 Ellen Vogt // Aug 12, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Sorry to hear about your eviction/closing. You have always been our favorite restaurant when we visited the city. Look forward to hearing about the opening of a new LeMadeleine.

  • 97 Amit // Aug 14, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    sorry to hear, we loved the food and the courtyard…..good luck with the new venue…we will definitely visit.

  • 98 D. Perk // Aug 22, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    Good Luck!
    Sooooo sorry to hear about your temporary closing. LeMadelanine is a Favorite! Anxious to hear of your reopening!

  • 99 Karen E // Aug 26, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    I wrote previously via email to say how sad I was about the restaurant closing. And now I read in a post above that another resto may be moving into that spot. that borders on “unconscionable”. When might we expect a new “Le Mad”…….

  • 100 Susie Dodd // Aug 28, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    Recently trudged up and and down looking for Le Mad on a weekend in NYC for a wedding. I pulled out the card from a trip a couple of years back and found this sad news. ANYTHING TO SUPPORT YOUR RETURN - wherever you locate -

  • 101 Madalina // Sep 6, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    I’m Romanian, in and out NYC in the last years. Your restaurant was one of my favorite places, so I’m anxious to find out where you’re taking it/me next. Stay positive, so many people support you and with all this energy and love, you’ll be fine!

  • 102 Juliet Roberts // Sep 7, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Mr. Edwards, it saddens me that you have had to close your very special restaurant. I travel with 14 other women to New York every October for three days of theater and and dining in wonderful restaurants. It has been a tradition for us (we call ourselves the Relics) to dine at Le Madeleine in the garden on our first night. We all hope that you are able to open again soon. You can count on us being there when you do. Our experience dining with you has been superb. The ambience, the staff and the food all are memorable.

  • 103 carol gordon-arian // Sep 8, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    I first started coming to your restaurant when my son, Seth Gordon, was an intern at Primary States in the mid eighties and I loved it from the beginning.

    I hope you will send an email to me when your new restaurant is open. I can’t wait to eat again there!

  • 104 Bill Goodhart // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Oh, I emailed you - but now I’m still lost. And I’m supposed to be the one who keeps in touch with the neighborhoods and knows where everything is and what’s going on - and I’ve let Le Madeleine go without following up. I feel it’s almost my fault. Unfortunately, I’ve seen too many of these tall buildings go up and the people move in blithely ignorant of the damage they’ve helped perpetuate in a community that for their presence has one less reason to go there. Such is the irony of “gentrification.”

  • 105 Rebecca & John // Sep 8, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    We look forward to your return!!!

  • 106 susan // Sep 12, 2008 at 10:02 am

    There’s just nothing that can replace you in the neighboorhood. But I passed by last Tuesday and a new restaurant has either opened or is about to open in your old location, so why did they make you leave?
    We are hoping you will shortly be open in a new location

  • 107 alfred/dorothy // Sep 16, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    I always looked forward to bringing out of state or country guests to your place for the ambience, food and great service. I look forward to your occupying the rene Pujol space since we have on occasion eaten there as well. Good luck!!!

  • 108 Suzette // Sep 16, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Now where am I going to go for steak and frites?

  • 109 Michelle S. // Sep 19, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    The atmosphere of the courtyard dining room was what made Le Madeleine unique for me. I can’t remember how often I’ve recommended the place. I wish you much luck with your litigation and if you are forced to reopen at a new location, I hope it’s an exact replica.

  • 110 Jose // Sep 25, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Gentlemen,
    I have just arrived back in N.York, I was hungry and walked 6 blocks ready to have a wanderful lunch. I couldn’t believe when I found Le Madeleine closed!
    I hope you reopen soon, no matter where, but with the same people you have trained and that are great professionals.
    Good luck to you all!

  • 111 RICK SHINGLER // Oct 6, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    October 6, 2008

    I was shocked to find that you had closed your doors (I hope not forever). I live in Alabama and found your wonderful restaurant by accident years ago. We visit NYC once a year and the first thing I have done since finding you is get a reservation for the first night of our visit. We are coming at Thanksgiving this year and I had hoped to eat Thanksgiving dinner there. Please re-open soon. I will get very hungry.

  • 112 Patty Jayson // Oct 6, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    Toney, It was so great to you this summer. What’s the latest on a possible reopening? We are hoping for good news soon. Patty

  • 113 Sue Bocchicchio // Oct 9, 2008 at 10:00 am

    I’m broken hearted. Le Madeleine is, and always will be, my favorite restaurant. We’ll be visiting NYC ( from Pennsylvania) again in early December, but I have no idea where to eat that won’t be a big disappointment. Maybe some miracle will happen, and you will reopen. We need a miracle!!!

  • 114 Tracy Miller // Oct 9, 2008 at 11:33 am

    I’d love to be on your e-mail list. Like so many others, a visit to Le Madeleine has highlighted may day trips to NYC over the years.

    In my family, it’s been a multi-generational favorite.

    Please let me know when and where the new version will open.

  • 115 Jane Re // Oct 10, 2008 at 8:32 am

    Please, please let me know if you re-open. My husband and I are heartbroken…….

  • 116 Salvatore Sciangula // Oct 10, 2008 at 10:48 am

    This is terrible news…late as it is. Please let me know where you reopen.

  • 117 Bill & Terry Sheridan // Oct 13, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    We miss Le Madelein-any indication yet as to when and where you will re-open. Please keep us posted.
    regards, Bill & Terry

  • 118 Judith // Oct 13, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    would like to be put on a mailing list to be notified when the new restaurant opens
    Thanks

  • 119 RANDY // Oct 14, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    I was meeting my mother in the city to see Gypsy and I couldn’t wait to take her to Le Madeliene afterwards. Now I see you are closed! I am sure that I will be eating at your wonderful restaurant again, wherever it may be.

  • 120 Board-O // Oct 15, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    I’m very sorry to learn of this. My wife and I enjoyed several fine meals at Le Madeleine. Best of luck.

  • 121 Lynne // Oct 17, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Your restaurant is sorely missed and we hope you will reopen soon with the same ambience, great features and food as before. Please keep us informed.

  • 122 Marlene Pugliese // Oct 20, 2008 at 10:29 am

    Want to know the relocation of Le Madeleine. It’s been one of my favorites in NYC!!!

  • 123 Sandy Beldon // Oct 21, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    I first visited Le Madeleine with my late wife,then years later with our three children.Last year I visited with my grandson and,at the time, wished that some day he and his wife and children also would find LeMadeleine a favorite NY restaurant for the 4th generation of our family.

  • 124 Sandy Beldon // Oct 21, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    I first visited LeMadeleine with my late wife then yeaes later with our three children. Last year I visited with my grandson. At the time I wished that some day he and his wife and children also would find LeMadeleine a favorite NY restaurant for the 4th generation of our family.

  • 125 Gregg Micheals // Oct 21, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    I only worked for Toney and Maggie a short time. There were family issues and I had to leave New York abruptly. However, I wanted to say that they were the absolute best for whom to work. I have worked in restaurants for many years, and Toney treated his staff with the utmost respect and humanity. I regret I didn’t get to know them better. Best of luck!

  • 126 Liz // Oct 22, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Oh no! Just found out about this. My husband & I received a gift certificate & were planning to spend our anniversary there. Do let us know if you re-open.

  • 127 Alan // Oct 23, 2008 at 11:22 am

    We eagerly await the mast of Le Madeleine to reappear on the horizon. Perhaps a report from the Navigator?

  • 128 Fran // Oct 26, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    Have always enjoyed both dinner, showers and parties at your wonderful restaurant. We hope you open somewhere soon and wish you only the best!!!

  • 129 Herman & Helen // Nov 1, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    We have dined at Le Madeleine every time we visit New York City (from Boston area). We’re heartbroken….our very favorite. Here is hoping you are able to open again somewhere else in NYC. Best of luck. We can’t believe the landlord wants to tear it down!!

  • 130 Suzy Rudich // Nov 7, 2008 at 10:51 am

    I am absolutely heartbroken! I had my father’s memorial in your beautiful garden terrace in February, not realising that it was so close to the end! I have so many memories of dining there with my father over the years and can’t believe that it is gone. I was just recommending your restaurant to a friend and discovered this terrible news. I sincerely hope that you are able to find a new home and am glad that you left the website up for us to check in.

    Thank you for the many years of delicious food and wonderful memories.

    Suzy Rudich

  • 131 marye // Nov 8, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    I am so saddened by the closing. I am so sad that you had to fight another greedy landlord (a dime a dozen in NY) and lose. I loved your restaurant and as far as I’m concerned was the only restaurant in the Theater District worth going to with delicious food, ambience and staff. I am sick and so sorry for your loss.

  • 132 Toney Edwards // Nov 11, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    On Friday, October 17th, I broke off negotiations for the space I had hoped would be the new Le Madeleine. The markets were plumetting and the economy was roiled. The cost of the new space no longer seemed viable and my investors agreed and thought the risk too great for that space.
    However, we believe that this current state of affairs might very well provide us with a great replacement site; so, we have our eyes peeled and are pursuing every lead. Until then please keep me informed of your ideas or any opportunities that you know of.

  • 133 Jeannette & Ray // Nov 12, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    I echo everyone’s sentiments about the disappointment and sadness of the loss of our beloved French bistro. Where else can you get a fabulous hamburger (among other favorites)…and where will we go this New Year’s Eve??

    And to add insult to injury…on a recent visit to the west side, we drove by 43rd St. only to find Un Deux Trois occupying your old space. What a shocker!!! What is going on here? Does anyone have an explanation?

  • 134 C. Roskam // Nov 13, 2008 at 11:45 am

    Why is there a different French restaurant in the space once occupied by the fabulous Le Madeleine? I echo the comment above. What is going on here?!?

  • 135 Chris Nashan // Nov 15, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    I worked for Le Madeleine for several years in my twenties and am incredible sorry to hear that it closed. Tony and the staff became family members to me and provided me with some of the fondest memories I have. Tony’s generosity still astounds me (he provided the staff with bottled water for god’s sake). The food was always great and the clientele were always appreciative. If there is anything I can do please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

  • 136 S Curran // Nov 19, 2008 at 10:24 am

    My 17-year-old daughter and I visit NY (from Chicago) in January each year, and Le Madeleine was always a very special part of our journey. The hospitality you offered was unfailingly welcoming and kind, and warmed us greatly as we stepped through your doors on some bitterly cold nights. And the food! Ahhhh…. Even though when we were there last year we heard rumblings of trouble, I was hopeful when I went to your website today that all would be well. How sad we are to learn of the developments of the past several months! Will there be no end to greed and grabbing? The very best of luck to you as you continue to sort this out; please add me to your mailing list so I can learn of the good news which will certainly eventually come. Best wishes to you for a happy Thanksgiving.

  • 137 Paul // Nov 30, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Once more money and greed win out. Maybe! My annual visits to NYC always included a lunch or dinner at Le Madeleine. It is an essential New York landmark and I hope the management is able to relocate so we can once again enjoy friendly service, great food that is a signature of this bistro. Please keep us informed.
    As far as the landlord is concerned at W. 43rd sStreet know that the Age of Greed is over. You are out of touch and soon I hope gone from this earth, there is no place here for you. UGLY Americans are no longer welcome!!!

  • 138 A. SCHERBERG // Dec 1, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    PLEASE, PLEASE PLEASE RE-LOCATE SOON & PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE TELL ME WHERE YOU ARE. I”LL BE THIRD ON LINE (BEHIND YOU AND YOUR UNBELIEVABLE CHEF) CANT FORGET YOUR WONDERFUL STAFF, OK.. I’LL BE 21st ON LINE. HURRY BACK, REALLY MISS YOU.

  • 139 Martin Gabel // Dec 28, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Still waiting and hopeful.

  • 140 Bruce // Jan 9, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    I’m not quite sure what has gone on with the end of this comment area but I too was looking to see if something had changed so that I could once again recommend LeMadeleine to friends and visit again myself. The food was exceptional, the service outstanding and the ambiance perfect. I’ll continue to check this site for the new location and the reopening. People like you deserve only the best as you have given to others for years. Au Revoir.

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