Ithaca Times Readers Poll 2002;
-BEST DESSERT MENU,
-BEST MIXED DRINK,
-BEST PLACE TO PRETEND YOU ARE SOMEWHERE OTHER THAN ITHACA
Ithaca Times Readers Poll 2000;
-BEST CONTINENTAL RESTAURANT
Ithaca Times Readers Poll 1999;
-BEST PLACE TO HAVE A BRANDY
Featured in the book 50 Ways to Feed Your Lover; Americas top chefs share their recipes.
By Janeen Sarlin & Jennifer Saltiel
Featured in Getaways for Gourmets in the Northeast 2000 by Nancy and Richard Woodworth
Listed under “The Best of the Best”
"...Slick and urbane, it would appear to be more at home in Manhattan then in upstate Ithaca. The look is modern-minimalist Asian, colorful and vaguely art deco, with a bar and tables spaced well apart on several levels....The house-baked foccacia with caramelized onions and calamata olives is to die for. Ditto for the desserts, which fill sixteen feet of display cases in the restaurant. Pastry chef Gail Brisson prepares up to 20 patisserie-style treats a night from a repertoire of more than 50. We’ve heard their praises sung across the city."
Reviewed in The Ithaca Times 2000 Entertainment Guide :
"...Madeline’s has a modern look, with its streamlined décor and two levels, large glass windows and inviting bar area featuring an artistically lighted and ample display. We were comfortably seated there and enjoyed its friendly and casual atmosphere, fine and efficient service, beautiful and-as an added bonus-smoke free setting. And we were in for the best meal I have had anywhere in a long, long time.
To give full credit to the extraordinary tastes and choices at Madeline’s is not possible here, but, briefly, the cuisine is designated as Euro-Asian, or Pacific Rim, and aims to use the best of Western and Eastern traditions. Lex’s background is in Asian cooking, and every day they start out fresh-fresh ingredients, stocks, sauces, seafood. He brings in unusual Asian ingredients, experiments with them, and wants to “challenge people on every single dish we do.” His eyes sparkle, “it’s fun to be constantly learning.” (-Jane Dieckmann, The Ithaca Times)