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Looking for Mussles and Frites

  • j

Looking for the yummiest Mussles and Frites in the city. Outdoor seating would be a plus!

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  1. No outdoor seating, but the moules frites at Cafe de Bruxelles on Greenwich Avenue in the West Village (Greenwich Ave at 13th St) come in about a dozen varieties, are always reliably wonderful, and there's a pretty good selection of Belgian beers and ales to accompany them.

    I have been disappointed when ordering other entrees from there, but the moules frites are *always* good.

    - er

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    1. re: enrevanche

      Although swoon worthy celebrity Chef Anthony Bourdain never really cooks there, and even though its old school french bistro styling is not ironically old school in any way, I've always liked the mussels at Les Halles Park Avene. That kitchen knows how to turn out basic french bistro fare, and has been doing it a really really long time.


      Les Halles
      411 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016

    2. I enjoy Petite Abeille on 14th St at 9th Ave. They have some sidewalk tables (in good weather) and a choice of broths like white wine and garlic, creamy mushroom or something, bacon and beer, and I think some jerk/carribean one. Fries are crispy just like I like them. In any case, it always satisfies when I get the craving. Across the street with more outdoor/sidewalk seating (under an awning) is another Belgian place, Markt which I believe has a wider selection of moules frites flavors but I prefer Petite Abeille.

      Florent diner a few streets down on Gansevoort also has moules frites and sidewalk tables but I have never ordered them there. The other dishes I have had there were quite good so I would imagine it is at least passable.

      All three places have good beer selections to compliment moules frites.

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      1. re: winston

        I went to Petite Abeille a couple of months ago for the same purpose, and fortunately happened to be there on Wednesday when its unlimited moules et frites night (including a glass of beer).
        It was my first time having mussles cooked this way and I tried them in white wine and provencal sauces (waaaay too much food but hey it was unlimited). They were delicious! and the fries were great.
        My boyfriend opted for carbonade and it was very good too, just in case you go with someone not in the mood to overdose on mussels.

      2. I second Bruxelles, that is where I go when I crave mussels and frites.

        1. vol de nuit has great moules et frites, an impressive selection of belgian beers, outdoor seating, and not much else.

          1. The best moules frites I've had in recent memory was at DBGB.

            299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

            1. Jubilee is the best in the city. an off the beaten path neighborhood stalwart in Midtown East.

              Resto in Murray Hill also does a great job.

              111 East 29th Street, New York, NY 10016

              347 E 54th St, New York, NY 10022

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              1. Cafe de Bruxelles closed

                Cafe de Bruxelles
                118 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011

                  1. re: thew

                    BXL Cafe features two pounds of mussels done half a dozen different ways.

                    BXL Cafe
                    125 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036

                    1. re: bronwen

                      My husband was hoping to take me to Cafe Bruxelles today for my birthday lunch and I was so disappointed to see they closed! Will have to try BXL Cafe, but Cafe Bruxelles will definitely be missed!

                      BXL Cafe
                      125 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036

                  2. We've always enjoyed the mussels at Tout va Bien, a bistro in the theater district. They do have some outside seating. It's the kind of place that draws the cooks from the fancier French restaurants between shifts. Big portions, reasonable prices, big bar with soccer on, and lots of people all talking French.

                    1. While I did not have them, I did notice Joseph Leonard has some on their menu. We went with a couple of friends the other night and had a really delicious meal.

                      Joseph Leonard
                      170 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

                      1. Old post or not...it's summer and Im always looking for info like this!

                        Le Singe Vert on 7th ave (20th-ish) has excellent moules frites and there is outdoor seating. Though, it's next to the subway grates for the 1 train. But, on a summer evening, it's still great. And the place is always bustling.

                        Le Singe Vert
                        160 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10011