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best mussels and fries in Manhattan

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Looking for great (and fresh of course) mussels and crisp fries anywhere in NYC - Thanks!

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  1. My two favorites are:

    Park Bistro
    Artisanal

    Park Bistros mussels have a coconut/jamaican feel that easily beats the moules jamaicain served at Petite Abeille (for example).

    The mussels at Artisanal are equally good but have a tomato, pesto-like broth and comes with especially tasty bread.

    Both are amazing and must-trys...Good thing I live within walking distance of both.

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    1. re: dkstar1

      The artisanal mussels are great - the broth is out of this world, but they need to work on quality control. Last time I went, on a busy Thursday night, at least half the mussels in the first order were closed (so either bad or not cooked enough). They replaced these with a great order. We then ordered a second round, and about 1/3 were closed.

    2. For me, mussels have to be small, sweet tasting and very clean (no sand), otherwise forget it. I'm not a fan of large, strong smelling mussels (sometimes called "wild mussels") - they're an acquired taste. So having set my likes and dislikes, I would recommend Jubilee, 347 E. 54th St., and Brasserie, 100 E. 53rd Street. By the way, both places make excellent fries as well. I have been disappointed by mussels at Cafe de Bruxelles. It's a nice place to have a beer.

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        eastvillagegirl

        I totally agree with Foodboy--I love mussels, but not the large ones (New Zealand mussels?). They must be small, sweet and non-fishy smelling. I love Jubilee and Brasserie, as well, but my favorite mussels are at Casimir on Avenue B between 6th and 7th Street. The mussels are great, as well as the fries, and they serve fabulous baguettes to sop up the wonderful broth.
        Casimir is a real find--just try to get there before 8-9 PM to avoid the East Village night crowd/scene.

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          guttergourmet

          Brasserie's mussels have more sand in them than a day at the beach. Cafe de Bruxelles is still the moules and frites king.

          1. re: guttergourmet

            Mussels, being a product of the sea, can and do vary. While it's possible to get mussels with sand in them, my experience at Brasserie has been virtually "sand free." I've eaten mussels there at least 12 times and have never had a problem. I think mussels often come from farm beds that allow for cleaner and more desireable shellfish. When they have that strong odor and taste, it usually means the mussels are from the wild -- not farmed. Wild mussels tend to be sandier, as well. I've had these strong tasting types at Cafe Bruxelles on 2 occasions. I just prefer the smaller, milder tasting variety.

        2. I enjoyed the all you can eat moules frites at La Tour 75th and 3rd. I also like Petite Abeille's version.

          1. Vol de Nuit (West 4th, right off 6th Ave.) is a Belgian beer bar. They serve respectable fries with various dipping sauces. I've yet to order the mussels, though. It's an option, if you're in the area. Needless to say, the beers are yummy.

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            1. re: kwanito

              the beer is great, the fries are addictive, the mussels are actually kinda tasty but the broth is not that impressive, small, relatively sweet, but not too much flavor for the mussels.

              stick w/ the beer and fries, and go elsewhere for moules frite.

            2. Markt on 14th and 9th. They have six versions... I've had several, my favorite are the cilantro curry and garlic in cream sauce. Delicious. Plus you can watch the Meatpacking circus parade by as you eat.

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              1. re: tatiana

                wasn't impressed with the mussels at Markt. Got to be honest with you.

                The fries were weak too.

                1. re: dkstar1

                  my vote is for Cafe de Bruxelles. The mussels are excellent and so are the frites. Plus (this may be a plus or minus) it's AYCE frites - they'll bring more if you finish.