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Dec 17, 2001 08:22 AM

St. Marks Bistro?

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Some friends have told me good things about this place. Tried to do a search but I couldn't access past posts. Can anyone tell me about it?
Also looking to go somewhere for dinner on New Years Eve. Any recommendations? We live in Brooklyn, but don't mind traveling as long as the food is worth it.


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    1. re: The Chowhound Team

      We went there, too. The service (from the owner no less!) was terrible. Indifferent, brusque, almost nasty. The most memorable dish was pasta with chicken livers and figs. Everything else was tasty enough, but who would rush back to be treated that way!

    2. My wife and I went a few months ago. The food was delicious, but the service was the worst I've had in ages. Very inattentive and slow. But that was shortly after the restaurant opened, so perhaps they've improved since then. I recommend that you try it.

      1. I went in October. The setting felt a little sterile and cold, at least to my tastes, but the food was excellent and the service was fine. Worthwhile.

        -- Paul

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          Nina Wugmeister

          I've been a couple of times, both for lunch and dinner, although not in a month or so. I thought the food was pretty good, if not remarkable, but the service was truly lousy. I'd say it's worth a try - and please report back and let us know how it's going over there.

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            Marlene Swartz

            Eh. I did feel a little more inclined, however, when I discovered that they accepted IDine which means a 20% discount.

            I mean there was nothing bad about the food, it was just like every overhyped Manhattan restaurant.......

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            1. re: Marlene Swartz

              Besides a comfortably prolonged (lackadaisical service, perhaps?) meal this summer, we found the portions a tad light;
              Now, I ask you this: at $9.00 and change plus tax & TWO SARDINES an appetizer make?
              Send me out to Ferry Street on Portugal Day every June (or to the Atlantic Antic if it ever returns)and turn up the charcoal grill...$9.00 will catch a boatload of little fishys.

              1. re: Mike R.
                Joyce Goldstein

                When and what is Portugal day and how do I find out about it? Thanks!

                1. re: Joyce Goldstein

                  It's a wild street festival held (usually the second weekend of) every JUNE along the length of Ferry Street in Newark's Ironbound district...which is steps from Newark's Penn Station, last stop on the PATH.

                  I've been to at least 10 of these...the streets are lined with charcoal grills, using the authentic LUMP charcoal, no briquettes, and grilling butterflied marinated chicken and FRESH FLOWN-IN SARDINES directly off the mornings T.A.P. flights for the occasion...while the "Day" lasts all weekend, Saturday Night and Sunday afternoon, when they have the grand parade are the best bets...'cause the action is hot...those wall-to-wall BBQ grills raise the ambient degrees at least by five and in 1988, it felt like 125 in the shade.
                  Come salivating, 'cause there is a healthy selection of the above PLUS chouricos, ribs and (as authentic as it gets this side of Iberia) Leitao - roast suckling pig.
                  Make your bread "broa" and watch the parade with an ice cold Sagres beer in hand; Head to Coutinho's pastry shop or Texeira's (if you can find it) for some 'pasteis de nata', delicate egg custard cups.

                  It's daylight out until 8:15 or so, which makes for a "longest day" syndrome, but I tell you, it's one of my favorite parties of the year...heavy on the pheremones.

                  For every-day (nothing-fancy, but GOOD)Portuguese fare, head to the end of Ferry Street, where it meets Wilson Avenue, flare off to the left one block and try the "Pic-Nic"...also good when paired up with a trip to the Newark Museum, and a Subway ride(actually a trolley)to BranchBrookPark and the old Cathedral where the Pope visited a couple years back.

                  MINEOLA has a hot corner for Portuguese as well, at Jericho Turnpike and Willis Avenue; Churrascaria Bairrada has most of the above, with excellent fries...pick up reasonably-priced vinho verde at the adjoining wine store, then shop at the grocery across the Turnpike, on Willis Avenue...excellent olive-oil selection at low,low prices.

                  Let me know what happens! Bom dia!