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Becco or Marseille's for pre-theater dinner?

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Trying to decide which place to go for dinner tonight, any thoughts?

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  1. No question about it as far as I'm concerned -- Marseille. The French/Mediterranean cuisine is excellent, service is pleasant and efficient, and the brasserie setting is very attractive.

    I have spoken before on this board about my last experience at Becco. The ayce pastas were sub-par, and the noise level was so horrendously high that conversation around our table was impossible without shouting. Not my idea of a comfortable dining experience.

    Enjoy the show and Bon Appetit!

    1. I had a great steak at Becco, but I was sitting at a small table for four that should never seat more than 2 in the middle of a packed room. Waiters elbowed my head every time they served the table behind me. Not my idea of a comfortable dining experience either.

      1. I second the Marseille recommendation. I had a great restaurant week dinner there, and was impressed by the service, food and atmosphere.

        http://eatatjules.blogspot.com

        1. ditto Marseille--I regret that I nevver think of going unless in the area for a show.

          1. I've had decent meals at Becco before theater and we discovered they have an upstairs room which is much more quiet than downstairs. Can't comment on Marseille's.

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            1. re: pds8232

              We were seated in the upstairs room, and it was packed. Perhaps you were fortunate to be dining up there when it wasn't crowded. But when it is full, as I said in my previous post, the noise level is intolerable.

            2. I've got mixed feelings about Marseille-- I find the food to be heavy and perfunctory sometimes (we wrote about it a few months back), but if the choice is Marseille versus Becco, I'd go for Marseille, even factoring in my reservations about the place.

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              1. Becco is not so good. Marseille is fine; Vice Versa, on 51st street, is in a different food league.

                1. Please do not go to beccos!! I've been to both more than once and i can safely say that Marseille is the better choice.

                  1. Thanks for all the responses! We went to Marseille and it was great. Definitely a nice change from the typical crowded, loud, rushed pre-theater places. I would definitely go back and recommend it to others.