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MK440 Aug 17, 2006 02:58 PM

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

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    RGR Aug 17, 2006 03:19 PM

    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. Scott V Aug 17, 2006 04:12 PM

      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.

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        JulesEV Aug 17, 2006 05:36 PM

        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

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          eve Aug 17, 2006 06:58 PM

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

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            pds8232 Aug 17, 2006 08:38 PM

            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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              RGR Aug 17, 2006 10:35 PM

              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. Nosher Aug 17, 2006 08:48 PM

              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.

              Nosher

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                DBRoniG Aug 17, 2006 09:09 PM

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

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                  Tengo Hambre Aug 17, 2006 09:29 PM

                  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.

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                    MK440 Aug 18, 2006 05:17 PM

                    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.

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