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Marseille or Nice Matin?

Singar Nov 28, 2007 09:45 PM

For dinner, wine is a (but not the most important) consideration.


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    idia Nov 29, 2007 06:06 AM

    Marseille gets my vote.

    1. Wilfrid Nov 29, 2007 06:27 AM

      How about whichever is nearest? Don't expect amazing authentic southern French food at either. Nice Matin is pleasant, but I'd only use it if I had a reason to go to the UWS.

      1. JoanN Nov 29, 2007 06:38 AM

        Tough call. Marseille can be a bit of a zoo pre-theater. Some tables are uncomfortably small, it can be quite noisy, and service is often haphazard. Nice Matin can also get very noisy, service is somewhat better (at least in my experience), and I think you get a better bang for your buck. Both restaurants have lots of wines by the glass; I don't recall either wine list specifically, but they're probably about equal.

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          Lucia Nov 29, 2007 08:17 AM

          Marseille. I thought Nice Matin was mediocre.

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          1. re: Lucia
            idia Nov 29, 2007 08:28 AM

            Have you considered West Bank Cafe?

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            RGR Nov 29, 2007 09:52 AM

            We haven't been to Nice Matin, but we've always had very good meals -- and good service -- at Marseille. It has very attractive decor and a bustling vibe that manages to avoid being insanely noisy.

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              Pelecat Nov 29, 2007 09:59 AM

              I vote for Marseille too, but you might want to consider the owners new place Nizza, which is down the block from Marseille near 45th. More casual than Marseille, but very good and a large wine selection.

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                Singar Nov 30, 2007 11:43 AM

                Are there any other retaurants that you would take over Marseille, for the same price points? Good food and wine.


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                  TBird Nov 30, 2007 11:56 AM

                  never been to marseille, but always had a pleasant experience at nice matin. they allow byob as well, i think $25...

                  1. re: Singar
                    RGR Nov 30, 2007 12:45 PM

                    Singar, Are you looking for other French options or other cuisines? If the latter, give some clues as to which cuisines and neigborhoods you prefer.

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                      Singar Nov 30, 2007 02:17 PM

                      No preference as to cuisine or neighborhood (Manhattan), but preference as to good food, good wine, and around Nice Matin / Marseille's price point (my only requirement).

                      No wine bar, no tapas bar...


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                      Lucia Nov 30, 2007 01:51 PM


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                        financialdistrictresident Dec 1, 2007 01:49 PM

                        Second Artisanal and they also have a prix fixe (which my friend loved, she had the steak). That said, I thought Artisanal was more lively than Marseille. I went to Marseille twice this year (once for lunch and once for a late dinner) based on RGR's suggestion and we were not disappointed (thanks, RGR). I think I posted a review.

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                      Fallon Nov 30, 2007 12:54 PM

                      I live on the UWS so I've eaten at Nice Matin more often than Marseilles but having said that I like Marseille better. Never had a bad meal or experience there. Can't say the same for NM-I actually think eating at the bar at NM is better than getting a table as far as service goes.

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