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Markt? Opinions?

fein Nov 30, 2007 10:09 AM

thinking of going for dinner with the bf. i love belgium beer/mussel houses. waterzooi in Garden City on Long Island is my fav spot. anyone have an opinion on Markt? Thanks.

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    hon Nov 30, 2007 10:17 AM

    Yes, Cafe de Bruxelles in the village, the mussels are way better then Markt!


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      fein Nov 30, 2007 10:47 AM

      i'll have to check it out. have you been to markt? the person i'm dining with doesn't do mussels : (

      1. re: fein
        LeahBaila Dec 3, 2007 08:55 AM

        Hey Fein...Markt is a great neighborhood joint. The atmosphere is lively and charming, and the food is pretty solid. I love their: burger, French fries, grilled shrimp salad, beef stew and French onion soup. They've also got a great selection of beers.

        1. re: fein
          hon Dec 6, 2007 09:13 AM

          I have and find the food to be "eh"!

      2. erin07nyc Nov 30, 2007 10:54 AM

        My husband, friends, and I all like Markt a lot. I'm not a huge mussel fan so I haven't compared theirs to other's, but there is a nice variety of the broths you can get w/ the mussels at Markt. I'm always happy with the other items I've tried - steak frittes, beef stew, lobster bisque and the salads we've tried were all great. The beer selection is nice, too. Brunch is actually my fav, there, though.

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          fein Nov 30, 2007 11:03 AM

          i hear the brunch is good but i''m looking for dinner tonight with the bf. i think i might try it. if i don't like it at least i'll know for the future. thanks for your post.

          1. re: fein
            erin07nyc Nov 30, 2007 11:31 AM

            If it's convenient, it's definitely worth a try. I would suggest getting a reservation for a friday night, though.

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              fein Nov 30, 2007 11:47 AM

              just got one for 9pm tonight. it is later then we wanted but i have a feeling we will end up here. thanks.

              1. re: fein
                roze Nov 30, 2007 01:41 PM

                Markt is awesome!!! One of my favorite places. The burger and lobster in a pan are fantastic options if you don't like mussels.

                I have never had a reservation either. I always just walk in with the bf and sit at their gorgeous long bar. Enjoy!

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          tartlet Nov 30, 2007 02:07 PM

          I really don't like Markt. had Brunch there a couple of weeks ago and thought the food was sloppy. The place has no personality, feels like a "factory" to me... I really don't recommend it. Cafe de Bruxelles is much better,IMHO

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            RCC Dec 1, 2007 05:35 AM

            We dined there this summer and I had the mussels and fries that didn't live up to any hype that I've read on this board.

            Not sure if I'd be returning.

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              fishermb Dec 1, 2007 03:44 PM

              i've eaten dinner at Markt a number of times and i am consistently very happy. it's not incredible, but everything i've had there has been very good. i've tried all of the mussels, the salad with goat cheese crostini is very good,as is the fettucinne with chesapeake crab meat. very nice selection of belgium beers. i've never tried cafe de bruxelles so i cant make a comparison...

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              BW212 Dec 2, 2007 09:51 AM

              I have not been to their new location yet, but we used to go to the old one fairly often and I've been told the menu is the same.

              I liked it very much. None of my friends did.

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                fishermb Dec 3, 2007 03:44 AM

                Menu and interior and basically exactly the same as the old Meatpacking location. I definitely prefer the old location as it was nice to sit outside, it was fairly quiet out there. 6th avenue is a bit of a headache.

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                pastoralia Jan 27, 2008 07:14 AM

                My wife and I went there since we were in the neighborhood. What a disappointment. I was really hankering for a Croque Monsieur...what I got was a toasted ham and cheese sandwich for $13 (where's the bechamel sauce? the bubbly cheese?)

                Our two sandwiches, a soup, salad, glass of wine and beer came to $70. Give me a break!

                It felt like a Belgian Olive Garden inside.

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                1. re: pastoralia
                  LeahBaila Jan 27, 2008 07:16 AM

                  Next time you have a hankering for a croque...head over to (believe it or not) L'Express for one of, if not the best, in town.


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