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Best Moules Frites in Manhattan?

asianbun Apr 28, 2008 05:55 PM

Looking for recos.... !

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  1. egit RE: asianbun Apr 28, 2008 05:58 PM

    First place that leaps to mind is Jubilee on East 54th street.

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      corgette RE: asianbun Apr 28, 2008 06:12 PM

      I haven't tried too many around the city, but last fall I had some tasty ones at Jane. The mussels were almost too salty, but the broth was very flavorful aside from that, and the slight hint of rosemary on the fries was really, really, great, especially dipped in the mussels liquid.

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        Lucia RE: asianbun Apr 28, 2008 06:17 PM

        Cafe de Bruxelles

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          small h RE: asianbun Apr 28, 2008 06:38 PM

          I'll second Bruxelles, and add Markt and L'Enfants Terribles and Casanis. I've never had either an amazingly good or an amazingly bad version of moules frites, come to think of it. They've all been fine. Of course, I'd probably eat a stick if it came in a saffron cream sauce.

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            roze RE: small h Apr 28, 2008 06:53 PM

            Second the Markt recommendation. Great crispy fries and interesting sauces for the moules.

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              guttergourmet RE: small h Apr 29, 2008 04:34 AM

              Third Bruxelles and still best fries in NYC after all these years

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                Liquid Sky RE: guttergourmet Apr 29, 2008 09:14 PM

                I'll FOURTH Bruxelles. Great moules frites. Generous portions. Great atmosphere.

                Not to mention the nice Belgian beers.

            2. steve h. RE: asianbun Apr 28, 2008 06:42 PM

              casa mono.

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                Lucia RE: steve h. Apr 28, 2008 06:49 PM

                While I love Casa Mono, there are no frites w/the moules.

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                  steve h. RE: Lucia Apr 28, 2008 06:59 PM

                  true. but i love the sausage with the moules.

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                cricri7 RE: asianbun Apr 29, 2008 03:30 AM

                I know that people will come out when I make this recommendation, but I would try Les Halles on park avenue south. Their fries are excellent and their mussels are good also. They may not be original, but they are good. I have to say that it is pretty hard to make bad mussels! You let them simmer 7 minutes and they are done. It is pretty cheap to make at home and you never miss them!

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                  Angelina RE: cricri7 Apr 29, 2008 05:17 AM

                  I am glad you said Les Halles, too. I know so many people do not care for this place, but I happen to love the moules w/ frites there. I have not been back since December, but I really like them. Especially with pernod..soo good!!

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                    kobetobiko RE: Angelina Apr 29, 2008 07:39 AM

                    I will third that. The only thing that I really enjoy at Les Halles is the moules and frites. They happen to be really good. I usually go there and order just that and a drink and noting else.

                2. thew RE: asianbun Apr 29, 2008 04:52 AM

                  b. cafe on e 75th st

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                    MMRuth RE: thew Apr 29, 2008 05:19 AM

                    I thought they were good, but I like Bruxelles better.

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                    tatiana_nyc RE: asianbun Apr 29, 2008 08:07 AM

                    Markt, no contest. Six kinds.

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                      petitechoux RE: asianbun Apr 29, 2008 07:02 PM

                      I had very very tasty mussels at Petite Abeille recently. Their are a few different locations around the city. The fries were nice, too. Crispy outside, but nice and fluffy inside. I was pleasantly surprised, because we had only stopped by for a quick beer but they looked so good!

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                        Lucia RE: petitechoux Apr 29, 2008 07:09 PM

                        Love the frites at Petite Abeille and all the other food I've tried, but I actually have never tried the mussels, although I've heard they're good... have to make it soon.

                      2. asianbun RE: asianbun Apr 29, 2008 10:30 PM

                        i just went to Bruxelles tonight and although the broth was tasty and salty just like i like it----- ALL my moules were endowed with (how do i put this delicately) extremely large "poo sacs" that really, really ruined the taste for me. I've had Moules Frites at many french bistros and Markt, but never encountered the extremely large "poo sacs" that burst in my mouth as i chewed---seriously, the flavor was so hard to take, i couldn't finish. Has this happened to anyone else?

                        The fries were excellent but you get a small silver cup of them. Where's the large plate of 'em? i want more!! not fair.

                        i think i will stick to Markt next time.

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                          Lucia RE: asianbun Apr 30, 2008 12:17 PM

                          I've never noticed the "poo sac" phenomenon. The fries are refillable--you can ask for more when you're done w/the silver cup.

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                            Liquid Sky RE: asianbun Apr 30, 2008 08:07 PM

                            POO SACS??!!

                            I did not notice this... weird!

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                            peachtart RE: asianbun Apr 30, 2008 09:01 AM

                            Jacques on 84th and 3rd. The place is kind of a little hole on the wall. But great moules frites. Go for the Basquaise..Garlic, tomatoe, saffron. Great fries and you will definitely need lots of bread.

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                              Angelina RE: peachtart Apr 30, 2008 11:09 AM

                              I totally forgot baout this place!! I love their ravioli too!!! The blue cheese burgers are awesome, too!

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                                thew RE: peachtart Apr 30, 2008 05:11 PM

                                i had a bad experience at jaques once.. not the food.. we had asked to have a private room for a surprise anniversary party, and they started seating people in that room

                                we worked it out, but they just were not on top of it

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