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Bar Americain, Marseille or Other in between shows?

parsleybasilnthyme Apr 17, 2009 11:30 AM

Hi. I'm trying to fit in dinner for 2 between a matinee (2pm) and evening (8pm) show on a Saturday in May. I am looking for someplace nice in the theatre district, but not too lengthy (i.e. - tasting menu) since we have limited time between shows. Price doesn't matter (meaning this is a special trip and we're going all out). It looks like Bar Americain and Marseille are getting good reviews - which is the best choice, or is there someplace else that is better? Other places we're planning to go to during our trip are Babbo, Craftsteak, Degustation...Thanks!

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    Simon Apr 17, 2009 01:58 PM

    i went to Marseille once, and while the waiter was nice and the room comfy, the food was mediocre at best: i'm unlikely to ever return...

    i've only heard negative things about Bar Americain...

    For something a bit different, you might enjoy Russian Samovar: while i wouldn't say the food is excellent, the lamb dolma, smoked salmon, and soups are solid, and the general Russian ambience and the infused vodkas make it a fun choice once in a while...

    i've never been to Molyvos, but that might be fun...ditto for Maze...

    And i'm a big fan of Keens, but since you are already planning on Craftsteak, that might be overkill...

    1. twiggles Apr 17, 2009 01:10 PM

      I am not a fan of Bar Americain at all, I've had a few bad experiences there. Insieme, DB bistro,and Maze, are good recs, you could also consider The Modern (or the bar room there).

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      1. re: twiggles
        parsleybasilnthyme Apr 17, 2009 01:21 PM

        I guess I'll be nixing Bar Americain! Maze looks really good. Thanks so much for everyone's help - My stomach and I appreciate it :-)

        1. re: twiggles
          cjd260 Apr 17, 2009 01:31 PM

          I'm not going to recommend Bar Americain either, certainly not for this poster - I actually clicked on this post to say so. But for the purposes of anyone who happens on this post down the road from searching for posts on Bar Americain: it's not bad, and in fact I've never had a bad experience there. It's just extremely expensive and expense-account-y, and accordingly tends toward the predictably solid rather than culinarily noteworthy. So, present and future foodie tourists, steer clear. But for future business dining option seekers with old-boys'-club clients, please know that it's perfectly reliable, and that I take clients there all the time.

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          RGR Apr 17, 2009 01:06 PM

          I am not a fan of Bar Americain. Had one meal there, and the food was poor. And our one experience at Esca was also very disappointing.

          While I do like Marseille, if you are looking for "special," I think either dbBistro or Maze would be better choices. Of those two, I would give slightly higher marks to the superb cuisine at Maze.


          1. goodhealthgourmet Apr 17, 2009 11:48 AM

            you might also consider:
            db Bistro Moderne
            Vice Versa

            DB Bistro Moderne
            55 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

            777 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019

            325 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019

            402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

            151 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019

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            1. re: goodhealthgourmet
              parsleybasilnthyme Apr 17, 2009 12:59 PM

              Thanks for the suggestions...Which is your top choice?

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