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Dinner at Marseille -- What to Order?

CindyJ Mar 9, 2010 07:44 AM

This will be my first time dining at Marseille. What have you had there that's particularly good? Is that anything that's disappointed you? Thanks for your advice!

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    ClaireWalter Oct 10, 2011 07:05 AM

    Bouillabaisse (currently $11.50 for a small bowl at lunch) is excellent -- and plenty filling. The bread was even better. Herb-sprinkled sweet butter & olive oil are served together in one tiny square dish. But service was non-existent -- at least for a single woman lunching alone before the theater. Only a handful of tables were occupied. The waitstaff seemed so enamored with one anothers' company that they spent most of their time chatting at the service area at the far end of the bar. I can't speak for the other tables, but I was ignored for 22 minutes (10 before the busser cleared the bowl and 12 afterwards) , before I finally got up and approached the maitre d' or manager (the guy in the suit). I asked him, "Am I invisible?" He seemed surprised at the question. He then fell over himself apologizing, offered me free dessert that would be served right away and when I declined, he took the wine off the bill. I escaped from the NY area more than 22 years ago, and any lingering nostalgia I might have gets washed away with incidents like this -- and the bus driver given to road rage. But that's another story.

    630 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10036

    1. JoanN Nov 15, 2010 05:43 AM

      Don't order the moules frites. Had dinner there last night for the first time in a long time and was surprised at how tasteless the broth was. The mussels themselves were lovely, plump, and well cooked. But the broth was little better than dishwater. The frites, however, were really good. Double cooked and crispy.

      630 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10036

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        piegirl74 Mar 11, 2010 08:01 AM

        The lamb! The couscous dishes are also terrific.

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          rrems Mar 10, 2010 07:23 PM

          Just had a wonderful dinner there tonight. I had the crab cake which was superb, my partner had the alsatian munster tart with short ribs (yes, these were appetizers, but could have almost been main courses) then we both had the Moroccan lamb, which is really great (I also love the lamb couscous), and for dessert (if you have dessert you MUST have it) the chocolate expresso parfait. Calamari salad is another nice appetizer, and the duck main is really good. You really can't go wrong just ordering whatever appeals to you on the menu. Each dish incorporates many flavors that work wonderfully together.

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            Jane A. Mar 11, 2010 07:22 AM

            The gnocchi are ?is? fabulous. And for dessert we often order the cookies - to go! - and have them as an intermission snack at the theater. The cookies are wonderful and you get 2 of each.

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              CindyJ Mar 11, 2010 07:57 AM

              I was SUPPOSED to have been there last night, too, but ran into a last-minute snag and had to cancel. I was especially disappointed because I was looking forward to their offerings for the "Stinky Cheese Festival." I'll definitely keep Marseille in mind next time I'm scouting for a lunch or dinner place in the theater district.

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              msny98 Mar 9, 2010 08:28 AM

              The Burger is good, the steak frites very good, the cous cous is good, I have never had a dish there that was actually bad. I think Marseille is a board fave for mid priced bistro in mid town. That said, it is a very good value in the category but it is unlikely that any particular dish is transcendent.

              1. LeahBaila Mar 9, 2010 07:57 AM

                I think Marseille makes one of the city's most delicious burgers, which comes topped with gruyere and caramelized onions...served with homemade frites and a great aioli.


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