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Jul 15, 2010 01:32 PM

marriott times square restaurant

Has anyone eaten at the revolving restaurant at the Marriott Marquis? I know it will be touristy but that we expect. I don't want to be taken advantage of though. I realize it will be expensive which I don't mind as long as we're not just plain ripped off. We go to New Orleans often and the restaurants and waitstaff could not be nicer, but I hear New York waiters can be awlful knowing they will never see you again,and assuming you're not a sophisticated tipper.

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  1. a couple of years ago, we looked at the buffet, and it looked really good. the a la carte menu looked decent, but that is only words -- but since the same kitchen did the buffet food, then that's a plus.

    we had drinks there, and that was fun (we had friends visiting from australia).

    the mâitre d', near the end of the evening, came over and chatted for a long while. very friendly. marriott is not going to allow bad waiters, if i had to venture a guess.

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    1. re: alkapal

      that sounds right.. We have a decision for sat. night,should we go for the view of Times Square at night or Balthazar for the in crowd and ambiance. Help! She's a first timer and I worked in the financial area for 20 years.

      1. re: srqmike

        i can't help you there, but is she a crowd & ambiance kind of girl, or does she like to talk with you, and get to know you better? i know if i were on a date with someone i liked a lot, and i'm new to new york, i'd want to go to someplace romantic where we can get close. i've not been to balthazar, so i can't judge. all i know is that the marquis was a nice spot to chat, see the scenery, and relax a bit.

        1. re: alkapal

          Sorry I wasn"t clear. We're Married but she's from Boston and really never visited NYC since we met after I left New York for Florida. We're only in New york for 3 nights and One night we're meeting friends at Gallaghers for steaks and one night at Melon for light dinner so I have that one night open for something different.

        2. re: srqmike

          Personally, revolving restaurants strike me as corny. Plus, being in Times Square is no prize either.

          1. re: ESNY

            that is not a helpful response, you cynical native. the girl is from out of town, isn't she? maybe it is corny to you, but not to everyone.

            what do you think of balthazar, then?

            1. re: alkapal

              I'm just saying in my opinion it may sound like a good idea for a date but it reeks of cheesiness.

              I really like Balthazar and its much more my speed but its is a loud, boisterous bistro which is pretty much the opposite of a quiet revolving restaurant on the 40th floor of a times sq hotel. The steak tartare is great as is the duck shepherds pie (although not quite the best dish for this weather). Plus it would come in at like half the price of the Marriott Marquis. Its just a strange set of choices.

      2. balthazar looks nice. why not eat dinner there, then go to the marquis for a nightcap?

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        1. re: alkapal

          Dude, you're not even from NYC! "Balthazar looks nice"? These two places couldn't be more polar opposites. Let's just say, if someone took me to The View, I'd be insulted. Balthazar? One of my favorite places in the city.

          1. re: chow_gal

            dude, so what?

            it was the OP who gave the two alternatives, not me. i was being honest.

            so you'd opt for balthazar. great. was i wrong in saying that it looks nice?

        2. The online reviews of the food at "The View" are almost universally negative. I have been there on dates a few times -- just for a drink or two before a late dinner elsewhere. It's actually not bad for this, as long as you set the expectation with your date that it's just something "fun". The food, the service, and the drinks are all (well) below average. But it is a good place to chat and the view is tough to beat. I think you can call in advance to reserve a window seat. Do not eat there.

          Balthazar and the Marriott are *very* far away from each other. Maybe a midtown place would be good. I'd recommend DB Bistro Moderne for a nearby date. Allegretti and Artisanal are both French and not too far away (by cab). Artisanal is similar to Balthazar in a lot of ways.

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

          46 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

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          1. re: thousandrobots

            The only thing dbBistro, Allegretti, Artisanal, and Balthazar have in common is that they are all French. French. Otherwise, db and Allegretti couldn't be more different from the other two. Artisanal and Balthazar are loud boisterious brasseries serving traditional brasserie fare. dbBistro is where 4-star Chef Daniel Boulud focuses on upscale contemporary French bistro cuisine. Allegretti is a casually elegant restaurant.where Chef Alain Allegretti serves delicious Provençal cuisine.

            Allegretti is a longtime favorite of ours, and I do like both db and Balthazar. I am not a fan of Artisanal.

            Allegretti photos here:

            Balthazar photos here:

            dbBistro photos here:

            1. re: RGR

              A bit strong, RGR. But thank you clarifying that I named several French restaurants as possibilities. And for re-emphasizing my point that Artisanal and Balthazar are similar.

              ps. You neglected to mention La Petite Auberge, which is also French and which, I note, you also like. Coquille St Jacques, anyone?

              La Petite Auberge
              116 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

              1. re: thousandrobots

                Ah, yes! La Petite Auberge is one of our favorites. In a totally different French category from the other four.

                La Petite Auberge photos:

          2. Lots of good suggestions above that will provide a great NYC restaurant experience but the View is not one of them. For a drink, OK, but do yourself a favor and get away from Times Square for dinner. Balthazar is a great -- terrific food and lively ambiance -- for visitors and natives alike. I suggest you leave any preconceptions you have about New York waiters or residents at home. We are generally very friendly and helpful.

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              1. re: City Kid


                Too many great restaurants in NYC to waste a meal there!