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Where to go and get best mussels (think Brussels) and still have a broad enough menu for others

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  • few Dec 26, 2010 05:46 PM
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So - we will be in MidTown next Saturday - but can get around the City.

SO, CH's..the mission is, if you are ready to accept it

I am looking for a lovely bowl of steaming mussels in a splendidly herby wine sauce.....while the menu is broad enough to satisfy the rest of the crew I will be with.

Sides of wonderfully crusty bread to sop up the sauce would be a plus.

Here's hoping we can get a recommendation!

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  1. B Cafe in the UWS.

    http://bcafe.com/West/

    1. Markt

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      Markt
      676 6th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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      1. re: rrems

        La Sirene

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        La Sirene
        558 Broome Street, New York, NY 10013

        1. re: drumwine

          Petit Abeille (sp?) I've only been to the one in (near?) Chelsea but the food was very nice, simple, and everyone was able to find something yummy on the menu.

          1. re: lovessushi

            second petite abeille, they have a couple locations and classic mussels as well as a couple other more interesting flavors. Have a decent menu for the rest of the party who doesn't want mussels.

          2. re: drumwine

            +1

            la sirene has the best food by far (imo) of all the restaurants mentioned here. its in tribeca tho, so if youd prefer another location, the others are solid options. also la sirene is byob and TINY so reservations will definitely be necessary

        2. Great list CH's!
          Now I have to pick.....wonder if I need a rez for evening of 1/1? What say you?

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          1. re: few

            Wouldn't hurt.

          2. +2 on La Sirene
            Robust selection of mussels dishes + other very good dishes.
            Fyi, it's BYO only.

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            La Sirene
            558 Broome Street, New York, NY 10013

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            1. re: RCC

              not to mention cash only....no credit cards

            2. Resto?

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              Resto
              111 East 29th Street, New York, NY 10016

              1. I had excellent moules frites at DBGB a few months ago.

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                DBGB
                299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

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                1. re: gutsofsteel

                  I second DBGB (though reservations can be somewhat hard to come by) - some of the best mussels I've ever had, anywhere. I'm also a big fan of both Markt and Petite Abeille - the latter is most authentically Belgian and most casual. (and now I need to try this La Sirene myself!)

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                  Markt
                  676 6th Ave, New York, NY 10010

                  La Sirene
                  558 Broome Street, New York, NY 10013

                  DBGB
                  299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

                2. Flex Mussels-13th? St. and E. 82nd st.

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                  1. re: chaz

                    I know it's too late for few's original request, but if anyone else stumbles upon this I wanted to share that I tried Flex Mussels (the one on 13th btwn 6th and 7th) for the 1st time last week, and it's fantastic. Delicious and creative broths, nice atmosphere, very attentive service, and great desserts as well. They seemed to have a lot of non-mussel (though mainly seafood) options which went over well with the diners at nearby tables... all around a totally enjoyable experience.

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                    Flex Mussels
                    154 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011

                    1. re: starvomarvo

                      nom nom
                      heading backf or more soon...so this spot may well make the shor tlist......thanks starvo

                      1. re: few

                        So where did you end up going last month?

                        1. re: rrems

                          Aha.....la sirene...aside from the mussels...the BYOB made the nite......great service and mussels were outstanding....the duck liver sealed it for my SO....Bring cash only if you go!

                          1. re: few

                            The food at La Sirène is delicious, but be forewarned: it's very noisy.

                            1. re: few

                              Excellent choice with La Sirene. Glad you did well. That duck liver appetizer is one-of-a-kind dish and everybody I know who's had it, loved it. I gotta go back soon for the best cassoulet in town.

                    2. You might look into Le Bistro d'a Cote'-!st Ave and 83rd St.