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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

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. coasts RE: few Dec 26, 2010 05:57 PM

    B Cafe in the UWS.

    http://bcafe.com/West/

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      rrems RE: few Dec 26, 2010 06:40 PM

      Markt

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      Markt
      676 6th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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        drumwine RE: rrems Dec 26, 2010 07:54 PM

        La Sirene

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        La Sirene
        558 Broome Street, New York, NY 10013

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          lovessushi RE: drumwine Dec 26, 2010 08:53 PM

          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.

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            Renguin RE: lovessushi Dec 28, 2010 01:41 PM

            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.

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            InSearchOfTacos RE: drumwine Dec 27, 2010 04:15 PM

            +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

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          few RE: few Dec 27, 2010 02:03 PM

          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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            Pan RE: few Dec 27, 2010 03:58 PM

            Wouldn't hurt.

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            RCC RE: few Dec 28, 2010 10:58 AM

            +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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              drumwine RE: RCC Dec 28, 2010 11:31 AM

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

            2. linguafood RE: few Dec 28, 2010 11:45 AM

              Resto?

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

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                gutsofsteel RE: few Dec 28, 2010 11:51 AM

                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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                  starvomarvo RE: gutsofsteel Dec 28, 2010 01:44 PM

                  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

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                  chaz RE: few Dec 28, 2010 06:20 PM

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

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                    starvomarvo RE: chaz Jan 25, 2011 07:32 AM

                    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

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                      few RE: starvomarvo Feb 22, 2011 06:00 PM

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

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                        rrems RE: few Feb 22, 2011 06:41 PM

                        So where did you end up going last month?

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                          few RE: rrems Feb 23, 2011 07:04 PM

                          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!

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                            mahler5 RE: few Feb 24, 2011 03:55 AM

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

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                              RCC RE: few Feb 24, 2011 05:30 AM

                              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.

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                      chaz RE: few Jan 25, 2011 07:24 PM

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

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