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What to Order at Marc Forgione?

Hi CH'ers,

Have an 8:00 p.m. reservation for two at Marc Forgione tomorrow night. Based upon reviews on this board, I am thinking the BBQ oysters and/or the chili lobster, and the chicken for two. Would only one appetizer and the chicken be enough? And, if so, which should we go with: oysters or lobster? Any entrees better than the chicken?

Also -- any suggestions for bars with a decent craft beer selection nearby?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. They have a very seasonal menu so I can't really help you, nor have I had the chicken under a brick (believe it serves 2?). Sorry I can't help you in that respect. I generally would have an app and entree per person.

    However, you can try Terroir Wine Bar on 24 Harrison St. They have a nice selection of craft beers.


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    1. re: deepfry7

      I suggest the tasting menu of his signature dishes. He is an amazing chef and this is one of my favorite restaurants. Don't miss the afformentioned chili lobster, halibut, whatever duck hes doing (the menu constantly fluctuates), and desserts are incredible (get the sundae).

    2. The apps aren't huge, so I'd get both the BBQO and the Chili Lobster. In fact, when we go, we usually split the BBQO (six oysters to an order) as a "pre-appetizer" before doing two apps & two entrees - but we're likely to skip desserts, or just split a small one, so it's not overkill for us.

      The chicken-for-two is great, though pretty straightforward - if you'd rather something "cheffier" the halbut with "sauce proposal" is one of his (justifiably) better known dishes, and maybe pair that with another entree that's something seasonal not always on the menu.

      1. Cavatelli with lamb, ricotta and mint

        Duck with potato gnocchi, spinach and prunes

        Banana pacan pie bread pudding

        1. I always get the chili lobster and the oysters,,, if i had to choose , i'd go with the lobster. The chicken under a brick , most people love

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          1. re: foodwhisperer

            Ooh! Can't wait to check this place out when I'm back in NYC. The place itself also looks so pretty!

          2. For craft beers, also - Mudville 9 is pretty much the only game in that part of town that I know of. A lot of good cocktail bars (Ward III, Weather Up, Macao Trading, and surprisingly good ones at Plein Sud) - but it's just not a beer area for some reason. But M9 is good. Not as amazing as, say, d.b.a. in the East Village - but then you can actually get the bartender's attention at M9...

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            1. re: sgordon

              The Tribeca Tap Room is another beer place. They also have several beer drinking places, although the selection of beers isn't there , the consumption is. Places such as Patriot, Raccoon Lodge, Reade St Bar and several Irish bars on Murray St, Warren and such. Walker's and Puffy's is a tamer crowd.Plein Sud is a hotel tourist crowd.

            2. Thanks, everyone, for the suggestions! Much appreciated. I will be sure to report back.

              1. So we went with the tasting menu at Marc Forgione and it was incredible. Easily one of the top ten meals of my life. We had four amuses, the kampachi tartare, BBQ oysters, chili lobster, tortellini with duck confit in a truffle butter sauce, halibut with the "proposal" sauce, and the veal tenderloin. I was in a food coma by the time the dessert course came, so I can't recall what it was.

                The standouts were the tartare, duck confit tortellini, and the halibut. The only course we didn't care for was the veal tenderloin -- the flavors were a bit overpowering and it felt too heavy for the meal. But the other courses more than made up for it. Fantastic service and a great, casual ambiance. Overall, an amazing meal. I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone.

                We had a few drinks at Mudville 9 prior to dinner and I tried an Ommegang Seduction, a chocolately, porter-like brown ale, and an IPA that I can't recall right now. Good beer selection and laid-back place.

                Coincidentally, however, my new favorite beer was the one I got at Marc Forgione -- the Victory Golden Monkey, a spicy and citrusy Belgian triple.

                Thanks again, everyone, for the suggestions!

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                1. re: kmbeer

                  I'm glad you enjoyed it. Definitely on of my favorite restaurants too.

                  1. re: kmbeer

                    Sounds luscious! Can't wait to try this place in the fall...

                    1. re: Liquid Sky

                      I would love to try Marc Forgione for dinner, but don't ever go for Sunday brunch. Last weekend I went at 1:30pm, and they were already sold out of their Bacon Egg & Cheese Popover. My husband then ordered The Sandwich, and the bottom pancake was burnt to a crisp. My brioche french toast came after he had finished (as the waitress explained that there was a mixup in the kitchen). Then a manager, I presume, brings my plate and says "It's on the house." I had to flag down a busboy for maple syrup. The toast was so dry. I really should've gone to Landmarc Tribeca for their pain perdu.

                      1. re: RosalineS

                        Sadly, screw-ups happen sometimes, and as Brunch is often run by the "B"-Team, more often so then. That said, there's no excuse for such mixups, but at least they tried to make things as right as they could by comping it.

                        I've never encountered service issues there at dinner. Or personally at brunch, for that matter, though I don't go there for brunch terribly often, as I find the brunch selections all run very heavy, and there's never any fish on it - this is NYC, there should ALWAYS be a lox option fer chrissakes.