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Jun 4, 2014 11:30 AM

Marco's Brooklyn

I'm wondering if any of the other hounds have tried Marco's, the new Franny's offshoot yet? We had quite a good dinner there the other night - there is good cooking going on in that kitchen and a slightly less bustling atmosphere than franny's in a comfortable room (garden is now open too).Marco's looks to be a good alternative to convivum, al di la, and their ilk for a more ambitious meal in the Slope/Prospect Hts neighborhood.
Just to note some highs and relative lows, my husband's sorrel soup was bright green and delicious - my tagliatelle with prosciutto and a goodly dose parmigiano reggiano was buttery deliciousness, deeply evocative of the E-R region - Id go back just for this dish. On the other hand, his roasted sausage dish (presumably house made sausages) were quite good but lacked any wow factor, and my roasted squid with greens and croutons, while good, came off as a little too austere - it would have been improved if the dish bit more oil to bring out the squid flavor and meld it - it essentially read as a salad. A wedge of wood roasted cabbage with honey and calabrian hot peppers was perfectly lovely on the plate and clearly executed as intended, but the cabbage was not imbued with the flavorings as it might have been.

.A very interesting selection of wines, but the prices were disappointingly high - almost 3-4x retail for similar items, Id say. The cheapest were in the 40+ range. This seems counterproductive. We drank a beer and a glass of wine respectively (no apertivi or liqueurs) and vowed that we prepare for future meals at Marco's - and we do definitely intend to go back!) with a drink at home.

Very smooth and pleasant service with some noticeably MIchelin-type flourishes (crumb removal) which made us chuckle.

Do go - Id like to hear what someother hounds think.

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  1. I've heard pretty much the same as what you post but, unlike you, that's a major reason we've not gone. We like to split a bottle of wine with dinner and, although we can afford it, it just turns me off when a place either gouges me on the wine list &/or doesn't provide enough of a range...especially given what's easily available in the area these days. Guess I'll go sooner or later...meanwhile, thanks for the report.

    1. I empathize with Steve. Few things annoy me more than looking over a wine list that is packed with the same stuff that I can pick up at my local shop at a price that's 3-4x what it costs in the shop. That Aussie red for $45 that is $12 retail and probably $6 wholesale?! If you're going to take my money, at least obfuscate the matter by having obscure wines that I can't find.The mark up doesn't feel as bad if I know I can't find the wine in every store in the neighborhood. But likewise, we will eventually make a visit and like you have a glass of beer with dinner.

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      1. re: Bkeats

        They have taken care with the wine selection and its definitely not the same labels you would find in your local shop, but its possible to know what wines of the same general type can be had for, nonetheless. I dont like it when the very cheapest wines on a list are above our price threshhold - we would prefer to have a choice of tasty wines below 40, for a normal meal.

      2. We've been to Marco's and found it delicious, but the high wine mark-ups also deter us from going back. We have the same problem with Franny's (both the original and the new location) so we don't return as often as we would otherwise.

        I imagine we'll go back to Marco's at some point but in view of the price--with wine--we would likely save it for a special occasion or if we are entertaining someone. And actually, thinking about it, at the price point there are places I'd rather go for a special occasion.

        1. My husband and I must be the outliers- we have eaten at Marco's three times- twice for dinner and once for brunch. All three times we have been completely underwhelmed, especially for the price. The first time we went (about a month after it opened) our meal was almost $200 pre-tip and out of the 8ish plates we tried, we both only liked one.

          We are both huge fans of Franny's food (NOT the snarky hostess) and used to go about once a month, so we were really let down when Marco's failed to deliver. I will say that the service at Marco's has been pretty good, in our experience.

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          1. re: CarmenR

            im with you 100%...had a completely forgettable meal here a few months ago for maybe 3x the cost of my meal at frannys.

            i love frannys...including the hostesses and staff but i just found the food to be mediocre. i remember some pork entree that looked quite bare on the plate. i think theyre trying to make a more meat-centric, expensive version of frannys to make more money...which is great but not why i love frannys' food.

          2. we had a really, really great meal there about a month ago for our wedding anniversary. I remember the total being $144 for a few apps, 1 pasta, 1 main, 1 dessert and a bottle of wine. I felt we paid far less than we would have at a comparable Manhattan restaurant. related though -- the last few times we've been to Franny's, I've felt that all dishes & the beverages were a few bucks more per plate than they should have been for such a casual place.