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14 Spring St., New York, NY, 10012
at Elizabeth St.
an overlooked nolita treasure
By jraya on 7/3/2012
I discovered Barmarche during a brief stint as a nolita resident and liked it instantly. The food is consistently good, the staff is attentive but stays out of your way (a rare combination) and the decor and atmosphere is perfection--sexy at night and lovely during the day. And yet somehow it's one of those places I always manage to forget about when planning a meal. So I've only been a half dozen times, but each experience has been nothing short of delightful. The latest was for my wedding feast. The husband and I had gotten secretly hitched at city hall and wanted to fete fifteen of our best friends somewhere charming that would take reservations on a Friday. Thankgod for Barmarche! They not only accepted our last-minute res, but bent over backwards to accommodate our rather rambunctious group well into the wee ours--and we hadn't even told them the occasion. Everyone had a wonderful night, and several of us are still talking about those fantastic fish tacos. Barmarche has officially gone from very good to absolutely great in my books.
Fell in love with it
By kelloggnyc on 6/4/2012
Two years ago, I had a brunch date with a guy I'd been talking to, set for a trendy restaurant just around the corner from Barmarche. Unfortunately -- as is to be expected for this neighborhood -- it was a bit too trendy. That restaurant had over an hour wait. Being this was our first date, we decided to walk around to see what else we could find. We stumbled upon Barmarche, checked out the menu, and thought, Why not? It looks cute. Turns out, the food was inventive and delicious for your run-of-the-mill brunch fare, the drinks were perfectly balanced, and the ambiance -- birch trees indoors, quiet enough that we could hear each other talk but not so quiet that we felt awkward -- set the stage for one of the best first dates I've ever been on. Fast forward two years, and we're now planning our wedding. I still have the Barmarche postcard the waiter left with our receipt that day... I just had a feeling I'd want to remember this place.
By nicedream on 6/19/2010
Stumbled into this place after midnight on a weekend and found it to be quiet, stylish, and with excellent. perky service. Understatedly elegant, yet completely unpretentious and laid back. Had guacamole and calamari appetizers, which were not exceptional but good. Overall, a great little spot.
By mworleyjr on 2/22/2009
I will NEVER return. The atmosphere is great and very romanticÂ… would be a great place for a date. That is, if your date doesnÂ’t eat. Aside from my salad the entire meal was awful. I had the misfortune of ordering the risotto with seared sea scallops. The risotto was dry and carried the taste of Uncle BenÂ’s rice. The scallops were obviously not fresh and honestly was the worst stab at seafood I have ever consumed. Next, the mushrooms were certainly canned and while I can perhaps excuse poor quality seafood, edible mushrooms can even be purchased at Food Emporium. The final thing that put me over the edge was my expresso to accompany dessert. Not really the quality, but its absence. Our desert arrived at our table after a sluggish 20 minutes and finally when the check hit our tableÂ… the absent expresso was certainly on the bill. I must say, when I pointed at the mistake the waiter did remove the charge for the dessert (and the expresso), but overall I was severely disappointed. This was the worst meal I have had in New York City; this includes a comparison to Wok n Roll.
the 'perfect' place
By starr95 on 6/23/2008
I've come here 5 times now and it is long overdue that I give barmarche the credit it deserves as a fabulous restaurant that is perfect for any situation. I've come here on a business dinner, on a date, and twice with family members. The cuisine is different, creative, and absolutely delicious. The salmon tartare is a must, as well as the bass taquitos. The scallops are excellently prepared with a demi-glaze reduction and for meat lovers the lamp chops and sirloin steak are buttery and tender. I don't think I've ever seen 'churros' anywhere not from a street vendor, but please don't leave without trying these. The service could not have been better. This is officially my favorite restaurant.
what nolita needed
By nelas on 1/14/2006
i love barmarche! living right down the street, it is the perfect place for a great dinner and a nice bottle of wine with my sweetie on that random tuesday night when we want to relax and enjoy a night out without breaking the bank. it is also the place i go with my girlfriends to enjoy the fabulous cocktails - they lead to long nights of chatting and drinking - and the staff is always nice enough to let us laugh a little too loud and enjoy.
By jaz on 10/23/2005
Had to wait 40 minutes for entrees. All portions are small including $11 salad. Wild mushroom risotti was only one scoop-not enough to eat. Grilled Salmon heavily favored with garlic. No bread provided...waiter forgot? Waiter didn't even have courtesy to come out and explain delay. It wasn't like it was busy...there was more staff than customers. Staff more interested in each other than customers. Sorry I didn't leave after the salad.
Acai cocktails and more!
By DarinW on 10/11/2005
Accidentally stumbled upon this place. What a find! Food is spectacular, service is attentive, decor and ambience warm and inviting. The cocktail list is fantastic. Try their Acai Mimosa and non-alcoholic Acai ginger drinks made with Amazon Mania Acai (www.amazon-mania.com). You will keep coming back for more. Their brunch is unparallelled.
By sfl on 6/10/2005
Barmarche has an amazing atmosphere - crisp white everything, candlelight dancing, drippy chandeliers get a downtown feel when wrapped in Lucite boxes... it's a visual feast to say nothing yet of the delicious food. We started with the lemonade-watermelon-vodka cocktail on the summer drink menu that we unanimously decided should be renamed "summer in a glass." It's that good and reminiscent of lazy outdoor summer days. On to a 9 course tasting menu - amazing presentation, description and just beautiful flavors. Black West Indies Tuna with Vanilla Basil topped it for me! Barmarche has a great vibe, is beautiful, unpretentious and delicious.
By citydiner on 4/14/2005
we went to barmarche for a friends birthday and the whole experience was excellent. they put together a wonderful menu for us that was creative and affordable. the birthday boy was quite pleased and from the response from our friends i think we would all go back
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