630 Ninth Ave., New York, NY, 10036
at 44th St.
By FatBastard on 9/28/2007
Maybe a tad pricey for what you get if Messr. Vongrichten is the benchmark, but the out-of-town relatives enjoyed and at least there seems to be consistent quality. Fish and red meat both hit the spot on the entree side and we got into a reasonable Margaux ($78 for a '99 third growth?). Our waiter was very friendly and seemed to know the menu well but needed some occasional prodding. We ate outside on the sidewalk which is ideal if you want to hear the others at your table -- seemed rather loud inside while we were waiting for the to be seated.
By deborde2 on 11/25/2006
Just stopped in on a Saturday night for a quick drink. When we asked the bartender if we could sit at one of the 2 dozen empty tables in the bar for a martini, he refused saying, "we're pre-sold for dinner". Never mind this was 4:30 and the restaurant didn't open until after 5:00 for dinner. Once served--at the bar--he never bothered to return, ask if we wanted another drink, or displayed any remote interest in us. He was much more concerned with turning his back on the six others at the bar for the next 30 minutes, not once asking if anyone needed a refill, or if he could be of service. I live in the neighborhood, and have tried this place three times for dinner, all with the same general lack of regard. Skip Mareille and keep walking to one of the dozens of restaurants on 9th. You can do better.
By Lauren Berger (NY MAG) on 9/18/2006
While a bit on the pricey side for a simple evening out, I could not get enough of the delicious lamb cous cous recommended by our waiter (my friends also enjoyed their respective seafood dishes). In addition to the food, the cool, yet elegant, atmosphere made dining here an absolute pleasure.
By martin_chamois on 3/26/2005
While having never really fully exploring the real Marseille, but having spent considerable time in other cities in the South of France, I can state that the soul and sprit of Mediterranean region has been captured in Marseille on 9th Ave. It is not just the food; it is the design, the colors and the hospitality of a small brasserie in the center of any French Mediterranean city or large town. People come to enjoy the food, the conversation and the comfort of gems like this restaurant.
By emily1 on 7/31/2004
I was very excited to try Marseille but was somewhat disappointed. The food was okay but some dishes just didn't make sense. The service was not great (I had an empty glass of wine for 1/2 hour)...but they do try really hard. Maybe I hit it on an off night.
By mrobyn on 7/2/2004
I was excited to try Marseille during Restaurant Week; it did not live up to my expectations. The prix fixe $30.12 menu was a ripoff; the portions were so tiny! The trout dish was decent, but only about four bites' worth of food. My friend found the pork belly (again off the prix fixe menu) very unappetizing. Dessert was confusing- peanut butter tart with celery sorbet. I know the restaurant is striving for creative cuisine, but this combination was not good. The chef seems to really like vegetable flavored sorbets- I sampled tomato, cucumber and the already-mentioned celery. I found them all to be terrible. I left the restaurant starving.
By huntleysf on 9/22/2003
I hated the tiled dingy interior and the noisy crowd on a Friday night, but had to admit that the Turkish-Morrocan meeze were good, but the sea bass was dry and stingily protioned, the wines and dessert nothing special...this is a semi-successful Mediterranean bistro that is servicable but doesn't shine in any way.
By zeecee on 4/14/2003
The only appealing thing about this restaurant is the neon sign outside, which we found inviting. Once inside, the setting felt nothing like a south of France restaurant - just another theater district place to overpay and feel disheartened. Portions were small and the food wasn't seasoned well. My bouillabaise was mediocre, making me crave the one served downtown at Provence. Service was perfunctory and there was nothing charming about Marseilles, even to a couple who adore the south of France and its cuisine. Prices are high and they should do better.
By wudzee on 3/24/2003
The rock-shrimp falafel, the honeyed duck breast, and above all the incredible mahi mahi are little feats all in their own, as is the date angel food cake. But come for brunch o wise reader, come for the croque monsieur. Voila!
By christopherbailey on 2/28/2003
After the chef left Blue Hill, I'm convinced he got a chance to do what he wanted. Beef cheeks a must.