Marseille

Marseille
Midtown West
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Merde. French-Mediterranean bistro Marseille, which was once an oasis for conventioneers and office workers in the midtown culinary desert of 9th Ave, while still bustling at lunch, no longer merits the crowds. Despite a seasonal abundance, a starter of rock-hard haricots verts is barely redeemed by its drizzle of Roquefort and watery crème fraîche. A tuna steak, while served rare as requested, had the meaty chew of a fish past its prime and typical moules Provencal is just that—typical. Rounding out the meal was a cheese platter that tasted like it came from a grocery store deli counter; a suspicion that was hardly allayed by the server’s response when asked to describe the offerings: After evaluating a distinctly marbled wedge, he opined, “That one’s blue.”
Venue name: Marseille
Contact:
Address: 630 Ninth Ave
New York
10036-37
Cross street: between 44th and 45th Sts
Opening hours: Mon 11:30am–3pm, 5:15–11pm; Tue–Fri 11:30am–3pm, 5:15pm–midnight; Sat 11am–3pm, 5:15pm–midnight; Sun 11am–3pm, 5:15–11pm
Transport: Subway: A, C, E to 42nd St–Port Authority
Price: Average main course: $22. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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