Restaurants, French Hell's Kitchen
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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
Address: 630 Ninth Ave
New York
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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Stephen L

Easter Sunday brunch brought me back to Marseilles on Ninth Avenue after many years. Oddly, they offered no holiday specials, just the regular menu, an Americanized version of classic French bistro fare. The dining room is bright and loud, so conversation is difficult. The service is satisfactory, but not exceptional. I had the Omelette Americaine (ham and cheese): salty and light on the cheese, with canned ham cubes, served with pesto potatoes and some greens. None of us were impressed with the food, and declined to order desserts.

Adam V

Warm atmosphere, interesting menu, exhaustive wine list, and adequate service - make this place a standard for the pre-theater crowd, and one choice among many for everyone else. The place has strange acoustics, and the tables built around the whole floor, which makes it look a little chaotic, but overall it is well lit, well maintained and quite clean. The wait staff alternates between over-attentiveness and standoffish; nothing in particular, but we were asked a couple times for a wine order, and then had to ask for a passing staff member to refill our glasses more than once. It's the little things that stand out, because in reality the cuisine was good, there were varied options, and it was reasonably priced (given the location, and the aesthetic they were trying to mimic).