Marseille, Hells Kitchen, New York

A few friends and I went to Marseille for brunch for steak frites, omelets and pastries several years ago.

We decided to revisit Marseille, located off of Times Square, in Hells Kitchen, for dinner. The French bistro has a relaxed, cozy atmosphere, attentive service and well executed bistro food.

I chose the 3 course prix- fixe for $35 and started my meal with some bread from the bread basket and a garden salad, bibb lettuce, hazelnuts and vinaigrette. Granted, I swapped out the mustard vinaigrette for balsamic, but the salad was a bit too simple.

Moules Frites. The mussels with white wine, garlic and tomatoes were perfect, a balanced combination of flavors.

The frites were good, crispy and lightly salted, but I have had better.

My friend raved about her fish dish. She had the grilled salmon, white and green asparagus risotto with lemon and tarragon oil. I had a bite and it was heaven, salmon tender and well cooked, risotto was light and tasty. I wish I ordered what she had.We all split the Chocolate tart, with banana fritters and salted caramel ice cream. My favorite part of the dessert were the warm fritters and caramel ice cream and wish there was more of those to aspects of the dessert.  Marseille on Urbanspoon

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