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Posted by anonymous on 10/23/2005
I just spent an evening at demarchelier with some friends, when we first came in we had some wonderful cocktails at the crowded bar. There really was a great vibes going on with some french lounge music, then we sat and had a typical french dinner with a superb pepper steak, excellent snails and very fresh fish like the dover sole and the monkfish, the dessert were delicious, try the crepes suzettes. The wine list offers a great selection of very good french wines at a very reasonable price and a great selection of calvados brandy, specialty of the manager we heard! The service was very friendly and attentive. We had such a great time, no wonder it's packed every night.
Posted by Jon on 10/20/2005
As "uppereastside" mentions, it's NOISY at dinner. So much so my companion and I had to stop talking. And then there's tribal beat music - more appropriate to Chelsea - on top of the din.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/21/2005
I visit Demarchelier at least a few times a month and have introduced it to many friends. It's a lively, neighborhood bistro where the food is excellent (try the sirloin steak with pepper sauce), the music is fun and the crowd is very welcoming. It's a great place to make new friends - either sitting at a table and eating a 4 course meal, or sitting at the bar and trying the great selections of wines by the glass with the friendly bartenders. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/14/2005
The crowds of well-heeled Upper East Siders know a good thing when they wait for it: this is a lively, dependable place to enjoy a classic bistro meal. My relative who lives nearby took me there, and for her, like the others, it serves as a neigborhood bar and grill. Despite some comments here, I found it reasonable for the price, esp. by UES standards. Our fish was a generous portion well cooked, and main courses came with a nice side dish of three delicious veggies, incl. a yummy mushroom mousse. These days, it's rare to find a place that gives you ANY side dishes, let alone a nice trio. The wine by the glass prices were mostly in the $7-9 range, cheap by NYC standards. Service was bistro-brisk but friendly. Maybe you have to be a regular here, but we had a very good meal and a pleasant time.
Posted by uppereastside on 08/20/2005
Demarchelier could fill a very important niche in the Upper Eastside with a tiny bit of attention to detail--but unfortunately, they miss. The food is OK but not really good. The service is OK, but not terrific. The loud music and television in the bar do a great deal to destroy any atmosphere they might hope for. So why do we go? We've gone for years, it's in the neighborhood, and we hope that it might get a tiny bit better, but even in the sameness it's a fun familiar spot.
Posted by 'tayo on 08/05/2005
The food wasn't as good as advertised, and the waiters are so snooty and snobbish that it makes the food even less appetizing. A disappointing experience it was considering how tempting it looks from outside. Now, I have to make my girlfriend refund the thoroughly undeserved generous tip she forced me to leave at the table.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/01/2005
The food is delicious at this warm, friendly and wonderful restaurant. It most certainly seems like a trip to France, filled with interesting and lively people who seem completely at home. The steak is some of the best in the city and the champagne seems to flow endlessly. I strongly recommend this place, you'll want to keep coming back!