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Posted by hungry on 02/11/2008
I booked a large table for lunch (15 of my co-workers and my boss wanted to celebrate a "win" that we had spent a lot of energy and late nights). They told me they could accommodate us but when we got there they were scrambling to shove tables together and it took over 20 minutes to get everything together, set the table and seat us. The restaurant was pretty crowded and understaffed. It took another 20 minutes to all get our beverages and place our orders for appetizers. The 1st course took another 20 minutes and not everyone's food came out at the same time. At this point it had been hour since we walked in, my wine and water glass were bone dry and I had only 3 bites of someone's "fishy" calamari. I was starving when the main course finally arrived another 20 minutes later but none of us were impressed with the overcooked steak, soggy french fries, "fishy" lobster and other "food" they served us. Through the entire experience the wait stuff was neglectful if not rude and not the least bit apologetic. And to add insult to injury we were slapped with an automatic 20% gratuity because of our large party. Trust me if you want to celebrate something do NOT do it here, especially if your boss is sitting next to you
Posted by Anonymous on 02/05/2008
My husband and I were frequent customers of Markt at the former location and loved it there! Upon returning to the new location we were very disappointed! When being seated for dinner, the hostess asked if the drinks we were holding were paid for! It felt as if we were being accused. The customer should be held in the same regard the restaurant wants to be seen. We will never return! Also, the mussels were just fair....
Posted by chelsea girl on 01/16/2008
I had been to Markt when it was still located in the far West Village and was very excited to try it again at its new (by now not as new) locale. I was pleasantly surprised that the decor remained the same: cute and cozy however, the service was horrendous! I had beer splattered on my sleeve and water poured all over my menu and coat. The busboys also began clearing the plates of my tablemates while i was clearly still eating. How rude! To top it off, the fries are not even crispy and all the fish I had (mussels and oysters) were extremely over fishy tasting...Not worth it! There are plenty more and better Belgian places in this city (that also have a larger beer menu!).
Posted by It's all about the food on 12/06/2007
Whent here on a Wedneday night to the 21st street location after Christmas shopping. What a wonderful stop! Great cozy room, attentive friendly service and the food was delicious. I had tuna tartare..excellent and a very generous portion easily enough for two. Main course was the skate, fresh, delicate and beautifully accompanied with a sauce that did not overpower the fish. The portion was just right. The coffee was really good and hot! I recommend this for a casual week night dinner with a friend or the perfect restbit after shopping in the hood. I can't wait to go back. Good for a group as well.
Posted by Belgian at heart on 11/17/2007
My friend suggested this place because he used to go when it was on the west side. I lived in Brussels for several years and this place is really authentically Belgian, both in decor and cuisine. Excellent mussels, perfect frites... served the right way. Very cool antique bar, and the beer list is long and very impressive. I barely got started on it, but I will be back!
Posted by carolyn on 11/16/2007
What a fantastic place! I had a friend in town and happened upon Markt after shopping. We sat down and were immediately greeted by a super sweet and funny waitress. She recommended a couple of beers (and then a couple more) as well as the mussels cilantro, and she was right. We each had a salad after and then the best warm chocolate cake I've ever had. It was a great time, you should definitely give this place a try.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/11/2007
I have always loved Markt for brunch (especially the french toast) but the last two times I have gone, my food has been served cold. The last time when I sent it back they put the french toast back on the grill and burned it and still served it to me! The quality of this once-great restaurant has gone downhill. The quality of the food is no longer worth the expense.