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Posted by Lorrie Stuart on 06/21/2014
Arrived at The Marrow at 7:42 for my 7:45 table-for-two reservation, and ran up against one of the most dreaded events in NYC restaurant dining: "Hostess: you are the first to arrive. Would you like to wait at the bar." Me (surveying the swath of empty tables for two): "No, I'd like to be seated please." Hostess: "You are early (by now it was 7:43), we can't seat you." Me: "But what about all those empty tables?" Hostess: "Sorry, they are confirmed." I am not sure what she considers confirmation beyond a reservation for which I was present. The bartender was sympathetic, and called over the manager, who was very kind and tried to let the hostess off the hook by claiming that she was "trying to find a good table for you." But he seated me immediately at a perfectly fine table. My guest arrived immediately thereafter. Now, the food at The Marrow is perfectly decent, although not up to the menu descriptions; I would say that the bone marrow, which came with salmon roe and a variety of other garnishes, was a bit too-too. Our servers were very nice. But no restaurant at this price level should force an on-time guest to wait at a crowded bar when tables are empty. And then there was The Noise. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend The Marrow: high prices, okay food, and rude greeters do not make for a great meal.
Posted by Yorkville tower resident on 06/28/2013
Me and my wife ended up here last night by default. We couldn't get a table at Meme and it was raining. The place looked great through the window so we decided to give it a shot. We ordered a salad that cost $14. It consisted of a single green--not sure what kind--and two warm strawberries and mushrooms. I guess it was supposed to be "interesting" but I felt like I had been mugged. My wife had a chicken dish that she liked. My pork was grossly overseasoned. Save your money.
Posted by Lorrie Stuart on 05/07/2013
A friend and I went to The Marrow last night, and the food was a real revelation...delicious, with great thought to combinations of flavors and textures. My braised cuttlefish appetizer with a garlic bread slice under the buerre blanc was just perfect: the meaty cuttlefish slices still tasting of the sea and the sauce-covered bread slice still garlicky enough to bring a smile. And my bone marrow and uni was a dream dish even for the cholesterol-challenged. Service was lovely as well. What could be bad? The NOISE. Here is still another restaurant where the decibel level is unbearable, but the food is good enough to keep you going back, maybe with ear plugs.