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Weekends in the City are always the best. After four years in Washington, I long for the change of pace, scenery, and social scenes that New York provides. Moreover, three of my best friends—Lacy, Dani, and Lindsey—are city gals. So, over Labor Day, when I was working on our Bitches Who Brunch expansion to New York, I was able to take in some QT with my best gals and some tennis at the U.S. Open.

Sunday, Lacy and I snagged day of tickets to Rock of the Ages on Broadway. It was a spectacular show for anyone who loves Broadway and 80s tunes. We loved it and had an absolute blast dancing in our seats. Of course, as this is Sunday, Broadway must be preceded by brunch.

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We located a French spot up the way from the theatre, and nestled in to a nice little brunch for two. The venue? Marseille, a brasserie serving up popular dishes of French, Italian, and North African influences on the Upper West Side since 2001.

The ambiance is a traditional American take on the French brasserie, not unlike in Artisanal in Midtown and Pastis in Meatpacking or Le Diplomate in Washington. However, the prices at Marseille are far more affordable than all three of these competitors.

As this is a French restaurant, we began with croissants—both the traditional croissant and the Nutella croissant. Because no one turns down a Nutella croissant.  The croissants were hot, buttery, and flaky, and caused by lap to be quickly covered in crumbs.

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In addition to the croissants, the restaurant provides additional carbs in the form of fresh slices of soft raisin bread and moist, fresh pumpkin spice muffins. Kudos to the carb-creativity.

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We also shared the tomato tart, which was a summer tomato soufflé, served with a frisée salad. I love a great frisée salad, and I happened to find the salad more enticing than the tart.

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For my entrée, I selected the mushroom pan perdou, a savory take on French toast with mushrooms and eggs. The dish was a Parmesan brioche French toast, served with mushroom ragout and a doused in a mushroom red wine sauce, then topped with two eggs, sunny side up. I was really excited about this unique dish and it did not disappoint.

For starters, I love the idea of a savory French toast: it was moist, eggy, and crispy on the outside and tasted strongly of Parmesan. Having not ever had a savory style of French toast, this came out exactly as I had envisioned and desired. The red wine jus, more of a dinner type of sauce, had a great flavor and drenched the dish, in a good way. Having brunched hundreds of times in the past few years, I was pleased with the innovation.

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Our server—a 30-something male—was great. He was quick, polite, and conscientious. Most importantly, he got us our bill and out the door in time to catch the show.

The Bitches say: B+. Good French cuisine at affordable prices—but nothing that knocked our socks off.

Marseille
630 9th Ave.
New York, NY
(Hell’s Kitchen)
(212) 333-2323

Marseille serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

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