We have been coming here for 40 yrs. Service and food are always fabulous. If I had an Italian grandmother it would be like going to her house. It’s our special place whenever we’re in NYC.
Marchi's is an institution and lives off its reputation. The 1930s style allows for a red decor that anywhere else would have long gone and the absence of a bar area and the slow initial service means this is no cocktail place.
The food is basic Italian, but very well done. There a few salads scattered through the meal, limiting the amount of cooking that needs to be done to serve five courses to a number of large tables. First course was a plate of raw vegetables and dessert, hugely disappointing given the wide range of potential Italian options, a fruit bowl and pastry. Judging by earlier reviews, this latter option is unchanged in over a decade.
The restaurant is a favorite of regulars and so, if you are not one, be prepared to be passed over, even after you have asked specifically for things, such as more drinks. Some will revel in the long lunches and the old fashioned styling , but know what you are getting.
There was one table of 3 people when we got to the restaurant. The rest of the restaurant was empty and remained empty. We were placed at a table next to the other occupants. Really?
I’m not used to eating lasagna without red sauce. I guess it’s northern Italian. I didn’t like it. The rest of the meal was ok. Fish was good. It fried. I would’ve preferred more vegetables. The beans were good but the beets tasted like they cane out if a can. Our waiter was quick to serve family style and any leftover food took away. I mean they give you a lot of food but I only ate what I liked so I would’ve preferred he not be so hasty removing any additional food left over after serving.
The dessert of fried dough in powdered sugar or ribbons of dough was delicious.
Honestly I think they do a big tourist lunch and should probably close for dinner. I felt like I was imposing there.
Won’t go back or recommend.
Literally went here for my anniversary with my beloved gf and the food sucked.
You'll leave full and feeling like you'll never neeed to eat again. Five courses will do that to you. But legit, you can get better food anywhere else.
Total food + experience worth $60 per person? No. Absolutely not.
Positive part was that service was great and fast.
Once a grand old lady, she's now become tired -- even with a little musty odor. It's such a unique restaurant and the food remains good, with lesser portions. I particularly missed the deboning of the fish -- it's now a portion of deep fried fish. Also, a jacket is no longer required. Sad, but I guess it's another sign of the times. The owners remain very gracious (and have aged better).
True authentic Italian. Our family has been going there for over 40 years. Was quiet for a Saturday night but everything was delicious and it's a pleasure to be able to talk to one another without having to shout, as is the case in so many places these days. This restaurant is old world and we hope it never changes.
Classic, old time but well-kept, intimate restaurant. Fixed menu without choice may be troublesome to some - definitely not the place to go if your seeking dining adventure. Food high quality and
Host friendly but disappeared after (warmly) greeting us.
Great! Would go again. Friendly staff.
Charming and delicious. Plenty of time to relax and enjoy each course.
A classic home style restaurant. Deserves more publicity.
Marchi's is one of those New York City treasures. The service is impeccable. The sole menu is unique with all of the varied dishes prepared perfectly and consistently every time.
Not what I was expecting. Food was like food straight out of their home fridge. Fish tasted like dirt. Not a good experience. I will not return not recommend. They need to change their whole approach.
We have been to Marchi's a number of times, typically for special occasions -- birthdays, anniversaries -- or when we have had special friends from out of town visiting. This is a hidden gem. The fixed five-course menu is just perfect. They have a wonderful selection of wines both by the bottle and by the glass.
First visit in a long time and was just as we remembered, food may have been a bit better than before! If you are looking for new and updated, don't go here. If you are looking for good food, great service and an authentic, iconic experience, this is your place!
Third time here in 22 years - this is a place for special occasions - the menu is rigidly set but everything was tasty and portion size was more than adequate . If you go with expectations of fancy cocktails and choosing what you want to eat , then this is not your place . If you want a traditional meal well prepared go to Marchis and enjoy . We were concerned about their popularity it was a Friday night and the place was empty . We had been here many years ago when it was a busy bustling restaurant - hope they are still generating enough business to remain a fixture in the neighborhood
Food is delicious, plentiful and unique. Dining room is dated and could use an uplift.
Unique dining experience. It's unlike anything else that your likely to have. Fixed courses that haven't changed in 60 years, all very good.
We have visited Marchi's several times over the last two decades and in many ways it has improved with age. The food is incredibly fresh - and starting dinner with this enormous platter of fresh melons and veggies is simply lovely. The service is super and although I forgot to inform them that one of our guests was a vegetarian, they jumped right in and cooked something appropriate just for her without complaint. The perfect thing about Marchi's is that one sitting dining means you can enjoy a leisurely dinner, chat with friends without screaming over the person next to you, and if the weather cooperates, dine outdoors with barely an ambient noise. We had to cancel a previous reservation because my husband took ill suddenly; I had ordered a special cake and a table for eight. They cancelled with nothing more than we hope he is okay and refused to let me pay for the cake I had ordered. A class act all the way.
As always, excellent service, ambience and food.
Marchi's is unique with its no-menu dining; The same
meal everyday. However, what surprised me after my first
visit was that it all felt fresh, new and of course, tasty
The folks there are lovely.
Marchi's is a staple in Manhattan and many have come to love it over the years. The food still holds up and the presentation is memorable. Outside dining is nice enough, so, no complaints there.
Walking through the dining room to get to the outdoor dining is enough to make you want turn around and go somewhere else. It's not the long walk to the back, it is the awful smell of Mildew. It can't possibly be healthy for people with respiratory issues. the decor is beyond tired, it is downright sleepy.
For such a successful restaurant with serious staying power, not to renovate and update is shocking. A face lift would really attract the younger crowds that haven't had the experience.
It will be a long time before we return if at all. Shame...
A must-visit place for you and your family! Great food! Great service! Great venue! Love the outdoor garden with the Empire State Building in the background!
Fabulous 5 course meal. I would only recommend it for outside dining room under the stars. Inside is dreary and should be remodeled.
Excellent family owned business. I have been dining here since I was a kid and I am now 59!!! Very relaxing and the food is outstanding.
Marchi's is all about tradition and a dining experience that needs reviving. Family-owned for generations, it serves a set menu of five courses (officially, but actually more like eight or nine when you count up the various side dishes). The wine list is reasonable, meaning that you can get something with a little age on it and not pay a historic price. For me it is the nostalgia of revisiting a place where my parents held their wedding reception.
This is not the restaurant you go to if you're looking for the hip cool trendy place. But it is the restaurant you go to if you're looking for a wonderful meal served in an old world European environment by people who know what they're doing when it comes to Northern Italian food.
Excellent dining experience all around. Hope to re-visit and will recommend to friends!
We like the traditional meal. It's evident from the clientele that the tradition is dying literally. Soon Marchi's will also. They would benefit from introducing menu options including fewer courses and a good interior makeover. The exterior is marvelous, appealing space that could be leveraged to attract a younger crowd for socializing, drinks and light fare. No reason why modernizing while keeping the tradition can't work.
Probably one of the most interesting eating experiences I have ever had! We ate rather early because we came from a Broadway matinee. The place looks like your grandma's house. And the dinner was reminiscent of a meal at grandma's! (And when do you ever have a bad meal at grandma's house???) There is no menu here, they just keep bringing out food. It would probably seem bizarre to be presented with a platter of crudite with a big bulb of fennel on it, unless you come from an Italian family. Also, the bowl of fruit at the end of the meal may seem odd, unless that's what your Italian grandma did! But what struck me most was the price. 5 courses for 3 people, plus two bottles of sparkling water and one bottle of wine for under $300 in Manhattan is nearly unheard of.
Great food. Don't have to think about menu. Food and ambience haven't changed for over 40 years. It's great for special occasions
There isn't anything as not this restaurant that was enjoyable. The food was just ok and way too pricey.
Salad display was good but not practical. No one is going to open the full head of Celary and start cleaning. Huge full heads of greens are set on big platter, not sure how they could have been cleaned, no dressings. Tuna salad was dry & stale.
In main course the chicken was not done well. Vegitarian plattaer was a joke.
Dessert, there was nothing to talk of. Web-site says Tiramisu. Nothing.
They can charge more but it should be an experience which it was not. Place was empty, I dont wonder why. Staff was very good & friendly.
We went to marchi on Christmas Eve for dinner. We enjoyed most of the food but they were very unfriendly- never wished us a Merry Christmas, I asked for another drink the server was rude- actually yelled at us and said he needed the whole order at once as he didn't want to keep going back and forth to the bar, and then never brought the drinks. Overall they were rude and even though we tipped 20% we felt the server didn't deserve it.
I first went to this restaurant 50 years ago and it hasn't changed. Five courses, all good in their original Townhouse location. This is a wonderful throwback to another time.
As the waiter served the last meat dish, he just placed a piece of dark or white meat chicken in the diners plate. He did not ask a preference, and as a table of four , all of which preferred white meat , two people were disappointed. I feel they should be able to accommodate this preference. The servers plate of meat should have been large enough to satisfy all preferences, not just four pieces of chicken, two dark and two white, also a bit on the skimpy side.
Having moved away from the New York area many years ago, it was heartening to return to Marchi's and find the food, service and atmosphere all that I remembered. Better yet, our group of seven which included all ages agreed with me! They aved all night about the quality and presentation of the food! Our waiter Eddie gave us fabulous service and then as a surprise at the end of the evening lead us out to the patio, closed for the winter, to show us the nearby Empire State Building, which was lit in the NYC Marathon colors. What a sight.
Made a reservation on the recommendation of a friend (who had not dined there) - 3 people, Monday night at 7pm with a request of the garden. We were the only 3 in this huge restaurant, the garden was closed. The inside felt very musty. Food was adequate on a prefixed menu, but a huge bowl of celery and veggies should not count as a course. No bread, complained about the toughness of the veal with no acknowledgement. Got to see the garden which is very beautiful, had to walk thru the kitchen that made the experience even worse! It is a fabulous piece of real estate, but really needs some help.
From Aus thought it would be great to go to namesake restaurant in New York. The food courses were nothing special, food we cook at home. There was no menu bad luck if you did not like what was being served, but there was a wine list. I think the price for the meal is overpriced for the style of food served would have expected more in the dishes served and presentation. Also for such a large restaurant with so many dining rooms, the only area with patrons was in the garden total of 10 people max, the remainder of the restaurant was empty.
Not the dining experience we were expecting
First: the garden in the back is lovely. If, heaven forbid, the evening had not been a perfect summer night, if, heaven forbid we had had to be inside, we would have left in haste and looked elsewhere. The inside is old, musty, with an odor of tired furnishings and a depressing emptiness. The food was fresh and plentiful, but served by a wordless server one dish after another and of course, no choice. The owners I read , live above the restaurant. They are trying to amortize the property I guess, but it will soon be sold and then someone else will have a chance to really run a restaurant as it should be run. If that happens, we might go back out of curiosity, but until then we'll stay away in droves!
This resturant was so relaxing. 5 course meal was awesome and you don't feel stuffed. Felt great not to have to make decisions. Only issue was that we went during the hotest day of the year in New York so it was very hot --it would have been nice to have a few fans around to make it more comfortable.-- They don't have a big wine list for dinner...would have liked to have more of a variety of drinks and wine to choose from.
Service was aweseome...I will definately go back but not on such a balmy and hot evening. --Prices were great for New York.