Yearn for a truly different restaurant? Then discover Marchi's a New York legend since 1930! No sign outside, no menu inside!
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Street parking available and garages just about on every block
Lexington Ave line #4 or #6 local
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine
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Marchi's will be Open on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day
Marchi's Ratings and Reviews
Marchi's is all about tradition and a di ...
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 ...
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.
We like the traditional meal. It's evid ...
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.
For an Italian restaurant, expected better food.
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.
Food good, service was less to be desisted
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.
Lack of waitstaff communication
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.
Lives up to its reputation
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.
Old & musty with slow waiter !
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.
no set menu no set price
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.
Incredible dinner in a beautiful setting!!!
We joined 8 people for dinner on the patio and had the most wonderful meal while sitting under soft lights and looking at the Empire State Building glowing in the distance. It was like wandering into a secret garden. What a great surprise and what a beautiful night to be in New York. We had excellent service and each course we were served was delicious. We will definitely return to this very special restaurant with a charming history.
We loved Marchi!!!!
Amazing Summer evening
After years of reading menus & eating just about the same food - it's a delight not to have a menu but enjoy a 7 course dinner brought to you one course at time one more delicious that the previous. Not rushed, great back ground music & a fabulous garden setting. You feel like you're in Italy... Certainly not in the middle of NYC ! ! ! !
Everyone should go here at least once
Marchi's is a New York institution. The last time I was there was almost 40 years ago and I wondered how it would stand the test of time. I needn't have worried; the food was still really good (especially the fish course and the roasted chicken), the service was still excellent, the owner was welcoming, and we never felt we had to eat quickly. It's a great place to go with family and friends. My only regret was that because it had been raining all day the garden wasn't open for dining. It turned out to be a beautiful evening and it would have been lovely to sit in the beautiful garden as the sun set and the lights came on in the Empire State Building (which can be seen from some of the tables). It wasn't very crowded on a Tuesday evening, and I hope that wasn't indicative of a trend. Don't hesitate to go there; even though it's a fixed menu, it's an adventure.
Fascinating place in Murray Hill
In a beautiful brownstone on 31st Street with very little signage, this is a hidden gem. The owners live upstairs, downstairs is a restaurant with no menu that has been serving customers for over eighty years.
The food was good, but if the menu never changes, I wouldn't want to come regularly. And this is NORTHERN Italian cooking...NOT red-sauce Italian. But I DO want to come back in the summer, when they get fresh vegetables and herbs from their own garden...and to enjoy outdoor dining.
Good wine list too.
We'll be back!
A classic gem-never grows tired or out of style!
Our family has fond memories of Marchi's from back when my husband would visit with his grandmother. Still the same "no sign out front and no menu inside"! We were visiting Manhattan from out of state and on a whim I made a reservation. The same family provides the same outstanding five course dinner that I enjoyed when first married to my husband.Intimate setting OR suitable for a big group celebration! Fun to sit down and just be served "the best of the house" and trust the menu. No work or decisions involved. It can handle any occasion. Feels like visiting a great family cook in Venezia-Giulia with excellent food and personal caring service. I cannot say enough good things. Hoping that rampant East Side development does not gobble up this delectable and welcoming piece of NY history.
a gem that has lost it's luster.
Years past Marchi's was the must visit at least once a year , and be sure to bring friends, lots and lots of them. The food, ambiance and service was to die for.
Now, just a few years later, this gem has lost its luster. Food just so so, and not the crowds as they were in times past.
The chicken was dry, the fish tasteless and the veal tough. How much fresh vegetables can you take for dinner?
Hope they will change some of the recipes, making 3 rating to a 5.
Like Stepping Back in Time
Marchi's has been serving the same food -- actually the identical, fixed, multi-course menu -- for decades. Pretty decent menu but you'd think that after all these years everything on it would be perfect but sadly it's not. It's all just barely good enough. An effort in the direction of refinement and a little more work on decor and they'd really have something, especially for the price they charge.
I have been going to Marchi's for over 5 ...
I have been going to Marchi's for over 50 years. The food is always great. Each course is better and better, but my Fav is the Lasagna with it's rich brown sauce is fantastic. The Fritter for desert " just says "come back
An utter disappointment
Nine diners in the entire restaurant on a Friday night. Food lacked the proper seasoning and therefore remained tasteless. Lasagna course was hampered by mushy pasta and a watery, unappetizing bolognese sauce. The meat served with the roasted chicken was unidentifiable and I found it inedible. Strips of fired dough sprinkled with powdered sugar (known as crostoli in the region the Marchis are from) were super oily and crunchy without being tender. Our families used to dine here on special occasions and the school I worked in had a retirement party here once upon a time. Food was tasty, hot, attention was paid to detail and taste. Now the place seems lackluster, weary and going through the motions instead of relishing the preparation.
I only went here because my friend had his heart set on it. We arrived at 6:00 on a Friday night, and were the only ones there. We left at 8:00 and there was one other couple there. The place was totally empty. The food was mediocre. The price high -- totally not worth it.
We went to Marchi's to celebrate a significant birthday...we were very pleased with the food. Everything was presented beautifully and was delicious! We were very happy. It was very quiet, perhaps because if was weekend after Labor Day and still sort of summer time. There weren't many people dining on a Saturday night. It appears that the restaurant could use a face lift. But, in honesty, we loved it.
20 Years Later
A little over 20 years ago, a wonderful business associate treated me to a dinner at Marchi's Restaurant. It was my first time in NYC and I couldn't have been more spoiled. My husband and I recently returned to NYC (8.22.14) for leisure. I couldn't wait to take him to Marchi's. I told him about the ambiance, the multi course meal (I remembered 7, but this time it was 5), the fresh (delicious) foods, the wine list, the class ... true Italian class. 20 years later ... We weren't disappointed! Although the decor is a little dated, the rest remains the same! A perfect, relaxing meal a world of hustle and bustle! A true Italiant restaurant from the "good 'ole" days ... We highly recommend this restaurant!
My visit to Marchi's was quite unique. I reserved a table in the garden for 7:30 pm on a Wednesday evening. Since this restaurant is in NYC I anticipated a fairly busy restaurant scene. Instead it was dead quiet. The restaurant must seat 150+ - when I arrived no one was seated in any of the dining rooms. My table for three was set perfectly in the garden however no one else was in the restaurant. It was an awkward feeling to be the only one there. Food was ok - service was good. Only one other couple entered the garden during my visit so it is impossible to evaluate the overall experience. My server said - "it's just a slow night".
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