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Veteran-Owned and -Operated Restaurants to Support in NYC

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated January 05, 2024

Celebrate the diversity of the restaurant industry! These Veteran-owned and -operated restaurants are proud to share their identity — explore spots to support near you.

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4.4
4.4 (666)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Southington
About the restaurant
Ideal Tavern is a Gastropub serving modernized, New American classic cuisine, craft cocktails and select beers in a charming, rustic atmosphere!
Top review
JTinCTvip
Dined on May 10, 2024
Love the popcorn cauliflower! Had salmon and short ribs, both were very good. Only issue is that it can be a bit loud, even outside of the bar area.
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4.5
4.5 (1426)
$30 and under
Italian
Montclair
About the restaurant
With over a decade in business, Fresco Da Franco is renowned for its warm and inviting ambiance, coupled with the unmistakable aromas of homemade Italian cuisine. As you step through our doors, you'll be greeted by friendly staff and an atmosphere that exudes both elegance and comfort. Whether you're looking to enjoy a romantic dinner, celebrate a special occasion, or simply unwind with friends and family, our restaurant and bar provides the perfect setting.
Our menu showcases the rich culinary heritage of Italy, with a focus on traditional recipes passed down through generations. To compliment your meal, our Bar Franco has an extensive bespoke Italian drink list carefully crafted by world renowned Italian mixologist Luca Cinalli. Our mixologists hail directly from Italy and bring you an unforgettable bespoke experience of a lifetime.

We look forward in welcoming you and creating lasting memories of exceptional dining and warm hospitality.

Cin Cin

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LisaW
Dined 4 days ago
A lovely birthday meal with a dear friend at Fresco Da Franco - the service was attentive and our waiter had a lovely sense of humor to match ours. The food was fresh, flavorful and prepared to perfection. My companion's short rib with polenta was like butter and my pistachio crusted scallops were sublime. We will be back!
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3.8
3.8 (17)
$30 and under
Comfort Food
Newark
About the restaurant
Enjoy comfort food and tantalizing dishes to inspire your palate
TRYP by Wyndham Newark includes Dutch’s Restaurant that serves up modern comfort food in a sleek setting. We also offer a breakfast buffet every morning, featuring hot dishes such as eggs and sausage, fresh fruit, pastries, freshly brewed coffee, and more.

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Paul
Dined on Dec 7, 2022
The food, service and drinks were great but I made a reservation a couple hours before we arrived and when we got there they had a private party booked and had no tables in the restaurant itself. We sat at a small table in the lobby and were treated great but taking reservations without space was suspect
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4.7
4.7 (153)
$31 to $50
Indian
Red Bank
About the restaurant
Bombay River is a culinary paradise. A modern Indian Restaurant that takes you on a flavorful journey. A river is symbolic of our own conscience awakening, exemplified by a harmonized flow of oneness that constantly moves and grows. Like the name, the menu will awaken your senses and challenge your imagination. You will be transported to an appealing setting while in the comfort of your own neighborhood. Unpretentious and relaxed, Bombay River is an effortless way to experience fine dining. One will taste familiar elements of the Far East combined with inspired new international flavors.

The owner and chef have a combined tenure of over 30 years in the hospitality and food industry. Together, they have developed a menu that redefines what is expected of Indian cooking while being mindful of today’s health conscious eating.

BYO mind and body, and join us on a culinary adventure down by the river – Bombay River.

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SheliaDvip
Dined on Aug 5, 2023
I had the veg samosa and tandoori shrimp! Excellent! I absolutely love everything about this restaurant. Food A+, Staff and servers A+. We went with friends last Saturday and are coming back with more friends this Saturday. To be honest, in the past I was not a fan of Indian food because of spices and heat. Vinny and Sam made sure my food had no heat and it was absolutely delicious. My friends aren't as picky as me and they loved their food too! It's a BYOB and a win win!
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4.4
4.4 (352)
$31 to $50
Italian
Matawan
About the restaurant
VOTED #1 FOR BEST ITALIAN FOOD ON THE EAST COAST BY BAYCITIZEN.ORG!!!


A Salute is an Italian restaurant & full service cocktail bar located in an 1850 Church on Main Street in Matawan, NJ (Three minute walk from train station). The 170 year old building has kept its character and warmth to provide a comfortable setting for families and friends to enjoy a great lunch or dinner. Seasonal outdoor dining with a full service bar and oversized patio.

Live Music in our Bar Area every Thursday- Saturday Evening.

Lunch Available daily from 11:30-3:00pm. Happy Hour daily from 3:00pm-6:00pm featuring 1/2 off drinks and select appetizers. Dinner begins at 4:00pm.

Weekday Specials
Monday- 1/2 off All Pizzas & Pastas
Tuesday- Free Select Appetizer with Purchas of 2 Entrees
Wednesday- Half off wines and whiskey


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OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Place was an absolute charm. Food was great and staff was very friendly!
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4.7
4.7 (1390)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Bayside
About the restaurant
The place to meet, eat and enjoy the finer things in life. Specializing in 21 day dry aged USDA Prime meats, Kobe beef, Australian lobster tails and offering a wide array of seafood and wines. Join us for our old world charm and impeccable service. Some of our reviews;
The New York Times 3 Stars "This steakhouse leaves no item overlooked...."- Crain's "New York's best pocket-sized steakhouse..."- Daily News 4 Stars "...outstanding service and excellent food that is imaginatively prepared..." - Zagat Survey "Mouth watering steaks...a true gem...a friendly staff..." - "Wine Spectator Award of Excellence"- "5 Star Diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences" - Newsday 3 Stars "a handsome slice of a restaurant...Queen's best steakhouse..." William Jack Degel honors his Godfather, the proprietor of Jack's, a 1930's prohibition-style Victorian speak-easy. At Uncle Jack's, where the motto is "Customer is King,” his legend lives on.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Best damn Margarita I ever had. Service and food quality are always on point.
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4.5
4.5 (1531)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Upper East Side
About the restaurant
Amali's ethos is inspired by the Mediterranean way of life, emphasizing vegetables, olive oil, cheese, grains, and fish. Our menu reflects the historical cuisines shared by modern day Greece, Italy, France, and Spain. Our wine list offers approximately 400 selections and has been called "daring" by The New York Times and "one of the best Mediterranean selections in Midtown" by New York Magazine.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Outstanding service, delicious dishes, and excellent wine recommendations. We'll be back!
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4.9
4.9 (119)
$31 to $50
Latin American
Upper East Side
About the restaurant
We have revamped our menu and completely remodeled our restaurant to make the dining experience even better. We are still serving the best Colombian cuisine in New York City along with some new Latin-inspired dishes.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 11, 2024
Very cordial and friendly service. Food was very authentic and seasoned with love. For a tiny restaurant that seats less than twenty inside, it definitely made a huge impression on me and my family. 💥
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4.8
4.8 (840)
$31 to $50
Italian
Forest Hills
About the restaurant
DEE’S
An Italian Dinner House with an American Twist

Offering a relaxed and upscale dining experience in Forest Hills, DEE’S is your casual neighborhood restaurant with a New York City feel.

Relaxed luxury comes together with our family friendly menu, white-table cloth service and upscale decor creating an inviting and affordable respite from the everyday hustle.

Whether your looking to share a wood-fired pizza or savor a three-course meal, DEE’S is your urban familiar escape to joyfully gather with friends and family.

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John
Dined 2 days ago
Always consistent food, service and staff are outstanding.It’s our go to place.
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4.1
4.1 (11)
$30 and under
American
Long Island City
About the restaurant
Our exclusive outlets at Vista Long Island City, are making a statement. Our restaurants are busy with business people for breakfast,lunch and dinner. Come in to Michael’s Café, where you can relax and enjoy your meal on our fabulous patio or have a quick bite at the bar while enjoying a savory and relaxing drink. Enjoy a karaoke moment with your friends while having some drinks, or make a good casual presentation with group of people where you can have the service of food and drinks at the same time. Make your Sunday brunch a great morning out or feel tropical while enjoying a frosted mojito next to our tikki bar while surfing the web or checking your email with our free wi-fi service .
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SteveG
Dined on Nov 19, 2023
Good traditional breakfast with efficient service. Well done
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4.8
4.8 (390)
$31 to $50
Turkish
Hell's Kitchen
About the restaurant
As far as authentic Persian experiences go, Turkish Cuisine in the Hell's Kitchen District really cannot be beat. Once you step foot in this place you will feel that you have been transported direct to the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. The donor kebabs are highly sought after, as is the Turkish coffee for lunch. With the abundance of fresh vegetables served with every dish at Turkish Cuisine, you really cannot go wrong.

For a cultural experience, consider taking the family to Turkish Cuisine for your next gathering. The menu contains a bit of everything, so even the most discerning of taste buds are likely to find something that appeals. Consistent", "tasty" Turkish fare at "reasonable" rates make this Theater District veteran a "delightful" choice "pre-curtain". Full review Zagat. Turkish cuisine has a beautiful heated backyard seating area .

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DouglasP
Dined on May 8, 2024
Always rest service and food was outstanding . I had the chicken with yogurt
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4.4
4.4 (3)
$31 to $50
Indian
Park Slope
About the restaurant
Its generally difficult to find a restaurant that does justice to Indian cuisine but Joy Indian Restaurant has been able to do this consistently in the Brooklyn area. Focusing on being authentically Indian, diners will only find Indian foods on the menu, including the kachori chat in the appetizers, the mulligatawny in the soups and the firni and gulab jamon in the desserts as well.

The menu features classic Indian dishes such as Aloo gobi, Saag paneer, Biryani, Korma, Chicken Tikka Masala, Makhni and Roghan Josh. The menu also features has different vegan friendly options, also including fresh vegetable curry options too. While Joy Indian Restaurant has a nice, quiet dine-in option, it also offer different options such as a home delivery for people who want to enjoy their Indian food in the privacy of their home.



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GaborKvip
Dined on Dec 22, 2022
Excellent and Authentic Indian Food The ambiance is at best modest but the food is superb. Having lived in London for long where you are spoiled with great Indian food I was very happy to find this place.
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4.5
4.5 (836)
$31 to $50
Greek
Southampton
About the restaurant
Calissa's menu focuses on seafood and Greek dishes such as whole grilled fish, lobster pasta, lamb chops and Mediterranean mezze. Our wine list has been awarded The Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator.

Discover the quintessential Mediterranean ritual of Aperitivo this summer in Calissa's Spritz Lounge.

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1travellervip
Dined on May 1, 2024
Lovely surprise - wonderful staff, excellent food!
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4.7
4.7 (450)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Stapleton
About the restaurant
The Richmond features is the perfect space for an intimate Saturday evening out or a casual group gathering. A beautiful covered garden patio allows you the opportunity to dine alfresco.

“With custom-made, Bauhaus-style, leather chairs and wooden block tabletops, earth tones are the underlying color scheme. But the eye may zero in on a few points in the room -- the teal-hued banquettes, a pulley fan system and massive windows salvaged from a Brooklyn factory. These function as partitions in the dining room.” -Pamela Silvestri

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
We love The Richmond. Great food, service and drinks!
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4.3
4.3 (894)
$30 and under
Mexican
Theater District
About the restaurant
Tito Murphy’s is a lively cantina offering authentic Mexican Cuisine in the heart of the Theatre District on Restaurant Row. It’s the perfect location to enjoy fresh authentic food, amazing drinks and a great atmosphere.
We will do our best to honor seating requests, but can not guarantee seating in specific areas at this time.


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MarkusT
Dined on Jan 2, 2024
Nice Restaurant with nice atmosphere. Food was good. Waiter could be a little bit more attentive e.g. take the empty plates away, remember the orders.
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A photo of Julius' Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (67)
$30 and under
American
West Village
About the restaurant
Julius is a bar that has a lot of history. This structure has been welcoming folks since 1840, first as a grocery store, and then, in 1864 as a bar. It was built in 1826 on the corner of Amos Street (West 10th) and Factory Street (Waverly Place). Since then, we;ve started a variety of traditions at our bar.
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JBone
Dined on Oct 21, 2022
The server Chad was one of the most attentive servers I’ve ever come across. And he shared the lovely history of the bar which gave us chills. The burger was fantastic. Good, chill music. Not super loud. Very affordable.
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4.6
4.6 (304)
$31 to $50
American
Westbury
About the restaurant
Located in the Vanderbilt hotel and residences, Juniper's new American menu is inspired by the bounty of Long Island. Our award winning beverage program focuses on domestic wines, craft cocktails and of course, dozens of gin offerings from around the world.

Juniper offers six unique private event spaces including our poolside patio, lounge, and two private dining rooms with a balcony.

Juniper's sister restaurants include Amali (Manhattan) and Calissa (The Hamptons).

Juniper features live music on Thursday nights.

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Roslynitevip
Dined on May 12, 2024
Absolutely delightful atmosphere, terrific food and drinks. Enjoy a pleasant evening dining with great service.
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4.6
4.6 (162)
$31 to $50
Argentinean
Hell's Kitchen
About the restaurant
Palermo NYC
Argentinian Steakhouse.
Executive Chef, Carlos Barroz.
Mixologist. Daniel Villanueva
Sommelier. Orhan Cakir

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LarryBvip
Dined 6 days ago
This restaurant was exceptionally accommodating to our large (7 persons) party. We had several people with not perfect English, so we appreciated the relatively quiet atmosphere that allowed us to converse easily. Food was excellent, especially the tortilla espanola and the beef empanadas. Local beer (Quilmes) is tasty. Steak, chorizo and morcilla were also very delicious.
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4.3
4.3 (130)
$31 to $50
American
Buffalo
About the restaurant
Welcome to The Barrel Factory Kitchen! A scratch kitchen with delicious snacks, sandwiches and dinners - perfect for a date night, or a large group of friends. Explore the 120 year old Barrel Factory which has been lovingly restored and filled with antiques, factory artifacts, and a warm inviting atmosphere . With 46 taps, we have all the craft beers you're looking for, and of course our own House Made Vodka, Rum, Gin and Whiskey. Add hard ciders, house made seltzers and you're in beverage heaven! Did we mention 3 patios and a cigar porch?
AS you walk in you'll immediately smell the delicious dishes that Chef Cornell Williams is cooking up just for you - always fresh, local and vegetarian/vegan friendly.
Experience the Old First Ward in the landmark Barrel Factory!

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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Dec 9, 2023
Boozleberry salad! So fresh and delicious. Enjoyed every bite
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3.5
3.5 (89)
$31 to $50
Jamaican
Douglaston
About the restaurant
Cove is a full service restaurant located in Rosedale NY. Cove's mission is to serve our customers by bringing an upscale dining experience to Rosedale. We strive to bring our customers the best quality Caribbean Cuisine with great flavor, hospitality and ambience.

Known for our great seafood we at Cove take pride in providing our customers with the best Caribbean inspired seafood dishes. We are not the traditional Caribbean restaurant as all our dishes are made to order and served beautifully.

Cove's unique design can be described as trendy yet contemporary. The subdued lighting gives the restaurant a warm and cozy feel. Whether it’s hanging with friends, going on a date, birthdays or anniversary celebrations, Cove is the best place for great food & drinks.

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TanayahH
Dined on May 11, 2024
2nd time coming food is amazing! The staff always make sure we’re good and the music is a vibe
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4.5
4.5 (1099)
$31 to $50
Chinese
Garment District
About the restaurant
Curiously nestled behind an enigmatic mural in Midtown, behind a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it door stands Sei Less, a newly minted Asian fusion restaurant. With close proximity to Madison Square Garden and the Garment District, Sei Less is the new hot spot that all fiveboroughs will be talking about.

Designed for evenings of enviable cuisine and distinctive revelry, the spacefeatures seating for 350 guests juxtaposed with a meticulously curatedcollection of modern art and clean lines, alongside traditional, hand carved Asian design elements in an homage to the architectural pagodas ofgenerations’ past.

The curated Pan-Asian menu with a one-of-a-kindcocktail experience as well as mocktails, for the sober-curious set, isdesigned to enhance every evening. In addition to the main dining area,the venue will offer 4 private dining areas to accommodate private parties and events.

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Jenn
Dined on May 13, 2024
The food was delicious! The price was expected at an upscale Chinese restaurant in Manhattan. Better than the food was the service. Reid our waiter, was on point with checking in on us, making sure everything was ok, that all of our food came out, etc. In line with the service was the ambiance. We loved the dimness, decor and atmosphere inside the restaurant. However, the last part of our dinner, the music got louder, which was a bit disappointing. But we understand there were more people in the restaurant and the music was probably turned up to drown out the conversations happening all around. As far as the music...soft rock, classic R&B, some select Hip Hop and AfroBeats were all appreciated. ELIMINATE TRAP MUSIC! Not appropriate for ANY dining experience, especially when children and mature adults are present.
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4.7
4.7 (118)
$31 to $50
Mexican
East Village
About the restaurant
Serving upscale Oaxaca and Regional Mexican Cuisine with a twist; along with imported artisanal mezcal and tequila handpicked from various regions of Mexico. IXTA Cocina Mexicana + Mezcal Bar located in Manhattan’s lower east side (LES) on Bowery.

Get away from the hustle and bustle of New York City and step into the jungle of our enchanted Tulum themed Mexican Restaurant. Combining savory housemade Oaxacan moles and freshly sourced Mexican cuisine created by executive chef Francisco Blanco.

Our handcrafted cocktails are artfully created from the finest selection of local and imported liquor, including different selections of mezcal, tequila, and rum—including some specialized IPA and wines from Mexico. All our specialty cocktails are alchemized with exotic herbs and spices, and seasonal fruits.

Join the celebration and experience IXTA for yourself!

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visitorvip
Dined 5 days ago
Food was not great but was good. Civichie was much too salty and wish the fish taco could have been grilled vs battered/fried but overall the rest of the food was nice. Nice interior, large seating and nice staff.
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3.4
3.4 (42)
$31 to $50
American
Financial District
About the restaurant
Elevate Your Experience at Highwater Rooftop. Discover One of the City's Premier Destinations for Elevated Socializing.
Perched atop the vibrant Hotel Indigo on Wall Street, Highwater Rooftop stands as a beacon of urban sophistication 25 stories above the bustling streets below. This enchanting rooftop oasis is designed to cater to a diverse array of social occasions, from casual after-work drinks to the most elaborate celebrations. Whether you're planning an intimate bridal shower, a lively bachelor or bachelorette party, or a memorable birthday bash, Highwater Rooftop provides a backdrop that promises to turn any event into an unforgettable experience.

At Highwater Rooftop, we're more than just a bar; we're an experience. An escape from the ordinary, a place where the skyline is your companion, and the city's lights twinkle like stars just for you. Join us and rise above the ordinary.


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AshleyB
Dined on Apr 11, 2024
Amazing Views and Absolutely loved the Espresso Martini Flight! You must try the hazelnut one!!!!
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3.7
3.7 (7)
$30 and under
American
Jersey City
About the restaurant
Enjoy refreshing cocktails and seasonally-driven eats sourced from local farms.
Gather your family & friends or spark new connections at our modern lounge & bar.
Whether you're from Jersey City, Hoboken or beyond, our neighborhood hideaway will become your new favorite place to socialize.

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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Nov 11, 2023
The place is nice, we were the first ones there and attended to quickly. The food was good, I have the social breakfast, scrambled eggs, potatoes bacon and wheat toast. All of it wa good but ootwtoes could have been softer. A few people came nothing crazy and was still pretty quiet ok a Saturday at burinch time. Doesn’t seem like a busy area for a big crowd to come but it’s a nice restaurant, modern touches and chill vibes.
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$31 to $50
French
Rockaway Park
About the restaurant
Steps from Rockaway Beach, Bar Marseille is a Provence inspired restaurant, bar and rooftop with ocean views.

Named after the famed port city in southern France, Bar Marseille celebrates the eclectic collection of flavors that can be found along the Mediterranean coast.

Bar Marseille's menu highlights classic Southern French cuisine such as Grilled Sea Bass, Roasted Half Chicken and Niçoise salad, as well as bistro classics such as French Onion Soup and Steak Frites. Bar Manager Danny Trujillo oversees our popular cocktail program which highlights French and Mediterranean spirits.

Our wine list features over 100 French, Mediterranean and Domestic selections.

Bar Marseille hosts live music every Friday and DJs every Saturday.

Happy Hour is from 3 - 7 PM at the bar including drinks specials and $1 oysters.

Our rooftop is open from May through October.

Bar Marseille's sister restaurants include Amali (Manhattan), Calissa (Hamptons) and Juniper (Roslyn).

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PhilipE
Dined on Nov 2, 2023
We made a reservation for the 5 course meal with pairings of Natural Italian Wines. The entire evening was the best experience so far at Bar Marseille! Superb food, wonderful wines and lovely service.
A photo of Le Melange restaurant
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Syracuse
About the restaurant
Le Mélange (translation) THE MIX.
We are not fine dining, we are vibe dining!
We are a micro-restaurant serving a modern Mediterranean American cuisine with a twist. Pull our doors open and you'll see us smoking dishes, setting food on fire and sizzling desserts throughout the night! Our music is louder than a library or tea time, but you won't be disappointed as to our music selection. Our 65 seat restaurant tends to scream happy birthday louder than anyone else in Syracuse. So grab a seat at the spacious bar, enjoy one of our sexy (and we know it) crafted cocktails.

Take a break from reality, break bread and boundaries with us!


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JonA
Dined on Jul 28, 2023
Great food! The service was amazing, extremely professional and knowledgeable about the menu items. Looking forward to what’s in store in the near future! Hopefully the level of food and professionalism of the servers will carryover in the new location! We were made to feel welcomed as soon as we walked in to the time we left and never rushed! Great experience!
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$30 and under
Contemporary Italian
Peekskill
About the restaurant
ROCCO'S DOWNTOWN
(Previously Hudson Room)
Family style Italian now in downtown Peekskill!

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WilfredoM
Dined on May 14, 2023
I had the most amazing time at Rocco's, a place where you could bring families, when you can bring colleagues, and where you can be on your own and received a stellar service. For Mother's Day it was one of the most beautiful moment, seeing families coming for fine dining. I salute the entire staff of Rocco and I commend them for a great job well done
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