Marlow Bistro

4.4
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Sandwiched in between Harlem and the Upper West Side, Marlow Bistro is market-driven Mediterranean bistro. The chef, who spent time at Jung Sik, Alta, and Picholine (and staged at the award-winning Eleven Madison Park and Daniel), strives to create a warm and welcoming space with a passionate, yet casual, approach to cuisine.
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J
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it's always a great dinner experience, praised there tartar and old fashioned before ! a gem in the neighborhood.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice

E
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Marlow Tavern did not honor an Open Table reservation for lunch because they booked a private party for the entire space. They should have blocked reservations for the relevant time. At the very least, they should have offered to comp wine or dessert on a return visit. They lost my good will and I will not return.

EE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was just perfect!!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

That’s the second time I ‘ve been to Millows however, I was really hoping not to find the same rude staff working there as before. Well, turns out it didn’t happen, to be honest, was even worse then the first time, so I assumed this is Millow’s standard service quality.

I simply don’t understand why they kept pushing us to finish our lunch and get out of there so badly. The place was quite empty, with a few available tables yet and wasn’t closing time because guests here and there kept showing up. We just finished lunch, and the grouchy waiter put the bill on our table then return to pick up the folder and when he realized that we weren’t ready his reaction was even more unpleasant. He didn’t even offer a dessert menu, and we wanted dessert.

Of course, I am not stupid to go back for the third time to this place, but at least maybe through this review I can spare someone else’s time.

SL
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely space with gracious host and staff. Tasty farm to table options and an extensive wine list. Good choice for families, foodies and anyone who appreciates food prepared with care with the freshest ingredients.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience5

We had a rough start as the waiter didn’t come over for 45 minutes. Once we got the manager attention they recovered.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good meal. Decided to give it 5 stars (4.5 wasn’t an option) due to the quality of the food (and coffee) to be absolutely superb. I truly enjoyed the simplicity and perfectly balanced dishes we ordered.

Only issue, which really wasn’t an issue was the Brunch Menu was different than what is posted online (menu said Fall 2019).

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Duck appetizer was good. Lobster pasta entree was a small serving and was disappointing in flavor and texture. Service was very disappointing. My husband's pizza came out before my entree and he was half way done before my entree came out. My dessert menu arrived with a piece of tomato on it. Server just didn't seem engaged.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fabulous experience with delicious food and a warm and friendly staff. We will definitely go back.

B
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our favorite restaurant in the neighborhood. Solid food choices, excellent cocktails, nice atmosphere. Our neighborhood "go to".

BN
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time! Met with a friend. Food on point, service on point, drinks delicious. Would definitely come back.

ND
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Arrived with my 9-yr-old, and she deemed the pizza the best ever! When I go to Marlow, I feel as though I’ve been welcomed home by my family. Everyone is warm and accommodating.

M
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were very nice. They mistakenly included meat on our vegetarian pizza but were mortified that they had done that and comped us on the pizza. The food was delicious and the setting is very nice. We sat outside.

OT
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Scallops dish, octupus dish were tasty and done well. Great balanced flavor cooked perfectly. Outdoor seating is nice with a view of the Cathedral.

DL
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful beginning to end. Told them I was having a friend/biz meal....they could not have been more accommodating with the right amount of attention paid to us to impress my associate.
He was very happy to have come uptown from CPW for a “neighborhood” restaurant experience. As he remarked when we left, “this is what I miss about NYC when I stay in midtown”.
And this is exactly why I live on the UWS.

E
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The best restaurant ever at this lovely corner spot across the street from St. John the Divine and near Columbia. Focused, interesting menu that will satisfy any food issues, including a desire for very good food that is locally and responsibly sourced. Wine/beer list better than that at larger places . Staff is very warm and very professional - a thin line to walk. Have been here several times, most recently for a reunion with a dear friend that lasted hours. Looking forward to returning.

v
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely, charming Italian restaurant on a quiet corner on the UWS. Beautiful outdoor seating. Menu was average in variety but the food was good and the ambience even better. I will be back.

JB
Tampa
29 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a gem, eating outside on a balmy late Spring evening looking at St. John the Divine cathedral corner, after strolling throughout its grounds. Super pleasant service and delectable food, it captures the ambiance of Morningside Heights.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place, normal size portions, servers are knowledgeable and courteous.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience4

If you can eat foods exactly as they prepare them, then this is good food. If you have any dietary restrictions or needs, then go somewhere else. We were told tonight that the kitchen couldn’t even be asked about a special request varying the menu because they have a “house policy” against honoring such requests. Will be interesting to see if this attitude can survive a site and area that has seen significant turnover.

e
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our local favorite -- great for friends from other neighborhoods, and a nice spot for us mid-week.

AF
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible!!! One person got served when others done and meat was cold and raw
Will NEVER go back!!

AJ
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We booked because it’s near the Cathedral and were pleasantly surprised with it. Great ambiance and food. Great service too.

PT
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I have dined at Marlow many times. I've always enjoyed the food and the service is usually quite good. My most recent dinner there was consistent with my previous experiences.

n
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Our two "rare" hamburgers were so raw, they squeezed out the sides of the bun when bitten.
The table water comes tepid, without ice.
The tiramisu resembled tiramisu in name only. My father would have joked that it probably sat next to a real tiramisu.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a perfect venue

a
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Was a busy day and had difficulty getting seated/good service

Food was great and very fresh

EW
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance, excellent service, and --most important!--fabulous food!
We all had different dishes and they were quite spectacular!

A
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We went for half-price wine night but they had canceled it. The halibut lacked flavor. Their portions don't match the price. I had been there a few times and the quality has gone down. I won't go back.

F
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Octopus was exceptionally good although food in this Restsurant is 4-5 star. We were seated immediately in a nicely located table . I just wished that they have table cloths for dinner or during special occasion such as Mother’s Day ,Valentine’s Day etc .

Our waitress was very attentive and efficient ,Kudos to the chef.

It is an excellent Nieghbor restaurant

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Love the food. Service needs to improve

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Service was slow and indifferent. 20 mins to get water or menus. Host didn’t bring them right away even when asked - instead went to another table first. Service was slow generally, waitress forgot one persons food, etc.

s
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The service is strange

AL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best risotto I've had outside Italy. Five of us ordered it and loved it! The half price night on bottles of wine made it all even better.

S
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

What a perfect neighborhood bistro. The families are there earlier in the evening, giving it a warm vibe, followed by the adults later around 8. Food is super great. Service is super great. Love the wine by the glass list. All in all, a delight.

IK
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect food, perfect service!

R
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service was awful, we made a reservation at 830 for 4 people. We got there on time. The waiter said there were no tables available. the only table available was for 6 people and only for 6 people which we realized later was not true as only 2 people used the same table. Food was awful and the service the same.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our new, go to neighborhood spot. Good food, nice atmosphere and reasonably priced.

EB
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date spot. Lovely atmosphere and well presented dishes. Not bad