Fresh, locally sourced ingredients imaginatively prepared. Light, airy and cheerful. Unpretentious, yet sophisticated food. We'll be happy to return.
Yummy, reasonably priced food served by a lovely staff. What more could you want?
Nice decor and ambiance. Good flavor, slightly more expensive but worth the experience.
This was our first time and we were pleased. In particular the carbonara and the risotto were great. The wine list should be a expanded and the tables should be rearranged for easier traffic flow. I am sure we will be back.
This was our first visit to Marlow and we are now big fans! Everything about it was wonderful...food, service, ambiance, wine, bar scene. I can't wait to go back!
The outside of this restaurant is very inviting. Although the service was very good and three out of four enjoyed their food, the noise level interfered in our conversation. Reportedly, he salmon was very good as was the risotto. However, the Duo Chicken consisted of chicken breasts shaped like two small hockey pucks and another part of the chicken that looked and tasted like it had been pulverized and stored in a can. Perhaps they should stick to a basic, tasty pieces of chicken as that is the protein of choice for many diners. It was listed to come with parsnips which turned out to be two skimpy pieces that were smaller than a typical french fry. While they offer expresso and cappuccino, disappointingly they do not serve decaffeinated expresso.
This was my first visit since the place changed hands (was previously the Bistro Ten-18). The food and service seemed the equal of its predecessor, although I'm not sure I approve of the interior rearrangement, moving the bar into the inner room, and moving all the tables into the outer room.
We had a late night dinner that was very good with great service even though the place was unusually busy for that time of day. This is excellent bistro food at super reasonable prices. We'll definitely be returning.
We love Bistro Marlow - great ambience, excellent food, friendly service
Nice addition to the neighborhood.....limited menu but I'd order most entrees. Bar is in separate room from dining room in case you just want to hang out at the bar. Service needs a bit of an update. For example, we ordered a bottle of white wine which was not put in a bucket to keep cool during the meal.
We went to see what had taken over the restaurant that used to be there and we were pleasantly surprised. I had the chicken duo, he had the steak and my god were both plates delicious! We will be back!
Disappointing and a good first meal a few weeks ago. Server was dismissive and inattentive - had to ask for bread and water three times. Told us specials then told us they were sold out, brought out our main course while we were still finishing appetizers and then ignored our table and didn't clear it or check on coffee for 40 minutes (we kept count). A waste of an evening and not returning. Understaffed and poorly serviced.
This restaurant is one of the best options I know for a quiet evening with friends in the Morningside area. The food is truly outstanding--true innovation with different tastes in all our appetizers and entrees, all really, really good. Was kind of disappointed in the cocktails. None were amazing and one that was ordered (the "Westside") was undrinkable, both for the person who ordered it and everyone else at the table who tried it. And the wine list right now is pretty small and relatively expensive (don't go expecting a special on a house wine or something like Max So-Ha's 20$ bottle deal). So looks like some room for the quality of Marlow's alcohol to go up to meet the stellar quality of the food.
Also, our particular server was pretty bad-plenty nice, but just really inattentive and not great on advice either (didn't seem to know the food well, also recommended the infamous "Westside").
That said, overall we'd definitely come back. Nice ambiance and noise level along with superior food, and definitely can find something to drink that will go with all that.
Had a great dinner at Marlow . It was two of us, and while table side was crowded, we had the bar pretty much to ourselves. Had a excellent burger, tuna tartare and then after a few drinks and chatting we decided to share a Truffle pizza which was excellent.
Spent several hour eating, chatting and drinking - exactly what we were looking for.
Recommend this place highly.
It's beautifully done and the staff is very good. I would recommend this restaurant for sure to friends.
Everything was absolutely delicious and the service was divine. A delightful experience for a gastro-Snob.
Our dinner at Marlow Bistro was superb - excellent food, wonderful ambience and friendly service. Highly recommended!
Food was very good (esp. pasta (cavatelli?) w/ goulash and branzino. The setting is pleasant too. However, the service was poor (I gave it a fair because I've had worse). Problems included: 1) although we had a res for 6, restaurant seemed not to have realized this and, as we waited, put together a round and a square table, which created awkward positioning for conversation; 2) Cavatelli I ordered without sour cream had sour cream. 3) Spoon requested to remove sour cream (rather than wait for dish to be re-made) took several minutes to arrive, while everyone's food got cold; 3)Parmesan cheese and pepper similarly took quite a while; 4)One person's cocktail was forgotten, and even though my friend reminded the waitress, the drink did not arrive till midway through the meal.
I would have given Marlow Bistro all 4 stars but there was quite a delay between our salad and our entree. Plates of food kept going past our table even though we arrived and were seated before all of the tables. The timing of orders was definitely off that night!
Great food, wine and cocktails for moderate prices. Excellent, knowledgeable service. Very nice bar and comfortable, uncrowded seating throughout whole restaurant. Lovely decor. Portions are people (not pig) size. Highly recommend this place.
Extremely gracious staff - delicious food - lively atmosphere without being overbearing - we went for Christmas Day dinner and could not have been more pleased. We will return again and again in 2017.
The place was crowded and noisy the menu very limited however the food was great
Great food and bar. Pizzas need work. All those fixings slide off. Service is very spotty. Dishes are cleared far too early and diners are left in limbo far too much. And please get decaf coffee.
Food was very good. We enjoyed the chicken, Bronzino as well as the tagliatelle. Hazelnut dessert was also quite tasty. Service, however left something to be desired. After being seated, we noticed that only the ne diner had been given a dinner menu. After we were served, No one checked to see if our dinners were satisfactory. Tea was served with no spoon, and there was a very, very long time for the dessert menu. We had to track down the server and request that she bring it. Very disappointing.
Since it opened just a short while ago, I've been eating here often -- sometimes alone, sometimes with friends. The menu -- though not extensive -- is interesting and inventive: there are some items, like the Balkan goulash, that were new to me, and others, like the hamburger, the branzino and the steak, that were familiar, but always put a new spin on an old favorite.
Service in general and bar staff in particular, is great.
This place has a lot of potential, they just have to work out some kinks. Nice atmosphere, good food, friendly service. Not enough staff though, no water brought to the table, and main course came out while still eating the appetizers.
My wife and I went to the Christmas Concert at St. John The Divine Cathedral and were looking for a place to go for a late (for us) dinner. We found this adorable bistro and had really wonderful food, terrific service, and met the warm and wonderful hostess, Elena, from Macedonia. Her husband is a co-owner of the restaurant and we chatted with her for some time. She was just great. We definitely will return when we are in the neighborhood, or we may ravel uptown (Amsterdam and 109th Street) just to have another great dinner. Thank you, Elena!
Great cocktails. Beautiful space. Food was pricey for what you get and service friendly, but spotty. Drinks came out after food, despite being ordered first.
Will be a great addition to the neighborhood once they iron the kinks out.
Hands down, best steak I have had in Manhattan.
This was perfection. A lot of times for NY strip steaks restaurants go with veiny strange cuts of meat. This was NOT the case here- had a great but of meat, not in enormous proportions, allowing for the seasoning to sear through and permeate the meat with flavor. The wine reduction was done perfectly and the carrots were a great complement to the dish. We have had steaks at just about every steak house in NYC... this was a great meal!
The atmosphere is casual, but the food is not. This is a perfect casual date place, and a much needed addition to the rows of pan asian food in Manhattan Valley! Marlow just scored a regular customer!
They were in the weeds when we showed up for a reservation. 20 minutes later we sat. Service was somewhat spotty. Their pizzas need work in composition. All toppings tend to slide right off. Cheese should be on the bottom acting as glue..But interesting food. My salmon with beans was terrific.
I had dinner at this place before going to an event at Columbia. I'm pretty sure it's new, and think it will become known as one of the more solid choices for meals around the university (where reliably good options for non-students can be elusive). The food is very solidly done American fare. Lamb chops were nicely prepared (medium rare, which a lot of places mess up) and flavorful. The guy I was eating with had a skirt steak that was better than that: an aged piece of meat with an unusually tasty red wine sauce. We were eating quickly so couldn't sample much more than that, but I have a very good feeling about the place.
One thing: the night we were there they were training a new staff member who couldn't answer every question about the food (but was very nice and apologetic about it). That seems like growing pains; I don't expect it to persist. On the other hand: while the restaurant was very quiet that evening, I don't expect that to persist either, as more people find out about it.
The owners and management of Marlow Bistro are wonderful. We are big fans of their other restaurant on the Upper West Side (Cibo e Vino) and were excited to try their new one. The items are creative and flavorful. Two of the the appetizers we had were outstanding -- the shaved Brussels and polenta and the pate en croute. I will go back for future occasions.