There will come a day when humans will be forced to eat their way through giant escargot. Charge up your chompers with today’s Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of food and drink at Market Café, located in Hell’s Kitchen. This Groupon is not valid toward happy-hour specials.
Market Café offers fresh, gourmet French-American fare in the greatest collaboration between the two nations since Victor Hugo wrote America the Beautiful. Start dinner with the seared sea scallops ($10), served over potato puree with brown butter, before advancing toward the restaurant’s entrees. Market Café culls its main courses from the pastures of the Atlantic and the coral reefs of farms, offering foodies favorites such as a pan-roasted Atlantic cod with oyster mushrooms ($19), roast garlic chicken with creamed potatoes and spinach ($19), steamed mussels ($16), and a grilled skirt steak with pesto butter and spiced fries ($19). Tunnel through the homemade three-tiered chocolate cake ($9) for dessert, or marinate your mouth in the Market Margarita ($9), just one of the restaurant’s cocktails. Market Café also serves lunch and weekend brunch—for an additional $12, guests can enjoy unlimited mimosas, Bloody Marys, and an assortment of other brunch drinks.
Market Café isn’t coy about its fondness for fresh food: it uses only the top ingredients, 98% of its menu is gluten-free, and no preservatives are used in food preparation. Snare a seat in the restaurant’s tiled, diner-esque interior, and turn your ears to the “on” position for Market Café’s live jazz night, held every Saturday from 7–10 p.m.
Market Café was featured as Tony Tantillo’s Dining Deal on CBS 2 News:
Market Café garnered a Critics’ Pick from New York magazine as well as a great write-up from Time Out New York. Seventy-one percent of Urbanspooners like it, Yelpers give it 3.5 stars, and Citysearchers give it four. > * For those unlucky souls sentenced to work on the far west side of the garment district, Market Café provides culinary salvation from the ubiquitous dingy delis and fast food tourist traps. – Sandra Nygaard, New York > * Market Cafe, a modernized, civilized Art Deco diner with gleaming Formica tables, cooks up incredible seasonal food. – Time Out New York
The smells don't match the scenery at Market Café. With a modest exterior and a formica-tinged, art-deco theme on the inside, the venue seems like a traditional diner. Yet the aromas sneaking from the kitchen bely a more complex story—one of daily-made flatbread dough, pork burgers stuffed with cilantro, and sautéed tiger shrimp. These are but a few of the protagonists on a continental menu of made-from-scratch plates. The café's stress on in-house prep and signature touches—such as the loin-of-pork sandwich's housemade butter pickles—defies its unassuming design, offering what New York magazine calls "culinary salvation" from the area's standard eateries.
In addition to prioritizing housemade fare, Market Café caters to dietary restrictions. Its gluten-free menus draw from many mainstay listings for brunch, lunch, and dinner, and diners can also sub gluten-free noodles and buns into regular pasta or burger dishes. Much of the café's press homes in on its generous desserts—specifically the chocolate cake, a three-layered slice big enough to split between several people or act as a doorstop until someone gets hungry. The decadent confection pairs well with offerings from the fully stocked bar. Fresh blueberry purée and lime juice mix with gin in the blueberry gimlet, and the Dirty Goose—Grey Goose vodka, vermouth, and prosciutto-stuffed olives—preserves an avian motif that began with dinner's grilled quail served in a red-wine reduction.
496 9th Ave.
New York, New York 10018Get Directions