Market Cafe

Garment District

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In a Nutshell

An art-deco diner serves up casual gourmet and gluten-free offerings, including steamed mussels, housemade flatbread, and grilled quail

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Almost as pleasurable as a restaurant's food are the little rituals that go along with it: perusing the menu, anticipating the meal, and hiding under the table and grabbing passing waiters by their ankles. Drink in the whole experience with this Groupon.

$29 for a Continental Dinner for Two (Up to $73 Total Value)

  • One appetizer, such as handmade gnocchi or salmon tartare (up to an $11 value)
  • Two entrees, such as grilled idaho brook trout, roasted garlic chicken, or fettuccine with seasonal wild mushrooms (up to a $21 value each)
  • Two glasses of wine (up to a $10 value each)

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Market Café

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.

Customer Reviews

They actually had game bird on the menu when I went there (can't remember if it was pheasant or quail). The food was amazing, the atmosphere was unpretentious, and the service was top-notch. A pleasant surprise all around.
Mark G. · March 2, 2014
Excellent meal, good service, and nice place! Really enjoyed it.
Lisa S. · March 23, 2013
great service, good food, good relaxed atmosphere
Maria · February 28, 2013
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    Garment District

    496 9th Ave

    New York, NY 10018


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