150 W. 46th Street (Between 6th Ave & 7th Ave) New York, NY 10036
AMUSE-GEUULES Tartare de Thon Tuna tartar with spicy tomato vinaigrette Ris de Veau Grand - Mere Sweet breads with wild mushroom sauce Salade de Confit Canard Frisee salad with duck confit Saumon Fume et son Aumoniere Smoked salmon,begger's purse with capers, onions,eggs and tomatoes
SALADES & ASSIETTES
Salade de Portobello, Epinards et Artichauts Artichoke, portobello, spinach, salad Salade Niçoise au Thon Frais Salad Nicoise with grilled tuna Merguez, Salade de Couscous Spicy lamb sausages, couscous salad Salade de Poulet Grillé Grilled chicken salad Salade de Boeuf Grillé, Saveurs Asiatiques Grilled steak salad, ginger dressing
LES SPECIALITES Poulet au Vieux Vinaigre
Chicken fricassée in aged balsamic vinegar with spring vegetables Côte de Veau Garnie Veal chop, with chick pea fritters Steak au Poivre, Frites Black pepper crusted tournedos Boeuf Bourguignon Beef braised in red wine L'Entrecote de Bison Buffalo Ribeye Navarin d'Agneau Provencal Braised lamb shoulder, slow roasted provencal vegetables
LA ROTISSOIRE de Poulet, Frites Chicken Paillard Canard a L'Orange Roasted half duck with orange sauce
LES POISSONS Saumon Asiatique Salmon with bok-choy, miso soy glaze Thon Grille Sauce Vierge, Tian de Legumes Grilled fresh Hawaiian tuna with an olive oil, herb and onion vinaigrette, provencal vegetables
LA GRILLADE (Served with pommes frites) Hanger steak, shallot sauce Tournedos "Le Marais" with béarnaise Côte de Boeuf- Prime rib for one Le Hampe - Skirt steak
Without sounding over the top, Le Marais is simply one of the best kosher steakhouses in the country. Approaching two decades, Le Marais, which is named for a Jewish neighborhood in Paris, has been attracting dates, business people, tourists and theatre goers alike. Earning a very good “22” Zagat ranking, the guide exclaims “the quality meats happens to be kosher...a convenient provider of delicious beef at fair prices.”
Indeed, their cuisine, especially their steaks, are world renowned as they buy their meat straight from a master butcher who supplies them with the best selections. With a specific aging process, their customers are assured of getting the finest quality cuts. They are certainly on par with any non-kosher steakhouse. Owner Jose Meirelles, reflects on the establishment history: “When we opened the restaurant almost 20 years ago, there was a lack of kosher restaurants that knew how to properly age their meats. We offered the Jewish customer something that they never had before.”
In a turn-of-the-century French style wooden decor, the restaurant offers their guests a casual yet classy atmosphere. For your convenience, this rare steakhouse, well done, offers space for private meetings and parties in their upstairs dining room. Along with his rustic cooking, Long Island-born, Executive Chef, Mark Hennessey brings his C.I.A. training and years of kosher restaurant experience to Le Marais. What most people come for, Mark says, are the “La Surprise”- their butcher's cut and Tournedos Le Marais with bearnaise sauce. Creative daily lunch and dinner specials are commonly found on the menu, so be sure to visit often. Le Marais also features one of the largest international wine lists of any kosher restaurant, including many special bourbons, whiskeys, single malt and scotch selections.
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Check out reviews from our Great Kosher Restaurant Foodies Facebook Group:
Alan Broner- 08/29/07 The best bang for the buck in Manhattan kosher cuisine. Their Steak au poivre is to die for, and the fries are the best in the world. Noisy, busy, a perfect Manhattan bistro. Even the desserts are good.
Avra Keats- 03/23/07 Hi everyone,
The email that we have all been receiving about the unkosher activities occurring at Le Marais is pretty descriptive and disturbing in its allegations.
In addressing my own concerns I have contacted the OU and Le Marais to find out what is really going on.
Here is the story:
The evening mashgiach and the chef had a big falling out. When the owner would not fire the chef, the mashgiach resigned and started a smear campaign against the restaurant. The OU is still giving certification to the restaurant and has investigated the issues and found NO HALACHIC VIOLATIONS.
1) Shellfish- The rabbi alleges that the chef ordered shellfish and used it in the restaurant. In reality a new food delivery company for a restaurant next door made a mistake and dropped off the wrong package on a day Le Marais was closed to patrons, but open for construction. The box containing the shell fish was never even brought into the restaurant but left at the door. The delivery company admitted the error and has the invoice to prove it.
2) Unkosher Margarine- The chef of Le Marais ran out of margarine and went to a supermarket up to get some more. Upon his return the mashgiach saw that the chef had purchased OU-Dairy margarine. The dairy margarine was brought right back and NEVER came near ant food. The chef realized the mistake and since then has been even more careful, and relies on the mashgiachâ€™s advice for everything purchased in an emergency situation.
3) Strawberries- The claims that strawberries that had not been properly checked were used. This is just not true as the morning mashgiach, Rabbi Avrohom Keller, had cleaned and checked all the strawberries.
4) Turning on the flame- the daytime mashgiach, Rabbi Avrohom Keller, has never ever seen this in his experiences with the chef.
5) Beetles in the lettuce- The rabbi claims that the chef intentionally placed bugs in the salad. It is the mashgiachâ€™s responsibility to check the lettuce for bugs before it is served; yet, the chef he directs his anger wasnâ€™t even at the restaurant the night he claims it happened.
Again the OU has investigated and found these to either be slander or misunderstandings. The OU is still giving their certification.
I hope that you will trust the OU here as we do on so many of our products and trust the integrity of the owners of le Marais, who have been slandered for no reason other than the anger of a disgruntled mashgiach. What the allegations amount to is a bizarre reversal of the old Jewish â€śblood Libelâ€ť canard, as the chef and the owner of Le Marais are not Jewish, and are being accused of intentionally feeding Jews treif to satisfy some perversion.
After speaking with the owner of Le Marais and meeting Rabbi Avrohom Keller, a good man and trustworthy mashgiach, I hold them in much esteem for being so thorough in their investigation to get to the bottom of this. The daytime mashgiach stated very clearly that the evening mashgiach was warned repeatedly by the OU to stop making up his own rules about kashrut and stop the rumors and gossip he was creating, and to stick to the kashrut guidelines of the OU.
Rabbi Yakkov Luban and Rabbi Dov Schreier at the OU, prepared a defense of Le Marais and disgust over the slander. Go to ou's website to see it.
If anything changes I will be sure to let you know.
Clarification on Kosher Status of New Yorkâ€™s Le Marais Restaurant
Rabbi Yaakov Luban, Direc- 03/23/07
A few months ago, a mashgiach at Le Marais restaurant, Mr. Isaac Bitton, alleged that on several occasions, one of the chefs at Le Marais intentionally compromised the kashrus at Le Marais, and that he had been fired from his previous employment for that very reason as well. Mr. Bitton insisted and demanded that the chef be fired.
Over a period of months the OU carefully researched and investigated every accusation, and we spoke to all parties whom Mr. Bitton claimed had information. Obviously, the presence of an individual who is hostile to our kosher program would seriously compromise our ability to provide reliable supervision. At the same time, fairness dictates that if allegations are made against a Jew or non-Jew, the accusations must be independently verified before one is dismissed from his position.
The OU found no evidence of intent to compromise kashrus by this chef. People quoted by Mr. Bitton resolutely denied statements attributed to them. For example, Mr. Bitton claimed the chef was fired from Levana for kashrus infractions, and the management would verify that this was the case. We spoke to the management of Levana and they emphatically stated that this was not true. Mr. Bitton then said a sister of the management would confirm his allegation. She too said she had no knowledge of this matter. Mr. Bitton then claimed that he secretly tape recorded a conversation with the sister and she admitted and confirmed that the chef was fired for Kashrus reasons. The OU staff listened to the tape and at no point did she confirm the above. Initially, she denied that the chef was fired for Kashrus violations. After Mr. Bitton relentlessly pressed the issue, she said he should pursue the matter further with the appropriate parties, if he so desired. Mr. Bitton maintained that not denying the allegation was tantamount to confirming it. We considered it a misrepresentation to characterize this as a confirmation.
Other individuals who worked closely with the chef, such as the second Mashgiach at Le Marais, gave no support to the allegations. With the exception of Mr. Bitton, everyone found the chef to be cooperative.
Mr. Bitton developed amazing conspiratorial theories involving crime organizations to explain why people denied his allegations, and attributed dark and evil motives to sincere and honest individuals within the OU.
Mr. Bitton was dogmatic in his interpretations of situations and did not acknowledge the legitimacy of other opinions. We explained to Mr. Bitton that he was entitled to his opinion, but we do not have to agree. He insisted that his viewpoint is fact and not an opinion.
For example, in one instance the chef purchased dairy margarine for the restaurant (though it was caught before it was used). There is no evidence that the chef did not make an honest error. Indeed, the OU receives numerous calls from people who accidentally used OUD margarine in a meat dish. Mr. Bitton insisted the chef bought the product with malicious intent. In another case, a delivery of non-kosher fish (which was also not used) was dropped off at the restaurant over Shabbos while the store was closed. Mr. Bitton insisted that the chef made the order, though there was no evidence linking the chef to the order, and the fish company advised the OU that the delivery was made in error to the wrong customer. Once again, Mr. Bitton maintained that his interpretation was a fact and not an opinion.
Mr. Bitton threatened to make a public expose of this â€ścover-upâ€ť. The OU took a principled position and did not acquiesce to threats and intimidation.
In protest of our decision to not have the chef fired, Mr. Bitton voluntarily resigned from his position at the restaurant. Since then, Mr. Bitton and others have circulated e-mail allegations about this matter. Many of the statements are patently false, such as the accusation that the chef physically assaulted Mr. Bitton and intentionally placed insects in the food. In a private conversation with an OU staff member, Mr. Bitton admitted that this was not true. Another allegation is that the OU chose to defend the chef for financial considerations. This accusation is absurd. Had the OU insisted that the chef be dismissed, it would have had no financial impact on the OU, as Le Marais would readily have complied. Indeed, the easiest course for the OU would have been for the OU to ask the restaurant to dismiss this chef, and the whole matter would have been put to rest. The OU did not take this course of action because we felt that the kashrus of the restaurant was properly served and to dismiss a chef without just cause was unethical and immoral.
The OU stands firmly behind its supervision of Le Marais and the kashrus there is maintained in full accordance with OU standards.
Rabbi Yaakov Luban
Executive Rabbinic Coordinator
Stephen J. Savitsky
Dr. Simcha Katz
Chair, Kashrut Commission
Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb
Executive Vice President
Rabbi Menachem Genack
Rabbinic Administrator and CEO
Le Marais delivering to nearby hospitals for Pesach
Elan Kornblum, Publisher- 03/08/07 For anyone who has family or loved ones ill at this time of year, it might make things a little easier to know that Le Marais is able to deliver Passover seder meals to any Manhattan hospital. Of course, preordering is necessary by fax with cc.
Edmond Haddad- 02/07/07 This was one of my favorite restaurants until this past Sunday when we went for their brunch special. All 6 of us had problems with our food, from poor quality meat to burnt and funny tasting french toast....I am not sure if I'll go back again
From "The Restaurant Guy" - the answer to your question
Elan Kornblum, Publisher- 06/19/06
To the person who emailed us this question- you forgot to write your email address, so I am posting it here.
Your question was... My daughters high school graduation on Wednsday. We have 15 relatives attending and would like to go out for dinner at 9PM. Le merais is a favorite place but perhaps too expensive. Any suggestions??
My suggestions are......Abiagel's (Broadway & 39th) is very good, (classic steakhouse and as well as Asian menu) same kind of pricing as Le Marais but more roomy.
Colbeh (39 & 6th) is a fantastic Persian restaurant that has excellent combination platters for 2 or 3 people that will fill you up and not that expensive. Very nice ambiance but not as much room.
Wolf & Lamb Steakhouse (48th & 5th) is a nice looking place, good food and pretty reasonable prices for Manhattan
Or Mendy's (34th Street and Park Avenue) which has recently renovated, is a nice place with good food.
At Abiagel's, ask for Jigi
At Colbeh, ask for Simon
At Wolf & Lamb, ask for Zalmon
At Mendy's, ask for Mendy or Eitan
Let them know that Elan from the "Restaurants Magazine" sent you - they'll take good care of you.
Let me know if you need anything else and where you end up going. Mazel Tov on the graduation!
The following restaurants will be open for all or part of Pesach: (Pesach menus found on home page)
Elan Kornblum, Publisher- 04/11/06 MANHATTAN:
Abigael's- Seders & Chol Hamoed
Haikara Grill- Seders & Chol Hamoed
La Carne Grill- Chol Hamoed
Le Marais- Seders & Chol Hamoed
Levana- Seders & Chol Hamoed
Mendyâ€™s Restaurant (34th St.)- Seders & Chol Hamoed
My Most Favorite Dessert Co- Chol Hamoed
Park East Grill- Seders & open for lunch & dinner all days
Prime Grill- Open kosher for Pesach for lunch on Wed. before the Seders as well as the Seders & Chol Hamoed
Village Crown- Passover Catering only
QUEENS: Cho-Sen Garden-Chol Hamoed
FIVE TOWNS: Cho-Sen Island- Chol Hamoed
GREAT NECK: Cho-Sen Village- Chol Hamoed
GREAT NECK: Colbeh- Chol Hamoed
China Kikar Tel-Aviv- Seders and open for lunch and dinner on all days
Dougie's BBQ Miami Beach - Chol Hamoed
Grill Time- Chol Hamoed