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Marie's Mexican Bistro (Park Slope) -- A Report

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Marie's Mexican Bistro (Park Slope) -- A Report

abguy | Mar 10, 2003 09:16 AM

Visited this new Mexican restaurant on Union Street off Fourth Ave. and had a totally fantastic experience.

This isn't anything like the standard Mexican fare you see in hundreds of places. In fact, it's totally the opposite. Soon as we arrived, the owner/chef appeared at our table and gave is a little starter of mussels ceviche. We ordered an appetizer of sauteed portobello mushrooms and they were divine -- glistening with butter and so tasty. While we were having that we watched a waiter prepare homemade guacmole tableside and have to admit we wished we tried that. It looked so great, so fresh.

For main course, we ordered the red snapper, which is baked in an amazing salsa-type tomato sauce, and the enchiliada special, which featured one shrimp, one cheese and one chicken. Both plates were great as well. One of the enchiliadas was in mole sauce and it was the best mole I've ever tasted: spicy, yet sweet and a bit chocolately, nothing like the tasteless stuff you see elsewhere. The snapper was done to perfection.

The menu has what looks like standard fare -- a few paellas, a few enchiliada dishes -- but IMHO this place has a very high level of cooking. It's got ambition this place and often succeeds at offering very distinctive, flavorful fare.

The service was also good, very attentive and the room is small, cozy and romantic. We're definitely heading back there soon.

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