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I'm going to stick to brunch at Flea Market

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I'm going to stick to brunch at Flea Market

Steph | Apr 8, 2004 12:05 PM

My husband & I have a number of French expat friends who live for dining at Flea Market (Ave A & St. Mark's). I enjoy their brunch, frequently, but I haven't had the best of luck with dinner.

Once a month (or more?), Flea Market has a Wednesday night prix fixe. We attended a Beaujolais Nouveau release party, a few months ago, and last night was a Lobster Party. The price was totally reasonable ($28.95 for 2 courses + wine), but the food was mediocre.

I've always thought it was difficult to screw up lobster, but Flea Market managed to do so. The lobster bisque had a nasty lobster-shell taste that salt couldn't even disguise. The lobster salad was a lovely toss of mesclun, citrus vinaigrette, & fresh lobster meat . . . very good. The lobster risotto was heavy on the grilled veggies (zucchini, eggplant, carrots) and al dente, but a little too gummy. The grilled half lobster was uninspired and messy, since it was served with neither lobster crackers nor a pick.

Fortunately, the wine was flowing for the duration of the meal - starting with a glass of champagne, followed by a glass of white and a glass of red, and ending with cognac. The server also kept plenty of Flea Market's wonderful crusty sourdough (fresh & warm) on the table.

In all, I guess I got a good deal for my $30, but I left hungry and disappointed.

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