Bar Marseille Comes to Rockaway

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 Start your weekend off with brunch with the girls, indulging in crepes or Croque Madam—a croissant topped with black forest ham, egg and bechamel. Maybe enjoy a lunch with the family, treating mom to Salad a La Lou Lou, complete with haricot vert, pistachio pesto and arugula or a classic favorite of French Onion Soup, and dad to a burger and beer or broaden your horizons and transport yourself to the south of France by trying Marseille’s specialty—Bouillabaisse, a Provençal fish stew complete with cod, shrimp, mussels, fennel, saffron rouille and toasts. Take your significant other on a dinner date and share oysters on the half shell, entrées like fish en papilotte—a steelhead trout, miso butter and asparagus dish wrapped like a present in paper, steak frites with the choice of cut, or chicken provençal—a chicken dish perfected with white wine, thyme, orange and turnips and artichokes on the side. Maybe enjoy a simple night on the rooftop, sipping on rosé or gin cocktails, or one of the 120 selections on the extensive wine list, while indulging in bar snacks such as deviled eggs topped with a crispy shrimp as an extra surprise or boursin goat cheese or olive tapenade to dip baguettes into. Whatever the experience, it’s yours to choose at Rockaway’s newest restaurant, Bar Marseille.

Located at The Tides at Arverne By the Sea (190 Beach 69th Street), Bar Marseille is the latest restaurant to come from the Civetta Hospitality Group, the same folks who brought the Italian and Mediterranean taste of Amali to the Upper East Side and Greek delicacies to Calissa in the Hamptons. Now the team of James Mallios, Kylie Monagan, Tanya Saxena, and Michael VanCamp – with Executive Chef Nicholas Morales, have brought their delicious culinary talents and award-winning wine program to Rockaway with Bar Marseille—named after the port city of Marseille in Southern France. Having visited Marseille itself to find authentic inspiration, the team presents a French, bistro-inspired menu with strong coastal influences that focus on seafood, to a Rockaway location with ocean views.

“Our preference with restaurants is to come into a neighborhood that needs a neighborhood place where you can come for breakfast, lunch or dinner with family or a significant other, a place that does a lot for different people. This neighborhood has a lot of history but is going through a change and we saw a lot of potential with the number of people moving in and we were excited to be a part of that landscape,” partner Kylie Monogan said. Beechwood, the group that developed Arverne by the Sea, presented them with an opportunity to do something with its restaurant space that offers rooftop views at its newest development, The Tides. “We’ve had a good relationship with Beechwood, and we were excited to do a project with them. The location was attractive to us because it’s near the ocean. It has a lot of potential with the mix of natural beauty with the ocean and that industrial part where you’re sitting on the terrace and you can see the A train go by, but you’re still near the beach. It’s a unique environment and it reminded of us the French city of Marseille, which has a lot of different cultures as well and we found a parallel between there and Arverne.” The chef even enjoyed the area so much, that he moved right above the restaurant.

Being so close to the ocean, having a mostly seafood-based menu felt like the right fit, especially in a neighborhood that specifically lacks a seafood restaurant. However, Bar Marseille offers a little bit for everyone, so all can come together to enjoy the experience, no matter their preferences. Guests can also have a choice of where to enjoy their meal or drinks. The space boasts a rooftop space that can seat up to 50 people on low and high tables and even on beanbag chairs in lounge areas, plus an indoor space on the first floor with a large bar as the central feature and outdoor patio space, both with 75 seats, so people have plenty of options for indoor or outdoor dining.

While coronavirus pushed back opening plans, Bar Marseille officially opened on Thursday, October 1, just in time for indoor dining to return to New York City. “It feels great to finally be open. We’re excited to bring something new to the area and between messages on Instagram and people walking up and asking when we’re opening, I feel that this is a really sorely needed restaurant for the area, so I’m hoping that we can become part of the fabric of the community soon,” Monagan said.

As the new place navigates ever-changing coronavirus restrictions, Bar Marseille will change as well. Taking advantage of the outdoor rooftop space, as the weather grows colder, the partners are planning to add heaters, plexiglass and covers to address rain and wind. However, there are plans to add a bar to the rooftop at a later time when more indoor dining is permitted. They also hope to offer live music in the future. Reservations are encouraged and delivery/pickup will be available for those looking to enjoy food at home. To meet demand, Bar Marseille will be hiring locally.

Bar Marseille is open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; and on Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, brunch service is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with bar snacks and drinks available from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Happy Hour is available from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Reservations are accepted through OpenTable and walk-ins are welcome. Delivery is available via GrubHub and UberEats within 15 miles. Visit www.barmarseille.com for more information or call 718-513-2474. Follow Bar Marseille on Instagram (@barmarseille) and Facebook: (/barmarseillerockaways).

By Katie McFadden

 

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