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Marks Bros Restaurant Inc - 26 Reviews - 79 Saint Marks Pl, New York, NY - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (212) 979-2680

Marks Bros Restaurant Inc

79 Saint Marks Pl
New York, NY 10003
(212) 979-2680
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I'm Japanese-American and lived in Japan for six years so this review may not represent the average American opinion. However, I often take my friends there (non-Japanese) and the...


Ambience - very nice. Looks like I've stepped back into a hacienda. Shame about the food and service. Yes there was a party going on at the time but it was only around 10 peopl...

Pleasantly surprised 3/12/2008

I got here late so the party i was with was already sitted downstairs in this little japanese styled booth.. I was put off at first by the fact that i had to take off my shoes but the whole sitting indian style thing grew on me. Most of the food we had was on par with the rest of the japanese restaurants thats around st marks place. Their drinks were a little light on the alcohol but thats about it...Nothing here that stands out to much but still give it a shot Pros: Good prices descently fast service Cons: food doesnt really exceed any expectations more

worst food in the east village 2/28/2008

we went to this place based on some of the other reviews. we were aware there were good, and bad reviews. well, i have to say, put your trust in the bad reviews! this place stinks! it's too crowded, which creates an uncomfortable atmosphere. after a long day of work, you want to feel relaxed, not like a caged animal that's about to be served up. and the food was terrible. and the service also sucked. maybe because we 're not asian, which is the majority here. i don't know. we should have walked out on the bill cause i hate wasting money. if you're looking for great food & drink in this area, and great staff & atmosphere, definetly go to telephone bar on 2nd avenue. never had nothing but a wonderful time there. more

Go for the food, not the service. 12/8/2006

I'm Japanese-American and lived in Japan for six years so this review may not represent the average American opinion. However, I often take my friends there (non-Japanese) and they usually love it. This is a great restaurant., but I see that not everybody thinks so and I guess that I can understand why. Pros: Probably one of the best places in the city to go for Japanese bar food Cons: Service is not that great more

Can't disagree more with the bad reviews 10/4/2006

While I will admit that they get very busy and the service can get very slow during those busy nights, I have never, ever been treated rudely by any of the staff here and I've lost count of how many times I've eaten here. This place is very affordable especially considering how incredibly fresh the food is. If you want top-notch sushi and don't want to pay ridiculous prices, this is your place. As someone else mentioned, they cater to a mostly asian clientele, so don't expect Americanized food or you'll be disappointed. I can't imagine what kind of food the bad reviewers were expecting (one person mentioned Asian-American cuisine which tells me they don't have a clue about japanese food--maybe they should stick to the chinese take-out places or Teriyaki Boy). Someone else said the stuff in the local deli is better--also a hopelessly clueless person in my opinion. The fish here is as fresh as in some of the most expensive places in the city that I've been taken to. Masago looks so fresh and shiny that the eggs will burst if you touch them, unlike the shriveled up orange stuff you see at most cheap places. Unfortunately, last time I went here the menu had been downsized a bit, but the food was just as good as always and the place quickly got packed. Get there early if you want to beat the crowd or late if you want to miss it, and then maybe the service will be better. But remember they are all Japanese here, if you feel entitled or snobby or put off by people who don't speak perfect English waiting on you, you should probably go elsewhere. If you're friendly and patient, you'll leave very happy and want to come back. Pros: the sushi is amazing, full bar with huge sake selection (hot and cold) Cons: gets crowded, caters mostly to asian crowd/staff speaks limited English more

Good True Japanese Food 7/5/2006

Ignore the negative reviews! Pros: Food, wait time, location! Cons: service a little slow but allowed you to chat and laugh and enjoy... dont go on a holiday! more


a party of 2 w/o a reservation who came after us got seated before us. the food was horrible. we got a 'japanese pancake' that was just eggs and misc stuff tossed together and smothered with tonkatsu sauce. octupus balls that were dough smothered in tonkatsu sauce with a tiny chunk of octupus. we should have waited for a table at go across the street or gone to crif dogs instead more

good small dishes to go with your alcohol 4/20/2006

ive been here a few times and have always been happy. its farther east on st marks so its less crowded than yakitori/taisho, or kenka. pitchers of kirin are cheap (~$13). theres a great deal of variety and specials so get a bunch of small plates to go with the alcohol. i highly recommend their fried food! spring rolls ($5) are tasty fried translucent skins stuffed with vegetables and seafood. beef & potato croquettes ($5) are satisfyingly salty. slightly seared raw beef ($7) comes nicely marinated and with a side of spicy sauce. omu rice (chicken onion tomato rice wrapped in an omelette) is a cheap ($9) way to fill up. sushi is ordinary stick with the regular bar food. service is attentive. yesterday, 3 of us split 5 dishes and a pitcher and the bill came out to be $50 (including tax and tip). not bad at all! Pros: spring rolls, inexpensive, variety Cons: dim lighting, can get loud more

Typical Americans.. 3/5/2006

The negative reviews stunned me.. I love Typhoon. I've always found the staff very polite, but maybe that's because I make an effort to pronounce dishes correctly and be polite back. I can imagine if you just want some ""sushi"" (and you think ""sushi"" = maki) and ""teriyaki,"" then yeah, you're going to be disappointed. But the fact that the restaurant is always filled with Japanese should indicate how good it is. Best of all, they have an extensive selection of sake and all of their liquor is really well-priced. This is the only restaurant I've found in the city so far that serves shochu cocktails.. and they're $4.50-6.00 each! That's one of the cheapest cocktails in New York. If you want a treat, try the momohai (white peach flavoured shochu cocktail), because it is to die for. Pros: good, authentic food, great atmosphere, very large menu Cons: average sushi, stupid customers more

Typhoon Was My Doom! 1/3/2006

I used to trust City Search reviews but now I don't know. My bf and I read some of the good reviews on here and decided to check out Typhoon. Instead of a great evening out dining on some highly anticipated Asian-American cuisine, we ended up having one of the most frustrating, teeth-grinding, disappointing night of our lives. To top it off, the food was HORRIBLE! First of all, I think we could've seen Haley's Comet..TWICE..during the time we waited for our food. That wouldve been fine if the service was there to make up for it but the staff was INCREDIBLY rude! Finally, when our food came, it was so unpalatable that I wouldnt even dare to feed it to wild animals. I feel bad whenever I have to do this but I just feel like I have to warn other diners about this restaurant. Cons: long wait, rude service, bad food more

Bad Service is their Specialty 1/2/2006

Don't let the long wait fool you. The reason for the long wait is due to the uncomfortably small space. The staff is INCREDIBLY RUDE and once you are seated your food will take a very long time to prepare (even if the restaurant is partially empty). Once we got our food, it wasn't any better than any sushi you would get at your local deli. My out of town guests were treated with the utmost disregard and we all had a very unpleasent experience. If you are a masochist and wanted to be treated with humiliation and with bad food, then this is the place for you. If not -- go to any other reputable resturant in the city. more

Love It! 11/9/2005

My bf and I love the food. The fresh slice of beef for the shabu shabu with great sauce--one is a radish-type of soy sauce, for $35. It's good for 2 people. Juicy fresh clams cooked in rice-wine for $8 (more than a dozen ); it has the best nabiyaki udon in the area with great soup base. The udon isnt the kind you can get in any Asian markets. Salmon cherishi (in half-size) is good portion with hugh chuck of fresh salmon for about $8 as well. I'd recommend to order the hot food--really is comfort food The atmosphere is noisy and , at times, some people can be rowdy after they're bit drunk. Bad ventilation so it'd be the best to go there in winter. ALl in all, I would recommend to anyone who is looking for food that isnt fancy but cheap to comfort your stomach more

Japanese tapas! 6/1/2005

By the crowds of Japanese students, you can tell that this is the place to eat - it's a lot of fun, you can try lots of different things and you really experience Japanese-style snack food. Do yourself a favor though, if you want sushi, go somewhere else. Order the whole fried flounder instead. Pros: cheap, vast menu, fun more

We Like This Place! 4/24/2005

We've been here several times. The food is consistently good, not to mention cheap. The service is good to great- always friendly. The one time there was a mistake with our order they brought out complimentary dishes while we waited! The decor is nothing special, but the private little party rooms look like fun if you come with a small group... Recommended. We can always count on them! Pros: CHEAP!, Good Food, Laid Back Cons: Decor more

awesome 4/24/2005

consitently great food at great prices and open til 4am except sundays. things you won't find anywhere else and it's great. more

Authentic 4/20/2005

The problem with most of the reviewers is that they don't understand Japanese Pub Food. It's greasy, non-pretentious, comfort food. The sushi there is average at best but why on earth would you go to Typhoon for good sushi? That's like going to an Irish Pub and expecting great steak! Get the rice bowls or the noodles, a cheap bottle of sake, and relax! The service is a little slow but they are always very polite. I lived in Japan for 5 years and this place brings me right back. (And yes...croquettes are always fried.) Pros: Authentic, Atmosphere, Cheap Cons: Cheap, Loud more

Very cute 3/8/2005

This place is adorable. I came here with a friend a few days ago and had a great time. I would definitely come back to celebrate with a large group. The food's pretty good for the price. If you're looking for cheap grub and a fun atmosphere, this is the place to go. Pros: Good for groups, Cheap, Fun more

My favourite cheap japanese 2/20/2005

My japanes friend suggested me this place. In the beginning I was skeptic, are great and the place is really suggetsive. You can eat on the floor if you are lucky enough to find the tw rooms available. Just try it! more

Terrible service 8/9/2004

The night we went, service could not be worse. We couldn't get seated until everybody showed up. It would be reasonable, except it was 6pm and the place was literally empty. Food was only so-so. Honestly, with such intense competition around the neighborhood, I would not recommend this restaurant to people. I went there several times and never learned to like it. There are many more better places to go with better food, much better service, nicer ambience and decor. more

really good japanese food 7/16/2004

typhoon is by far one of the best japanese restaurants in the city. who cares whether the service is not excellent. it's the food that really matters. i had various dishes with two other friends- steak cubes, sashimi, sushi, seaweed salad and more...let me just tell you that the sushi and sashimi melted in my mouth like butter. the texture of the fish is indescribable. go try it yourself. the portions are not generous but the quality of the food makes up for it. Pros: delicious food Cons: , slow service more

Authentic japanee food, good value 4/22/2004

A pretty nice little place in the center of the village. Offers a nice array of appetizers and decent sushi for reasonable prices. Try the stir fried cube steak, shabu sahbu, or the Oden, or anything else you want to try on the menu. Pros: food more
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  • Set among many cheap East Village sushi joints, this spot also serves traditional home-cooking like omu-rice, with meal deals throughout the week.

  • 7/18/2007 Provided by Citysearch

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    Downtown, East Village