Older, less tarted-up eateries in this building were better than Black Market Bistro. I've been to Black Market Bistro a few times now and have always found it mediocre and thus overpriced. The setting is quaint and charming but the indoor noise level takes away most of that charm.
I feel they don't know what they're doing, and other reviews provide evidence. E.g., creme brulee can be custard (French way) or gluey pudding (made-from-mix way) -- guess which you get here with your $60 lunch. I've paid about $160 for a big-splurge-experiment lunch for two at Cafe Boulud, but the lunch tasted good. $60 is too much for Black Market.
Worse, if you want wine with your meal, you'll have a hard time enjoying yourself, and they clearly don't know any better. Red wines are supposed to be served cool--cellar temperature, "room" temperature for a room in a chateau, maybe, but not a room in a centrally heated apartment.
France has cooler summers and less central heating, so in France red wine doesn't get served at 72 degrees. If you look it up, it's supposed to be around 55 to 60 degrees, and the important thing is, red wines taste infinitely better not hot. But our red wine not only was served hot, but also had been sitting hot on a half bottle of air overnight--the waitress said so, as if that should be fine--"only" since yesterday. But the wine was spoiled. I didn't fuss, but I left the glass full.
I guess you can see I was annoyed--too many bucks for an not-enjoyable meal, and little hope of better. The food is boring and greasy--they recommended oily stuff as low-fat. Only the mussels actually look not too fat, and too bad for me; I don't like mussels, so that one choice was not enough.
It's kind of a tea room, and seems to attract that kind of customer. This may be why the food is so bland. I don't mean not spicy hot; I mean flavorless. I'm ticked off both by having to cough up $60 for a bad lunch and by the shameless and cheerful ignorance.
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