I have passed Market Bistro a million times, but finally, at the end of high school, I actually walked in with my family and decided to have dinner. I had previously heard a lot of raving reviews about the place, but I was skeptical. However, Market Bistro turned out to be one of my favorite places in Jericho.
Upon entry, the atmosphere is a mixture of sophisticated, comfortable, and tasteful. There are large chalkboards and trendy wooden signs that give the restaurant a modern French look. The menu is excellent and straightforward, but I will admit, I was still skeptical until they brought the food out. Fortunately, I was not even remotely disappointed by their impeccable quality of food.
I’m a big fan of their Price Fixe menu available on select nights, and I came to realize that their arugula salad is one of my favorite salads that I’ve ever had in my life. There’s nothing necessarily exceptional about the salad, but rather, it contains all elements of a salad I love — an egg, quality cheese, prosciutto, some nuts, and light dressing. The salad is a good size and is extremely satsifying, and so I was already off to a good start at the beginning of the meal.
Their mussels are tastefully served in a pot with garlic bread and garlic sauce, as classically expected. I ordered their salmon, which was also excellent quality and did not disappoint. The dishes are carefully crafted such that one is not too full or too hungry, and they are artfully presented.
The dessert of choice was an apple crumble with a scoop of ice cream on top, and I will rarely complain of ice cream over a warm pastry base, so that also satisfied my sweet craving completely.
The service overall was excellent, and I will say that Market Bistro was a very pleasant surprise. I’m surprised that I don’t hear more about the restaurant, and I will admit that the restaurant is not particularly eye-catching from the outside. Nevertheless, the quality of food is present, and it’s a very respectable restaurant option in the area. The quality of food is attributed to Market Bistro’s focus on farm-fresh ingredients, and one could surely taste the difference. It reminds me of Community Restaraunt in Upper West Side in that manner of freshness. Overall, Market Bistro is not necessarily exceptional, and I personally prefer higher restaurants such as Bar Frites in Greenvale, but locally, Market Bistro is still absolutely excellent and provides a quality experience.