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Marco Polo Cafe (Closed)

Posted on | September 20, 2010 | 2 Comments

After the folks @SaintDelivery mentioned the amazing $1 Sliders at Marco Polo Cafe (102 St. Marks, near 1st Avenue) I decided that I had to try them out for myself.  Needless to say, I’ve been there 3 times in the last 4 days; AMAZING.  Named after the famed Venetian explorer that opened up the Chinese Silk Road, Marco Polo serves up Italian-Chinese fusion food.

The main attraction, however, are the $1 sliders that are a new addition & not yet on the menu.  The owner/chef Ms. Jiang has a particular fondness for Bison which features heavily on the menu, both in slider & meatball form.  Marco Polo is pretty easy to miss if you’re not looking for it.  Basically a tiny room with a small, open kitchen (separated by a tiny divider), it’s really not much to look at but the food produced there is really top notch.  It’s also BYOB which is a major plus.

The Bison Sliders are really well seasoned & served simply with diced onion, cheese (American) & a dollop of ketchup.  This was the first place I’ve ever eaten Bison & honestly, it tastes a whole lot better than beef.  I’ll admit that the flavor may not be for everyone, but I really like it.  The sliders also come in Beef or Turkey ‘flavor’.  At 25 cents a bite, these things are really quite a steal.

Other dishes that are recommended are the Steamed BBQ Pork Buns (3 for $4.95) & the Moo Goo Gai Panini ($8.95).  They also have Tater Tots for a buck, but I saw someone order them on Friday & well, how should I put this?  They looked wrong.  Steer clear of those…  So if you’re looking for a quick, delicious bite, grab some quarters from the inner recesses of your couch & head to Marco Polo Cafe for some sliders!

Update: Marco Polo Cafe now “Mini Burger“. Currently CLOSED.

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2 Responses to “Marco Polo Cafe (Closed)”

  1. Marco Polo Cafe Now Mini Burger « East Village Eats
    October 18th, 2010 @ 1:47 pm

    […] on October 18, 2010 by EV Eats Marco Polo Cafe (102 St Mark’s Place near 1st Avenue, review here), my go to spot for $1 bison sliders shuttered for a few days, got a bit of a new paint job & […]

  2. East Village Eats » Mini Burger Shutters
    April 16th, 2011 @ 11:42 am

    […] Burger (102 St. Marks, near 1st Avenue, formerly Marco Polo Cafe) has been seized by Marshal’s & is no longer open.  It’s a real shame as they made […]

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