[Photos: Patricia Chang]
After five years on Townsend, Marlowe is movin' on up. The original restaurant from Anna Weinberg, Jennifer Puccio, and James Nicholas (also of Park Tavern and The Cavalier), it's made the jump just a couple of blocks away to the former Coco500 space, at 500 Brannan (at 4th). The new Marlowe now offers double the seating (80 seats, up from 40), plus a handsome Ken Fulk redesign that's intended to have a "chic butcher-shop" feel (the restaurant was named for Weinberg's great-grandfather, who was a butcher in Boston). The space came open just in the nick of time, as Marlowe's original home is set to be demolished for a new building.
The menu of high-end comfort food continues to pack all the favorites, like the brussels-sprout chips and Marlowe burger, as well as new items like housemade ricotta toast and seared scallops with bacon-wrapped asparagus. Recently appointed pastry chef Emily Luchetti (who handles desserts at all three restaurants) is offering treats like chocolate-covered peanut butter nuggets and a seasonal sundae, as well as Coco500's famed vacherin (the promised return of their fried green beans didn't happen, though there is chicken-fried okra). Here are the lunch, dinner, and dessert menus.
On the drinks side, Marlowe now has full liquor for the first time, serving cocktails at the bar with butchery-themed names like The Bull and The Sow. (There's also one called The Grindr, which implies a different sort of meat market.) Marlowe is now open for lunch Monday-Friday, 11:30 am-2 pm, and dinner daily at 5:30 pm (until 10 pm Sunday-Wednesday, and 11 pm Thursday-Saturday); the bar is open in the interval between lunch and dinner, with a limited menu. Weekend brunch will come online soon, as well as a patio and a window that serves Marlowe Burgers.