The spirit of the French Riviera has found a home in the Rockaways. At Bar Marseille, French bistro classics, Provencal cocktails and plenty of seafood pair with views of the ocean, emulating the Mediterranean port city that the establishment was named after.

After a long year of lockdowns, planners looking to treat their attendees to a venue that doesn’t feel like New York can book one of several spaces at Bar Marseille. Semi-private cocktail hours of up to 50 people can be held at the bar, while on the patio or rooftop, private standing gatherings can accommodate 60 or 150, respectively. For the largest groups, restaurant buyouts can hold up to 60 seated and 250 standing; including the rooftop, 160 seated and 350 standing.

Get a taste of Bar Marseille by creating one of its inspired cocktails, the French Kiss. This light, summery cocktail is perfect for pretending you’re basking in the French sun.

—1 oz. Belvedere Vodka
—1 oz. Lillet Rosé
—.5 oz. Fresh grapefruit juice
—.25 oz. St. Germain
—Splash of lime juice
—Thyme sprig
—Grapefruit slice
—Slice of fennel bulb

Shake and strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice, and top with prosecco. Garnish with a grapefruit slice, thyme sprig and a slice of fennel bulb.

After about 15 months of Zoom happy hours and countless virtual meetings, events, and conferences, it’s clear that virtual gatherings don’t hold a candle to the magic that in-person gatherings can spark. People are excited for in-person events again.


Just like the rest of the world, the hospitality and travel industries slammed to a halt when the pandemic hit last March. Some sectors within them had built-in solutions to focus on, such as hotels limiting capacities and restaurants focusing on takeout and delivery. But for many businesses within the related meetings and events realm, there were no natural alternatives to turn to.


The New York and New Jersey chapters of the National Association for Catering & Events (NACE), along with the Banquet Event Strategic Task Force (BEST Task Force), held an in-person gathering in August, their first since the start of the pandemic.