While in New York City for the Taste of Greenmarket earlier this month, Bill and I tried to visit as many farm-to-table restaurants as we could in New York. One of them was Mas (farmhouse) in the West Village.
What I love about farm-to-table eating is the spontaneity of the menus because they’re seasonal. In fact, restaurants that change their menus daily are my favorites because it means they’re in sync with what’s fresh and what’s local. I believe this is what’s best for our bodies as well.
Mas has a unique offering. You can either try the tasting menu, order off the printed menu, or do a combination of the two. While it’s almost too many choices, I really appreciate a chef such as Galen Zamarra who can accommodate so many palates, preferences, as well as allergies. Plus, all the meat at Mas is grassfed and happy. Perfecto!
Thanks to our server, Jason (aka Tad), as well as general manager, Christopher Bender, it was easy to make our decisions for dinner. I decided to go with the tasting menu while Bill ordered four courses from the menu with adaptations made by the chef to accommodate his cow dairy, wheat, and corn allergies.
I started with the duck rillette on a mini burger bun.
It was followed by the tomato tart with parmesan and pine nuts (yum!).
Then fluke (one of my favorite types of fish) and monkfish.
The next course was duck breast….one of my favorite fall meats.
Followed by lamb…another of my favorite meats (anytime!) served with paper-thin slices of potato.
For a palate cleanser, the chef offered a sorbet with lemon verbena soup. Excellent combination of flavors!
And for the finale, a birthday surprise. (We celebrated in New York since I spent my birthday, September 30, doing a volunteer event in West Michigan.) This was a hazelnut mousse with caramel ice cream. Fabulous!
Thanks to the Mas team for a special night in the West Village, sampling local ingredients in season and in their prime.