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A Clean Plates Review: Mas (la grillade)

Monday, December 17, 2012 at 08:12 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

In Provincial France, a Mas is known as a country farmhouse that grows all the products to nourish the estate onsite. Though located in the heart of the West Village, Mas (la grillade) seeks out seasonal ingredients from small, organic and sustainable farms in communities surrounding New York City—thus forming its “estate.”

Since 2004, chef Galen Zamarra has been a leader in farm-to-table dining at Mas (farmhouse), his first WV establishment. Utilizing his years of experience, farmer connections and sustainable approach to fine dining, Galen opened Mas (la grillade) in late 2011. He showcases a seasonal menu of locally grown, sustainably raised foods cooked solely over fires of oak, apple and other hardwoods. When you open the Seventh Avenue South doors, you’ll be greeted by the sweet fragrance of smoky, burning wood. A small bar and glass-walled wine room open into an elegant split-level dining room filled with wood tables, white tablecloths and a bright skylight ceiling.

The prix fixe and à la carte menu debuts fresh starters, like a salad of sliced roasted beets, pickled onions, marinated cucumbers and velvety smoked ricotta. Precise fire-grilled preparations let the flavors and beautiful qualities of the ingredients shine in each dish. An entrée of grilled duck presented succulent smoky medallions, rimmed with a thin layer of fat beneath the skin, plated over tender Swiss chard. Perfectly seared scallops laid atop a bed of grilled fennel and spring greens, drizzled with vibrant saffron-dill aioli. A subtle smokiness permeated every element on the plate; it was lovely.

Grilled vegetables, like wild ramps and hen of the wood mushrooms, along with fruit-based desserts, artisanal cheeses and house-made ice creams complete the menu. Creamy ricotta and local honey ice creams were already melting when placed on our table; nonetheless, they provided a tangy, refreshing finish to an overall wonderful meal.

My review as published in the Clean Plates Manhattan 2013 Restaurant Guide Book (purchase it here) and on CleanPlates.comPhoto courtesy of Mas (la grillade).

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Halloween Happenings in New York City

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 09:10 AM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

With October 31st just around the corner, many of NYC’s restaurants and bars are getting into the spooky spirit with seasonal specials, tasty treats, and a few tricks too. From pumpkin carving contests to themed costume parties, here are some of the city’s best bets for a hauntingly good time this Halloween.
 

 
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Tremont: A Beachy Retreat in the West Village

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 07:06 AM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

Experience a taste of the Hamptons without ever leaving the West Village. Executive Chef and partner Tim Bando (of Amagansett’s The Meeting House) has opened Tremont in the old La Foccacia space on Bank Street and West 4th. The airy, 45-seat interior will transport you to a sunny beachside inn with its crisp white walls, rich dark wood floors, cozy dining nooks and antique light fixtures.

The bright and breezy interior of Tremont (photo courtesy of Eater)

Chef Bando prepares a cuisine of new American dishes accented with Mediterranean influence. You’ll find a selection of refined starters, such as zucchini crudo tossed with pine nuts, lemon oil and parmesan cheese ($12), crispy sweetbreads with veal cheek ragout, morel mushrooms and ramps ($17) and poached lobster over a polenta crouton and truffled corn salad ($19). Extending the menu are heartier entrées, including the grilled pork chop with almond risotto, peach basil compote and vin cotto ($26) and grilled halibut with giardiniera, chickpeas, lemon oil and basil ($28).

Named after Bando’s former Cleveland neighborhood, Tremont is an elegant, laid back spot for dinner, with lunch and weekend brunch service starting later this month. Now open daily and accepting reservations for parties of six or more.

Tremont is located at 51 Bank St. (at West 4th St.), 212-488-1019. As featured on The Strong Buzz.

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