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Posted by Anonymous on 08/25/2008
went to mas for my wedding anniversary. the place is lovely, however, the tables are so close together that it lost all its intimacy for us. my husband and i felt we couldn't have a conversation because both couples on either side of us could hear every word even while we were whispering. the staff was unbelievably excellent and the wine was fabulous. the food was absolutely delicious, however, the portions were so small, it was ridiculous. we were absolutely starving when we left and had to stop to get food on our way home. considering the prices, i found that to be unacceptable. i understand the cache of serving small portions, but this was crazy. i would only recommend dining here if you eat first. so sad.
Posted by alandines on 08/06/2008
Extraoridnaire, superbe, a reverence for fish, each prepared and presented to celebrate its unique character. Zucchini in tiny al dente portions the size of pasta, a complement to the monk fish. Atlantic char with a hushpuppy, yes, a hushpuppy, that I couldn't help eating in one luscious bite. Lamb ravioli, succulent and accompanied by the waitress's choice of wine, an immense Gigondas. What a pairing. Each bite of each appetizer presents the essence of the thing you've ordered and more, countermelodies that enhance the flavor and contributes to the whole. You could spend a lot more for a lot less. Service is a joy.
Posted by newyorker on 08/05/2008
we wanted to eat early with friends - 7pm. we got out of there at 11pm. hungry and broke. the place is much ado about not much. in fact they should call it 'not mas'. the food is awfully tasty but the portions are so small, like a joke from a cartoon. and it takes forever to get your food. forever. advice: stock up on the bread when they offer it.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/09/2008
I lived in New York for about 10 years and I have been going to every single restaurant from the very fancy ones to the China town joint on Canal Street. Well, never I felt leaving the restaurant with the feeling of having paid too much. This is how i felt last night after leaving Mas. I don't mind paying top dollar for an exceptional meal, but yesterday I had probably the worst food experience of my life. The place is very well decorated and the service is spot on. But the food is mediocre at the very best. I don't usually judge a restaurant by the first time, because i know (and I'm in this business myself) that it could happen to have a NO-night.. but when you walk away with a $250 bill in your wallet, for 2 people with 3 glasses of wine, one appetizer (the other wasn't edible. how sweet it was) and 2 mains, the chances of that happening should be close to zero.
Posted by City Visitor on 01/22/2008
What a gem of a restaurant Mas Farmhouse is. We visit Manhattan frequently for the culinary experience and Mas is one of the top dining places we have had the pleasure to experience. We opted for the blind "chef's tasting" menu with 5 courses. All courses were extraordinary: light with fresh ingredients and innovative. The menu that evening included a chestnut bisque, duck breast, squab, an exceptional mushroom and lobster served over spatzle, and dessert was a different presentation for each guest, so we all had a chance to taste many different sweets. Presentation was wonderful - the owners go to great lenghts on the English china, silver eat-ware, cutlery - the room lighting is even special designer. We went with choosing our wine compliment (versus the wine pairing) and the staff was excellent with their recommendations.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/20/2008
The atmosphere was lovely. The service was impeccable and the food.... it was fine. As said below there was no WOW!!!!!!!!!! which made the whole experience somewhat dissapointing.
Posted by NYC restaurantgoer on 09/15/2007
we went to mas on saturday night, having been recommended this restaurant by friends. its located on a quiet street in west village - the decor is understated and casual. the staff was gracious and welcoming. we liked the flexibility of their menu (a la carte, 4 courses or 6 courses). my friend and i opted for 4 courses, as we wanted to try several dishes. she ordered yellowfin tuna (good), i got the tomato heirloom salad (also good). for entrees, she ordered monkfish (the best dish of her meal) and halibut (good) and I had cofish (good but really salty) and I had a vegetarian dish that was amazing (blossom flowers of smth or other). for dessert, we both ordered their strawberry tart w/ice-cream and gelee - it was very light and low on sugar (i liked it though). overall, we thought the restaurant was good but not great. its an excellent late-night choice since they stay open till 4am.