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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.
Posted by iampatbateman on 09/15/2007
I eat out a lot at top tier restaurants, and being in New York only a month, I tried Mas and its one of my favorite restaurants anywhere. Absolutely as perfect as a romantic evening couldve been, a good (and unique!) beer selection (the wine list was impressive as well) amazingly complimented the most unbelievable divers sea scallop ive ever had. the pork belly was fantastic and my date had the monkfish which was nothing short of to die for. I woulndt mind paying an arm and a leg just to go back...if you can afford $150 for a meal for two, dining out on this planet does not get any better.
Posted by Robert C on 07/16/2007
My wife, daughter and myself ate there as a result of a contract with my daughter made when she was 12 years old. The ambiance, service and overall experience was worth the wait. The four course tasting menu was perfect with the french burgundy that my daughter selected and the service was unobtrusive and timely. Since the menu is changed daily I am looking forward to my next trip to NYC and to this restaruant.
Posted by gianni on 06/27/2007
aside from my best friends... it's a restaurant like mas. los angeles may do some things moderately well (like weather), but mas was so incredible that we went 2 nights in a row - which took some begging for the first cancellation to come our way. amazing. relaxed, unpretentious, relatively healthy (go figure) and the best dining experience i've had anywhere in years. not a bad thing to say about it, as long as you're prepared to also pay for that. wow, it was good to be home.
Posted by slachs on 05/25/2007
We searched high and low on chowhound, menupages, and all the usual suspects for the perfect spot to kickoff our newfound dining club. After careful consideration and negotiation, we decided on Mas. And boy, it sure did deliver. First of all, the ambience created by the hosts and servers is friendly and casual, not the stuffiness that usually accompanies these amuse-bouche type places. We knew after that first bite (tuna tartare on a blue chip) that our senses were in for a treat. We opted for the prix-fixe, and our waiter was eager to let us know that any of the choices could be swapped with items on the regular menu. This came in handy for the vegetarian VP of the club. The place was busy, so the speed of service was spotty, but the environs are so endearing, that it wasn't too frustrating. As plate after plate of delicious organic treats arrived (seared tuna with crispy shallots, roasted monkfish in a heavenly olive sauce, etc) and the Oregon Sauvignon Blanc went down - the glow set in. You know the glow - lips curling up in a smile, the endorphins flowing from culinary indulgence and crisp tasty wine. We basked in our treasures (set atop some choice modern china) and decided to send word back to the chef. The message? "Yummy YUM!" Unable to resist the call of the chocolate dessert (which was good don't get me wrong), I left feeling a bit bloated - I should have gone with my first choice, the Myer Lemon mousse. Guess I'll have to go back to get it right next time...
Posted by Peter on 05/18/2007
Please pay no attention to the lone reviewer who had a bad food experience here. This is New York dining at its best. The four-course menu for $68 is well worth it. I dined there in May 2007 with two friends who also raved about it. The staff is wonderful, the menu choices diverse, the wine list good and reasonably priced (especially for the quality of wines). My meal included tuna tartare, divers scallops, and an incredible course of roasted duck, followed by a cheese plate for dessert. The staff explained that the chef prepares seasonal menus using organic ingredients. That was just the icing on the cake. Mas is not a suit-and-tie place necessarily, but come dressed nicely. Overall, a wonderful dining experience. Highly recommended.
Posted by nyc tastebuds on 04/13/2007
After reading some glowing reviews I tried Mas the other day...What a dissapointment ! Except the "amuse geule" and some desserts everything else tasted like hotel food. Where are the "organic ingredients" in a bland, standard issue beet, greens(no dressing) and chevre timbale staight out of cooking school ? Poor tasting chicken with chevre (again?!) and brussels sprouts smelled like an out of control smoker.No sign of other ingredients mentioned in the menu.Bland ravioli (the same chevre again...?!!!) with some tasteless sweet peas completed a very dissapointing meal.Luckily the desserts (pecan apple tart, rhubarb sorbet) helped remove some of unpleasent aftertaste of the dinner. A beautiful place with a lousy kitchen...what a pity!