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Posted by Aspiring Foodie on 02/23/2006
I saw this place in Domino magazine and the decor looked great, an upscale modern twist on French country... and they were right. Our waiter was very attentive at the beginning of the meal, when the place was less crowded, but when more people were seated, he was very scattered. The size of the place is so small that he passed behind me 5 or 6 times without turning his head to see how we were doing. The food was just ok. I have had much better at less expensive places. I had the bass, too fishy. My guest had the chicken, nothing special. We both had a glass of Beaujolais which was nice, and then a pear/sorbet dessert that wasn't that impressive. Also, they may have been serving "French" food, but the service was not your typical French service (removing from the left is a no-no). I think a real French waiter/waitress would have been perturbed at the small details. Other/more expensive dishes may have had the flare I was looking for, but I probably will not return anytime soon. I would say it is "just alright."
Posted by Erin on 02/07/2006
I have experienced many things and places in my young life and I must tell you that Mas does a fantastic job in combining all the elements of an old world feel with a new world style. The attention to detail never fails to astound me every time I enter the handmade wooden door at number 39 Downing Street. The bar is something to experience as they house-infuse all of their liquors and the Irish Cream is a delight to the tounge. The dishes reflect the atmosphere with a delicate balance of the savory seasonal and sense pleasing texture. The West Village has be blessed with this little treasure and I consider myself lucky to have found and been welcomed by everyone at Mas.
Posted by Taster on 01/30/2006
I have dined at Mas well over 30 times starting when it just opened. I have done business dinners, special celebrations, dinners with friends and family from out of town, casual late night dinners to catch up friends.... no matter what the reason to dine out Mas is the right place. The service is so perfect and attentive and the food is simply amazing. Galan Zamarra is one of the most fascinating yet thoroughly reliable chefs I have come accross. Every meal is a delightful taste experience and no matter how many times you go back you will never tire of Galan's cooking. As for ambiance it is an unique combination of beautiful yet relaxing.
Posted by zuzu on 01/20/2006
The wait staff is always extremely friendly and polite. The food is inventive, but drinks are unreasonably expensive: a sidecar costs 20 dollars.
Posted by DeDe on 01/04/2006
And it was as much an experience as it was a meal. The setting is truly lovely - modern yet cozy. The waitstaff is impeccable - our dishes were consistently presented simultaneously with style and precision and setting changes between courses were done gracefully and without fuss. We both had the chefs tasting menu and it was spectacular from start to finish. The clam chowder with smoked eel was particularly delicious and the dessert amuse w/ blood oranges and a clementine sorbet was sublime. My advice is run don't walk to this place - I will be raving about it for a long time.
Posted by Vike on 11/27/2005
My father ran businesses. When Mr. Wilson, one of the presumed owners of Mas, told us the tiny tree trunk stools in the front bar area were from his father's own yard in Massachusetts and also that the stone that made the outdoor entrance's de fact mat was Manhattan gneiss, I realized why everything in this evening's experience had been so enchanting - this restaurant's birth and continued care has been built on attention to detail. What had been an effortless evening for us was the result of many people's tireless toil. The service was beyond any doubt the best I've seen in years. The magical talent of wait staff removing used items delicately without even the hint of interruption. The pleasant and friendly demeanor together with every staff member's vigilant eye - always on the go, always looking - made us feel like Kings and Queens. The comfortable banquette/sofa/item I sat in allowed me to lounge and dine simultaneously. The atmosphere was serene and not noisey - not cramped - are we in New York? The food was marvelous as well. I had a bourbon flavored Turkey and I was surrounded by lobster and the other dishes of my friends. All items tasted (the ultimate test, non?) wonderful Even my wine afficiando chum, after careful review of the list, found something to his liking and commented favorably. I read reviews here before I chose Mas and thought I was taking a risk. None. This is 100% recommended - that jewel in the haystack of New York Restaurants. I defy anyone not to have a pleasant, memorable and at times, sublime experience. Our compliments to the chef and to the entire staff: Magnifique! I'm taking my future prospects here for dinner to impress them, as for this dinner, I had to drown my sorrows in the grieving of my recently ended relationship and sorrow at another birthday passing. As life and wine flow on, Mas is a wonderful respite in a timeless atmosphere of high quality service and food.
Posted by Tirian on 11/19/2005
Went here the other day on a date...had the $95 chef's tasting menu. It was ok but nothing special. I expected MUCH more for the price...the food was bland. The service decent. Love the china and decor.