Mas Farmhouse is located in the West Village nestled on Downing Street – one of those small streets that cabbies often find hard to locate. The word “mas” means country house or farm usually made of stone in the South of France.
I went recently to celebrate my birthday with a friend. We decided on the tasting menu ($78 pp) — one app, two half-entree portions and a dessert — that we learned we could create from anything on the menu.
Our refreshing amuse bouche consisted of a terrine of tomatoes and goat cheese with a balsamic vinaigrette that looked as if it were designed to go with the signature dishes.
Next we had huge portion of yellow fin tuna flash-seared in a brown butter, topped with crispy shallots; and heirloom tomatoes atop a rich Parmesan butter crust with caramelized onions and a toasted pinenut dressing.
Our first entrees include delicately fried zucchini blossoms stuffed with three mushroom variations — duxelles, sauteed mustard greens and huitlacoche – with baby spinach, roasted radish and almond foam; and poached lobster over a rich English pea risotto with summer truffles, sliced carrots and parsnips in a lobster-carrot butter. Neither should be missed.
Neither should the wild salmon – a perfectly cooked portion served with a dill shallot sauce, grilled baby leeks.
My least favorite was the Long Island duck breast, as the seasoning was good, it was just a bit undercooked for me. The accompaniments of braised collard greens and flavorful fresh cranberry beans, though, were superb.
I generally skip dessert so I feel virtuous about my meal, but having ordered the tasting menu it was included. We dove into a hazelnut-milk chocolate mousse with salted caramel ice cream and chocolate ganache and — my favorite, and the one I’d recommend — poached cherries with an almond dacquoise, cognac ice cream and dark chocolate cream. I highly recommend Mas Farmhouse.
39 Downing Street
New York, NY 10014