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39 Downing St., New York, NY, 10014
nr. Bedford St.
By speakthetruth on 5/24/2004
The restaurant review I had read was extremely generous. The first odd thing I noticed was that the prix-fixe menu( which I did order). Every item on he menu had ramps! Ramps with smoked fish, ramps with tartare, ramps with lamb... It felt as though I was watching an Iron Chef episode. But no, because on the Iron Chef, the chefs would have found different and creative ways to use the ingredient according to the dish. At Mas, the ramps all tasted the same. Don't get me wrong I think ramps are delicious ramps - and I'm a sucker for seasonal ingredients, but it was too much. In general, the dishes all tasted not quite put together - not thought out enough, or tweaked after multiple attemps to perfect a dish prior to serving it to the public... Nothing tasted quite right. perhaps even a little amateur-ish. And the desserts were awful. The wait staff was odd and surreal. Really nice, but out there - they all smiled right through you.
By emilyc on 6/26/2011
Beautiful restaurant with great ambiance. I had been wanting to try Mas for a long time. However, two people in our party ordered the scallops, which were so salty they were almost inedible. We informed our waiter who didn't seem to care, and they didn't remove one (or both) of the meals from the bill, even though they were barely eaten. Would not go back.
ridiculously horrible & over priced
By PrincessNY on 8/4/2004
This place is a joke! Ridiculously expensive & extremely unimpressive food. Some of it was downe right unedible. Service & staff are very professional though. Space is very nicely done. Everyone at my table was extremely disappointed considering the hype!
Good but not great
By FoodieToo on 3/21/2005
I was there for a recent birthday. The food was good, but not outstanding. My overwhelming memory of the meal is the small portions--I felt like I needed a snack when I got home.
By nelsonsar on 7/19/2004
Mas lived up to the early reviews I read. Food, atmosphere and service were all fantastic and worth a return trip.
a farmhouse in NYC
By emily1 on 10/21/2004
Mas was very anticipated but did not deliver as I expected. The decor is warm and welcoming, the service is great. However, the dishes that I had were highly underseasoned and a bit unimpressive. The tuna appetizer was very good but the sturgeon was quite disappointing and overcooked. I'd give it another chance in a few months time.
A place to relax
By westsideeater on 7/20/2004
I find Mas to be very pleasant and relaxing. The lounge/bar area is just beautiful and makes you feel like you're entering a home away from home for the evening. The wait staff is very friendly and low key and was excellent at helping me choose and enjoy wine picks that went with the food and my personal taste in wine.
West Village Charmer
By zanzibar77 on 9/13/2004
Excellent food (the tuna appetizer is a must) and a beautiful decor made Mas one of the best dining experiences I have had in some time. I enjoyed myself so much that I went back a month later and was pleasantly surprised once again. The menu constantly changes (based on whatever looks fresh at the market that day), so you're bound to find something new and different to try each time you go back.
Size is small but value is great
By tomitom25 on 5/7/2008
I had a date there. and my date was very impressed with the choice. the decor and the Atmospher is very trendy and chic. the food is small portions but the right size. the service is excellent and pronto. it was a Friday night. and the crowed were very polished and a dating mood. gay and str8 but very trendy. also some old money!. back to the menu; good selection of wine. the seafood is great choices. and the salads are very well done. all in all a great spot and a very cute trendy choice. great for anniversaries or special nights. or You are just in great mood night.
By darbyogill on 5/13/2009
I was on this date with a fabulous woman whose company I enjoy. I choose Mas for attentive, discreet service in an atmosphere conducive to a private, shared experience between two people. Mas did not disappoint. The food was exquisite, delicate, nuanced - a wonderful accent and backdrop to a conversation. I confess, I was more interested in my partner than the food, yet the food was undeniably the star. We both went for the six course chef menu. The food was faultless, my lone cocktail was weak but all the better to appreciate the food and conversation.The dining room in which we sat was in the back, tasteful, low key, organic but sophisticated - it almost suggests something more nordic than French. Obviously dining at Mas is for the well heeled or those of us who indulge ourselves from "des temps en temps".
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