Pure Tranquility in New York City

    Provençal for farmhouse, Mas restaurant in Greenwich Village delivers all of the peace and serenity expected from a place tucked away in the French countryside. Wood stumps carved by proprietor Thomas Wilson from a naturally fallen butternut tree serve as stools in the lounge, while rich oak floors and paneled walls are composed of timbers reclaimed from a barn in western Massachusetts. The elegantly warm atmosphere and welcoming tone at Mas is complemented by chef Galen Zamarra’s ability to bring together ingredients that would be found together in nature. For instance, this season Zamarra will pair trout with wild ramps, a pungent wild onion found along the bank of the streams where the trout is caught. The team in Mas’s kitchen also uses unexpected techniques to bring out the essence of the ingredients. Zamarra, for example, uses rich hon shimeji mushrooms to bring out the powerful flavor of lobster. The combination of all of these elements results in a culinary experience ideal for diners with a passion for food at its purest. (212.255.1790, www.masfarmhouse.com)

    ?Daniel Curtis

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