Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Press Dinner: MASQ

MASQ | Moscow Mule
I was invited to try a tasting of the offerings at MASQ a New American restaurant with a distinctive New Orleans flair. The restaurant is a collaboration between a husband and wife team and Chef Marc Getzelman. Their love of NOLA is reflected in the decor of the floor-through layout which features a horseshoe shaped bar in the front, the dining room, lounge, and private party room in the back.
We started with a tasting of the Mac 'N Cheese Croquettes served with Spicy Remoulade, which as you guessed it, was pretty darn tasty. I mean, how could it NOT be?

MASQ | Mac 'n Cheese Croquettes
Next, we got to try their most popular flatbread: the Prosciuotto Fig Flatbread. Served with Goat Cheese & Arugula w/ Shaved Pecorino Romano on super thin and crispy flatbread, it was easy to see why it's so popular.

MASQ | Prosciutto Fig Flatbread
I wasn't as excited about the Asian Marinated Salmon that came next...that was, until I took the first bite. The Honey Garlic Soy Sauce was a delightful mix of salty and sweet which wooed over several non-salmon lovers at the table.

MASQ | Asian Marinated Salmon
I knew that I would enjoy the next dish on the menu and I was right. We had a tasting of their Shrimp Po Boy and to make it sample sized it was served on a Hawaiian roll which I really enjoyed.

MASQ | Shrimp Po' Boy
For our final dish we got to try the Jambalaya which I was very pleasantly surprised to find pretty spicy despite my Texas trained taste buds. According to Chef Marc, only 1 Tbsp of Cayenne goes into an entire batch and all the heat comes from the Andouille sausage! The heat of the Andouille was cut perfectly by the Goat Cheese served on top. Definitely a unique twist on the classic.

MASQ | Jambalaya
We finished the meal with a lovely light Sabayon which ended the evening quite splendidly. MASQ is a unique, spacious new offering in Midtown East.

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*My meal was provided by the restaurant as part of a Press Dinner.

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