Exciting New Kosher Digs. Mason and Mugs Restaurant in Prospect Heights New York: http://on.fb.me/1gtqIw8
Mason and Mug is where I go for a perfect Umami pick-me-up. Frankly I am feeling slightly impatient about the bewildering proliferation of oversized overpriced overrated over-everything Kosher steakhouses. I know this for sure: All over the NYC area, midtown guys, downtown guys will greatly welcome a lunch and dinner place that serves loads of healthy salads, soups, sandwiches, fish, pasta etc….. Opening yet ANOTHER place? I beg you please consider this! All these entrepreneurs that keep saying “we open steakhouses because that’s what guys like only succeed in giving the guys a bad name, and making them pay through the nose. Besides, what harried Wall Street worker has time for a $150.00 meal at 1 pm on a weekday? Seriously: Whats the big deal about steak dinner? Gosh people can’t you whip up a good steak in your own kitchen at a fraction of the price, and in minutes, not only for you but for a bunch of guests, with wine and a good movie, no babysitter needed, and call it a night?
But to order and enjoy the perfect bite, made with sizzling seasonal natural ingredients and an unerring eye for flavor and texture, ah, yes, now that interests me! Go check out Mason & Mug in Prospect Heights Brooklyn, a short train ride away from wherever you are in the city. They are Chalav Israel, and under the Kosher Supervision of Rabbi Ari Kirschenbaum and Rabbi Avrohom Marmorstein. My rough estimate is, four-five small plates will amount to a delicious dinner, all affordable. Go for the smaller small plates, pictured, and wait for the larger small plates (cheese tray, smoked fish tray) to get whipped into shape before ordering. Everything else is delightful, with a really nice wine and beer selection. Chef -owner Itta Werdiger Roth can cook! It doesn’t hurt that her partner Sasha is so lovely. And the place looks fantastic, the setting colorful, funky and fun, perfectly at home in its Prospect Heights surroundings. Chef Itta adds new items regularly and posts them on her page. So sorry I am missing pictures of her fantastic kale, potato and lentil soup, and the jar of homemade pickles. What delicious soup and salad will be on the menu this coming week? How about dessert?