December 31, 2013

Feast { NYC }

In New York City and craving a feast?  Then, Feast.*

NoteThis meal took place nearly nine months ago when Feast was within its first few months of opening.  Since then, it has been evolving into a true star.  Feast changes their menu on a seasonal basis, but I wholeheartedly believe what they offer now is as good as what I feasted on last spring.  Also, please don't judge me on my very belated updating.  Better late than never, right?! ;)

* I had a many "feast," "feasty," "f(i)esty" witticisms running through my head, but I decided to keep it simple, for your sake and also my own.

The space is small and intimate, lively and fun, rustic and inviting.  It's the perfect family-style dining spot to commune with old friends, which is precisely what I did. If you are a claustrophobe, you may feel anxious dining there, but maybe a seat at the bar or the back table can subdue your uneasiness.

On Feast's menu, you'll find a la carte items and two prix-fixe feasts: "Farmer's Market Feast" (veggie) and "Game Feast" (carnivores unite).  Naturally, we went with the game feast because (1) we didn't want to feel short-changed in our feasting and (2) Nose-to-tail dining sounded more intriguing.  The meat of choice for the night? Lamb!

Game Feast was priced at $48/pp, full table participation required.

Shepherd's Pie with Lamb Belly, sweet potato, and pesto.

Lamb Merguez Stew topped with quail eggs.

Julienned green apple wrapped in lamb carpaccio with cognac mustard and almonds.

The zing and zest of the mustard paired nicely with the crispness of the apple and saltiness of the carpaccio.

Potato Gratin with vandouvan (spice).

Rack of Lamb with herbed crust and port.

Lamb Shank "Lasagna" with goat cheese, 

Pear Galette with lightly sweetened and "drunken bourbon" creams.

Pear Galette had the most heavenly, buttery crust.

The Drunken Bourbon had just the right amount of bourbon to end the night with comfort.

Red velvet cupcake.

Though prices are on the steep side, Feast is everything that you would want in a hearty feast. With the best of many worlds colliding, it is worthy of a visit!

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cuisine: New American
location: East Village, NYC
nearest Metro: 3rd Ave; 14th St.; Union Sq.
hours: M-F: 10am - 3pm; 6pm - 11pm; Sat: 11am - 3pm; 6pm - midnight; Sun: 11am - 3pm; 5:30pm - 10pm.
websites: { feast | yelp | facebook | twitter | opentable }
notes: Make reservations!
other reviews: { nydaily | NYT | nymag }

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