The flavors of New Zealand are prevalent at the Nolita gem, The Musket Room, where chef Matt Lambert is delivering some delectable bites inspired by his native country. It's a contemporary space, with a stunning backyard garden, and a recent meal there was great.
Start off with some of their fresh made bread, then dig into the Heirloom gazpacho, with garden herbs and olive oil. It's vivid and wonderful.
Seared foie gras ($19), brioche, apricots, and mandarin, is smooth, creamy, and perfect. A fabulous dish.
Cold smoked scallop ($15), cucumbers, black garlic, pears, and sea beans, is a work of art.
New Zealand red deer ($32) with flavors of gin is true deer perfection. Sorry Bambi, but you taste great!
Tofu gnocchi ($24), roasted tomato dashi, oyster mushroom, and Asian greens, is unbelievable, genius, magical, and fucking awesome. Order it.
For dessert, you can end with the sweet passion fruit pavlova ($12), with strawberries and cream. A sugary ending to a fantabulous meal.
So grab some vino, and be inspired by the cuisine if New Zealand, at The Musket Room. Make sure you grab a cool mint tea and check out that gorgeous back garden too. It is magical. New Zealand, by way of Nolita, is just around the corner.
The Musket Room
265 Elizabeth St. (and Houston)
New York, NY 10012