Classically French-trained chef Galen Zamarra opened up Almanac last month in replacement of mas (la grillade) in the heart of the West Village. It was a favorite of mine but, unfortunately, some neighbors weren’t too fond of the wood-fire grills and smoke. When I heard about the hyper-seasonal concept of Almanac I wasn’t a bit surprised. Chef Zamarra has an incredible knowledge, understanding and passion to honor the freshest ingredients of the season and bring them to life on a plate. And it’s not just the farm-to-table approach that every other restaurant advertises, but you TRULY see and taste it in his dishes, as he narrows it down to what part of the season and what phase of the moon we’re in. The preparations even change as the food evolves throughout its season. I’ve been down to the kitchen and have witnessed first hand just how much love, care (and oh my, the steps!) that go into plating a single dish. AH-mazing!
Aside from the delectable fare and service, I must say I prefer the dining setting and decor in Almanac. The rustic wood, dark red colors and dimmer lighting brings a more inviting, relaxing vibe.
Choose a la carte, or a three-, five-, or seven-course tasting menu. I won’t share my favorite dish because everything is divine and the menu will change next week. 🙂