Feast

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in everything, gluten free grubbing | 0 comments

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Sometimes you need an excuse to eat a 9 course dinner. Your first thought is Thanksgiving, but then you realize it’s still another 7 months away. In an attempt to not feel like a glutton, you search for an alternative scapegoat.

Enter Feast, the East Village restaurant serving up family style “feasts” in three different ways; vegetarian, pescatarian and a carnivore option. And, it’s 9 (relatively small) courses.

 

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The menu changes seasonally, but to give you an idea; when I was there the fish and meat options were scallops & lamb. Since I wasn’t really in the mood to eat 8 courses of either of those, I went veggie style. I would have loved to swap out one or two plates for scallops or lamb, however, there is no swapping allowed!

They do offer some a la carte plates but the best bang for your buck is the feast.

What I was pleasantly surprised to find is that they were very accommodating to my dietary needs. In fact, they customized my entire half (each ’feast’ is for 2) of the meal to be gluten-free. And thankfully my friend didn’t have to succumb to my restrictions.

 

Our feast included:

(GF) baby garden vegetables w/ creme fraiche

(GF) baby garden vegetables w/ creme fraiche

 A shot of delicious veggies.

 

(GF) Kombucha squash with frisee

(GF) Kombucha squash with frisee

Pardon the photo – I was trying to be discreet but when I realized the pictures were coming out terrible, I threw the flash back on. This dish was great.

 

(GF) beet frites w. herbed aoili

(GF) beet frites w. herbed aoili

 Never had a beet fry before but I loved it. Perfect alternative to a potato.

 

Smoked Goat Cheese Tart w/ Forest Mushrooms & (GF) Sweet Potato Puree w/ Forest Mushrooms

L: Smoked Goat Cheese Tart w/ Forest Mushrooms R: (GF) Sweet Potato Puree w/ Forest Mushrooms

 The first non-GF/gluten-free plate. While I’m sure the goat cheese tart tasted much better, mine was a solid replacement.

 

Kombuch Squash Agnolotti & (GF) Mushroom "Pasta" w/ Asparagus

L: Kombuch Squash Agnolotti R: (GF) Mushroom “Pasta” w/ Asparagus

Another new concept; mushroom ‘pasta’. It was actually pretty good & I would definitely have it again. The texture was more similiar to pasta than a zucchini/squash base.

 

(GF) Roasted Cauliflower w/ Hazelnuts & Grapes

(GF) Roasted Cauliflower w/ Hazelnuts & Grapes

Grapes & cauliflower – it worked.

 

 

L: (GF) Risotto w/ Aspargus R: Stuffed Eggplant w/ Risotto

L: (GF) Risotto w/ Broccoli Rabe R: Stuffed Eggplant w/ Risotto

Again, I am sure the eggplant was great but you can’t go wrong with cheesy risotto.

 

(GF) Spaghetti Squash w/ Mushroom Bolognese

(GF) Spaghetti Squash w/ Mushroom Bolognese

Saving the best for last – I loved this dish. Besides the fact that I love spaghetti squash,  you could have told me I was eating meat bolognese and I might have believed you. The flavors were excellent.

 

And for dessert (as if we weren’t full enough):

 

Market Apple Crisp w/ Lemon Creme Fraiche

Market Apple Crisp w/ Lemon Creme Fraiche

 

And the gluten-free option:

(GF) Pudding w/ Mango & Mint

(GF) Pudding w/ Mango & Mint

 I can’t remember exactly what was in my dessert but it was a perfect ending – light and sweet.

 

I left the restaurant thoroughly satisfied – both my tummy & my wallet (farmer’s market feast is only $38/pp – higher for the fish ($52) & meat ($48) options).

 

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Rating: A-
Pros: Excellent small dish presentation. Unique and delicious. Loved the ambiance & how accomodating they were.
Cons: No substitutions. Also, your fellow diner(s) must agree on a feast (each feast is for 2). And if you have 3, you’re all eating the same feast as well. 

 

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Feast: 102 3rd Ave New York, NY 10003, (212) 529-8880

 

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