The hustle and bustle that gives Manhattan its electric feel is undoubtedly part of the appeal to living in New York City. But sometimes, a moment to savor is much needed. And The Mary Lane provides exactly that.
The New American restaurant, which is situated at 99 Bank Street in the West Village, is completely charming.
Owned by Blackfoot Hospitality’s Chef Joey Campanaro and Chef Mike Price, the space — which is filled with soft light at golden hour on a sunny day — can feel nearly ethereal.
The Mary Lane’s decor is understated but elegant with subtle touches like art tied to its plant-focused culinary core. Comprehensively, the restaurant is suitable for a range of occasions from a casual weeknight dinner to a full-scale celebration — the location even has a private dining room.
Executive Chef Andrew Sutin tells Hotels Above Par he believes The Mary Lane can serve guests for all sorts of purposes — from a casual post-work dinner or the highest form of celebration.
“You can comfortably enjoy a solo dinner at the bar or sit (at a) generously sized table and indulge in a $500 bottle of wine for an anniversary or birthday celebration in your jeans in a crowd that spans locals, the fashion crowd and a celeb discreetly dining,” Sutin tells Hotels Above Par.
The menu is locally-sourced and ever-changing based on what’s in season.
The restaurant’s cocktail menu is excellent but the food was the most memorable.
Standouts we tried in July included the special appetizer — Tempura Fried Squash Blossoms with herbed ricotta, roasted pepper aioli, fresh herbs and pickled summer squash relish which may not always be on the menu but is certainly worth asking about. We also had the Brooklyn Burrata with Lani’s Farm arugula, pistachio butter, strawberries and smoked balsamic. While burrata lives on many menus this made for a slightly elevated version of the classic starter thanks to the accompanying garnishes.
The Sautéed Atlantic Halibut with roasted local summer squash, pearl onions, tomatoes, fennel nage and poached marble potatoes was also good. But our favorite entrée was the chef’s take on lasagna.
The Sweet Potato & Basil “Lasagna” is made with whipped ricotta, arugula salad, roasted morels and herb purée and it is – to date – one of the better and most surprising culinary delights we’ve experienced. The purposeful flavor layering that characterizes lasagna is utilized here with a vegetable-forward dish that is absolutely divine and totally unique.
And don’t miss dessert either.
This farm-to-table option will surely keep us coming back with its always shifting, imaginative menu that does not disappoint.
Location: West Village, New York City
Cuisine: New American
Price Point: $$
Takes Reservations: Yes – Resy
The vibe: Charming, locally sourced meets fine dining in an elegant yet casual space creating an environment suited to any occasion.
Our favorite thing on the menu: The menu is always changing but in July, our favorite option was the Sweet Potato & Basil “Lasagna” which honestly elevated the meaning of lasagna for us, incorporating delectable flavors in a long-loved format without the heaviness that comes with the traditional pasta-focused dish.
The attire based on the vibe: Mixed
Lunch or Dinner: Monday through Friday: 12 to 3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Sunday through Thursday 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 5 to 11 p.m.
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