Just wanted to give a real quick review of our meal at The Monday Room. We got there very late for our reservation (like almost 30 mins late) but even though the place was very crowded they held the table for us AND the hostess was still delightful. Our waiter was a little slow in getting to the table to introduce himself and ask about water/drinks but we could see he was very busy and when he did get to us he immediately apologized for taking too long and in my book a sincere apology makes it a non event so no biggie. We asked about cocktails and he gave us the run down and advice on personal favorites, I opted for a Manhattan made with a Brooklyn bourbon, not sure what GF had but it was good.
We had just come from a cocktail reception nearby so we didn't want to go overboard on food but when I saw the menu it was tough not to because of so many appealing items. GF went with parsnip soup followed by beet gnudi. I had fried hama hama oysters, grilled kangaroo, and the Monday meats platter (it was listed under snacks so I thought it would be a small portion - spoiler alert - I was wrong).
Everything was very good to excellent, GF loved the soup, I tired it, I agreed. Beet gnudi was very good.
For me, the oysters were fantastic, hama hama are some of my favorites oysters and they were so lightly fired that the oyster taste and texture was untouched but the additional texture from the frying was really nice, the shiso leaf used as the means of conveyence from plate to mouth was more than just gimmick and actually gave a nice offset to the oyster. This was a very successful dish. The grilled kangaroo with the falafel was nice and gamey without being chewy, it was sliced very thin and then mounded on the falafel, this was a nice, I-want-some-good-meat dish. The Monday meats platter - four items - Boar "speck", a rustic pate, some lavendar ham, and some duck sausage. In a word - YUM. I couldn't stop eating it was so good I just wanted one more bite - finally had to give in and ask to take it with me.
Service was EXCELLENT. Water glass always filled, checked on several times, great explanations of food, very personable.
We have been to Public several times, this was our first visit to TMR but it won't be our last, very much looking forward to a return visit. So, I guess this was more than brief but it was warranted.
The Monday Room
210 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012