Kiwi Cuisine: The Musket Room

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There is a new addition to the restaurant scene downtown with Down Under roots and impeccable style. Having recently been awarded its first Michelin star, The Musket Room is currently a very popular spot among the uber-hip Nolita crowd and as it turns out there’s a reason for that: it’s really quite good.

Opened in May by Chef and Owner Matt Lambert, The Musket Room brings the tastes of New Zealand to Nolita which in these days seems to be a new favored territory among savvy restauranteurs. Formerly head chef both at Public and at Saxon + Parole, two nearby projects by hospitality empire AvroKO, Lambert has had plenty of time to discern his clientele. His menu, varied and sophisticated, specializes in poultry and seafood dishes such as Octopus and New Zealand red deer filet. I tried the quail appetizer which was served with black berries and a very tasty bread sauce. Then as an entree I went with seafood, which was Chatham cod that evening, plated over English peas.

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I was also impressed by the selection of wine. Usually when I hear of New Zealand wine I think of the cheap stuff often served with bar food. Not so here. The wine list at The Musket Room revolves around high-quality New Zealand selections but has plenty of interesting bottles from around the world. If you’re having trouble making a choice, master sommelier Cameron Douglas is in-house and very excited to describe them for you right down to the grape.

When I think of New Zealand wine I usually think of the cheap stuff often served with bar food. The wine list revolves around high-quality New Zealand selections but has plenty of interesting wines from around the world. We have help on the ground in New Zealand from Cameron Douglas, master sommelier.

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I was impressed by the tastes but really I’m a sucker for style. Walking into The Musket Room, guests are greeted by a striking 20-foot walnut timber bar and mid-century modern simplicity. The back room looks out over a beautiful garden planted with herbs used in the kitchen. Alexander Waterworth Interiors incorporated rustic and contemporary design elements throughout the restaurant, such as lime-washed exposed brick and mid-century modern brass chandeliers. Very elegant.

The Musket Room
265 Elizabeth Street, Nolita, New York City
(212) 219-0764
www.musketroom.com
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