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4 Course Vegan
Brooklyn NY 11211
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$$$$$ (Average entree cost: $20+)
- Cash Only
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4 Course Vegan did not deliver.
4 Course Vegan is not an actual restaurant, but a dinner hosted approximately once a week by Chef Matteo. Further information is available via phone, e-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org - or their website.
Some dinners are raw, but most involved cooked food.
Review by beanmail on July 26, 2010:
- 4 Course Vegan is an experience not to be missed. Every single course is prepared with obvious care and incredible attention to detail. You will leave full, satiated, and wondering why Matteo doesn't have his own restaurant. Then thank yourself that he doesn't because the same meal would cost three times as much.
Review by champurrado on December 14, 2008:
- YUMM!! I was really blown away by how unique and surprising the flavors were--definitely different than many of the veg restaurants in the city. It was so much better than I expected. If it were a restaurant, I'd say it was one of the best ones I've been to in the city as far as the food goes. It's BYOB, and it is a long evening (almost 3 hrs), but worth it.
Review by Roseann Marulli Rodriguez on July 17, 2008:
- I went to Matteo's for the second time recently, this time over July 4th weekend, and yet again was blown away by the food. The menu:
- buckwheat pancake with chives, avocado, and hot sesame oil (this was creamy and delicious—not to be believede!)
- red norland potatoes with italian arugula and mustard seed aioli
- french lentil 'burger' with cucumber kim chi and cherry tomato confit
- cocoa butter blondie with toasted coconut and sour cherry compote
I'm embarrassed to admit i can't remember what he started us off with (I should have written this review sooner!), but absolutely everything was delish.
My friends and I were the last ones there and got to play a bit with the adorable Winston and swing in his hammock chairs. And while the atmosphere is always nice, because of the holiday there were only two tables instead of three, which made for a slightly more intimate gathering (although they're always intimate because of the setup and the great company and food).
I always manage to be amazed by how sated I am by what at first glance look like small portions. But the tastes and textures and combinations are great (plus we brought some wine), the pacing is lovely and unrushed, and it truly is a meal that you will savor over the two hours or so that you're there. Don't miss it!
Review by AJ on June 18, 2008:
- The food is fabulous. Very inventive, very tasty, and you get a lot of bang for your buck (nice portions). It's great for anyone who likes to go eat at a friend's house instead of going out to a restaurant. Matteo does it all himself--including the service--which is more that impressive. Thus, sometimes the space between courses is fairly long, because he has to plate it all, etc. So, I would not recommend trying to make it to a 10pm movie or anything. The atmosphere is generally great, but as you sharing a table with strangers, the company can be hit and miss, but everyone is generally nice and polite (I once shared a table with a woman who seemed very judgmental of anyone who ate cooked food...and now I guess I am judging her for judging us...it's a vicious cycle. note: this is probably a freak exception to the general trend that everyone is very chill). I would definitely go back again. Did I mention the food is great? Cause it is.
(he sends out e-mails with the coming week's menu every Sunday...and it always sounds amazing...if I could go every week, I probably would)
Review by ofishler on October 15, 2006:
- 4 course vegan is the best hidden jewel in New York City. Every Saturday, Chef Matteo cooks a 4 course vegan meal that makes you say WOW after every bite and leaves everyone, vegans and non-vegans alike with the same thought: if I could only eat like that every day!
My wife and I discovered this place through a co-worker of mine about a year and a half ago and have been hooked ever since, trying to be there every Saturday night we can.
The menu changes every week and is based on local, seasonal ingredients.
The web site is http://www.4coursevegan.com and is updated weekly with the menu.
Last night's menu included:
Jicma and Cashew "cheeze" ravioli with cilantro pesto sauce
Herbed "cheeze" and flax seed cracker
Thai lentil soup with lemon grass and avocado relish
Salad of Frisee and Sorrel with
Sour Rye Croutons and Horseradish Dressing
Rosemary Mushroom Pave with
Buttercup 'Mash' and Adzuki Miso Gravy
Cinnamon Apple Torte with
Maple Caramel, Lemon Sour Cream, and Spiced Walnuts
The Ravioli resembles its Italian cousin just in concept. The cashew cheese was sandwiched between 2 thin slices of Jicama. It was light and crunchy with amazing creamy texture inside.
The Soup was very unique. Now we want to try and add lemon grass to our lentil soups. The avocado relish was a perfect companion.
We did differ in our love of the next 2 courses. The horseradish dressing was to strong for my taste but my wife, the wasabi lover, enjoyed every bite
The Mushroom Pave was a bit salty but to my taste it complemented the lightly sweet buttercup mash perfectly.
Everyone agreed on the desert. It was a perfect torte. Smelling of cinnamon and every bite is a mouthful of sweet and sour. Beautifully presented, we all wished there could be seconds.
Beyond the extraordinary food, the dinner is a great way to meet like-minded people. Served by Matteo himself to a communal table, the conversation and company is always great.
Check it out at http://www.4coursevegan.com