Earlier today, rumors flew that Mason Dixon, LES mechanical bull bar was closing, due to what must be a mistake on the Community Board 3 docket and some dubious new restaurateurs who were petitioning neighbors for support for a new concept in the space. Turns out owner Rob Shamlian isn't going anywhere.
Not only is Mason Dixon staying open, but it's launching a new menu by chef Wayne Nish, he of the once great and now shuttered restaurants March and Nish. Nish was last seen in New York consulting for MD's sister bar Spitzer's Corner before he decamped for Asia in February 2009. Now that he's back in the States, he's signed on with Shamlian for Mason Dixon and all of his future projects.
For Mason Dixon, Nish has planned a simple, straightforward, and short menu. He explains to Eater, "I approached some icons and gave them a different twist." He knew the public wanted burgers, fries, mac 'n' cheese, but wanted to elevate them somewhat. His new menu is below.
o WINGS braised and fried chicken wings, iceberg lettuce, spicy sauce 10
o CRISPY PORK DOGS breaded and deep fried pulled bbq pork shoulder,
spicy dipping sauce 10
o TWICE COOKED FAT FRIES herbs, sea salt 6
o FISH N CHIPS batter fried catfish, fat fries, iceberg lettuce, spicy sauce
o DEEP FRIED MAC N CHEESE BARS grana padano, white cheddar,
gouda, cream cheese, milk, herbed breadcrumb crust, tomato fondue 8
o ROOT SALAD roasted squash, tomato, parsnip, shiitake, iceberg
lettuce, spicy soy vinaigrette 9
o BLT CHEESEBURGER bacon, lettuce, tomato, white cheddar cheese,
soy jalapeños 12
o GRILLED SALMON chinese mustard, spinach, red wine sauce 16
o DOUBLE CHICKEN boneless chicken, duck paté, spinach, red wine
o STEAK FRITES hanger steak, red wine sauce, fat fries, soy jalapeños 18