David Chang’s “Momofuku group” has added another new and exciting restaurant .….. “Ma Peche” (Mother Peach) to its list of smoking hot venues in Manhattan. Ma Peche is larger,& more comfortable than his other 3 restaurants and is located in midtown, a departure from his other haute cuisine venues in the East Village. Mr. Chang, whose restaurants are noted for their minimalism & tight spaces, has given Ma peche a comfortable space, with a exotic ambiance and great music playing all night. You can actually hear yourself think as well as make conversation with members of your group. It is perfect for the reformed rebels in their 30’s and 40’s as well as those seniors with a sense of adventure. The restaurant has an enormous bare wood communal table in the middle of the dining room surrounded by smaller tables along the walls and beneath giant sails of canvas that stretch up toward the skylight.l
The menu is somewhat less dramatic, but nonetheless still spectacular, David Changs bold flavors mixed with herbs, vegetables and acids. Mr. Chang and his chef Tien Ho of Momofuku SSam bar offer a unique menu of French/Vietnamese cooking. The evening we were there, we started our adventure by trying selections from the raw bar i.e. oysters, clams, shrimp and king crab with a Vietnamese kick. We also sampled a squid salad which was fragrant and with the heat of chili.
We ordered fried pig face which was rich, crisp and out of this world delicious along with steak frites made so that the beef is run through a sous vide machine which helps make it crunchy and soft. The end result was an assortment of delectable salty rice fries. The idea that night was to share and experience the magic of Chang’s menu.. At the suggestion of our charming and knowledgeable waitress, we sampled fried cauliflower with mint and fish sauche, and an outrageous steak tartare made with soy, scallions and mint. For a main dish we tried extravagantly large roasted pork chop basted with butter. We also ordered and reordered the super luscious and cruncy shrimp spring rolls. When all of us felt we could eat no more we tried a plate of salty oxtails along with ma peche vietnamese condiments and lettuce cups.
No desserts were available so we finished our meal with some warm and satisfying exotic tea.
Ma Peche does not make you want to do cartwheels when you leave, but you will want to come back to a really fine restaurant with an exciting menu…especially for slightly senior folks.
Ma Peche 15 West 56th Street 212-757-5878