Má Pêche - NY, NY
Every time I visit a David Chang restaurant, I am pleasantly surprised by his creativity and culinary skills. The first David Chang restaurant I dined at was Momofoku Ko, and to this day, it still ranks as my all-time favorite restaurant. Every dish presented is more beautiful and flavorful than the previous dish. The most interesting part of dining at Momofoku Ko is being able to enjoy the cooking show happening right in front of your eyes. All the chefs are in the middle of the restaurant prepping and cooking the dishes. In addition to Momofoku Ko, I have visited the Noodle Bar, the Milk Bar and most recently had brunch at Má Pêche. Má Pêche is David Chang’s first Midtown restaurant and is making quite an impression on this area.
The name Má Pêche is a mixture of French and Vietnamese and translates to “mother peach”. Má Pêche serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. The décor at Má Pêche is quite unlike any of David Chang’s other restaurants. The restaurant is in the basement level of the Chambers Hotel on 56th Street. When walking down the stairs, diners feel transported to a secret underworld. The room is very large and adorned by cascading linens along the outer walls. There are no tablecloths and most of the tables are communal made of recycled plywood.
Just like its namesake, Má Pêche’s menu is comprised of French-Vietnamese dishes. Mr Chang appointed Tien Ho, the mastermind behind the kitchen at Momofufu Ssam Bar, to head up the kitchen at Má Pêche. Together they have created a brunch menu quite unlike any I have seen before.
The menu features small plates such as David Chang’s signature Steamed Pork Buns and Egg Buns. The Egg Buns consist of the most perfect fluffy Egg, smothered in American Cheese, topped with delicious Maple Bacon on a pillowy Steamed Bun. The Maple Syrup served on the side was perfect for dipping and added a wonderful sweet component to the dish.
In addition to the small plates, Má Pêche offers large plates such as Matcha Pancakes and Chicken & Waffles. The Matcha Pancakes are served with a Lavender Maple Syrup and topped with fresh Raspberries. They are large, fluffy and that Matcha flavor shines through in this dish. The Chicken & Waffles have some heat on them, as they are Habanero Fried Chicken. The spice on this Fried Chicken will definitely help wake up your taste buds! The combination of the crispy chicken and fluffy waffle was spot on and created a wonderful balance in textures.
David Chang has done his magic once again with Má Pêche. The brunch menu features items unlike any that I’ve ever seen, making it a must visit destination in the city.