Ma Peche, David Chang’s newest Asian fusion restaurant and the first to venture outside of the East Village, is now open for business. The restaurant is in Midtown’s Chambers Hotel, but don’t let the new neighborhood or the high ceilings in the hotel lobby fool you. Ma Peche stays true to the Momofuku brand of exclusivity that is brought about by dim lighting, community seating and chefs working within an arms reach. Oh, and they don’t take reservations.
The menu at Ma Peche changes daily depending on what local farmers have on the chopping block. That’s code for: this restaurant serves a lot of meat, and has no vegetarian options. Mainstay entrees include spicy pork two ways, ribs with carrots and spaetzle, and mussels with crab paste and beer.
After the meal is over and the reasonable tab is settled, stop by the Milk Bar at the front of the house. Offerings include Cereal Milk soft serve and Crack Pie. They call it that because, well, it’s really addictive.