Fusion: má pêche

Eating Out

I was first introduced to the world of David Chang when I dined at momofuku noodle bar in 2006. Other restaurants under the momofuku name (ssam bar, ko, milk bar) have gathered a bit of a cult following.  I knew I had to check out má pêche (which means “mother peach”), the only restaurant of the family located outside the East Village, which opened last year.   Was the schlep uptown (okay, it’s midtown, but it’s uptown to me!) worth it?

The menu at má pêche changes daily, and I was excited to see what it held in store for me.  I admit I was a bit weary because rumor has it that some momofuku restaurants frown upon cameras, but no dirty glares or withering glances fell upon me – phew!  Otherwise I’d have to resort to my old Blackberry camera, and let’s face it – my Blackberry cam sucks.

But I digress.

I perused the menu and briefly considered the lunch prix fixe:

but ultimately decided to order from the a la carte menu, for several reasons – one being: I wanted to order from the SANDWICHERIE menu.  I mean, come on!  How fun is that to say?  Try it out loud, you won’t regret it. Also as an aside – I thought legumes (bottom of menu) were beans.  Aren’t carrots and potatoes tubers?  Someone more versed in veggies than I, please feel free to chime in.

To start, my eating buddy and I ordered the Long Island Fluke with blood orange, avocado and black rice (first photo).  Prepared ceviche style, this the fluke was fresh and light, with just a touch of tangy citrus from the blood orange.  The avocado provided a creamy counterpoint and the black rice was genius!  Crunchy, nutty and flavorful yet not overpowering, it was the highlight of this dish.  Yum.

We also ordered the Mushroom & Asparagus with watercress, goat cheese and pistachio:

The accompanying sauce was just the slightest bit tangy, which played off the tender asparagus and mild mushroom perfectly.  The goat cheese absorbed the sauce’s flavor and the sauteed watercress was perfectly crisp.  Another choice appetizer (or “petite assiette” as they call it. I really don’t know what that means, but I have a feeling my guess of “small butts” is incorrect).

For my main, I ordered the Banh Mi Maison from the SANDWICHERIE!!! menu:

Ok, while it was a perfectly good banh mi, I admit it wasn’t the best banh mi I’ve ever had.  I’d even dare to venture that my $6 go-to banh mi is slightly better.  Don’t get me wrong, I still finished this sammie, but considering how yummilicious the two starters were, I was a tad disappointed.

OF COURSE we had to save room for dessert, since we walked through the milk bar on the way in (hello, cereal milk and compost cookie – come to mama!).  And I knew exactly what I needed to order.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the crack pie.

You guys, this pie is 100% deserving of its controversial name.  Now, I don’t have any experience with its namesake illegal substance, but this dessert had, according to its menu, an “oat crust and gooey butter filling.” Gooey butter, people!!  Strangely addictive, I couldn’t stop at just one bite and mourned the whittling down of this all-too-small slice of heaven.  And yes, I sobbed a little when I saw the piece I got was missing a bit of the oat crust right at the tip. Wah.  I wanted to eat more and more of this. And more.  It is….sogood.

Of course since there were two of us, we needed a second dessert.  Our waiter suggested the intriguing corn cookie:


Also quite addictive, the corn cookie was reminiscent of the very top crispy/chewy layer of a sweet corn muffin. To paraphrase an old Seinfeld episode, if you popped the top off a kerbillion corn muffins, sampled them all, and picked the best one, you would have the corn cookie.  Delish!

My experience at má pêche started strong, wavered slightly in the middle, but finished with a resounding dessert WIN!  If you ever find yourself in the NYC midtown area, definitely give má pêche a try!  And, errrr…can you pick me up a slice of the crack pie while you’re at it? 😉

má pêche
15 W. 56th St. (btw 5th/6th Ave)

Yummy starters, and their desserts? OMG.

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    May 12, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I want one of those sandwiches….for breakfast!

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    May 12, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Mmmm, corn cookies would be good to munch on when I am watching AFC…LOL!

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    Chic 'n Cheap Living
    May 12, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    How have I not tried the dessert yet? Ooh and how interesting that you liked but didn't love the bahn mi.

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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    May 12, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Crack pie! Yum! It looks delish, and I'll try anything with "gooey butter" filling. Unfortunate for my waistline, but sometimes sacrifices must be made.

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    May 12, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    I love the pie, all look amazing! gloria

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    May 12, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Crack pis is AWESOME. Gooey, addictive awesomeness.

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    San Jose Love
    May 12, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    all of this looks soo good. I regret not trying any of the momofuku restaurants while I was in NY. But I'm coming back in September so yay for second chances!

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    May 12, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    De-lurking to let you know that it's banh mi, not bahn mi. 🙂 And it sucks that the price of banh mi in NYC can be as high as 6 bucks! In LA the best ones are around $2.50. PS- the crack pie looks and sounds awesome!

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    May 12, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Thanks for pointing it out, Jeannie; I've updated the post 🙂

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    May 12, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    I've always wanted to try ma peche! Their desserts sound so tasty!

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    May 12, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Wait, is it REALLY called crack pie? Want some. It all looks delish!

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    May 12, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    looks like chang has another success on his hands!

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    May 14, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Legumes is French for vegetables. Ask any Canadian! The crack pie looks like and sounds like the national dessert of Canada – what we call butter tart. We eat them for breakfast! LOL! I do hope to visit NYC some day – I live in a small town in Ontario and sure do miss the fine cuisine of the big city. I used to live in Montreal which has the finest restaurants outside Paris!

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    May 14, 2011 at 1:47 am

    Ah, thanks Anonymous! And I'm going to have to look more into this Canadian butter tart 🙂

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    May 14, 2011 at 10:15 am

    I've been meaning to hit up one of David Chang's savory venues…I've been to Milk Bar but none of his other establishments! Those appetizers do sound delicious!

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    May 15, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Looks delish! And I so hear you about schlepping uptown {midtown} 🙂

    Hope you're having a fabulous weekend, sweetie 🙂 xoxo

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    May 15, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    I would go here just to try that pie! Yum!

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    May 16, 2011 at 12:00 am

    I've heard mixed reviews about Ma Peche, but they generally lean towards the favorable side. Thanks for such an awesome post, the crack pie looks awesome:)

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    May 16, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Wow – looks fantastic! I am so intrigued by the thought of crack pie…I want to try!

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    honey my heart
    May 18, 2011 at 4:14 am

    my mouth is watering! bahh mis are my faves and that gooey butter looks like a perfect end to the meal 🙂

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    Nerdy Wife
    May 27, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Cereal milk was totally an idea I had when I was a kid… I even put together a project for school where we had to come up with a product, packaging and a marketing campaign!

    Also, that pie looks amazing.

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