Let me start of by saying this restaurant was very disappointing! Má Pêche is part of the Momofuku brand, which is a collections of restaurants started by esteemed Chef David Chang. Momofuku means lucky peach in Japanese. The restaurants include: Momofuku Noodle Bar, Momofuku Ssäm Bar, Booker & Dax, Má Pêche, Momofuku Ko, Milk Bar, Momofuku Seiōbo, Momofuku Noodle Bar (TO), Nikai, Daishō and Shōtō. Má Pêche, which means mother peach, is located in Midtown Manhattan in the Chambers Hotel at 15 West 56th Street, New York, NY . It opened April 2010 with co-owner and executive chef Tien Ho and Chef Paul Carmichael who took over on October 2011. This caused a shift in Má Pêche's cuisine from French-Vietnamese to American. Má Pêche also includes a Momofuku Milk Bar shop that sells cookies and special milks. The restaurant is behind the Chambers Hotel, but has a private restaurant entrance. The restaurant has a modern theme with tall ceilings, slightly transparent walls with lights, a large bar, a communal table, and other separate tables. The tables are made of plywood and the restaurant gives disposable chopsticks. There is a pretty short menu with a raw bar, hot dishes, and dim sum. They have people going around in carts or trays to serve the dim sum dishes.
As I said before, the food is pretty disappointing. We got a cod fritter and it was soggy and didn't taste like anything except salt. The escarole salad was wilted and sour and there was way too much goat cheese. The fried chicken was juicy and well cooked, but so spicy. You can tell that the batter was not mixed well because some parts had absolutely no flavor, while others were overwhelmingly hot. Though those dishes were not good, something that was delicious was the smoked lamb ribs. They were so tender, delicious, and (thankfully) well seasoned. The pork buns were also really good. The pork belly is so soft and rich. The vegetables that go with the bun are perfect. The waiters were really nice and they gave great advice. They knew how much food we should order for us and told us, honestly, when it was too much. At the Milk Bar the cookies are all delicious. The chocolate cookies are so rich and perfectly chocolaty. The milk on the other hand, was not that good. It was really sweet and made me feel sick when I drank it and it seemed like a dessert. Overall the food here is hit or miss. Some food was truly delicious, while others were not so much. After all the hype on the Momofuku restaurants, this was not the quality that I expected. The food and everything else was extremely overpriced. After I ate here, my family had to go to another restaurant across the street because we really didn't enjoy the food there.