It's been a while since I wanted to go to Momofuku má pêche, one of the many restaurants of Chef David Chang, my favorite being Momofuku Noodle Bar. Yes, I wanted to go there to try their signature dish: the habanero fried chicken. It was not that hard to get a reservation on Opentable. In fact, I was surprised that the place would not be more crowded for a Friday night. When you enter into the building, the first think you will see is Momofuku Milk Bar where Pastry Chef and founder Christina Tosi offers a bunch of delicious treats. You then have to go down some quite dark stairs to reach the dining room of Momofuku má peche, dining room that is quite impressive with its very high ceilings.
In term of drinks, they have a nice selection of cocktails, beers, sake and wine. I decided to go for the bonji old fashioned, a cocktail made with bourbon, black sugar and bonji (a cold-pressed liquid seasoning made in the style of tamari and soy sauce from fermented grains). It was ok, having too much bourbon that hid the other ingredients that I was looking forward to tasting.
Food wise, they offer small and large plates, as well as very large dishes for 3 to 5 people. For the appetizer, we decided to order the corned beef buns, served with cabbage and 1000 island dressing. I liked it, the buns being very soft and the filling delicious, with a delightfully fatty corned beef smothered with that delicious sauce.
For her entree, Jodi picked the roasted rice cakes made with mushroom, kale and garlic chives, the only vegetarian main dish (if you are vegetarian, you will have only a couple of dishes on the entire menu, unless you settle for side dishes). I liked her dish, especially the texture of the rice cakes that have nothing to do with these rice cakes you find in supermarkets.
On my side, I went for the habanero fried chicken, their signature dish. It came in a bucket, with some lime that kind of helped soothe a bit my mouth, although I would have prefered having some daikon that would have been more effective, the chicken being quite spicy, the habanero being in the brine and batter (on a scale from 1 to 10 of spiciness, I would say that it was a 7). The chicken was really good, not greasy, crispy on the outside and moist inside. There were 5 pieces of it and was served without any sides, that surprised me considering it was a $28 dish.
Last was dessert. We decided to go for the banana bread pudding, made with plantain chips that added a nice crunch, dulce de leche and labne ice cream. I liked it, at the exception of the ice cream that tasted really weird on its own (I would have preferred vanilla ice cream).
I liked my meal at Momofuku má peche: it was good and creative. I would go back definitely and recommend it, unless you are vegetarian...
Enjoy (I did)!
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Momofuku má pêche - 15 West 56th Street, New York, NY 10019