David Chang comes to midtown
MA PECHE is the Momofuko founder's first venture uptown. The space - formerly TOWN - is odd to begin with: a windowless basement that feels like eating in an empty swimming pool. The food at lunch is similar to the downtown grub - just a bit more self-conscious. Summer rolls with pork are fresh and crunchy and given interest by a smooth peanut sauce. Pork ribs in a sweet, sticky sauce are terrific - meaty, tender and gooey delicious. Banh mi chicken with greens on a baguette is a nice fusion sandwich. Sun chokes and tongue is interesting but gnarly. The service style is minimalist. If you want dessert go upstairs and buy it at the counter. Although it doesn’t quite hit the mark, MA PECHE is worth a visit to experience David Chang’s quirky style.