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MA PECHE Summer Dinner

erica | Aug 22, 201103:36 AM     17

Had a terrific early Sunday dinner last night and thought I would report back since there have been a few queries about the summer menu.

There were two of us at a corner table; I ordered a la carte while my friend opted for the 3-course $55 prix fixe. We shared most dishes and each and every one made me happy. Two made me want to lick the plate.

This is what we ate; stars are my own:

Prix Fixe:

Tomato salad *** strewn with crispy wonton sticks and pickeled raspberry.. Why can't I make a salad like this at home? A far cry from your usual tomato "salad."

Fried chicken Salad **** Like no other fried chicken you've ever eaten. Small chunks. No grease. Plated on a smashing sauce with watermelon, mustard and beer that was lick-the-plate good.

Striped Montauk Bass ****. Nice filet with complex sauce. Served with roasted cauliflower that has that Ma Peche vegetable magic. Outstanding. Every fish dish I've eaten here has been superb.

But the best was yet to come: If you go in summer, do not miss the Petite Assiette, or small plate, dish called COQUILLAGE. ***** Described as "shellfish, corn lemon balm," it was a whole lot more than that, and probably the best dish I've eaten in the US this year. Served in a bowl, strewn with chili threads.

And we could not pass up a chance to sample two of their summer vegetable dishes--

Corn with nori and togarashi spice **** I am not a corn-on-the-cob fan. This is a far cry from corn-on-the cob! A must try.

Cavolo Nero *** Tuscan kale shredded fine and served with a broth spiked with shards of duck ham.

We passed on desserts, unfortunately.

The bill totalled $107. before tip and w/o drinks. An exceptional and exciting meal at a fair price. Living in the food desert of midtown, we are very, very happy to have this place within an easy walk.

Ma Peche
15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

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