Celebrity Hotel Chefs
by Julie Besonen, 05/11/2011
Photo: Daniel Krieger
David Chang: Má Pêche at the Chambers Hotel
15 W. 56th St., 212-757-5878, Midtown West, Manhattan
The Chambers Hotel scored a coup when they got David Chang to open his first Midtown restaurant on the premises, creating a huge buzz. Foodies are obsessed with Chang, vying for seats at his various Momofuku restaurants in the East Village (Ko, Ssäm Bar and the original), and standing in line at his Milk Bar for a slice of "crack pie." He's worshipped for intriguing flavor combinations, a fusion of Korean and American and other ethnic influences. Má Pêche has an understated design and a peachy glow (the name, in a fusion of Vietnamese and French, means "mother peach"). Walls are coated with music-inspired, mass-produced paintings by artist Steve Keene, giving the space a downtown feel. The menu changes daily, but you can expect superb raw bar selections, skillfully cooked fish, steak and pork chops, always with oddball twists. Several desserts are available from the hotel's branch of Milk Bar, with a more extensive selection of cookies, cake and soft-serve ice cream offered to go.
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