Sated, but on a mission, it was time at last to try Ma Peche. Chang’s outpost off of Fifth, in the 50’s, is in a hidden location, below the street and the small signage makes it hard to find. You descend and find yourself in a cavernous room in hues of gold and brown and with perfect lighting. Also perfect is the $25 prix fixe lunch of three courses. We’re taking a bunny and duck pate followed by rice noodles with a lamb Bolognese and then a big cookie. Where can you find such great food? And at a great price!
En route to a play, we stopped at Rockefeller Center for a coffee at Bouchon, which opened 48 hours prior. Occupying the former Dean & Deluca, this bakery/cafe, owned by Thomas Keller, is for sure spectacular. An oasis in a sea of shops and offices.
That evening, meeting up with a friend, we found ourselves at The Dutch. This is a fascinating, explosive restaurant on Sullivan Street that opened two weeks ago where chef Andrew Carmellini, who also mans Locanda Verde, is cooking up American classics. Big rooms, many covers, chill staff, noise and flavor. “White boy’s” ribs were a terrific starter followed by thinly sliced hiramasa that sang with flavor and a main course of rabbit pot pie. This is a restaurant that showcases the USA: Its traditions and depth of flavors.