Sam Sifton's first Momofuku Empire review is up! And he gives Ma Peche the deuce, an outcome heavily favored in today's poll. It's good, but not...magical. He writes of the space overall:
...Má Pêche is the first Momofuku restaurant truly suitable for dining with those the Internet calls the olds...Eating there is a little like visiting your formerly bohemian artist friend, whom you haven’t seen since he signed with Deitch and bought a double loft in TriBeCa.The food? "The food is not quite as precise and magical as it often is in the downtown restaurants, but it is recognizably Changish and strong: big flavors tied together with herbs and acids." And on that infamous Beef 7 Ways: "....the dinner is probably worth ordering once or twice in your life...It is a punishing meal, deeply satisfying and utterly over the top."
· Má Pêche [NYT]