Thursday, August 25, 2011

NYC dining...Final evening at Ma Peche

I had an extremely busy and successful business week in New York with Nagatani-en (the donabe producer) people from Iga, Japan. On our final evening, we had dinner at David Chang's Ma Peche. Everything in the menu is meant to share here. 4 of us ordered many dishes and enjoyed many different flavors.

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Vermont Cultured Butter with Ma Peche's housemade sourdough bread. Oysters (3 different kinds) from East Coast.

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Summer Rolls (with shrimp), Crispy Pig's Head (from Newman's Farm, MO), Summer Bean Salad (from Satur Farm, NY), Beef Tartare (Niman Ranch).

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Veal (from Provitello Farms, NY), Swordfish (from Montauk, NY), and Pork Chop (from Bev Eggleston, VA). Pork chop was a $68 platter and it was huge! The meat was so succulent and very tasty.

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Side dishes...Cavalo Nero with duck ham, Pea Shoot.

Cheese course...Coupole (Vermont), Battenkill Brebis (New York), Harbison (Vermont), Pawlett (Vermont), Landaff (New Hampshire), and Caveman Blue (Oregon).

I also liked their wine list. It's not huge, but it's a very smart list, with a wide selection of wines from Jura! We even had Macvin du Jura (by Domaine Macle) at the end of the dinner.
Godme Pere et Fils, Champagne 1er Cru Reserve (Verzenay)...50% Ch, 15%PN, 35%PM. Very elegant and smooth. Baguette, spice, minerals.
2007 Thiery Weber, "Gebling", Gruner Veltliner (Kremstal, Austria)...from their top vineyard. Dry herbs, spice, medium-rich body.
2004 Ar.Pe.Pe, Valtellina Superiore, "Grumello Rocca de Piro" (Lombardia)...Chiavennasca (Nebbiolo) 100%. Aged for over 2 years in large oak barrel. Very intense and rich/ smooth body. It was really great with the pork.

What a feast! We had a great time. Our waiter, Aaron, was very nice, too.
After dinner, we walked to the bar at MOMA for more drinks.

It was a wonderful night. I had such a special time with Nagatani-en people and shared our love for their donabe and Iga-yaki. They went back to Iga and I went back to LA the next day. Now I miss them so much.

Happy donabe life.