MPD no longer just stands for the Meatpacking District. To Daniel and Derek Koch it more importantly has a double meaning, one as the name for their new restaurant Mon Petit Dejeuner and the location of their new establishment.
The Koch brothers are notorious for raising the bar on contemporary brunch at Merkato 55 and for their signature Day and Night concept. The brothers are now venturing into their first incursion to the fine dining scene with MPD, a restaurant removing itself from everything they’ve done in the past — meaning more emphasis on the food and less focus on the Champagne. Well, that is with the exception of a few sparklers and confetti falling on your table during dinner.
The restaurant publicly opened on October 4, 2010 serving a French-American inspired menu at 73 Gansevoort, on the corner of Washington Street. Liv Tyler, Lance Bass, Jesus Luz, Akon, Charlie Walk, Randy Jackson, Caroline Manzo, Mark Hoppus, Natasha Bedingeld and Charlotte Ronson were seen dining at the new restaurant. MPD is also backed by the Ginza Group and is open nightly serving dinner from 5:30 p.m. until midnight, when the menu changes to its late-night setup — keeping the kitchen open until 3 a.m. There are future plans for the restaurant to serve breakfast, lunch and brunch.
Daniel and Derek Koch have certainly not compromised their great level of service, ambiance and vigor they are identified with during their Saturday champagne spraying brunches. Walking into MPD, you will find a modern, yet naturally chic setting. You can meander into the front bar area ringed by tall metallic tables while you wait for your table and check out the intimate dining room resembling some of the most luxurious cafes and bistros in Paris. MPD has an array of French inspired signature dishes by Executive Chef Geoff Rudaw (Royalton Hotel and Soho Grand) that should satisfy everyone’s taste buds for dinner. Some menu items comprise of delicacies such as Seared Diver Sea Scallops, Aged Goat Cheese Ravioli and Bordeaux Braised Short Ribs. The menu also features gourmet breakfast items and amazing truffle oil tater tots. The cocktail menu was fashioned by well-known mixologist Jeremy Strawn highlighting cocktails such as The Blackberry Press and the Monsieur Ginger. Around twelve o’clock one can hear a little extra buzz from the speakers as the room comes to life for a wild late-night scene.
Just remember to take note that even if you have reservations you’ll probably have to wait at least 20 minutes before eating. But we all know that the longer the wait the sweeter the experience.