photo credit: Noah Fecks
Whether you’re preparing for your next seaside vacation or just patiently awaiting the new season of White Lotus, let Ma-dé’s pastel mermaid chic and fresh scallops take you away from whatever hot pile of trash you had to pass by to get there. Unlike its sister restaurant Wayan next door, Ma-dé doesn’t officially identify as Indonesian. But the Southeast Asian influences are there, with things like sambal and calamansi making appearances in their kaleidoscopic seafood and vegetable plates, some served on Indonesian dinnerware. With all that rattan around you and a beach party soundtrack to set the mood, you can almost smell the sea salt. But we wouldn’t sniff too hard. You’re still in Manhattan. Lose yourself in another makrut lime cocktail instead.