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Posted by Anonymous on 08/04/2014
This was a disappointing experience. We actually left hungry after the 14-16 $225 tasting menu. The constant mix between courses that offer caviar and foie gras and those that offer pretzel sticks and pastrami sandwiches simply made no sense. If you want to offer 'circus and ball-park' menu, sure, go ahead, but then charge accordingly for it and stick with the theme. The only 'real food' course offered duck that was overcooked and chewy. To offer chocolate cover pretzels at this type of restaurant as a dessert course is simply shameful. For the price we spent on this dinner, we could have easily had 2 better dinners at other top tier restaurants in Manhattan.
Posted by Jerry B on 12/24/2013
Disregard all the negative reviews. They just don't get it. Yes, there is no menu. It's "chef's choice." Yes, you need yo be an adventurous eater, although they will accommodate requests ( my wife asked for no alcohol and 7 of the courses were different from mine but just as awesome.) yes, it takes at least 3 hours to dine. It's a 15 course meal!, 5:30 is actually a good reservation time. This is a special occasion spot but also a MUST for anyone who appreciates fabulous food and the most amazing service anywhere. The best dining experience of my life.
Posted by Jjw32 on 08/10/2013
I can honestly say it was the best meal I have ever eaten I am lucky enough to have eaten in many Michelin ster restaurants but eleven madison made them look sloppy!! Even the bread roll was to die for. The staff were incredibly friendly and very knowledgable, the whole experience was unforgettable.
Posted by sam maccabe on 07/04/2012
Great atmosphere and well prepared dishes worthy of (at most) a four star restaurant. The word pricey, however, is an understatement. We would return if priced more reasonably -- consistent with the true level this restaurant merits.
Posted by Sjanice on 06/25/2012
We had been to this restaurant several times in the past and have liked it. Our children gave us a gift certificate for Mother's Day so we went despite having to have to jump through hoops to get a reservation. Amex Platinum couldn't even do better than 5:30. The new menu lists 16 foods and you have to tell them everything you don't like or are allergic to. There's no way of knowing what you are getting. My substitute first course (allergic to shellfish) was totally bland. The couscous was dry and tasteless and the chicken was totally pedestrian even if it was called "poussin". The desserts were the best thing although the cappuccino came late and was lukewarm. This restaurant is so full of itself it is no longer enjoyable and there are so many amazing options in NY.
Posted by TS on 01/20/2012
Ok, so the last reviewer clearly had a grudge... There's just no way that you can have the type of experience that he claims to have had unless you're looking to make it negative. My wife and I went last night, and it was one of the best meals we've ever had...from the food (every dish was stunning) to the service (the most personalized and accommodating we've ever encountered) this place fires on all cylinders. Yes, it's pricey - but if you're going there, you already know that. It won't matter though - you'll walk out feeling like you got your money's worth and will remember the evening for a long time to come.
Posted by Peter on 12/18/2011
If you believe that cost and pretension make a good restaurant then this place is for you. If you are interested in service and food quality then don't waste your time here. Whilst we waited 2 hours for our uninspiring appetizers and almost that long for bread we were served indifferent amuses bouches and had a third rate barely chilled martini. When our first bottle of Montrachet ($450) ran out we were told by the just out of school 'sommelier' that we had the last bottle. Amateur hour! Every course was cold, uninteresting and badly presented not to mention barely existent. My seared foie gras was duck not goose. The turbot was ok but cold and uninspiring. The tiny roulade of fatty, stringy, overcooked veal was shameful. The Blue Cheese comprised three tiny lumps of an indifferent American blue hidden under piles of green stuff. The service was a amateur. How this place gained any Michelin stars I shall never know. To put it in the same category as Jean Georges or Le Bernardin is an outrage. New York must be full of people that have more money than they do knowledge of food or service. Danny Meyer did well to sell it. The king has no clothes!