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Posted by Thoughtful critic on 01/22/2005
Many visits over the years to Eleven Mad have made this one or our favorites. Eleven Mad is a food and wine friendly restaurant that is a beacon for foodies and oenophiles alike. The food is creative and, with certain exceptions, provides great pairing opportunities for the extensive wine list. Lunch is a particularly lovely experience, with views through the large windows to Madison Park, and bountiful sunlight streaming in. In season, the short ribs are wonderful. The various appitizer flans are delicious. The seared artic char with truffle vinaigrette is a spectacular pairing for a rich California Pinot Noir. One of the best places in New York to host a wine event with friends.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/21/2005
The problem with this otherwise good restaurant: It is hopelessly understaffed. One full hour wait for the starters(!) on a thursday night is simply too long. When the food finally arrived after an hour eating buttered bread, we devoured it like starving wolves. Otherwise, everything was fine but we won't be coming back.
Posted by Got Gobs on 01/13/2005
This place has style. You'll walk a mile to find fine dining too. Don't forget your fancy shoes, and you'll dance if it's a gala. Lots of good wine. Smart staff.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/18/2004
Completely surpasses all expectations of a great meal. What a beautiful space.
Posted by longtime danny meyer fan on 08/19/2004
I have eaten dinner and lunch here for several special occasions and have always been pleased. We had a wonderful meal here on Sunday with some out of town guests. The Brunch is a great treat because you can go so many ways - from steak and eggs to seafood to waffles. My only complaint is the ice tea - you just never know flavor what will arrive - the waitstaff needs to forewarn you. Try the cookies and cake dessert plate for $10...four people could not finish it!
Posted by Anonymous on 08/18/2004
I went there for one of those monument birthdays, Tomato and Watermelon Gazpacho, and the special was a Pork Belly Dish. Soup was interesting... I'm still not sure if I liked it or not, while the pork was excellent. For dessert we had a Chocolate Souffle. Service was good, I'm not used to having 2 glasses for water, and my fellow diners probably should have asked the wait staff a bit more about their dish. A bit pricy, but I didn't pick up the tab.
Posted by Marty on 08/08/2004
For those of us who have refinanced and cashed out a portion of our mortgage, this is a great place to spend some of those extra funds. The setting is elegant but not stuffy, the waiters are attentive, knowledgeable, and not at all condescending, and the food is excellent. Unless you're wealthy or on an expense account, this restaurant is a splurge to be savored on special occasions.