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Eleven Madison Park
Posted by livetoeat on 12/17/2007
Just dined here Saturday evening and I cannot say enough good things about the experience. Girlfriend and I had the Gourmond menu, mine was traditional, girlfriend had a vegetarian equivilant created especially for her. The evening was so perfectly executed you would have thought we were the only people in the place yet it was very full. The progression of tastes and the wine paired with each was flawless. Everyone was so well versed in their knowledge of the menu and the Chef's intent it made for a truly spectacular evening. The decor was spartan yet classy, wonderful volume for speaking. We have dined at many of the city's best and Eleven Madison Park should always be considered in that same rarified air.
Posted by Hungry For Someplace Else on 12/14/2007
Had lunch with clients. The seating is comfortable, but otherwise we were all underwhelmed. One in our party was given the wrong menu. My red snapper was lukewarm. The cassoulet special was merely ordinary. Both the appetizer and main course portions are tiny. The main courses did not provide any side dish. We don't normally order dessert at lunch, but did so just to get something more substantial after such paltry portions. Even the pear dessert was tiny. The french roast coffee tasted as if warm water had been poured thru mediocre beans. I couldn't taste what should be a rich bodied coffee in that brew. We all left hungry and won't be rushing back anytime soon at these prices.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/03/2007
I'd say I'm pretty particular about restaurants and I highly recommend Eleven Madison Park. The decor is fancy, modern but not fad-ish. The noise is loud enough so there's never any awkward silence (if on a date) but not so loud to where you can hear conversations clearly. The food was really good, too! Definitely high up on my list of favorite spots.
Posted by Spectacular on 06/30/2007
They have got it all going on here. All the elements one needs for a perfect dining experience can be had at this restaurant. The food always has the WOW factor and tghe service is outstanding. Highly recommended.
Posted by Herkermer Homolka on 05/21/2007
Came here with my wife for a first anniversary dinner, a detail which was mentioned by each staff member but never in a brown-nosing type of way. $328 later, we’d enjoyed one of the best meals we’ve had in years. Highly recommended: the lemon-flavored gnocchi, the most tender lobster imaginable, loin of lamb and the oft-discussed suckling pig. All the flavors were perfectly calibrated, as were the portions. Well worth the expense, across the board.
Posted by missegee on 04/16/2007
I have heard great things about EMP, but always hear the same thing, that it is a great, but very expensive meal. After looking at their brunch menu and realizing the prices were comparable to my neighborhood brunch spots where I can't make a reservation and have half the ambiance, I decided to give it a whirl. It was awesome. Their praline pecan pancakes are fabulous and the chocolate croissants they offer are amazing as well, I highly recommend it.
Posted by Joe B on 03/31/2007
After checking numerous restaurant reviews for different places across the city it seemed at least one person had a bad experience in every restaurant. I therefore entered 11 a bit wary, thinking I had a reasonable probability of disappointment. How far off the mark I was! The food here was incredible. I had eaten in USC only a week ago and whilst that was very good my dinner wasn't in the same ballpark as 11. I was slightly suprised at not having a steak knife placed in front of me after ordering the beef but the restaurant knew best. You could get a butter knife through this, it was the most tender I have ever eaten. My girlfriend had the renowned suckling pig; reputation well deserved as it was delicious. Don't fast before going as the portions are not enormous but you will not leave hungry. There was a pleasant atmosphere whilst neither being lively nor especially romantic you felt comfortable and, unlike a number of other highly rated places in NYC, you had plenty of personal space. All the staff were extremely friendly, knowledgable and willing to offer advice if asked. All advice taken was extremely valuable. A special mention must also be given to the sommelier. The $60 wine he recommended after our assessing our 'taste requirements' was at the low end of prices but on the high end of quality. I look forward to a future visit ....