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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 ....
Posted by knowtorious on 03/07/2007
I have never reviewed a restaurant in the years I have lived in New York, but after dining at Eleven Madison Park, I find myself compelled to sit down and shower praise upon this establishment. I made reservations for two via OpenTable for my girlfriend's birthday. In the comments section of the opentable reservation, I mentioned it was my girlfriend's birthday and requested a private table. Not only did we receive a private corner table with a view of the rest of the incredible space, but the service was impeccable. The kind of service where they're always there when you need them, but you never feel like they're hovering around you. We never felt rushed and each course arrived exactly when we wanted it to. Further, our menu was personalized with a birthday greeting as was our desert! The food was delicious. Of note are the tuna tartare and the gnocci and hawaiian shrimp with black truffle. The wine list is very extensive with some great selections. Try the Domaine Serene pinot. The dessert menu was very creative, but lacked in the chocolate area; this would be my only complaint. All in all, this was still the best dining experience I have had in new york.
Posted by Kathryn on 02/25/2007
My parents and I visited EMP last night to celebrate my 26th birthday. We all had high hopes, and were not disappointed. We opted for the eleven-course tasting menu with wine pairings. The evening was absolute perfection, from the first pour of bubbly pink Brut Rose to the breath-taking pairing of rich, bittersweet chocolate with bright, fresh passionfruit in the final dessert course. My parents, true oeniphiles, were thrilled with the lovely and educated sommelier; I was brought close to tears of joy by the alternating textures and incredible flavors of the suckling pig confit. The service was impeccable but not overly formal, the interior of the restaurant was perfumed by huge bunches of pink lilies, and it was all quite beautiful, but it was truly the food and the wine that were the stars of the experience.