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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.
Posted by Disappointed on 02/19/2007
After hearing such great things about this place, my boyfriend and I decided to splurge for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner here. We indulged on the 10 course tasting menu. Every course except the lobster and suckling pig was a disappoinment. Almost every dish had foam in it. I was wondering if Marcel from Top Chef season 2 suddenly got a job here. The worst dish was the dessert of bittersweet chocolate cake with passion fruit sorbet. It was all bitter and no sweet, and the passion fruit sorbet was too tart to eat more than a single bite. At the end of the meal, our bill for 2 people came out to be over $300. Had the food been good, it would have been worth it. Unfortunately, it wasn't. On the plus side, our waiter was exceptional and the decor was very nice, but that's not enough to get me to go back.
Posted by doctorted on 02/08/2007
I had high hopes for lunch at EMP and I can say they were met...I knew I had good luck when Danny Myer himself was greeting custumers, but knew I hit the jackpot when Mario Batali dropped in for lunch ! I said hello to him and he said "We were in good hands" He was right. The thing Danny Meyers restaurants are known for is good service and EMP is no exception. He must have the highest staff: customer ratio in the business. In general they also appear older and more experienced. The space is a soaring beautiful, art deco restored room with huge windows letting in sunlight on a brutally cold February day. For appetizers my fiance had the Mace salad which was tender, buttery with a nice light dressing. I had the confit of tuna. Being a fan of raw fish I try this dish frequently as it seems to be a staple on many high end restaurant appetizer offerings. I must admit this was the best I've ever had. At first I thought the addition of green apple and celery would be off balance but it was pure genius. Perfect complimentary taste and texture to the tuna whose delicate nature is often overpowered by citrusy sauces. For mains we both had the buttery tender poularde accompanied with a rich truffle sauce surrounded by dots[ yes dots] of mashed squash and potatoes. Bread was good,especially the cheese gougeres. Cheese plate was fabulous. Four selections, all good. The desert was an excellent dense peanut carmel tart with a cherry ice cream... Complaints? Portions a bit small. Overall though a really fine lunch. Oh yes and on the way out Mario stopped by our table and said he really enjoyed it too!
Posted by BR on 10/21/2006
I really enjoy fine dining, and in New York there are many places to do that. This, however, is one of those dining experiences I will never forget. I cannot even start to describe how good the appetizer was, I'll be over the 2500 character limit! To make it short, I had close to the best food I ever had, the service was certainly the best I've ever had in NY, the atmosphere is good, the place is not noisy at all (extra +). Thumbs up for the new Chef, he's going to fetch many more stars than he already received in his young career!
Posted by gcf on 08/15/2006
The new menu and new chef Daniel Hume are even better than the old menu. The presentation is fantastic and the wait staff is friendly and always willing to answer questions without an attitude. Well worth the 68 dollar prixe fixe.
Posted by Midwestern Foodies on 07/22/2006
We always visit 11 Madison Park when we visit Manhattan. We love the restaurant so much! However, the chef has changed here and the menu has changed as well. It is trying to be very innovative, but we found, while the plating was beautiful, the food was not nearly as good as previously! We wish they'd be less innovative and pay attention to taste a little more! I know each chef wants to make a statement with his work. However, I will pause before I return in the fall before making a reservation!
Posted by nyceateriam on 07/06/2006
The preparation of food here is truly a work of art. Not only does everything taste great, but the presentation is by far one of the best in the city. It's a pure delight to just enjoy the food visually. Wait staff are wonderfully knowledgable and friendly. Portions are very small, but a three-course meal will leave one satisfied and filled. Definitely one of the best restaurants in nyc, hands-down!