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Posted by Anonymous on 06/04/2006
When we come to NYC, we always go the Eleven Madison Park. My mouth was watering in anticipation of their fabulous Gougeres! Imagine my surprise when I discovered no gougeres and a whole new menu! The food was outstanding, even though it was different. The wait staff is ALWAYS welcoming! We feel like it is a home away from home in NYC -- and we're from St. Louis. As foodies, this is a definite to try!
Posted by NY Upstater on 05/29/2006
We have been coming to NYC for getaways from our Upstate locale for about 6 years. We always go to 11 Madison for a meal and have yet to be disappointed. The largest shock over the last time we visited (the week before this review) was the menu was totally different. Apparently there was a new chef, who changed the entire menu, the previous chef starting a new restaurant at the MoMA. You know what? The food was terriffic! We love the place, the wait-staff is friendly, the wine selection is great, they know how to mix a good cocktail as well!! Bottom line: 11 Madison was a great restaurant, and it still is a great restaurant, though a different one.
Posted by Henderson on 05/10/2006
I have to say I was very disappointed in the new menu at 11 Madison, which up until yesterday was one of my favorite spots in New York. I’m not sure why Mr. Meyer felt the need to make such a drastic change. The food was fantastic, service sublime, the décor spectacular, and now the first of those three ingredients is missing. The menu looked fantastic, and the ingredients were all first rate, but the execution was off. Too many foams and not enough distinct flavors. My tuna tartar was bland and remarkably ordinary. My scallops with cannelli beans and specks of chorizo were too middle-eastern tasting, with the pure flavors of the scallop clashing with the bouillabaisse that accompanied it. My companion’s steak tartare was too thickly cut and offered no new take on that wonderful dish. Every place can have an off night, but I think this goes beyond a bad day in the kitchen. This speaks to a new approach, which makes me sad since the old one was so good.
Posted by Judith on 03/09/2006
My boyfriend took me and another woman here for brunch on a Sunday morning. We were warmly greeted and seated promptly. This restaurant is beautifully appointed and we eagerly awaited the renowned great service. Well, the service was disappointing but the basket of tiny rolls they brought out was, if stingy, lovely. Then we ordered breakfast entrees. The pancake order was generous, the eggs benedict not quite so generous, but the scrambled eggs? That should be singular, and tiny, like maybe pigeon eggs. The serving amounted to maybe 2 tablespoons of eggs, a piece of avocado the size of a small finger tip, and the two triangles of crustless toast also tiny. This teeny-tiny order was served in a huge shallow vessel, making it look even scantier. To say that we were disappointed is an understatement. We will not return.
Posted by i love dining. on 02/01/2006
Went during restaurant week and it was one of my favorite restaurant experiences. The service was impeccable - gracious, attentive but not overbearing, helpful, etc. etc. The food was delicious - perfectly cooked salmon with an interesting orange sauce. Impeccable presentation and the combination of flavors was imaginative without being assaulting. Dessert was divine - lemon cheesecake w/ raspberries and sorbet. Nice touches were the complimentary after dessert chocolate almond cakes and various confectionaries. The cheese bread in the beginning was good too. And lovely wine. Our server let us stay for over 3.5 hours while we finished our wine, and was great about refilling our coffee long after we had finished eating. Really incredible experience...will definitely go back.
Posted by Lee on 01/23/2006
Just went for dinner during restaurant week, and everything was great. The food was excellent, the wine excellent, and the setting is just beautiful - what looks like an old bank building. There were other great touches and additions - like gougeres, breads, and a little tasting plate after dessert was served. The service was fine - although it was sometimes tough to catch someone's attention, when we did, everyone was very friendly and gracious. I'd definitely go back there again.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/17/2005
Returned to this restaurant after many years and definitely enjoyed immensely. My companions did as well, we were all quite pleased with the food, service and overall decor. For a few hours one can feel like they are not in a typical NYC space...the high ceilings, huge windows....not something modern but old, strong and beautiful. Our table looked out the huge windows with the trees from the park and clouds in the sky. (full moon) Overall extremely pleasant and would go back asap.