A contemporary idea of allowing the customers to select the core ingredients, and playing with the element of surprise, Eleven Madison Park in New York flirts with many gastronomically creative interpretations of the ingredients to deliver an exquisite meal.
Eleven Madison Park opened in 1998 as a French brasserie and has since evolved into a world renowned contemporary American restaurant with an emphasis on New York cuisine. The restaurant’s transformation began in 2006 when then owner Danny Meyer brought on Chef Daniel Humm to help turn it into one of New York City’s top dining destinations. Chef Daniel was joined by Will Guidara in the dining room; under their leadership Eleven Madison Park has garnered numerous accolades including four stars from the New York Times, six James Beard Awards, three Michelin stars, and a coveted spot on the San Pellegrino list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. That’s quite a lot to bag.
In 2011, Chef Daniel and Will purchased Eleven Madison Park from Danny Meyer, continuing the restaurant’s evolution and reinvention.
Here the menu changes completely four times a year, celebrating each season’s individual wealth of ingredients. Throughout the year other modifications are made based on guests’ preferences and on what local ingredients are available and at their peak of flavor and ripeness. The multi-course tasting menu focuses on the extraordinary agricultural bounty of New York and on the centuries-old culinary traditions that have taken root here, taking its customers on a remarkable culinary journey, leaving them sinfully elated.
Innovation is a word that exemplifies this restaurant. For instance, Rib eye aged 140 days, its mineral tang delivering a jolt, served with a side of oxtail jam with melted foie gras and whipped potato icing that’s as rich as it sounds. Sheer Umami! Unwrap a picnic basket delivered to the table to find a bottle of special Ithaca ale. Have a sip of apple brandy, a sweet black-and-white cookie filled with apricot jam. All these while the waiters and chefs scurrying around catering to the minutest whims of each diner. A waiter performs a card trick with a chocolate payoff.
Daniel Humm’s soaring space above Madison Square Park, incorporates the skyscraper ceilings, towering tree arrangements, sky-box dining suites, making it a grand fine dining experience.
Oh, this is the place where Mr.Big announced the big news of his engagement to Carrie resulting in the big drama. Check out those steps are still there where she tripped twice!
Eat: choose between roasted duck or aged beef. other picks are smoked sturgeon, carrot tartare, a picnic basket and tableside egg creams.
Drink: a Leo Robitschek cocktail, yeasty champagne from Ployez-Jacquemar, red burgundy from Domaine de Montille ($60).