Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Ave
New York City, NY 10010
Why did we dine here? – Best Restaurant in the USA? Dine here at 50% off! Eleven Madison Park is a well respected American restaurant situated at 11 Madison Avenue in the Flatiron District of New York City. Three Michelin stars were awarded in 2016. The restaurant was recently ranked #3 in the World by The World’s 50 Best Restaurant list.
This is the highest ranking of an American restaurant besting even French Laundry. Naturally we wanted to dine at this place! Le Bernadin was also considered, but seemed a little more old school. (Ranked #24 in the world)
Chef Daniel Humm is well known for his outstanding food presented in a fun manner (They serve asparagus in a pigs bladder), as well as the well trained waitstaff. In 2011 the Chef and general manager, Will Guidara, purchased the restaurant from Danny Meyer. Eleven has won the prestigious Ferrari Trento Art of Hospitality Award for its great service.
The Immaculate Kitchen
They serve a seasonal tasting menu of 7-9 courses for $295 per guest. Price includes gratuities. Little known is the fact that you can order a la carte in the Bar and do so without reservations. We did not feel like having a 3 hour $295 meal, so we choose the bar route. A 4 course meal at the bar will cost you approximately $130, or you can just order an entree for $55. NO one else was dining at the bar when we came for lunch.
Once you set foot in this restaurant you will see its understated elegance with lots of flowers and not much art. Jazz plays while the servers smoothly glide around the dining room. There is no dress code other than do not make a fool of yourself = almost all the Men had at least button down shirts, with most wearing suits.
Insider Tip – Reserve Early or Try a walk in at the Bar
Cuisine – New American
Location – Flatiron District, New York City
Opened – 1998
Service – Eleven Madison Park had very good service at the bar. There were clearly some long pauses between courses and when a server came by. Service at the regular tables is far superior. They have a better staff to customer ratio during lunch.
Verdict – Eleven Madison Park lived up to its billing. Superb food done right. You definitely wanted to dine on the tasting menu to fully realize the experience. Ask for a kitchen tour.
Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Yes. 1 Hour? Yes.
Eleven Madison Park Signature Dishes – Foie, Roasted Duck
Eleven Madison Park’s Menu is a tasting menu that changes with the seasons, but the a la carte menu is available at the bar.
Eleven Madison Park Food Picks:
Iced Matcha ($10) Marukyu-Koyamaen “Wakatake” Matcha and Mineral Water was VERY strong. We had to ask for some honey to sweeten it.
Orange, Cease and Desist ($10) Orange, Cream, Orange Blossom, Sparkling Mineral Water was a nice non alcoholic drink.
Warm flaky house made Rolls with New York whole wheat is simply excellent. Their butter has a cheese crust on top.
Foie Gras ($35) Marinated with White Asparagus and Chamomile – Was beautiful, but on the small side. Smooth, Rich Foie along with a crisp thin cracker.
Peas ($24) Glazed with Sheep’s Milk and Garlic – Sauce poured tableside. These peas were a bit salty especially with the capers. A hard to eat dish and the weakest of the lunch.
Asparagus ($27) Charred and Glazed with Croutons and Egg – Warm Vegetables – Had an interesting texture contrast with crunchy midde and savory bottom.
Lobster ($48) Butter-Poached with Daikon and Citrus – Was a must order. Fresh and tender lobster along with some vinegary daikon and candied fruits. Melt in your mouth goodness. We thought about ordering another
Duck ($55) Dry Aged duck breast with Citrus Duck Jus, Honey, Lavendar, and Rhubarb – Is a signature dish. Aged, cooked medium but came medium rare, crisp skin with some spices. You can clearly taste the flavor difference. Once of the best ducks around.
Halibut ($47) Poached with Variations of Radish and Orange Blossom, Dashi Broth – Soft, good size, way better than most of the fish served in San Francisco!
Beef ($56) 140 day dry aged Ribeye with Eggplant – Small, Tender, Cooked to a medium rare. Good stuff.
Ice Cream in the Kitchen
Sassafras ($22) Ice Cream with Banana, Vanilla Seltzer, and Caramel – really good and not really too sweet. Salty Accent.
Strawberry ($22) Poached with Vanilla and Elder Flower – Carbonated foam, sweet fruitness, solid dessert.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
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