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11 Madison Ave., New York, NY, 10010
at 24th St.
By Brian Ormsbee (NY MAG) on 2/19/2011
As a chef, I can appreciate the heart & soul the entire team poured into the meal on Thursday. From the servers and our sommelier, to the artists in the kitchen, they made it a meal to remember. The creativity of the dishes began with the blending of exotic flavors and fresh ingredients. The plates are works of art. The colors and composition are beautiful. The food itself is spot on and fabulous. Some people complain the portions are small. The portions are just right (most cases where there is a main protein, I would say the protein serving is about 200g). You must go at least once. You will remember it fondly.
Best Lunch in Manhattan
By safarisundays on 9/16/2010
A well oiled machine of deliciousness. This has become my new favorite venue for lunch in the city. Amazing room with high ceilings and loads of natural light. The staff are knowledgeable, efficient and friendly. The food is sublime, perfect portion sizes, not these over sized gigantic helpings typical of other US establishments - You actually leave the restaurant feeling great and not falling into a food coma. Loads of thought in flavor combinations, beautiful presentation and unexpected experiences without it feeling gimmicky. For me there is no better and I will continue to bring my friends and colleagues to share my weekly luncheon experience at this amazing establishment.
As Good As It Gets
By yinyangman on 7/27/2010
I was permanently won over by the barrage of amuse bouches Chef Humm used to send out in the period immediately after his arrival a few years ago. Maintaining that incandescent level would be humanly impossible. Now, I would say it is simply one of the best restaurants in the city, offering food and service of the most satisfying type. As civilized entertainment I rate such meals as equal to or superior to most opera, ballet, theater or movies. My tens are not signs of perfection but signs of an endless creative striving for perfection which is the mark of truly wonderful restaurant experiences. The only slight drawback is a lack of intimacy in the setting, except for the low-ceiling room segment in the back. But that is hardly worth considering unless stereotypical romantic seduction is your objective. Mr. Meyer's restaurants in general are an adornment to the city.
two tiny flaws, many outstanding virtues.
By marsilius on 10/30/2009
Food: superb and beautiful. Graceful, perfectly cooked and simply delicious, but had the impt level of playful/whimsy to keep it interesting and new. Worth the hype. I can taste it as I write. Service: Danny Meyer good -- blended down to our level of informality yet maintained the appropriate demeanor for a serious restaurant. Tiny flaws: twice dishes were attempted to be taken before the table had all finished. Once, an apology; second time, three plates were taken, one person had one bite left, and had to do the awkward quick swallow. Not huge sins. but @$200+++/head with wine, noticeable and worth docking a service point. Cheeses superb (and even if it wasn't the MdF, the waiter knew his stuff). Sommelier: friendly, accessible & willing to engage a customer who wanted to learn, which I appreciate. Great experience, and memorable.
By psw on 3/4/2009
I enjoyed every minute of the dining experience at 11 Madison Park! The service was attentive without being intrusive, every course was carefully explained and special requests were handled in a very obliging manner. In the background discreet jazz and blues tunes were played and one could see the sky getting darker through their broad windows. But the truly outstanding part of this restaurant is clearly their food! It was artistically arranged on the plates so beautifully that one felt a little upset to destroy the picture. Upon tasting the food, the wonderful flavour combinations were able to reinforce the opinion that this restaurant is one of the finest places to dine in NYC. It is also worth mentioning that in addition to our three course menu, we were provided with a very delicious Amuse bouche, a consomÃ© and an excellent choice of pralines. I cannot wait for my next dinner at 11 Madison and would recommend it to anyone interested in a tasteful and unique dining experience.
best in Manhattan
By foodaholic on 12/31/2004
All things considered, the best restaurant in Manhattan: terrific MeyerFare in beautiful setting with perfect service.
Raises the bar
By battousai on 11/4/2004
Sumptuous and elegant comes to mind when you are seated in their cavernous dining room. It can stand toe to toe with Jean Georges anytime but with better service! Great for power lunching or romantic evenings, and it's no wonder why it's so popular.
By hellokitty893112 on 6/5/2004
Beautiful decor, friendly waiters and servers, but most importantly of all, excellent food. I ordered from their prixe fixe menu and it was superb! A nice salad of bitter greens and endive, a rich buttery cod en papillote. My favorite part, the splendid dessert of raspberry sorbet and berries are well executed. The sorbet was smooth and almost ice cream-like texture has a very nice tartness of the berries. A perfect lunch.
Tiny Portions Packing Mega-Flavor Experiences - But I Left Hungry
By Chazbro2010 on 3/12/2010
If you're looking to simply satisfy your hunger with some good hearty fare, this restaurant is not for you. Rather, you will experience multiple courses of tiny food samples packing amazing taste sensations. Some of the flavor combinations were simply awesome, and some seemed to be more of an aquired taste. There can be no doubt that this chef understands the fine art and delicate balancing act involved with the pairing of these exquisite ingredients. We stayed from 6pm - 10:30pm and never felt rushed. I'm far from being overweight or a big eater -- but I did hit McDonalds's up for an Angus Burger and large fries on the way back to my hotel because I was still so damned hungry!
…And Here’s To You, Mr. Meyer
By goldeneats on 12/8/2009
All things at Eleven Madison Park have been considered, down to the most granular of details, and most of it done before you ever enter the door. To me, there is no such thing as perfect; all things are subjective in the end and that is why I will never reward a ten-star rating. Where a restaurant stops in its pursuit of perfection is what defines it, and that is why, with its seemingly unending quest of completeness, I believe Eleven Madison Park is the finest restaurant in New York City. Full Review Here: http://tinyurl.com/create.php
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