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11 Madison Ave., New York, NY, 10010
at 24th St.
By swee2th on 3/20/2005
I was very disappointed with this restaurant. The service staff was so inattentive to my party that I felt that we were all but abandoned. The food was mediocre, although the desserts were good. I really was expecting it to be good, and was very surprised that it wasn't.
Eleven Madison Park flatters only to deceive
By b1938 on 9/20/2009
Eleven Madison Park is pretense. In such exquisite surroundings, I expected so much. But the service was adequate at best, at times verging on fawning, yet unavailable when you needed it most, like the crosstown bus. Admittedly, the four of us started off badly, going back and forth over red wine that had too much tannin for the ladies, and yet was better than its replacement. But things looked up when we were served the cold corn veloute, which was delicate and subtle, and the Hawaiian prawn roulade, which was wonderful. It was to be a false dawn; the roast suckling pig was an abomination. Pretty enough to the eye, it was served almost raw, was stone cold, and had a strange smell off it and an unpleasant taste. I didn't eat it. And the chocolate dessert tasted ordinary, like day-old, store-bought patisserie. What a disappointment. By then, the attentions of the staff had moved on, and nobody was around to complain to. But by that time I had had enough, except for the five postprandial macaroons I scoffed in anger. Yes, where it matters most, with entree and dessert, Eleven Madison Park pretends at fine cuisine.
The Emperors New Clothes
By pancyan on 6/6/2008
Went for a milestone birthday and Illness survival Occasion. I love to cook and have worked in kitchens. The menu is very expensive and portions are microscopic.One woukd expect real quality, but the food was really mediocre and poorly prepared, to the point of being insulting. The relentless fawning of the staff coupled by the pretentious inadequate food made me feel like I was trapped in a Saturday Night Live Skit.The most satisfying part of the meal was the bread and butter.Shame on you DM!!
Too Many Tables
By scottpsolomon on 7/18/2010
Daniel Humm is a SUPER nice guy, with a fantastic training background of 6 years at Le Pont de Brent restaurant in Switzerland (supposedly one of the absolute best restaurants bar none in the world). Unfortunately, my meal here was like $700 for 2 people, and not a single dish was the least bit memorable. I think his problem is he just has too many tables to cook for and too many people in the kitchen to supervise. I didn't have his duck dish, though, which is supposed to be amazing, so I might go back to try that one. Humm should probably leave and open his own smaller resto where he can give everything his full attention.
Food excellent, timing atrocious
By DGreifinger on 8/13/2009
Went there last night, celebrating a birthday and their 4 star rating. All the food was excellent however the timing between courses was utterly atrocious. Initially tried to ignore it and enjoy the meal but eventually it became laughable and we could not sit idly any longer. We had a 7:30 reservation, party of 4, and we were there for 4 hours, until 11:30pm. Really unbelievable. Sometimes it was as much as 20-25 minutes between dishes when it should have been 5. This is counting all 12 small plates that were mixed in. We opted for the Taste of Summer which was there mid level tasting menu for $125. All of the food was very good but by the end it really didn't matter. We were all so over it, we just wanted to eat dinner and go home! Frank Bruni did not get the treatment we got, is he had the restaurant would be closed. Its a shame because the front of house had plentiful staff and were very gracious, I only wish some of them went to go help in the kitchen.
By michellez on 2/4/2003
Service at Eleven Madison Park is impeccable. The food is surprising and modern. Portions are a perfect size, not too large, not too small.
By meg1199 on 3/4/2003
Great restaurant, provided the perfect atmosphere for an enjoyable business dinner.....
Eleven Madison Park -Truly a Ten plus
By martin_chamois on 10/14/2003
This elegant retaurant provides a complete dinning experience; top service, excellent food, classy decor, elegant dinning and an active bar scene. The food excels and matches the lofty prices. Faults are few.
A Model Restaurant
By youngryman on 9/27/2006
A masterful restaurateur, an ingenious young chef who will soon rule the city, and a highly professional staff make this restaurant as good as it gets in New York. Those who find the cathedral-like main space off-putting can find comfort in the low-ceilinged wing of the dining room. My three visits so far have all been delicious. Kudos to all.
By edy on 12/26/2007
I had dinner with my friend and really had wonerful time. The food was great and etmosphere was excellent. also service was fantastict. Even if we paid a lot for dinner, but It is worth to visit at least once if you are really newyorkers.
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