New York City: Eleven Madison Park (***, #4)

Three Michelin Stars. The Top #4 Restaurant in the World – #1 in North America. One of the very few restaurants with New York Times’ maximum possible Four Stars rating. This was the meal I was looking forward to the most in this trip.

Eleven Madison Park - Eggs Benedict

Probably the hardest reservation to secure on this trip, I had high hopes for this visit. Three Michelin Stars, the Top #4 Restaurant (#4 when I dined, #5 as of 2015) in the freakin’ world, this was simply foodies heaven and I don’t think any further explanations are necessary as to why I dined here.

Despite my best efforts, the only reservation I could get is for the 10:00pm timeslot. The sky turned dark and my camera were panting for more light/ISO like a dog in a hot car – which explained the bad pics, sorry.

Cheddar.
Eleven Madison Park - Cheddar

Morel.
Eleven Madison Park - Morel

English Peas.
Eleven Madison Park - English Peas

Radish.
Eleven Madison Park - Radish

Eggs Benedict. Absolutely divine.
Eleven Madison Park - Eggs Benedict

Hudson Valley Foie Gras.
Eleven Madison Park - Hudson Valley Foie Gras

Eleven Madison Park - Hudson Valley Foie Gras

Carrot. Grounded fresh table side.
Eleven Madison Park - Carrot

Eleven Madison Park - Carrot

Lobster.
Eleven Madison Park - Lobster

Asparagus.
Eleven Madison Park - Asparagus

Eleven Madison Park - Asparagus

Finger Lakes Duck. This was what it looks like before it was served.
Eleven Madison Park - Duck

Eleven Madison Park - Duck

Farmer’s Cheese
Eleven Madison Park - Farmer's Cheese

Whey
Eleven Madison Park - Whey

Eleven Madison Park - Whey

Strawberry
Eleven Madison Park - Strawberry

Pretzel
Eleven Madison Park - Pretzel

Take home goodie bag consisted of a box of cookies, a jar of REALLY good and fresh granola, and the menu. I love it when restaurants does this.

The atmosphere was surprisingly causal. There wasn’t a dress code but we dressed up anyways for the occasion. There were loud conversations and laughing in the dining room, unlike the other fine dining restaurants I’m about to visit later in the trip that would be more uptight.

Though the dishes were really good, perhaps to the point of perfection, I feel that it lacks that sense of wonderment that excites me. Don’t get me wrong, the dishes were well executed, but as I progressed through each dish, I always thought to myself, “have I seen/tasted this dish somewhere else before?” or “is that it?” Sure, the carrot puree and the celery root cooked in pig bladder exhibited fine showmanship, the “egg benedict” and the duck was stunning, but beyond that, there’s not much else that’s particularly memorable for me.

It could be because of the things I’ve read or heard, such as diners being able to pick their preferred flavor with a card or the “Name that Milk” dessert, that I was expecting something more interactive. But none of those things materialized for our visit, could be because of our late 10:00pm sitting. Or maybe the uniqueness of the menu was lost in the myriad of Michelin-star tasting menus I’ve had in the past or later on in this trip. Or maybe I was just really tired. In any case, I have to say my experience was “great with a but”.

Snapshot:

Name: Eleven Madison Park
Address: 11 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010 USA (Map)
Phone: 212.889.0905
Web: www.elevenmadisonpark.com
Menu: Link
Dishes You Must Try: Egg Benedict, Hudson valley Foie Gras, Carrot, Asparagus, Duck
OpenTable Profile: Link
Click to add a blog post for Eleven Madison Park on Zomato Rating: 4.4/5 (out of 694 votes, as of this writing)
Yelp Rating: 4.5/5 (out of 1261 reviews, as of this writing)
Finest Dish’s Quality Rating: 4/5
Finest Dish’s Service Rating: 4/5

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