Price: $$$$$ out of $$$$$
Food: ♥♥♥♥♥ out of ♥♥♥♥♥
Service: ♥♥♥♥♥ out of ♥♥♥♥♥
Dress Code: Business / Casual Elegance – Formal / Jacket for men
Atmosphere/Ambiance: ♥♥♥♥♥ out of ♥♥♥♥♥
Location: 11 Madison Ave, NY, NY Phone: 212.889.0905
Reservation: Must (months in advance)
My favorite restaurant of all time is Eleven Madison Park. If you’ve been there, you will know why it’s my favorite, if you haven’t been, make sure you go. It should be on everyone’s bucket list, even the non-foodies. I’ve been there a few times, but I want to highlight my most recent experience, because that is the best yet. When I got there, my friend was already waiting for me. At the door to greet me was the Head Maître’d, Justin Roller. He knew my name and immediately brought me to my friend. They actually seated us at the best spot in the restaurant. We had a complete view of the place and I was able to see every movement in the restaurant. I have to say, it is very beautiful to watch the staff take charge of giving you the best service. Most importantly, I won’t spoil their element of surprise by posting pictures of all the dishes, because that just isn’t fair to the readers who are looking to go to enjoy the food and the experience. However, let me say, I guarantee that you will leave that place happy and enchanted.
Service – First and foremost, their service is mind-blowing. It is very personal and as soon as you walk in, they know who you are and will give you the personal touch that will make you feel important and powerful. The staff is so well-trained that when they walk around. It’s like a very well-choreographed dance. They make sure that every guest leaves the restaurant feeling like they were the only ones there. There will always be someone close by to make sure that an empty dish is removed or if you need something, they will be right there to get it for you. I remember seeing at one point three or four staff members walk by silently and just look at our table just to make sure that everything was cleared. They all walk by within 5-10 mins of each other in the same direction and in the same mannerism, quiet and discreet. We sat next to the sommelier’s station, where we saw the sommelier walking to his station and taste all the wine that they were serving. I, of course wondered why he would do such a thing. When I asked him, he said, this is to make sure the guests get the best wine possible and they wanted to make sure the wine didn’t go bad after de-corking. Their service is immaculate. There really isn’t a word for this kind of service, but immaculate would be the best I can describe. If I go to an expensive restaurant, I will want perfect service, and Eleven Madison has gotten that down to perfection.
Food – Chef Daniel Humm is one of my favorite Chefs of all time. He is super innovative and brings something different to the table each visit. I feel like I am going to a new restaurant everytime I go there. I didn’t get to meet the Chef; however, I did meet the Executive Sous Chef Dmitri Magi when they took us to the kitchen for a tour. He was super nice and attentive to details. He was chatting with me but at the same time watching his staff hard at work and making sure everyone was in their rightful place. It was a pleasure watching the kitchen staff moving around in quiet unison as they create the menu for each guest. They, in true form made sure that each guest is well taken care of and that each dish is specially prepared with love and talent. I really don’t want to ruin your experience, so what I will do is show you pictures of some of the dishes they served me. Just know that you will be picking your own path and at some point, you may not have the same dish as me. I KNOW! How awesome is that? It’s like trying to solve a mystery. Don’t worry; you will be able to tell them ahead of time exactly what you like to eat and what you don’t like. They will also make sure to ask you for any food allergies you may have. This is how precise they are. They will make sure to serve you what you will like. OH, and they will give you a little present before you leave too! Totally worth it! Everyone, just enjoy the pictures and please trust me on this one, GO MAKE A RESERVATION!!!
These pictures are not in order by the way the dishes came out, this is purely because I want you to be surprised when you go.
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