Eleven Madison Park Review: Best Restaurant in the US!

The famous Eleven Madison Park Benedict

Our Rating

This post is a bit out of order, as we actually went to Eleven Madison Park in June 2016. I have been travelling so much that I haven’t been able to stop and write a proper, thoughtful review and I wanted to make sure Eleven Madison Park got the attention that it deserves! Unfortunately my pictures don’t reflect how amazing everything was, maybe the lighting or maybe because photographing taste is impossible.

I’ve wanted to go to Eleven Madison Park for a long time, not just because of all the great things I had read about their food, but also because Will Guidara, co-owner, is known for having revolutionised the service at the restaurant. My very talented friend Lesley (www.babbleandbite.com) also went many years ago and still raves about it being one of the best experiences of her life, and to me what she says is law, I trust her advice blindly.

I had the privilege of interviewing Chef Daniel Humm and Will Guidara a few days before the Top 50 Awards in New York and Eleven Madison Park, alongside Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana, was rumoured to be one of the lead contestants to take the top spot (they ended up number 3, climbing from number 5 the prior year). I was even more blown away by Chef Humm and Will after the interview (snippet of it below) and got very excited about the upcoming meal. As number 3, they are now the number 1 restaurant in the US! In my opinion they are amazing but Blue Hill still takes the award.

Daniel and Will have recently changed the menu format from a very long tasting to a more focused 7 dish set menu, with service included. Even then, after having eaten two very long meals in Spain just the week before at Asador Etxebarri (number 10) and Celler de Can Roca (now Number 2 in the World’s 50 Best List 2016 and number 1 last year), coupled with the fact that Stewart had just landed from a long flight, we decided to go for the à la carte as opposed to set menu (a la carte served only at the bar but someone didn’t show and we ended up at a table!).

We started the meal with some bubbly, I knew just from that we were in for a treat…..

Champagne selection at eleven Madison Park

Champagne selection at eleven Madison Park

But Will couldn’t help it and threw some extras around, just to make sure that we tried some of the specialties that we may have missed out on, such as their exceptionally delicious Caviar dish – poached quail egg with a bacon gelee and nibbles of ham under a corn puree that emulated a hollandaise, covered by a healthy portion of caviar and served in a gorgeous little tin decorated in an Art Deco motif. The dish was served with a tiny and adorable side of miniature English muffins. It was absolutely heavenly and has converted me into a caviar fan. (I’ve always been a cheap date and not the biggest caviar lover!)

The famous Eleven Madison Park Benedict

The famous Eleven Madison Park Benedict

They also turned me into a duck addict. I don’t usually go for duck, but in this case I was letting myself be guided by them and they told me that the duck was their pride and joy, and now I know why. The beautiful breast was glazed in honey and lavender, served on a spring onion sauce with touches of rhubarb – exceptionally tasty.

Amazing duck at Eleven Madison Park

Amazing duck at Eleven Madison Park

The other incredible dish was the celtuce, which we all had not heard of before. Celtuce is a lettuce with a thicker stem, and this simple version of braised celtuce with pistachios was subtle, delicate but hearty and delicious at the same time.

Celtuce at Eleven Madison Park

Celtuce at Eleven Madison Park

The extra nibbles from the absolutely incredible flaky rolls with the most delicious butter to the addictive and incredible gougere type morsels served with Hudson Valley Triple Cream with Sorrel, Whipped Crème Fraiche, and Rhubarb.

Flaky rolls with the most delicious butter at Eleven Madison Park

Flaky rolls with the most delicious butter at Eleven Madison Park

imageDinner ended with a delicious baked Alaska with strawberry, lemon and vanilla ice creams, set on fire at table-side followed by a fun chocolate game. We got several chocolate bars and then a little card with drawings of various animals and had to guess which of the chocolates was made with cow versus goat versus sheep’s milk. I was awful at it while Stewart and Amy guessed some of them. But it certainly gave us an excuse to keep going back for more and more nibbles to try to guess it correctly.

Baked Alaska at Eleven Madison Park

Baked Alaska at Eleven Madison Park

The service was an 11 (no pun intended) and better than any I ever experienced (they got the very well deserved best service award at Top 50 a few days later). Everyone was friendly and seemed   truly excited to work there. Their enthusiasm and passion was contagious and transmitted great happy vibes across the restaurant.

When we first started discussing what to drink, they brought us a massive wine list and I asked the sommelier how often people looked at it thoroughly versus leaving it in their hands. I also showed him a photo of the three volume wine list at El Celler. I said: “they could even have half the list with a made-up Chateaux de Samanta and no one would even notice”. When we were about to leave, they brought me a little bag with a bottle of wine they had hand-written Chateaux de Samanta. They also replicated a page from their wine list and replaced one of the real wines with a Chateaux de Samanta, priced at $6916, the date we visited the restaurant.

Chateaux de Samantha!

Chateaux de Samantha!

We all got glass jars of granola to go and following a great visit to the kitchen that was still humming at 11pm, we went home happy, impressed and looking forward to eating Daniel’s food again.

In sum: they deserve to have such an amazing rating! I am a bit disappointed with the World’s 50 Best list and don’t agree with their choices. Dan Barber at Blue Hill got 48 for example and I liked my meal there better than at Celler. But Eleven Madison was fantastic and it made me want to revisit The Nomad, their hipper restaurant a few days later.

Eleven Madison Park
Metropolitan Life North Building, 11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010, United States
[mappress “width=99%” mapid=”266″]
Main dining area at Eleven Madison Park

Main dining area at Eleven Madison Park

Absolutely impeccable kitchen at Eleven Madison Park

Absolutely impeccable kitchen at Eleven Madison Park

Eleven Madison Park Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Breakdown

36 Comments

  • Reply August 24, 2016

    Lesley Pittaway

    You definitely need to go back for the tasting!! As much as I loved the food, it was the service that really won it for me also. I have never had such fantastic hospitality. I think they deserve their placement. I love EMP!

  • Reply March 22, 2017

    Joe Bello

    Did you like Blue Hill better than el Celler? I’m surprised with with your response…

    Could you explain why?

  • Reply May 9, 2022

    fctbzyss

  • Reply May 12, 2022

    ciuiwo

    chloroquine and plaquenil hydroxychloroquine prophylaxis

  • Reply May 16, 2022

    wbloyasx

    order modafinil 100mg online buy modafinil 100mg for sale

  • Reply May 23, 2022

    uyvijdsc

    Cialis What Otc Supplyment Is Equil To It?

  • Reply May 23, 2022

    qtbikylk

    when Is Cialis Most Effective, Right After Taking Or Hours Later?

  • Reply June 19, 2022

    moncler

    It抯 exhausting to seek out educated people on this subject, but you sound like you recognize what you抮e talking about! Thanks

  • Reply June 19, 2022

    golden goose outlet

    The next time I read a weblog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as much as this one. I imply, I know it was my choice to learn, but I truly thought youd have something attention-grabbing to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you possibly can repair if you happen to werent too busy looking for attention.

  • Reply June 21, 2022

    golden goose outlet

    I抦 impressed, I must say. Really hardly ever do I encounter a weblog that抯 both educative and entertaining, and let me inform you, you’ve gotten hit the nail on the head. Your thought is excellent; the problem is something that not enough individuals are speaking intelligently about. I am very glad that I stumbled across this in my search for something regarding this.

  • Reply June 21, 2022

    supreme

    It is best to participate in a contest for probably the greatest blogs on the web. I’ll advocate this website!

  • Reply June 21, 2022

    paul george shoes

    This web page can be a stroll-through for all of the info you needed about this and didn抰 know who to ask. Glimpse right here, and also you抣l positively uncover it.

  • Reply June 21, 2022

    goyard

    WONDERFUL Post.thanks for share..more wait .. ?

  • Reply June 21, 2022

    off-white

    It抯 arduous to find knowledgeable folks on this subject, however you sound like you recognize what you抮e speaking about! Thanks

  • Reply June 22, 2022

    off white nike

    Can I just say what a aid to search out someone who truly is aware of what theyre talking about on the internet. You undoubtedly know find out how to carry an issue to light and make it important. More people must learn this and understand this aspect of the story. I cant believe youre no more standard since you undoubtedly have the gift.

  • Good post. I be taught one thing more challenging on completely different blogs everyday. It’s going to always be stimulating to read content from different writers and practice just a little one thing from their store. I抎 desire to make use of some with the content material on my weblog whether you don抰 mind. Natually I抣l offer you a link on your internet blog. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply June 22, 2022

    kyrie 6 shoes

    There are definitely numerous particulars like that to take into consideration. That could be a great point to carry up. I provide the thoughts above as normal inspiration but clearly there are questions like the one you convey up the place an important factor will probably be working in honest good faith. I don?t know if best practices have emerged round things like that, however I am sure that your job is clearly identified as a good game. Both boys and girls really feel the impact of only a second抯 pleasure, for the rest of their lives.

  • Reply June 22, 2022

    yeezy 700

    Aw, this was a really nice post. In idea I would like to put in writing like this additionally ?taking time and precise effort to make a very good article?but what can I say?I procrastinate alot and certainly not seem to get one thing done.

  • Reply June 23, 2022

    yeezy 700

    Would you be occupied with exchanging hyperlinks?

  • Reply June 23, 2022

    kd shoes

    This really answered my problem, thank you!

  • Reply June 23, 2022

    curry 7

    Can I simply say what a reduction to search out someone who really is aware of what theyre speaking about on the internet. You undoubtedly know find out how to convey a difficulty to mild and make it important. More individuals must learn this and perceive this side of the story. I cant believe youre no more fashionable because you positively have the gift.

  • Reply June 24, 2022

    authentic jordans

    There may be noticeably a bundle to know about this. I assume you made sure good factors in options also.

  • Reply June 24, 2022

    bape clothing

    This is the suitable blog for anyone who desires to search out out about this topic. You realize so much its almost onerous to argue with you (not that I truly would want匟aHa). You undoubtedly put a brand new spin on a subject thats been written about for years. Nice stuff, simply nice!

  • Reply June 24, 2022

    curry 8

    Your house is valueble for me. Thanks!?

  • Reply June 24, 2022

    kobe byrant shoes

    The subsequent time I read a weblog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as a lot as this one. I mean, I know it was my choice to read, but I truly thought youd have one thing interesting to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you can fix when you werent too busy on the lookout for attention.

  • Reply June 25, 2022

    supreme clothing

    Howdy! I just want to give a huge thumbs up for the nice information you might have here on this post. I will probably be coming again to your weblog for more soon.

  • Reply June 25, 2022

    off white clothing

    When I initially commented I clicked the -Notify me when new feedback are added- checkbox and now each time a remark is added I get 4 emails with the identical comment. Is there any means you’ll be able to remove me from that service? Thanks!

  • Reply June 25, 2022

    golden goose

    Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive read anything like this before. So good to find somebody with some authentic thoughts on this subject. realy thanks for beginning this up. this web site is something that is wanted on the internet, somebody with somewhat originality. useful job for bringing something new to the internet!

  • Reply June 25, 2022

    supreme clothing

    That is the correct weblog for anyone who wants to seek out out about this topic. You realize so much its nearly exhausting to argue with you (not that I truly would want匟aHa). You positively put a new spin on a topic thats been written about for years. Great stuff, simply nice!

  • There are some fascinating cut-off dates in this article however I don抰 know if I see all of them center to heart. There may be some validity but I’ll take maintain opinion till I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we wish more! Added to FeedBurner as nicely

  • Reply June 26, 2022

    yeezy 350

    Nice post. I learn one thing tougher on totally different blogs everyday. It should always be stimulating to learn content material from other writers and apply a bit one thing from their store. I抎 want to use some with the content on my weblog whether you don抰 mind. Natually I抣l provide you with a link on your web blog. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply June 26, 2022

    kyrie 7 shoes

    I am usually to blogging and i actually recognize your content. The article has really peaks my interest. I am going to bookmark your website and keep checking for brand new information.

  • Reply June 26, 2022

    retro jordans

    There are certainly a variety of details like that to take into consideration. That could be a great point to bring up. I supply the thoughts above as general inspiration however clearly there are questions like the one you deliver up where a very powerful thing can be working in sincere good faith. I don?t know if greatest practices have emerged round issues like that, but I’m certain that your job is clearly recognized as a fair game. Each boys and girls really feel the impression of just a moment抯 pleasure, for the remainder of their lives.

  • Reply June 26, 2022

    golden goose

    The subsequent time I read a weblog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as much as this one. I imply, I do know it was my choice to read, but I truly thought youd have something interesting to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about one thing that you can fix if you werent too busy looking for attention.

  • Reply June 26, 2022

    alexander mcqueen

    There’s noticeably a bundle to know about this. I assume you made sure good points in features also.

  • Reply June 29, 2022

    2wilderness

    1referrals

Leave a Reply