It’s been several years since we visited Eleven Madison Park, a 3 star Michelin, because their focus seemed to shift to an emphasis on theater over taste. Recent reviews indicated that there had been a new change in philosophy and I agree that that is the case. There’s a lot more taste and less gimmick to their meal. It’s not all gone but what’s left is okay because underneath is a foundation of flavor. Also they re-did the dining room about 4 months ago and it is brighter with much more comfortable seating in a rich blue velvet. They changed the bar set up also, so the staff no longer line up on the wall and watch your every move, which I found off-putting. There is some nice background music, high ceilings and lovely large flower arrangements to enhance your experience. Tables have good space between them and are set with fine linens. Service is friendly and not too formal but very attentive, now without being intrusive. It is an 8 course tasting menu only with choices on several of the courses (same at lunch and dinner). There are no supplements but they do offer wine pairings and do give you a printed version of your menu when you are through. The pacing and portion control of the menu are very good. Continue reading
It’s been a couple years since we were last here and the ratings of EMP continue to rise. Its chef also manages the NoMad Restaurant so you will see some similarities of preparation. Stellar credentials but somehow it misses the mark with me. The food is beautifully presented, the room is gorgeous and the staff totally spoil you, but the flavor impact is just not there. It is one of those restaurants that is lost in the presentation and show of the food.