Thursday, February 16, 2012
Luxurious Lunch at Eleven Madison Park
I don't even know where to begin to describe the lunch Jonah, my parents and I had at Eleven Madison Park. For starters, it lasted about three hours. We had five courses, plus a surprising number of amuse-bouches and a couple of pre- and post-dessert treats, all courtesy of the kitchen. Things just sort of magically appear at the table. We each selected a different dish for each course, so we ended up with 16 different plates, plus the must-have roast duck glazed in lavender honey, presented and carved tableside. What can I say, we went a little nuts, but it was one of those best-of-your-life meals. Even the rolls were exceptional.
The menu is simple, just listing the main ingredient for each course, cauliflower, snapper, pear, etc. Other than that, you don't really know what you're getting, although it's thoroughly explained once the plate hits the table. The staff was knowledgeable, accommodating and friendly. It's innovative dining but not too stuffy. A good example is their spin on the egg cream, a drink usually found in New York City diners.
I think the best thing I can do is direct your eyes to all the beautiful food above, full of color, texture and, trust me, amazing flavor.