The Comeback Kid

Phebe Wahl | November 28, 2017 | Feature Features

After a wild summer out East, Eleven Madison Park gets back to the serious business of being Manhattan's most revered restaurant.
Side dishes include kale, Brussels sprouts and colored potatoes.

FOLLOWING A SUN- and rosé-soaked season spent in the Hamptons, we must all tidy up for the most stylish season of fall in Manhattan. When Eleven Madison Park announced it would shutter for the summer, epicureans mourned the loss of what has been deemed the world’s top restaurant. A buzzy East Hampton pop-up filled the void while the Madison Avenue location underwent a face-lift but did not nearly satiate the appetites of the respected restaurant’s serious foodie fans. Finally, this fall, Eleven Madison Park reopened its doors, revealing thoughtfully crafted interiors by Allied Works that celebrate the new direction of the restaurant as well as the past.

Every detail of the new dining space has been artfully crafted—even down to the uniforms, designed by CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist Todd Snyder. However, perhaps it is the art itself that informs the space the most. Large-scale works by Sol LeWitt, Olympia Scarry and Daniel Turner, as well as a monumental chalkboard painting by Rita Ackermann, preside over the space. Plush blue velvet banquettes accommodate the languid, three-hour meals. Pristine Mudshark porcelain is the canvas for chef Daniel Humm’s artful presentations. The newly revamped leaf logo serves as streamlined signage outside, signifying a refined and matured aesthetic that is apparent throughout the new space and menu.

The bar is still first come, first served, offering an abbreviated five- to six-course tasting menu (for $155 per person)—which is your best bet if you do not book the ticketed eight- to 10-course tasting menu ($295 per person) at least a month in advance. A wine pairing program ($175, or $275 for reserve pairings) narrows the 4,000 selections on offer of nearly 20,000 bottles available.


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