Editor's Note: The restaurant is closed for renovations and will reopen in fall 2017. For the summer, the restaurant will do a Hamptons pop-up, EMP Summer House.
The large scale of the Art Deco dining room of Eleven Madison Park — think high ceilings, voluminous floral arrangements, hulking light fixtures — contrasts with the modestly-sized food portions. But what does adorn the plate is so thoughtfully conceived, gorgeously executed and alive with flavor that you won’t mind. The French-influenced greenmarket cuisine by chef Daniel Humm includes such dishes as Muscovy duck glazed with lavender honey, and foie gras terrine with plums, umeboshi and bitter almonds. In 2010, the restaurant dropped its à la carte menu in lieu of a four-course or five-course tasting menu, and reduced the number of seats making the experience more exclusive. The menu (presented on little cards that simply list ingredients) is meant to provoke a conversation with your server about what you feel like eating. The result is an even more special experience that takes diners on a great culinary trip.