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We recommend arriving a bit early for your reservation, because Eleven Madison Park’s bar offers up an extensive wine list and artisanal cocktails worth setting aside extra time to enjoy. There are 12 seats at the bar, as well as five tables with leather banquettes — it’s a sizable bar and the cocktail chatter spills over into the main dining area, which helps give the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant a livelier feel than some other upscale New York restaurants.
You can nosh on appetizers, entrées and desserts at Eleven Madison Park’s bar, as well as get a sneak peek into the action in the kitchen. We’re huge fans of the cocktails, which are sorted into aperitifs and drinks made with light or dark spirits. There are new takes on classics that might have come from a 19th century bartender’s guide, such as the English Milk Punch, made with Jamaican rum, scotch, Batavia Arrack, Darjeeling tea, pineapple and spices.