Eleven Madison Park

A plant-based pioneer in Midtown

Eleven Madison Park has been a staple of the New York City dining scene since 1998.  In 2006, owner and prolific restaurateur Danny Meyer sold the fine-dining venue to chef Daniel Humm, who took the establishment to new heights, earning it a permanent place among the best restaurants in the world.

Under Humm, the legendary restaurant reconcepted and revolutionized the world of fine dining with an entirely plant-based tasting menu. But while the menu changed, what adorns the plate remains thoughtfully conceived, gorgeously executed and alive with flavor.

The seasonally rotating tasting menu incorporates fresh ideas while continuing to maintain one or two classic favorites. The result is a carefully crafted experience that takes you on a culinary journey you won’t soon forget.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • The NYC restaurant's partnership with an upstate farm — which is dedicated to harvesting fruits and vegetables for EMP — inspires the hyper-seasonal tasting menu’s offerings, however, you can expect classic American cuisine with modern and creative twists no matter the season.
  • The spot provides an oasis of calm and sophistication after a day of exploring all the Big Apple offers. Its location in Madison Square Park immediately transports you to a time of old-school New York City charm.
  • As part of the restaurant's commitment to creating a more sustainable approach to dining across the board, a portion of the proceeds of every meal is allocated to the Eleven Madison Truck, which provides free meals to New Yorkers experiencing food insecurity.
  • Despite the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star venue’s elegance, the restaurateurs do not want you to whisper or feel as though you are walking on eggshells — music plays at an audible volume, and the waitstaff will pick up on whether you like to talk and joke around or be left alone, ensuring that every aspect of your meal is personalized.
  • The art deco style of the 1920s building is striking (Eleven Madison Park is housed in a former MetLife warehouse), and the artwork is all designed specifically for the Flatiron District restaurant. Look out for the Rita Ackermann chalkboard painting and a stone monument built by Daniel Turner made from melted-down items from the pre-renovation kitchen.

Things to Know

  • Eleven Madison Park offers a dining room tasting menu of eight to 10 courses, or a five-course option at the bar.
  • All reservations open at 9 a.m. on the first of the month for the following month, and seats typically book very quickly, often within hours.
  • There is no dress code. Diners are encouraged to wear whatever makes them feel the most comfortable.
  • For an abbreviated version of the tasting menu, reserve the stools in the bar.

The Food

  • Each tasting menu will always include one or two tableside preparations, an impressive touch that calls to mind classic service.
  • Staple dishes from the original menu, such as the caviar service, have now been reimagined to exclude animal products, without sacrificing any of the depth of flavor, with help from Brock Middleton, the “fermentation sous-chef.”
  • The take-home gift is an unexpected delight that you will enjoy for days after your visit: delicious granola made with raisins, coconut and chia seeds.

The Drinks

  • Cocktail offerings highlight ingredients found on the tasting menu. Recent categories have included apple, squash, chocolate and mushroom.
  • For an ingenious dairy-free take on the bar’s classic milk punch, order the Sesame. Whey from sesame tofu creates a clarified “milk” that tastes creamy. This and many other cocktails are crafted tableside for a special touch.
  • The signature sips are made with logo-stamped ice cubes. Be on the lookout for every detail while dining at Eleven Madison Park.

Getting There
11 Madison Avenue, New York City, New York 10010