August 1, 2010

Eleven Madison Park

On Friday afternoon, I had the pleasure of joining a couple of friends for lunch at Eleven Madison Park. EMP is one of those restaurants I've long wanted to visit but never had the occasion. Since learning they offer a daily lunch special, three of us ventured to give it a shot.



The space was beautiful, with double-height ceilings and panels of stained glass above the bar. It had remnants of old, art-deco New York, and light poured in from their enormous windows facing Madison Square Park (home of Shake Shack).


To start the meal, we were brought an amusé bouche: a carrot marshmallow, foie gras with strawberry geleé, warm gougers (a baked cheese dumpling), and fresh baked bread.



As an appetizer, I had the scallop, and Jess and Michelle had the taboule and the composition of young vegetables.


As my entree, I chose the "Lobster Lasagna," which was not really, exactly, a lasagna. It was a beautifully prepared lobster with handmade pasta sheets with pressed herbs. There were also thin pieces of baby zucchini, summer squash, herbs, and flower petals. It was truly amazing.


On our way out, the waiter handed us each a small box containing the most precious macarons I've ever seen! The were each tiny, barely the size of a quarter, and were very inventive flavors. One was an interpretation of a traditional japanese dessert, with hints of soy and red bean. Antoher, chamomile tea with lemon and honey. They were brilliant!

I'm already dying to go back!

Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Avenue, at 24th Street
New York, NY 10010
212.889.0905

13 comments:

  1. Every dish looks like art (nom art)! Especially the young veggies.

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  2. absolutely fantastic space! thanks for sharing <3

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  3. Another great reason to come over to NY apart from missing my baby love Nikki. Can't wait to go eat there and see you :) muah.

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  4. i've had dinner there a few times and always enjoyed it. they like to play around with their desserts a lot as well. i recently applied for a job there so i'm keeping my fingers crossed. (you should see the private rooms that overlook the main room. those are just as cool.)

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  5. Looks like quite the treat! Yum!

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  6. Lovely pictures Nikki, the food was amazing, and I'll go back in a second. You did forget to post the wonderful lamb dish that I had...AMAZING!

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  7. Jess - your lamb dish!:: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicolettesara/4849712045/

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  8. That looks amazing, I'm getting hungry right now! The fotos are great!

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  9. I just had lunch - and now I'm hungry, again!

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  10. The colors of the food is enough to make me want to eat there, its presented very nicely! Looks yummy. xoxo

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  11. Carrot marshmallow sounds weirdly good. This looks amazing mmm

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  12. One of my favorite restaurants!!!! The scallops and fava beans looks so good (well so does everything), I just had the same combo this weekend at Five Leaves in Greenpoint.

    Usually people select which macarons they want to eat in the restaurant, but my first time there I asked if I could have some to take home and the hostess was SO nice and gave me a huge plastic takeout container full of them..I was so surprised but they haven't done it again since hahaha.

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