Eleven Reasons to dine at Eleven Madison Park.

I am one lucky lady, my husband surprised me with an evening at what can only be described as the most amazing place I’ve ever been to.  I’m in New York for the weekend, and we’re ramming in as many gastronomic delights as possible without spontaneous combustion. Rather than write for days, which I could about this place, and bore you rigid, here’s Eleven reasons why one should dine here if you possibly can……

  • 1- White Gift box on table on arrival….. I loved the fact that thus eaterie is so minimalistic, the whole vibe leaves you wanting more.  On arrival, we had a little box containing what looked like little cookies.  They were little cookies – savoury cheddary ones, which got me off to a good start.
  • 2- Champagne Trolley…. We ordered two glasses of champers, husband hoping that two House ones would be brought to us.  He didn’t say it, but I knew it.  What a delight to have a little trolley wheeled to us with a selection from the House to a Krug half bottle.  I selected the House, as it was going to be a long night, and did not want a tiff at the first hurdle.  Good wifey points.
  • 3-The Menu itself, no faffing around with endless bits of paper, all thinking removed from the process.  You’re here on our territory you play by our rules.  I like that I’ve realised.  We asked the wonderful Sommelier to choose matching wines, husband of course gave him a sensible budget per glass and by Jove the chap nailed it and delivered. We were asked what ingredients we didn’t like, and they set to work. Amazing.
  • 4- Minimal explanation.  This is a very clever move.  Food does the talking, and when I mean talking, it was mind blowing. Never have I witnessed such flavours.  The other great thing though, staff are so well informed.  I picked up the crockery for inspection, a chap appeared to tell me the story about the owner being good mates long ago with the crockery creator, and now the crockery is sur la table.  Cute story.
  • 5-Kitchen tour- AMAZING kitchen, one does not feel like a spare part once taken in, instead positioned behind a little table whilst a lovely lady makes granita that one can savour whilst admiring the serene environment. Calm chefs laughing and collaboratively working.  A joy to watch.6-The food itself, was just to die for.  I adored everything from the beautiful snacks presented in Bento boxes, I embraced the take on Eggs Benedict, presented in a Caviar tin with Caviar neatly quenelled on top.  All courses were in fact perfectly executed.  Even the whetting of the appetite cup of Chicken broth, right before the Beef course…….Divine!

  • 7-That crockery again!  Simple, rustic and added to the “we’re not trying too hard feel.”
  • 8-The Staff!  Each and everyone of them a joyous experience to watch going about their business.  All perfectly groomed, enjoying their work life.  Genuinely you could feel and see it.9-People watching.  I love observing others.  What a mixed clientel! I was genuinely in awe of the lady opposite me, and how many of those Martinis she managed to quaff.  My type of girl.

  • 10-The little quiz!  We were presented with 4 bars of chocolate and had to guess and mark on a piece of paper, which animals milk was used in each bar by taste.  I got them all right…. Not that difficult, but was told I’m very clever.  Liked that a lot! ( no prize other than a bitter aftertaste from the sheep’s milk choccie).
  • 11-The menu in a tin to take home.  Just Incase one forgot what one had eaten, a very neatly presented menu folded into a cute tin. Great idea and perfect presentation.  Easily portable.
  • I hugely enjoyed my culinary experience.  Only one small critical point is that I cannot stand seeing staff all lined up when you enter a restaurant.  One has to walk past like eleven people all in a line.  Disperse and look busy!  Quite intimidating.

My Teen’s top sayings….

10-“Do we really need to come with you? Why don’t you spend quality time with Dad?” 

9-“Do you realise that your constant nagging really has the opposite effect on me.  I really cannot concentrate on revision and that’s basically down to you..”(Only said good morning.)

8-“Why do we not have anything exciting to eat/drink in this house?” (well because every time I come home with shopping, it’s like you’ve just finished a hunger strike)…..

7-“Have you not finished my laundry yet? I gave it to you ages ago”  ( I had to look for it myself, and Gawd only knows what infectious disease I picked up in the process.)

6 “When do WE get paid?” I mean really…..

5-“Ha ha lol, such and such suggested we go to Amsterdam/ Magaluf/ Ibiza for a break… Haha lol” (testing the water on a major scale)

4-“Whats for Dinner/breakfast/brunch/lunch”(added Brunch for sophistication.)

3-“Ha Ha lol, been invited out tonight, and need a lift, Ha Ha lol”(testing the water.)

2-“You look really pretty today, we should do a girlie day, you know, Lunch, new outfit, new highlights….” (Ha Ha looooooool)

1-“What’s your PIN number again?” (You can give it a shot love)….