The Bar at Eleven Madison Park

2012

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American

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2013

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2014

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Rating: 
8.20
Cuisine: 
Cocktail
Hours: 
Mon–Wed, Sun: 5:30 PM–10:00 PM Thu–Sat: Noon–1:00 PM
11 Madison Ave (E 24th St)
New York 10010
(212) 889-0905
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Although Eleven Madison Park opened to much fanfare and subsequent acclaim in 1998, it was Danny Meyer’s hiring of Swiss-born Daniel Humm to helm the kitchen in 2006 that elevated the place to the level of the finest restaurants in the country. Humm — who has won such plaudits for the restaurant as four stars from The New York Times (more than once, most recently by Pete Wells) and three from Michelin — bought Eleven Madison from Meyer in 2011, in partnership with his front-of-house counterpart, Will Guidara, and didn’t miss a beat. The chef is firmly in control: While Humm will tailor his single $225 multi-course tasting menu to accommodate allergies, dietary restrictions, and ingredient preferences, there is no à la carte selection or smaller menu available. The particulars of the dishes change frequently, but the technique is contemporary French and modernist. The ingredients are heavily New York-based, and the culinary traditions on which the food is based are often those of Gotham street or deli food, producing notably unique results. 

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015