Last night, Joel and I were treated to one of the best dinners I’ve had in long time at Eleven Madison Park, another Danny Meyer restaurant. When we arrived, we were both kindly greeted by several hostesses who walked us promptly to our table. We sat at a lovely table facing the whole dining room so we had a view of everything and everyone.
To start, I enjoyed my favorite: a French Martini, which was made perfectly. We were then offered a selection of beautiful bite size hors d’oeuvres. Included were Big Eye Tuna and radish, a cube of Foie Gras with a concord grape jelly ball on top, mini butternut squash tartlet with bacon and more.
The menu at 11 Madison Park is a tasting menu. Joel and I both chose their regular tastings instead of the Autumn tasting. For our appetizers, we chose the Japanese Hamachi and the Hawaiian Prawns. Both were fantastic. The Hamachi was so smooth and flavorful and, when combined with a pumpkin seed, each bite had an added crunch. The Hawaiian prawns were sweet and cooked perfectly. Served with a mild cauliflower couscous, it made for a wonderful move into the next course.
For our main course Joel went with the Arctic char, served with black mission figs and baby vegetables. The figs complimented the delicate fish so well. The baby vegetables were packed with flavor and were plated beautifully. I decided on the dry aged black Angus steak. This may have been the best steak I’ve had outside of Japan. It was so expertly cooked (medium) that it melted in my mouth. Served with roasted Swiss Chard and braised veal cheeks, it was a decedent and phenomenal main course.
To end, we picked a desert as part of the tasting menu. I chose to finish with a selection of cheeses while Joel chose the Bittersweet Chocolate which was served with a caramelized banana custard and passion fruit. It was both sweet and bitter from the passion fruit and a perfect way to end his meal. For my cheese selection, I let the waiter do the picking. I was served one of each — goat, sheep and cow’s milk. My favorite was the triple créme goat’s milk cheese from Andante Farm in Petaluma, California called Aria.
Aside from our chosen deserts, we were treated to a selection of ‘palette cleansers’. Amongst others were a mini raspberry macaroon, an olive oil gelée, a passion fruit chocolate bon-bon and a peanut butter chocolate cup. All were great and some even remarkable (the peanut butter chocolate cup).
Our meal at Eleven Madison Park was overall an amazing experience. The service was impeccable and the food was incredible, I highly recommend this Danny Meyer restaurant.