Images courtesy of Allied Works, © Eric Piasecki Photography
The gist: After being closed all summer for renovations, top-rated tasting menu spot Eleven Madison Park reopened on October 8 with brand-new interiors and an updated menu by chef Daniel Humm.
The space: Design firm Allied Works Architecture is behind the interior revamp, which drew inspiration from the art deco era and Madison Square Park itself. You'll find the leaf theme (already in the restaurant's logo) subtly reinforced on rugs, screens and centerpieces. New mirrored windows in the private dining room reflect the lights and trees outside. Dining chairs and banquettes are made from velvet and mohair and a marble-topped bar features olive green chairs and bronze accents. The firm also redesigned the tableware using porcelain and white glaze which is relatively simplistic to allow chef Daniel Humm's dishes to be the main focal point. Kitchen design was done by Jacobs Doland Beer, uniforms by Todd Snyder and graphic design by be-pôles.
The food: The new menu is similar to the previous iteration, focused on both local ingredients and "New York traditions" and features eight to 10 courses for $295. Think savory "cheesecake" with sturgeon, caviar, an everything bagel and pickles; or a take on a black and white cookie made savory with apple and cheddar. For mains look for items like the butter-poached lobster with potatoes and chanterelles or duck glazed with honey, apple and lavender. You can also opt for the more abbreviated tasting menu at the bar for $155. Check out the full menu here. The restaurant will also offer a Thanksgiving Feast for the upcoming holiday season. Tickets can be purchased via Tock.
The drinks: Wine pairings will run you $175 or $275 for reserve selections. The wine program spans nearly 20,000 bottles and 400 selections, beer over 200 including "Grain of Salt" — a special brew produced in partnership with Threes Brewing.