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11 Madison Park

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11 Madison Park

Adam Stephanides | Apr 19, 2000 10:46 PM

I just had dinner at 11 Madison Park. (I walked in about 7:30 and there was a seat open at the bar.) My appetizer was a terrine of beef shank and foie gras, which was very good: the contrast between the coarseness and earthiness of the beef shank and the smoothness of the foie gras put it a cut above your average foie gras dish. The entree was braised pork cheeks, which was not as exotic as I was hoping for. In fact, it basically tasted like pot roast. Good pot roast, and more tender than pot roast generally is, but still a bit of a letdown. More interesting actually were the spaetzle which accompanied it: these were very light, contrary to my preconceptions, and browned just the right amount. Dessert was a "warm pineapple fritter," which turned out to be a sliced pineapple ring coated in a cinnamon-sugary breading and deep fried. Not bad, but again the rum raisin "trifle" (really more like a mousse) which accompanied it was more exciting. Overall it was a very good meal: not the best meal I've ever had by any means, but one of the best I've had in its price range.

--Adam

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