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Eleven Madison Park Report (Long)

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Eleven Madison Park Report (Long)

PAB | Sep 22, 2003 01:12 PM

My mother and I went to Eleven Madison Park on Friday night. We each had the 7-course tasting menu with the wine pairings. All of the dishes on the tasting menu are on the regular menu, but since they brought out a total of 14 dishes (plus amuses), we didn’t mind. After a champagne toast, we were served tuna tartar, which got us hungry for more. Next came a fresh heirloom bean salad with goat cheese and roasted red pepper flan with crab and sweet corn (the combination of the crab and corn is wonderful). The next course was sautéed sweetbreads (the evening’s highlight) and terrine with beef shank. Sautéed skate (with the bone giving it the extra flavor that I found lacking at both Tabla and Union Pacific) served with great wilted spinach and Dutch harbor halibut followed. Next was seared artic char and fennel crusted Atlantic salmon (the night before, I had a terrible salmon at Dos Caminos SoHo so anything would've been an improvement). Finally, a meat dish was served: prime-aged cote de boeuf with the juices nicely preserved (very tasty). Then we were on to the cheese tray (the blue cheese being a highlight) and then on to a selection of desserts (3 different ones in total, including the divine “opera”) accompanied by a glass of Quinta Do Noval, Colheita 1976 (perfect!). Overall, we had a very good time. Service was very satisfying (we were there for four hours) and while there are better tasting menus at Gramercy Tavern, Jean Georges, Daniel and Babbo, everything was so pleasant (service, food, wine) it almost didn’t matter. We had a very good time (and considering the other tasting menus, 11 MP’s is very affordable: $130 a person with the wine pairing).

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