I saw some glowing reviews of Eleven Madison Park on Chowhound a few weeks back, so I thought that I would opine now that I had a chance to try it post new chef. While all the food was decent enough, I really was not impressed. I thought that the chef was trying a little too hard to seem creative, but just missed the mark, instead delivering capable but fairly ordinary high end restaurant food.
After looking at the menu, the first disappointment hit us immediately. The selections on the Gourmand Tasting Menu were less than impressive. Thus, I opted for the prix fixe menu instead; ordering the Trio Of Hawaiian Poisson Cru, followed by the Angus Tenderloin. There was nothing wrong with either of these dishes, but there was nothing extraordinary either. The quality of the fish was good, but certainly not the best that I have had. The quality of the meat was also very good, and the seasoning and sauce were nice enough, but again nothing that will stand out in my memory in two weeks from now.
The space was fine, but has an impersonal feel to it. It could be the high ceilings that does it, or it could be something with the decor - I can't quite put my finger on it. The lighting was pretty alright though.
In the future, I would only consider going back to this restaurant for a business dinner and only if I needed to be in the neighborhood and didnt make advanced reservations (11MP always seems to have tables available, even last minute on a Thursday at 7pm). I think Union Square Cafe and Grammercy Tavern are better choices - the food is better, the space is more comfortable and the service is just as good versus 11MP.
Am I missing something?