Visited your fair city last night from Philly for our anniversary and had another wonderful time. After taking over 3 hours to get there (because of turnpike traffic and an hour to get through the Lincoln tunnel!), we finally arrived at the restaurant at 7:45. We called from the road to change our reservation from 6:30 to 7:00, which they graciously did. I was sure that we would not have a table when we arrived but they promptly seated us with a smile (lucky for us it was not overly crowded).
The restaurant is truly perfect in every way. The atmosphere is stunning, the food excellent, and the service outstanding. Highlights of the meal were the red pepper flan app, the loin and shoulder of lamb and artic char entrees (both cooked prefectly), and the HUGE chocolate souffle (way too much for 2, more appropriate for 4). The sommilier was extremely helpful and, for the first time we ordered all our wine by the glass and let him match each course (incredible Chablis 1st cru, Montrachet, Marsannay and Bandol - predominately a French wine list to match the French inspired menu). His matches were perfect and he even gave us each a 3 oz. pour that he never charged us for.
I love Philly and it is a great restaurant city, but we have few, if any, places that are on par with Eleven Madison. We felt that, while the meal was not cheap ($200 with tip), that it was quite a good value for the quality of the meal. They also have 5,6, and 7 course tasting menus for $60,$70 and $80.
We ended the evening by having drinks at Guastavino's (beautiful space, quite a singles scene) and then drinks and a cigar at Club Macanudo (being an avid scotch and cigar man). So what started out being a hectic and aggravating trip turned out being another lovely night in NYC. We fell into bed at 4 am, feeling quite happy with our evening.