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Thanksgiving at EMP

Elainee | Nov 25, 201106:53 AM

Just had Thanksgiving dinner at 11 Madison. What a disappointment! I had eaten here before the change in menu/focus and loved it. But now...for a fixed price of $185 per person (before tax, tip, wine, coffee) we expected a lovely meal with some interest/extras. No, just the four courses listed. No little extras. Worst of all the portions were smaller than Lean Cuisine. The first course of a chicken soup, while good was in a tiny teacup and since it was poured at the table, it was not as hot as it should have been. One small roll while warm as served as a separate course. The second course of pate was the most satisfying course. It was small but tasted very good. No toast or anything was served with it exceot a few shreds if greens.. My main course was the beef...a smaller potion I have never seen. It was good, but hard to eat in more than two bites. It was no larger than a quarter coin. The turkey looked like a small piece of pound cake. It was a small portion of breast meat, cooked sous vide and very salty. Tender, but rather dry. The side vegetables again were ok but in such small servings for three people. They did offer to bring more food and seemed surprised that we said yes, more please. It took quite a while and the offered more side dishes never came but we did get more beef and more turkey. The desert was again salty and tiny. Like the old joke...I didn't like it and the portions were too small. Getting more water was not easy. Lots of service people but we needed to ask for more water, a knife that dropped, more butter,etc. There are quite a few very good restaurants in NYC which we have like so much more than this dinner. At least I did not have to cook, shop, clean up, but next year we will stay home. We are really surprised it got 3 Michelin stars, really surprised.

Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

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