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Eleven Madison Park or Union Square Cafe?

My friend has about $500 to expense for 3 people, and he's trying to decide between Eleven Madison Park and Union Square Cafe. Although I've only eaten at the latter, it seems like most people prefer the former. Any thoughts, 'hounders?

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  1. Although I've never been to USC, I would definitely pick Eleven Madison Park.

    1. Eleven Madison Park. No question. Different leagues.

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      1. Although I haven't been to Eleven Madison Park since the chef switch, I would reserve there. Union Square Cafe makes well-prepared comfort food, but that's about it. I haven't had anything memorable or exciting there.

        1. I much prefer 11MadPark, that should be enough for tasting menu and wine for 3.

          1. EMP by FAR. Much more theatrical room; less risk of getting shoved in Siberia (i.e. upstairs at the USC)