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Nov 20, 2006 07:49 PM

telepan or eleven madison park?

need an "insider ny" restaurant to take foreign foodies... want amazing food, but also cool atmosphere.

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  1. I was debating the same question for my return visit to NY. I was wondering Cru vs Telepan vs EMP vs L'Atelier...or should I pass up the newcomers and just go back to Daniel? Not worried about atmosphere as much as who's offering the best food right now.

    Does anyone know if Daniel is still serving madelines after dessert?

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    1. re: Porthos

      Re: Madeleines. I haven't been to Daniel in ages, but Cafe Boulud definitely serves them with dessert. They are to die for!!

      1. re: RGR

        Agreed. Those madelines are worth the price of admission at Daniel. I didn't know Cafe Boulud started doing that also.

        I know RGR, you love EMP. How do you think it compares to Cru and Daniel?

        1. re: Porthos

          Porthos, Cafe Boulud has always served the madeleines and, yes, they alone would be a reason to dine there except that, happily, the cuisine happens to be outstanding!

          I've only been to Daniel twice, once when it was in what is now Cafe Boulud's space and once in its current location. Since those experiences go back several years, I can't make a fair comparison to EMP. I haven't yet made it to Cru.

    2. I haven't been to Telepan, but Eleven Madison Park is one of my absolute favorites. In my estimation, it's one of the best NYC restaurants these days, and I wouldn't hesitate to take foreign foodies there. Chef Daniel Humm's cuisine is sensational, and the huge Art Deco space is gorgeous! If the latter fits your conception of "cool," then go for it!

        1. Ate at Telepan friday night. The meal was fine, if I lived in the neighborhood, I'm sure I'd return. EMP is a much more impressive space. Menu is a little fussy, but incredibly well prepared. It's probably going to set you back a little more than Telepan.

          1. My vote is for EMP. Great food, service and decor. Your foodie friends will be impressed.