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Apr 6, 2010 01:35 PM

Spring Menu at EMP

I am returning to EMP next week to celebrate my birthday and was wondering if anyone has tried the new spring menu. Many thanks in advance.

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  1. I've just noticed that EMP has added back to their dinner menu the wonderful duck for 2. I've already made my dinner reservation for mid-May. I'm so happy that they've returned one of my favorites to the menu; I hope it stays on the menu for a long time!

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    1. re: ellenost

      Agreed the duck is the best ever. I am also going next week. I have had some of the other offerings like the bone marrow crusted tenderloin (best steak I have had outside a steakhouse), lamb unbelievable as well. And although a different prep their lobster was sublime. as for dessert I loved the souffle and their ice creams are good too.It is one of my favorite restaurants but if there is one MINOR area they are not flawless with it is probably dessert. They should expand some of the selections or better yet make the lunch tarts available at dinner!!!

      1. re: steakrules85

        >They should expand some of the selections or better yet make the lunch tarts available at dinner!!!

        I heartily second this sentiment. I don't keep pointing out because I don't love EMP - I do very, very much. I'm just hoping someone in charge will take notice that desserts is the only reason why EMP is not flawless and make improvements!

    2. A very minority report on the spring menu
      I went with a party of five family style eaters which allowed for small tastes of all we ordered from the three course menu with a torchon, cheese course, and an extra dessert. We could not agree on a tasting menu for the table. I alone of the party felt that the food came from two different kitchens. The velute (?) based starter, the tuna amuse, and the main courses were from the famed 11 Madison Park, while the rest of the amuse plate, and all the first courses came from just any old cooking school. The asparagus salad, discussed on another thread and the crab were stand out clunky. The foie gras was meager and an anywhere dish.
      It was the usual fun to watch a first timer have the duck and see a composed face reveal the impact of a new greatness on the body and mind. The rest of the table had their turn I guess watching me while I had the veal banquette I had been hoping to eat for over 40 years. Time stops when eating, and restarts differently. Lamb great too. Cheese course fine for the fromage eaters.
      Once again the desserts were puzzles, six different ones with solutions of no interest to us.

      If only I could order a la carte

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      1. re: wew

        I too was disappointed by the crab appetizer -- so ordinary, and the crab was not impeccably fresh, nor was the avocado. The main course was also too salty. Sadly, it felt a little like fancy hotel food.

        1. re: Nancy S.

          I gave the kitchen a pass on salt because I find most restaurant food over salted. Again there was profoundly good food served to us with the weak dishes.

        2. re: wew

          I really really love EMP, but I've never been impressed with any desserts we've had there. Did you try the souffle? It was the best thing I had there, though I've had better souffles elsewhere.

          1. re: uwsister

            I did like the chocolate/caramel tart -- much better than its counterpart at the Bar Room at the Modern.

            1. re: Nancy S.

              I love the desserts at the Modern Bar Room!

              I don't recall seeing the chocolate/caramel tart on the dessert menu. Is that from lunch or dinner?

              1. re: uwsister

                This was a few months back, and at dinner. The chocolate in the tart was more mouse-like, and quite sweet, compared to the more pudding-like texture at EMP. The other desserts at the table were more successful, though.

                1. re: Nancy S.

                  I meant EMP's chocolate caramel tart.

            2. re: uwsister

              We had the chocolate offerings and the apple plate. The best food does inspire devotion. As to desserts I would love to see something like the Chocolate Leaves from Adour.

          2. i didnt like the Spring Asparagus Salad with Ruby Grapefruit, Crispy Egg Yolk and Nasturtium, i thought everything else though was great. I also tried all their tarts. the only ones i really really liked was the chocolate caramel. the lemon meringue was also good.