Does anyone eat dinner in the Pool Room at the Four Seasons any more?
We went there last year to celebrate my wife's 50th. Growing up in New York it was a place I always wanted to try. I had some concerns that it was overrated but it lived up to my high expectations. I didn't find it to be overpriced, the duck for two lived up to its reputation and I loved the Pool Room's "Mad Men" vibe. As a kicker Jack Welch was sitting next to us. Overall it made for a special night. Glad we finally tried it.
It's really hard to beat the tasting menu at Eleven Madison Park. Have the eleven course tasting menu. The meal will take some three hours or longer, and it will be a meal you will never forget.
Of course, whatever weight you might gain from such a meal will be more than offset by how much lighter your wallet will be afterward.
Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010
Not for a very long time, and would only do so now if someone else was paying. The setting may be grand, but at the same cost you could go to one of the city's top restaurants. The Four Seasons kitchen is currently under two new chefs, and until I hear amazing reports it couldn't possibly go on my special occasion list ahead of Corton, EMP, Jean-Georges, Le Bernardin, or even Daniel - and I have my reservations about Daniel.