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Gramercy Tavern or Eleven Madison Park?

Hi. A question for those in the know:

I will be in New York for four nights in June.

One of those evenings is taken up with Le Bernardin (one of my faves of all time); the other with Marea (which I have also been dying to try).

Another night will be a quick bite and a theatre night.

However, for the other evening I am torn: Should I go to Gramercy Tavern or to Eleven Madison Park?

I have not been to either before, and would llike to try both; just cannot fit them both in on this trip. So if I had to choose one over the other, which one would it be--and why?

(I am inclined to go with Eleven Madison as Chef Humm just won the James Beard Award for best chef in NYC. But I have always wanted to try the Gramercy Tavern, too.)

Your thoughts?

Thanks.

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

Gramercy Tavern
42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

Le Bernardin
155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

Marea
240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

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  1. I would definitely choose EMP. Daniel Humm is very talented, and the food coming out of EMP's kitchen is far more exciting than Gramercy Tavern's.

    Le Bernardin, Marea, and EMP is a great lineup.

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    Gramercy Tavern
    42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

    Le Bernardin
    155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

    Marea
    240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

    1. Eleven Madison Park. Chef Humm is one of the most exciting chef's in NYC right now, and service at EMP is always flawless but never stiff or stuffy. From top to bottom, EMP is one of the single best dinners in New York.

      I'm totally jealous of your lineup.

      http://underemployedinnyc.blogspot.com/

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

        1. Thanks so far for the feedback. Much appreciated. 3-0 so far for EMP! I think my instincts were right.

          Also, while we're at it, can folks also recommend a good pre-theatre place? Would Marseille be a good choice?

          Thanks again.

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          1. re: torontoview

            Marseille is fine. But even better, imo, is dbBistro Moderne. One of Chef Daniel Boulud's restaurants, it focuses on contemporary French bistro cuisine. Needless to say, the food is superb. While the a la carte menu is pricey (though far less expensive than his flagship temple of haute French cuisne), they offer a pre-theater 3-course prix fixe for $45 -- a very good deal for food of such high caliber.

            dbBistro photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

            And another vote for EMP! (Not that that surprises any of the regulars here. lol)

            1. re: torontoview

              Marseille is my favorite pre-theatre spot. Had a bad service experience at db Bistro Moderne a few years ago (haven't gone back since). Food was fine though.

              Another vote in favor of EMP (I'm going next week).