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For next week- Eleven Madison Park or Del Posto- Birthday dinner

Haven't been to either, have a reservation at both. Can you, my fellow chowhounders help me make this very tough decision.

Thanks so much!!

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

Del Posto
85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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  1. Were it merely a matter of which I would personally prefer, it'd be EMP, but I think you need to take into account things like preference for cuisine, service, and ambience.

    1. Hasn't Eleven Madison just switched to 'tasting menu only'?

      If so, gives you an easy comparison with your recent Spanish meals (but may suffer in comparison).
      Elegant rather than exciting (IMO).

      Del Posto more exciting but less elegant.

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      Del Posto
      85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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      1. re: estufarian

        Based on the recent New York Times review (http://www.google.com/url?q=http://ww...) and the uncertainty of EMP's changes (kinks to work out, right?) I would do Del Posto. My brother and father went there a few days before the review was released and, as a food professional in haute cuisine kitchens, was astounded.

        http://turntableskillets.wordpress.com

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        Del Posto
        85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

        1. re: estufarian

          Eleven Madison Park eliminated the longer tasting menus. It is a shorter prix fixe menu only now.

          http://elevenmadisonpark.com/

          Lunch- Three courses for $56, Four Courses for $74
          Dinner- Four Courses for $125, Five Courses for $155

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

          1. re: kathryn

            Is there any lit. on this? Was it a practical decision or made because it was not well received?

              1. re: NewYorkNewHaven

                There have also been quite a few reports here on CH from people who have eaten at EMP since the change. I did, and I loved it. I think the change is a smashing success.

                1. re: gutsofsteel

                  I agree with GOS. I've already had one spectacular dinner at EMP since the menu format change, and have another dinner coming up for a birthday celebration at the end of this week. There has been no decline in the high quality of the food and service at EMP; if anything, it's even better.

                  1. re: ellenost

                    I really don't think the change is a smashing success. The changes in the menu do not improve the ambiance, the room, the service or the quality of food which is good. There's nothing on their new menu that excites me above and beyond what I ate there last. EMP is EMP it will be EMP and it will probably never decline. But the changes in the menu are not a smashing success.

                    I have enjoyed every meal I had at EMP but it has become boring to me. Manhattan has 7,000 restaurants and EMP can't be the best of them all. It may be in the top 50 but Del Posto is certainly right up there with them. Would I go back to EMP? Yes if I had a week in the city. But there are other places I find just as interesting if not more so.

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                    Del Posto
                    85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

                    1. re: Littleman

                      You may be bored with EMP, Littleman, but remember that the OP has never been there before. Have you been to Del Posto? If so, would you rate it above the new EMP?

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                      Del Posto
                      85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

                      1. re: ml77

                        M77.........I understand the OP has never been to EMP. That's why I posted that it had become boring to me. But you need to know EMP is not new. They changed the menu and the room maybe but did they change EMP. No. Period. They just put a little more sugar on the icing for the cake. And the cake did not change much.

                        To answer your question I have dined at Del Posto 7/8 times. The first time I dined there was with Mario Batalli and Emeril Lagasse. My wife played the piano for 30 minutes. Mr. Lagasse's wife's father is one of my best friends. I have been out to dinner with Mr. Lagasse in NYC several times. I think Del Posto is easily on the same level as EMP.

                        What NY's can never understand is once they dine at a great restaurant then it's great forever which is absolutely not true. No restaurant in the world stays on top forever. I dined at Le Cirque 30 years ago when it was in the location where Daniel is today. Is Le Cirque on the same level today as then. No. Even the current location is not highly rated. I tire and tire of reading all the great compliments of EMP which were due but all of a sudden they fall which is where they should. EMP is not above and beyond other great restaurants in the city.

                        While we are on the subject I would like to say Per Se is in the same category as EMP. I would not waste a second of my time trying to get a reservation at Per Se if it was paid for including the high priced wine. NYC has outstanding restaurants and some are the best in the U. S. But they rise and fall. I had great meals at Gramercy Tavern, Gotham Bar and Grill, Il Mulino, Felidia, Aureole, Daniel and others. I would return in a heart beat. But EMP has fell a notch. JMO.

                        1. re: Littleman

                          So which, or where would YOU choose.....which is the question of this post?

                          1. re: sockster

                            I haven't been to Del Posto in close to a year, but when I went I liked it but it didn't come close to EMP, in my opinion.

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                            Del Posto
                            85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

                          2. re: Littleman

                            > The first time I dined there was with Mario Batalli and Emeril Lagasse.

                            Have you considered that the front of house now recognizes you as a friend of Batali & Lagasse and gives you special treatment?

                            1. re: Littleman

                              Thanks for the honest feedback Littleman!

              2. great chefs visiting nyc make make EMP a must try. not so sure about DEL POSTO.

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

                1. Eleven Madison Park is Out of Sight, It's Great. Go, Go, Go, You won't be sorry

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

                  1. Sockster: Go to EMP...And can I have your Del Posto reservation? Please?

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                    Del Posto
                    85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011