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SnowErin999 Nov 24, 2011 01:24 PM

Hello, I just snagged a reservation for lunch tomorrow & I was wondering if anyone had any menu suggestions and/or any thoughts re: tasting menu v course menu. Also, it seems that the dress code has become somewhat more formal. Would my dining companion be uncomfortable sans jacket during lunch service? Are dress slacks and a blouse appropriate female attire? Our plans for the later part of the day call for more casual attire so it would be lovely to not have to wear a dress/jacket. Thank you!

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

  1. loratliff Nov 24, 2011 02:24 PM

    Lunch is much less formal than dinner. I've seen men go without jackets at dinner even and not look out of place, so as long as your companion is wearing nice pants and a button-down of some kind, you'll be fine. Your outfit (slacks, blouse, etc.) sounds just fine too.

    Re: tasting menu vs. the grid: depends on how much you want to eat, what you want to spend. The tasting menu is a real treat and you won't regret it, but I don't think your experience will lack if you go for the grid.

    Either way, enjoy!

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      Elainee Nov 24, 2011 05:59 PM

      Just had Thanksgiving dinner at 11 Madison. What a disappointment! I had eaten here before the change in menu/focus and loved it. But now...for a fixed price of $185 per person (before tax, tip, wine, coffee) we expected a lovely meal with some interest/extras. No, just the four courses listed. No little extras. Worst of all the portions were smaller than Lean Cuisine. The first course of a chicken soup, while good was in a tiny teacup and since it was poured at the table, it was not as hot as it should have been. One small roll while warm as served as a separate course. The second course of pate was the most satisfying course. It was small but tasted very good. No toast or anything was served with it exceot a few shreds if greens.. My main course was the beef...a smaller potion I have never seen. It was good, but hard to eat in more than two bites. It was no larger than a quarter coin. The turkey looked like a small piece of pound cake. It was a small portion of breast meat, cooked sous vide and very salty. Tender, but rather dry. The side vegetables again were ok but in such small servings for three people. They did offer to bring more food and seemed surprised that we said yes, more please. It took quite a while and the offered more side dishes never came but we did get more beef and more turkey. The desert was again salty and tiny. Like the old joke...I didn't like it and the portions were too small. Getting more water was not easy. Lots of service people but we needed to ask for more water, a knife that dropped, more butter,etc. There are quite a few very good restaurants in NYC which we have like so much more than this dinner. At least I did not have to cook, shop, clean up, but next year we will stay home. We are really surprised it got 3 Michelin stars, really surprised.

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        Elainee Nov 24, 2011 06:13 PM

        To add to the above....they brought the check as soon as we had one sip of our coffee. They did say "Whenever you are ready". At least they did not ask us if we were still working on our dinner. But the person who brought the coats was very pleasant. We eat out lots of times (too often) in many of the well known NYC restaurants. Our expectations were reasonable. We just were surprised and disappointed.

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          FoodDabbler Nov 26, 2011 09:04 PM

          "There are quite a few very good restaurants in NYC which we have like so much more than this dinner."

          Which restaurants have you liked more than this dinner, and did they really taste better when you bit into them?

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