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Three Michelin Starred Lunch? Eleven Madison Park?

dande21 Jan 25, 2012 12:12 PM

Dear Manhattan Chowhounders,

I wonder if you could offer me a little advice?

I travel to New York on a yearly basis, and always enjoy a lunch at Jean Georges. The food and service have been flawless on every occasion. I was also happy that $38 for two plates was well within my budget.

I am planning a return trip to New York on March 9th. I've read some wonderful things on Chowhound about Eleven Madison Park. I was considering reserving a table for lunch, but I am certain that the tasting menu for $125 is (unfortunately) beyond my budget.

I was curious as to whether anyone has sampled the $74 four course menu recently, and whether this particular dining experience was still recommended.

I was also curious as to whether Chowhounders could suggest an alternate fine dining lunch in Manhattan with a maximum spend of around $75 per head without drinks.

Thank you in advance, and as a first time poster I hope not to have breached any etiquette rules set by the board.

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

  1. n
    nmprisons Jan 25, 2012 12:15 PM

    The 4-course lunch is wonderful. EMP is one of the few places that offers a similar level of excellence at lunch as it offers at dinner. You won't be disappointed.

    1. Cheeryvisage Jan 25, 2012 12:17 PM

      For an alternate restaurant, I'd recommend The Modern Dining Room. Ask to be seated by the window in the center. Wonderful food, fabulous view, gracious service.

      The Modern
      9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

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      1. re: Cheeryvisage
        BrettLove Jan 25, 2012 12:24 PM

        I'm merely an occasional visitor (from Boston), but was very impressed with Tocqueville. I, like yourself, prefer to lunch at a restaurant that "brings their 'A' game" (i.e. doesn't cop out with some soup/sandwich/salad a server/steward can assemble) when I'm visiting & Tocqueville seems to. I'm sure others could verify and/or expound upon that.

        1 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

        1. re: Cheeryvisage
          foodwhisperer Jan 25, 2012 05:08 PM

          By March Jung Sik, might be open for lunch, I would do that if they are open.

          Jung Sik
          2 Harrison St, New York, NY 10013

        2. uhockey Jan 25, 2012 12:28 PM

          Agree with both of the below comments.

          Would also add Bouley to the list.


          163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

          1. d
            dande21 Mar 8, 2012 10:45 AM

            Thanks to everyone who replied. I managed to reserve a table for lunch at Eleven Madison Park. I'll let you know how it goes. Your help was much appreciated!

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              jewelin Mar 8, 2012 01:51 PM

              Del Posto is still a good lunch option, despite the recent price increase. Would also second Tocqueville and Modern. But Bouley is my all-round favorite.

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

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                pigbob Mar 9, 2012 04:11 PM

                You should consider Le Bernardin. They serve a lovely lunch for, the last time

                I checked, $70.00. Needless to say this is a great restaurant, superlative in all respects. The only possible drawback, depending on your preferences, is that it is fishcentric. My wife and I have always been pleased with its prix fixe lunch. Good luck. Bon Appetite. Also, I just read that Le Bernardin is also offering a City Harvest 3 course lunch for $45.00.

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

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