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Jan 25, 2012 12:12 PM

Three Michelin Starred Lunch? Eleven Madison Park?

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

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  1. 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. 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

      2 Replies
      1. re: Cheeryvisage

        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

          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. Agree with both of the below comments.

          Would also add Bouley to the list.

          163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

          1. 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!

            1. 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