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Feb 9, 2012 05:37 AM

Eleven Madison Park - lunch - 4 course or tasting for two vegetarians?

I've read through all the other posts on here about EMP but I don't have the answer to my question just yet.

Both my husband and I are vegetarian and we have a lunch reservation at EMP in a week and a half. I'm not quite sure if we should get the 4-course tasting for $74 or spend the extra $100 for both of us (which is what a dinner at a mid-range restaurant would cost - so we are totally fine spending that money here instead) for the tasting menu.

From what I've read on here and from other reviews, it seems like there are a lot of signature dishes - the duck, the clambake - that are part of the tasting. However, I've also gotten the sense that the 4-course menu has so many extras and that the additional cost for the tasting isn't quite worth it.

I haven't seen any detailed reviews of a vegetarian tasting, only the 4-course, which looks wonderful. Has anyone gotten it recently and, if so, what was your experience?

If the perks of the tasting are the signature dishes - which are far from vegetarian - I'm not sure it's worth it for us, but I'm also willing to spend the money if anyone out there can convince me that it is!

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

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  1. I don't think this will be of much help to you but I wanted to throw out some info to hopefully get the ball rolling.

    My GF is a vegetarian, we have dined at EMP often, she has done the 4 course many times and the tasting a few times, she has always been extremely happy with either. She does feel the extra cost is worth it because of the greater variety. As far as the signature dishes go, if more omnivours tried the vegetarian courses (I have), I'm sure several of the dishes she has had would become "signature" as well.

    And just to clarify, you are okay with eggs, cheese, dairy?

    3 Replies
    1. re: Spiritchaser

      Oh, we're not vegan - we love cheese and dairy and eggs are more than welcome in our food.

      1. re: scarlet starlet

        Personally, if this is a special meal, I would encourage you to go for the tasting.

        1. re: Spiritchaser

          No, it's not a special meal - we just have the day off from work and thought we'd go there for lunch as it's less expensive than going for dinner. We've eaten at many great places in this city (and others), including Per Se several times, so this isn't our first experience with this type of restaurant, nor is it likely that this will be our only visit to EMP if it lives up to its reputation.

    2. Aside from the duck, imo, EMP does not have a "signature" dish and Humm has an admirable hand with produce of all forms.

      Even the clambake is relatively new.

      Do the tasting.