Being the foodies that we are, we’ve been waiting with ravenous appetites to hear the results of 2012’s World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards. We were pleased to see Nordic maestros Noma in Copenhagen keep the top spot, but there was also a surprise or two in the top 10. New York City’s Eleven Madison Park vaulted an impressive 24 places up to the number 10 spot in a single bound. It’s not hard to see why- this already acclaimed restaurant has gone from strength to strength since its makeover at the hands of head chef Daniel Humm. Eleven Madison Park merges the classic decadence of swinging 1920’s New York with modern creativity and innovation. Dining is pure theatre inside the grand art deco skyscraper with its 35-foot high ceiling and marble floor, spectacular topiary arrangements and towering windows overlooking Madison Square Park. But what makes Eleven Madison Park really shine is the inspired menu format: diners pick from a choice of one core ingredient for each of their four courses (hamachi, raddichio, lobster, skate, veal, black truffle truffle, coconut), while stating any individual preferences they might have- then sit back and watch the surprises unfold! Each course and amuse bouche is small but perfectly formed work of art, intricately designed to the last detail.
We love this amazing video showing Eleven Madison Park’s culinary artistry at work:[vimeo http://vimeo.com/30188568 w=709&h=399]
Eleven Madison Park 11 Madison Avenue, New York 10010 USA Phone: +1 212 889 0905 Email: email@example.com And be sure to check out the Hg2 New York city guide for more Big Apple inspiration. Photos by Francesco Tonelli.