Creative fine dining in the Big Apple with hospitality at its heart
What sets it apart: Co-owners Will Guidara and chef Daniel Humm are focused on breaking down the boundaries between the kitchen and the dining room, so the whole experience at Eleven Madison Park is harmonious. Front-of-house staff are so intimately familiar with the dishes that service becomes an art, and the chef often tailors his food to the individual diner, creating quirky personalised dishes.
The food: Swiss-born Humm and New Yorker Guidara recently cut their tasting menu down from 14 courses to about seven, with the idea to shorten the meal slightly and give more attention to each individual dish. Some of Humm’s classics remain, including the perfectly cooked honey and lavender roast duck and a playful dessert ‘game’ of ‘Name That Milk,’ featuring Mast Brothers chocolate.
The vibe: Housed in an art deco building just of Madison Park, Eleven Madison Park is grand and elaborate whilst remaining relaxed and focused on the customer’s comfort.
Dream team: Best friends Humm and Guidara met a decade ago when they were set up on a professional ‘blind date’ by legendary restaurateur Danny Meyer. They’ve been working together ever since, buying Eleven Madison Park from Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group in 2011 and opening the food and beverage spaces at the nearby NoMad hotel in 2012.
New ventures: 2016 sees the opening of Made Nice, a more casual restaurant in New York, and the pair are working on a second NoMad hotel in Los Angeles.