Eleven Madison Park Reopens With New Look and Experience
The highly acclaimed Eleven Madison Park in New York closed for renovation this past summer, and the restaurant by restaurateur Will Guidara and chef Daniel Humm unveiled its new look and concept to the world on Oct. 8.
The restaurant originally opened by restaurateur Danny Meyer in 1998. Guidara and Humm joined the restaurant in 2006 and purchased it from Meyer in 2011, but the design remained for the most part the same as it was when it opened. With the renovation, Guidara and Humm are claiming the space as their own while paying respect to the past restaurant that launched their careers.
One of the more important details about the restaurant’s renovation is the fact that the space which used to serve 400 people each day can now only serve 80. The drop in capacity in fact matches the restaurant’s most recent flow. While the restaurant could serve as many as 400 people throughout the day when it opened in 2006, menu and other adjustments meant that Eleven Madison Park were serving about 80 people each day by 2011.
The new dining concept promises communal experiences meant to enhance the experience. The dining room tasting menu costs $295 per person and consists of 8-10 seasonal courses. The current pricing is the same as the most recent 11-course tasting menu and does include gratuity. There will no longer be a shorter prix fixe menu during lunch. Instead, the full tasting menu will be served during both lunch and dinner. Wine pairing is available for $175 per person ($275 for the reserve wine pairing).
Another major change is the expansion of the bar area. The bar will still be open and connected to the dining room, but the expanded area sets the bar as its own space. In addition to seats at the bar, tables will be available to bar guests who want to dine in. A 5-course tasting menu can be reserved for tables in the bar area for $155 per person, and an a la carte menu will be available for walk-ins.