Restaurant Spotlight: Eleven Madison Park
Restaurant Spotlight: Eleven Madison Park

New York City’s vibrant restaurant scene has always been one to offer sophisticated diners the widest range of options in haute cuisine. But in a city where there are so many gastronomic choices, discerning patrons in search of unique epicurean experiences will find Eleven Madison Park more than just a place for a good meal.

Located at 11 Madison Avenue and East 24th Street in the Flatiron district, this fine-dining establishment is an easy walk from the Stuyvesant Town community. Featuring a vintage Art Deco interior with massively high ceilings, the space exudes an air of elegance and charm that harkens back to the grand salons of the 19th century. It should feel cavernous, but rather its ambiance is warm and intimate.

At The Helm

Co-owners Will Guidara and Chef Daniel Humm took over the operation of Eleven Madison Park in 2011 after buying it from famed chef Danny Meyer. Under their enthusiastic direction (and with a three-star Michelin rating under their belt), they have compiled quite a list of distinctions from such publications as the New York Times, Forbes Travel Guide and Wine Spectator, as well as garnered a spot on the list of San Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

Will Guidara, Restaurateur/Co-Owner

With a résumé that includes a degree from Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration, Mr. Guidara went on to receive his practical training at the celebrated Spago Beverly Hills, along with stints at trendy Tabla, Café 2, and the restaurants at the Museum of Modern Art.

Daniel Humm, Chef/Co-Owner

Swiss-born Daniel Humm honed his culinary skills in some of Europe’s finest hotels and restaurants, earning his first Michelin star at the young age of 24. He arrived in the United States in 2003, serving as executive chef at San Francisco’s prestigious Compton Place before finding a home at Eleven Madison Park.

The Menu

Opting for an elaborate tasting menu over the conventional, weekly fixed - a choice that perfectly compliments the chef’s almost fanatical commitment to sourcing the freshest seasonal and local ingredients - Humm has managed to cultivate a market-to-table style that is equal parts innovation and simplicity. The languishing eight- to ten-course lunches and dinners painstakingly take into account each diner’s personal allergies and/or dietary restrictions, tailoring meals to meet their needs, not the kitchen’s. Eleven Madison Park’s ever-evolving dishes are graciously served by a knowledgeable and unpretentious staff, and private dining in one of two balcony-level spaces overlooking the main dining hall and Madison Square Park, seat guests from 18 up to 110.

As one restaurant critic recently explained, Eleven Madison Park has the ability to turn heads “by giving its stately refinement an injection of gee-whiz theatricality.”

Eleven Madison Park, 11 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10010; tel 212.889.0905; email: info@elevenmadisonpark.com.