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Dinner @ Eleven Madison Park : Awarded #1 Best Restaurant in the World 2017

Dinner @ Eleven Madison Park : Awarded #1 Best Restaurant in the World 2017

Let's take a break from my Bali Travel Blogs for a minute here and cover something entirely different. 2 years ago I had the pleasure of dining at Eleven Madison Park in New York during the holidays. New York is one of my favorite cities to visit for many reasons and food is obviously top on that list. So whenever we visit, we always make sure we hit up a few noteworthy spots. This time, we scored a reservation at Eleven Madison Park! 

Eleven Madison Park has accumulated quite a reputation for itself as one of the best restaurants not only in America but in the world after it was sold to Chef Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, both of which had been working at Eleven Madison when Danny Meyers had owned it. Ever since Chef Humm took over in 2011, it has been awarded Three Michelin stars, James Beard accolades for Outstanding Service, Outstanding Chef, Outstanding Pastry Chef, and Outstanding Restaurant. Every year they have been climbing to a higher and higher ranking on World's Best Restaurant List and this year they hit #1 in the world!

Scoring a reservation at Eleven Madison Park has never been an easy feat  but now that it's #1 in the world, I can only imagine it's gotten even harder to book. So for those of you who are curious what a meal at Eleven Madison Park entails, below are some shots I took of our entire meal at the restaurant back in 2015 when it was ranked at #5 in the world. 

Our meal begins with a box...

 1st Course presented in a box

1st Course presented in a box

 (Inside the box ) Cheddar: Savory Black and White Cookie with Apple (Lovely Start)

(Inside the box ) Cheddar: Savory Black and White Cookie with Apple (Lovely Start)

 2nd Course - Sturgeon: Sabayon with Chive (Delicious)

2nd Course - Sturgeon: Sabayon with Chive (Delicious)

 3rd Course - Oyster: Pie and Veloute (Outstanding Dish)

3rd Course - Oyster: Pie and Veloute (Outstanding Dish)

 4th Course - Scallops: Marinated with Black Truffle and Leeks

4th Course - Scallops: Marinated with Black Truffle and Leeks

 5th Course - Caviar: Benedict with Egg, Cauliflower and Ham (Outstanding Dish)

5th Course - Caviar: Benedict with Egg, Cauliflower and Ham (Outstanding Dish)

 The little bite sized english muffins for our "Caviar Benedicts"

The little bite sized english muffins for our "Caviar Benedicts"

 Bread and Butter Course: Puff Pastry served with butter, rendered duck fat from the main course and Long Island Sea Salt (A bit too heavy for me)

Bread and Butter Course: Puff Pastry served with butter, rendered duck fat from the main course and Long Island Sea Salt (A bit too heavy for me)

 6th Course - Foie Gras: Served with Smoked Eel and Brussels Sprouts (Outstanding Dish)

6th Course - Foie Gras: Served with Smoked Eel and Brussels Sprouts (Outstanding Dish)

 7th Course - Kohlrabi: Pear Salad with Cheddar and Hazelnut

7th Course - Kohlrabi: Pear Salad with Cheddar and Hazelnut

 Set up for the 8th Course- Waldorf: Salad with Apple, Celery, Grapes, and Walnuts (While the salad is being prepped a thoughtful story of the origins of the Infamous Salad is told)

Set up for the 8th Course- Waldorf: Salad with Apple, Celery, Grapes, and Walnuts (While the salad is being prepped a thoughtful story of the origins of the Infamous Salad is told)

 Prepping the Waldorf Salad tableside

Prepping the Waldorf Salad tableside

 Eleven Madison Park's Interpretation of the Famous Waldorf Salad

Eleven Madison Park's Interpretation of the Famous Waldorf Salad

 Underneath the salad hides another course tied to the Waldorf Salad. The soup is a gazpacho made with the flavors of  Waldorf Salad with interesting toppings like spherified celery root and celery chips

Underneath the salad hides another course tied to the Waldorf Salad. The soup is a gazpacho made with the flavors of  Waldorf Salad with interesting toppings like spherified celery root and celery chips

 9th Course - Lobster: Poached with Butternut Squash and Chestnuts (Delicious)

9th Course - Lobster: Poached with Butternut Squash and Chestnuts (Delicious)

 10th Course - Hen of the Woods: Roasted with Horseradish (Extremely simple dish but still very tasty)

10th Course - Hen of the Woods: Roasted with Horseradish (Extremely simple dish but still very tasty)

 11th Course - Duck: Roasted, Herb and Spice Crusted, Honey, Lavender Scented 

11th Course - Duck: Roasted, Herb and Spice Crusted, Honey, Lavender Scented 

 A beautiful sliver of Duck Breast along with collard greens and apple (Outstanding Dish)

A beautiful sliver of Duck Breast along with collard greens and apple (Outstanding Dish)

 12th Course - Venison: Roasted with Beets and Onions 

12th Course - Venison: Roasted with Beets and Onions 

 13th Course - Cato Corner Cheese: Fondue with Squash and Mustard, Soft Salted Preztel Bread and A Simple Salad (Extremely Creative Cheese Course here which I thoroughly enjoyed although, pretty stuffed at this point)

13th Course - Cato Corner Cheese: Fondue with Squash and Mustard, Soft Salted Preztel Bread and A Simple Salad (Extremely Creative Cheese Course here which I thoroughly enjoyed although, pretty stuffed at this point)

 14th Course - Botrytis: Ice Cream with Bitter Almond and Ginger Crumble

14th Course - Botrytis: Ice Cream with Bitter Almond and Ginger Crumble

 15th Course - Milk and Honey: Custard with Bee Pollen Ice Cream

15th Course - Milk and Honey: Custard with Bee Pollen Ice Cream

 Feeling content and pretty full by the time we had our duck course

Feeling content and pretty full by the time we had our duck course

There was a chocolate course along with some mignardise which we skipped as not only were we full beyond the breams but also running behind in meeting some friends after dinner. The dinner itself lasts about 3.5 hours and if you throw in a pre dinner cocktail and take photos of every dish, the dinner can easily hit 4 hours or more. 

Overall the meal was extremely memorable with a few outstanding dishes I would definitely want to come back to IF I could solely order those exact dishes and skip some of the others. If I were to compare it to some other restaurants I've been to that's also on the top 50 list in the world, I can honestly say there are better ones on the list that I've enjoyed more. Ones where I would happily pay the hefty price tag for the experience and the food again, waiting in anticipation for what new journey the Chef intends to create for his or her diners.

So for those of you who want to get a taste of the #1 Restaurant in the World or just plain curious but don't want to sit through 3.5 hours of dinner or fork over close to $300/person for a meal not including any beverages and gratuity, you can sample some of their dishes by opting for their Bar Menu. Or you can go visit their other restaurant at the Nomad Hotel, called Nomad Restaurant. It's an easier table to score with food that's more satisfying and wallet friendly. They have a beautifully decadent roasted chicken with truffle, foie, and brioche that is divine. 

Lastly, I didn't get to share the granola and the chocolates that we were given on our way out of Eleven Madison Park. The granola worked perfectly as my breakfast in the morning and the chocolates were a fun thing to have the next day when we were not so full.

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 Just a cup of joe and some granola in bed = happy camper

Just a cup of joe and some granola in bed = happy camper

 A few bars of Mast Chocolates compliments of Eleven Madison Park. Guess which ones are made with what kind of milk:)

A few bars of Mast Chocolates compliments of Eleven Madison Park. Guess which ones are made with what kind of milk:)

 

 

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