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A Lengthy Account of Eleven Madison Park

I was there from 9 pm to around 11.40 pm. I was sitting on my own near the front of dining room on the left facing the flower arrangements. I understand re letting the restaurant respond first and hope you'll let us know how they deal with those issues. And very glad to hear you still enjoyed the food.

Jun 27, 2011
culinarycurmudgeon in Manhattan

A Lengthy Account of Eleven Madison Park

Could you give us a little more background re the service issues? I'm curious because I was there on the same night (Fri) and the service I received was exemplary.


Jun 27, 2011
culinarycurmudgeon in Manhattan

A Lengthy Account of Eleven Madison Park

I was in NYC on business and EMP was my dining choice on Friday 6/24. Solo diner but treated to very warm and welcoming service from start to finish (not always the case for us loners). The service and food on this night was absolutely impeccable.

I chose the tasting menu which was exactly the same as in OP expect that I asked for non-sugary desserts and was given a course of goat cheeses from four different farms. I also got offered the tour of the kitchen.

I can pretty much endorse all the food comments in the OP as every one of the eleven courses was outstanding. Well, maybe not being a veggie person, I wasn't as blown away with the broccoli course as the other dishes. But that is one truly minor caveat in an evening of memorable dining. Maybe the finest meal I've had in NYC in recent years. And the wine service was superb, after consulting with the sommelier, we decided on a JN Gagnard Morgeot 2006 half bottle and a Mugnier Clos De La Marechale 2008 half btl with a glass of blanc de blanc to start the evening off. Sorry but I can't recall the name of the sparkling wine as they also threw in a glass of the Kracher BA for me to try with the foie gras course. That plus the nitro cocktail from the kitchen tour pretty much left me in a semi-parlous & memory challenged state by the end of the night.

PS No cognac giveaway that night but a jar of homemade granola instead.

Jun 26, 2011
culinarycurmudgeon in Manhattan

Restaurant recommendations for Hollywood area... HELP!

Heartily endorse the Mercantile recommendation.

Cannot say the same for Delphine. Some of the most overrated bistro food in LA. Service is OK, decor is fine, location excellent - but the food just stinks! Comme Ca is much much better.

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Hungry Cat
Mozza Pizzeria

Golden State
Oaks Gourmet

The Hungry Cat
1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

5623 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

The Golden State
426 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

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1915 N Bronson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068

Crispy Pork Belly in Silver Lake

Never been able to figure out the big deal re WDML.

Ate there once with a group inc. a Thai, two Singaporeans, a Japanese and a friend from LA, mostly noodles as far as I can recall, and consensus was "not worth the drive or a 2nd visit". However, being a belly pork fan am going to give this dish a try on my next visit to LA.

Jun 08, 2010
culinarycurmudgeon in Features

Tokyo restaurant with best service?

Just returned from Tokyo a couple of days ago and had really good meal and service at Tempura Fukamachi near Koyabashi and Teppanyaki Ukai-Tei in Ginza.

The latter was pretty pricey and the decor OTT but no faulting the service from the all smiles greeting upon arrival to the teppan chef to the waiter and waitress service throughout. We didn't bother to collect our change (about 125 yen) after paying the bill and one of the waiters raced almost 2-3 blocks after us to return it. The meal itself was excellent as well.

Oct 12, 2009
culinarycurmudgeon in Japan