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EMP Lunch or Dinner?

1) The clam bake is available on the tasting menu. It's right after hors d'oeuvres and includes a clam veloute, corn and chorizo madeleine, razor clam with corn and caviar, manila clam with melon and basil, and a pomme dauphine. The dish is "finished" tableside and is quite the visual spectacle.

2) The duck will be available during lunch post Labor Day. I'm not sure if you have to specifically request it.

Aug 26, 2011
mr3 in Manhattan

EMP Lunch or Dinner?

If you want the full EMP experience, you have to go the dinner.

Although the lunch and dinner menu are nearly identical, there are 2 fewer mignardises and you don't have the option of getting the Muscovy duck or the clam bake on the tasting menu (although this will change post-Labor day).

Additionally, if you're into wine, the section that you're sitting in may not have a sommelier assigned exclusively; there is one sommelier roaming the floor for lunch, but you won't have as much of an opportunity to ask in-depth questions.

Aug 25, 2011
mr3 in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park Tasting Menu Review + Photos

The 2nd meal wasn't typical for a regular. The ricotta doesn't ordinarily come with black truffles. The duck isn't part of the tasting menu. The last mignardise is part of the VIP package. However, the clambake is always included as part of a tasting menu.

Typically, the kitchen tour is offered for: 1) single diners; 2) special occasions; 3) regular customers; 4) friends of the restaurant; 5) people who are really interested in their food and ask a lot of questions (sometimes).

Aug 25, 2011
mr3 in Manhattan

EMP Menu - Scam or Not?

At previous restaurants, if a guest was really interested in what was in a dish, I would sometimes give them the waitstaff's reference notes that had a picture of the dish, list of ingredients, and how they were prepared. It was a nice and relatively inexpensive comp.

Aug 25, 2011
mr3 in Manhattan