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Thanksgiving at EMP

Thanks, loratliff. Posting on Chowhound is an experience. Doubt I would repeat it.

Nov 29, 2011
Elainee in Manhattan

Thanksgiving at EMP

I hate to get drawn back into this discussion but...I have eaten with pleasure at EMP before this Thanksgiving dinner. I did expect it to be like previous meals. I did expect offerings beyond the listed items, always had them before and the price of this meal seemed as if we would get some extras. I understand portion size but it seemed to be to be smaller than before, plus there really was not much to eat. The small side dishes were for three people. And that includes the butter...three of us. Look at RGR's photos. RGR who loves EMP asked for more gravy for her turkey. Yes, I had trouble describing the turkey since I ate the beef, my husband and friend had the turkey and I reported their words. Our wine was well over $100 plus our drinks at the bar so we hardly were trying to economize. We wanted a lovely experience and we were disappointed. Yes, this is my first experience on Chowhound. I was just so surprised and unhappy I needed to share/vent. I do participate in Fodors travel bulletin board on a regular basis with the same site name.

Nov 28, 2011
Elainee in Manhattan

Thanksgiving at EMP

We did not have the $95 truffle supplement to our $185 pre fixe. They did not bring us the gougeres, not getting the special treatment. RGR was at the table next to us. I am the woman in her photo of the champagne being poured. No extra charge for an additional serving!!! not when they need to ask if people have had enough to eat...look at the photos. I have never heard this asked before but we heard them asking at all the tables around us. The plates are not oversize..in fact not large at all. Really small servings. How could turkey be sous vide and be dry...maybe I should have said...just soft and consistantly mushey. Also the photos of the side dishes were for a table of two, we got the same and it was for three people. Plus having the bill placed on the table as soon as the coffee was served, is not nice. She did say, "Whenever you are ready"...this is three star service??
What do we like....Le Bernardin, Jean Georges, Babbo, Marea, Gotham

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Babbo
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

Jean Georges
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

Marea
240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

Nov 27, 2011
Elainee in Manhattan

Thanksgiving at EMP

Just had Thanksgiving dinner at 11 Madison. What a disappointment! I had eaten here before the change in menu/focus and loved it. But now...for a fixed price of $185 per person (before tax, tip, wine, coffee) we expected a lovely meal with some interest/extras. No, just the four courses listed. No little extras. Worst of all the portions were smaller than Lean Cuisine. The first course of a chicken soup, while good was in a tiny teacup and since it was poured at the table, it was not as hot as it should have been. One small roll while warm as served as a separate course. The second course of pate was the most satisfying course. It was small but tasted very good. No toast or anything was served with it exceot a few shreds if greens.. My main course was the beef...a smaller potion I have never seen. It was good, but hard to eat in more than two bites. It was no larger than a quarter coin. The turkey looked like a small piece of pound cake. It was a small portion of breast meat, cooked sous vide and very salty. Tender, but rather dry. The side vegetables again were ok but in such small servings for three people. They did offer to bring more food and seemed surprised that we said yes, more please. It took quite a while and the offered more side dishes never came but we did get more beef and more turkey. The desert was again salty and tiny. Like the old joke...I didn't like it and the portions were too small. Getting more water was not easy. Lots of service people but we needed to ask for more water, a knife that dropped, more butter,etc. There are quite a few very good restaurants in NYC which we have like so much more than this dinner. At least I did not have to cook, shop, clean up, but next year we will stay home. We are really surprised it got 3 Michelin stars, really surprised.

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Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

Nov 25, 2011
Elainee in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park Menu, etc.

To add to the above....they brought the check as soon as we had one sip of our coffee. They did say "Whenever you are ready". At least they did not ask us if we were still working on our dinner. But the person who brought the coats was very pleasant. We eat out lots of times (too often) in many of the well known NYC restaurants. Our expectations were reasonable. We just were surprised and disappointed.

Nov 24, 2011
Elainee in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park Menu, etc.

Just had Thanksgiving dinner at 11 Madison. What a disappointment! I had eaten here before the change in menu/focus and loved it. But now...for a fixed price of $185 per person (before tax, tip, wine, coffee) we expected a lovely meal with some interest/extras. No, just the four courses listed. No little extras. Worst of all the portions were smaller than Lean Cuisine. The first course of a chicken soup, while good was in a tiny teacup and since it was poured at the table, it was not as hot as it should have been. One small roll while warm as served as a separate course. The second course of pate was the most satisfying course. It was small but tasted very good. No toast or anything was served with it exceot a few shreds if greens.. My main course was the beef...a smaller potion I have never seen. It was good, but hard to eat in more than two bites. It was no larger than a quarter coin. The turkey looked like a small piece of pound cake. It was a small portion of breast meat, cooked sous vide and very salty. Tender, but rather dry. The side vegetables again were ok but in such small servings for three people. They did offer to bring more food and seemed surprised that we said yes, more please. It took quite a while and the offered more side dishes never came but we did get more beef and more turkey. The desert was again salty and tiny. Like the old joke...I didn't like it and the portions were too small. Getting more water was not easy. Lots of service people but we needed to ask for more water, a knife that dropped, more butter,etc. There are quite a few very good restaurants in NYC which we have like so much more than this dinner. At least I did not have to cook, shop, clean up, but next year we will stay home. We are really surprised it got 3 Michelin stars, really surprised.

Nov 24, 2011
Elainee in Manhattan