Eleven Madison Park - New York City
You can also preview my second visit to the EMP Summer House Pop-up on my Revisiting New England piece here.
Back tracking to his pre world recognition days, Chef Daniel Humm grew up in Switzerland and could be found in the kitchen at the age of 14. Training at the upper echelon of Swiss hotels he earned his first Michelin star at 24. In 2003 he moved to the U.S.A. to be the chef at Campton Place in San Francisco and the rest is history. EMP delights the senses offering a contemporary dinning experience where some say Humm has discovered all the secrets of French cuisine. "He posseses extraordinary understanding of technique with a clever and innovative cooking style" claims the Michelin Guide. No menu is presented, instead guests have a conversation with the table's captain to discuss preferences, and you can see some of mine below.
On Plate: Caviar with Smoked Sturgeon on a bed of Bagel & Rye
Left to right: Trout Roe with Beet and Apple
Salmon with Cucumber and Pumpernickel
Potato with Quail Egg and Mustard
Mackerel with Fennel and Salmon
These seemingly simple dishes in reality illustrate Chef Humm's ability & skill to know when to stop. I'll leave you with a quote of his which is just as applicable to cooking as it is to life, "All my years in the kitchen have taught me that there is more to cuisine than complexity, and that restraint can be even more difficult to realize, but the results can be incredibly beautiful." Keep is simple, people.
For more information on Eleven Madison Park visit their website here.
Surprising fact, at one point while both restaurants were under Danny Meyer's ownership the Gramercy Tavern was much more popular than Eleven Madison Park. Have a look at the Gramercy Tavern, a locals favorite, here.