I went to 11 Madison twice during my recent trip – a Tuesday and Saturday. Neither meal was overly impressive but it’s the potential that is even more frustrating. These meals weren’t an improvement over Daniel Humm’s San Francisco tenure at Campton Place but the flashes of brilliance were still there. It sounded like he may have been realizing this potential during the summer when many reviewers on varied online forums could do nothing but rave. However, these meals, while pleasant, were solidly in the second tier of US dining.
I will return on future NYC visits w/ my fingers crossed.
Both meals were largely the same (I should have made it more clear on the 2nd visit that I’d dined there 4 days earlier) and the results more or less the same. Below are the various dishes I had.
1. 3 Radishes w/ Persimmon & Lemon Sauce (no picture)
A first-timer they claimed – an understated, but still powerful, amuse. The sauce was a bit cloying to me but this could be easily refined into a very nice amuse. Good.
2. Beet Salad
(from memory) The red beet was quite tasty. Good.