11 Madison, New York

I recently went back to 11 Madison for lunch after an absence of 3 years. I had been a number of times previously since I worked just around the corner but now that I work in New Jersey I just don’t get into the city as much, though I hope to rectify that. From the moment you walk into 11 Madison, you feel that you are walking into a really good restaurant. The restaurant is in a gorgeous space with high ceilings, all very tastefully furnished. Just a great space.

Service is perfection too. Service is attentive but not intrusive. Just the right balance. After all this is a Danny Meyer restaurant. The man really knows how to create and execute perfection when it comes to restaurants. His other restaurants Tabla, Union Square Cafe and Gramercy Tavern rank pretty high on my list of favorite restaurants.

Moving on to the food, I had bone marrow crusted beef tenderloin with beef cheek. I was a little apprehensive but it intrigued me enough to order it. It was amazing. I haven’t been able to stop talking about this meal. It was cooked perfectly and tasted great. The amuse bouse was watermelon gazpacho. That was unbelievably good too. My lunch companion had the lamb sausage which she enjoyed too. We skipped dessert since we had a business meeting to run to, just coffee (decaf for me – you don’t want me on caffeine).

I think I need to return for dinner.

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