America's Best Fine-Dining Restaurants
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Eleven Madison Park
New York, New York
11 Madison Avenue,
This fine-dining establishment, part of Danny Meyer’s esteemed culinary stable, has garnered four stars from the New York Times under its young Swiss chef, Daniel Humm. This past fall, Humm shook things up when he introduced a radical new tasting menu: a pared-down grid with only 16 ingredients; diners choose one from each row. For example, the entrée line might read simply: guinea fowl, pork, squab or beef. According to the general manager, the menu is meant to “encourage dialogue.” So far, it hasn’t scared away customers, many of whom are from the finance world (the restaurant is in the same building as Credit Suisse) and are delighted to have Chef Humm surprise them—though diners do have the freedom to tweak most of the offerings.