11 Madison Park (EMP) has evolved into an amazing restaurant over the years. It's current menu is a celebration of the culinary history and traditions of New York. It is a canvas of flavors, smells, textures, and images that will activate the limbic system of the locals and make them re-experience candid memories of food. Visitors from out of town will get a breathtaking tour of the city's finest flavors, and a great incentive to explore these traditions further. For us the most powerful emotions were elicited by the caviar dish, which brought back intense memories of bagels and smoked fish from Rush and Daughters. And this nostalgia feeling is what makes an experience unique and personal... The menu starts with savory black and white cookies, only to finish with identically looking but now sweet cookies. This creates a full circle with an image that is attached to New York... Chef Humm uses theatrical presentations (roasted squash, table-side grinding of carrots to make tartar, picnic course, etc) to set the stage for almost all his dishes, and submerges you to a world you don't want to escape from. Hospitality goes hand in hand with culinary excellence. Friendly and playful service, with impeccable attention to detail!
3 Michelin stars
Lincoln is a unique restaurant. Located next to the Lincoln center, in a modern space it attracts a lot of the pre-performance crowd. Their menu changes seasonally, and it's dedicated to a separate Italian region every time. During this visit their menu was based on Piedmont. Fresh ingredients, masterful cooking, and warm service make for a great experience. We really enjoyed the agnolotti with shaved white truffle. It brought us back to Italy! As a side note, the staff is particularly attentive to the time your performance is starting (if you are continuing your night at the Lincoln center) and make sure that your dinner is completed on time.
1 Michelin star