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Good Old Days At Eleven Madison Park

#1 Post by Steve L Gellman » March 19th, 2019, 3:04 am

Found this old email. This was during the recession when they were just trying to stay afloat. Probably went to about 10 of these dinners. Different theme for each dinner. All in around $100 and no corkage!

Dear Friend and Collector,

We invite you to pull a few gems from the cellar and join with friends for the second installation of the Collectors Dinner Series.

Please join us on Wednesday, March 25th, in our private dining room for a convivial and casual evening at Eleven Madison Park. This will be a chance to gather with fellow wine lovers and experience Chef Daniel Humm’s approach to rustic, family style cuisine. Chef will be cooking with the wines of Piedmont in mind, so bring your favorite bottles of Barolo and Barbaresco, and a big appetite.


Collectors Dinner Series Rules:

1- Bring as many bottles as you like.
2- Wines should honor the featured region.
3- Caring is sharing. Be prepared to share your wines with the others at your table.
4- Exceptional Company deserves Exceptional Wine.
5- No business should be conducted. These are social events only.
6- We will provide one red and white glass per person. Please do not bring your own glassware.

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 at 7:00 pm
The Private Dining Room at Eleven Madison Park

$75 plus tax and gratuity, no corkage fee.

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#2 Post by Paul Jaouen » March 19th, 2019, 5:56 am

We had some great affordable lunches and dinners there both planned as above and just my wine groups' own themes.
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#3 Post by Ramon C » March 19th, 2019, 6:21 am

A blast from the past!

Attended 3 or 4 of those dinners.
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#4 Post by WvanGorp » March 19th, 2019, 2:02 pm

More enjoyable in those days!
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#5 Post by R@y.Tupp@+sch » March 19th, 2019, 2:07 pm

WvanGorp wrote:
March 19th, 2019, 2:02 pm
More enjoyable in those days!
It was.
Except when an unnamed someone, took my empty bottle of '69 Red Burg and refilled it half way, with who knows what, and "generously" gave it to the table I was sitting at.
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#6 Post by mark rudner » March 19th, 2019, 2:39 pm

R@y.Tupp@+sch wrote:
March 19th, 2019, 2:07 pm
WvanGorp wrote:
March 19th, 2019, 2:02 pm
More enjoyable in those days!
It was.
Except when an unnamed someone, took my empty bottle of '69 Red Burg and refilled it half way, with who knows what, and "generously" gave it to the table I was sitting at.
wtf, really?

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#7 Post by R@y.Tupp@+sch » March 19th, 2019, 2:42 pm

mark rudner wrote:
March 19th, 2019, 2:39 pm
R@y.Tupp@+sch wrote:
March 19th, 2019, 2:07 pm
WvanGorp wrote:
March 19th, 2019, 2:02 pm
More enjoyable in those days!
It was.
Except when an unnamed someone, took my empty bottle of '69 Red Burg and refilled it half way, with who knows what, and "generously" gave it to the table I was sitting at.
wtf, really?
Absolutely true. At the time I didn't, but now I think it's pretty funny that he unknowingly brought the bottle back to my table.
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#8 Post by mark rudner » March 20th, 2019, 7:37 am

at least it was empty when it was taken. must have been pretty buzzed to bring it back to the same table he lifted it from!

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#9 Post by R@y.Tupp@+sch » March 20th, 2019, 8:50 am

Empties from all the tables were put on an unused table, so his odds were probably 7-1.
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#10 Post by Alan Rath » March 20th, 2019, 11:11 am

I was spending some time off and on in NYC for work in 2009-2010, and had a few very nice dinners sitting at the bar. Could order off an a la carte menu then. Even with a couple BTG wines (I still remember drinking 2001 and 2002 Trimbach Frederic Emile BTG), I was able to keep dinner under the limit for my expense account. Wouldn't be possible today.
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#11 Post by Victor Hong » March 20th, 2019, 11:24 am

When I worked upstairs, it was a decent hang-out, especially to escape nearby bond bro's.
George Hejna and I enjoyed watching me drink old Bordeaux and Howell Mountain reds there. [snort.gif]
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#12 Post by M.Kaplan » March 20th, 2019, 2:12 pm

I loved EMP before the first remodel and the one word menu. Since then, not as much.
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#13 Post by George Hejna » March 21st, 2019, 5:53 am

Victor Hong wrote:
March 20th, 2019, 11:24 am
When I worked upstairs, it was a decent hang-out, especially to escape nearby bond bro's.
George Hejna and I enjoyed watching me drink old Bordeaux and Howell Mountain reds there. [snort.gif]
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#14 Post by Victor Hong » March 21st, 2019, 11:23 am

George Hejna wrote:
March 21st, 2019, 5:53 am
Victor Hong wrote:
March 20th, 2019, 11:24 am
When I worked upstairs, it was a decent hang-out, especially to escape nearby bond bro's.
George Hejna and I enjoyed watching me drink old Bordeaux and Howell Mountain reds there. [snort.gif]
I have never been to EMP. Ask Wilfred van Gorp.

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#15 Post by Len Fox » March 21st, 2019, 7:40 pm

Hi Steve
That was an amazing bottle of 1996 Winston Churchill you poured at the EMP Collectors dinner - so perfect with the duck fat fries. And the SQN at Cheryl's Off to London farewell dinner.
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#16 Post by Jay Miller » March 22nd, 2019, 6:37 am

R@y.Tupp@+sch wrote:
March 19th, 2019, 2:42 pm
mark rudner wrote:
March 19th, 2019, 2:39 pm
R@y.Tupp@+sch wrote:
March 19th, 2019, 2:07 pm


It was.
Except when an unnamed someone, took my empty bottle of '69 Red Burg and refilled it half way, with who knows what, and "generously" gave it to the table I was sitting at.
wtf, really?
Absolutely true. At the time I didn't, but now I think it's pretty funny that he unknowingly brought the bottle back to my table.
that is pretty funny, was the wine any good?
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#17 Post by Jay Miller » March 22nd, 2019, 6:40 am

M.Kaplan wrote:
March 20th, 2019, 2:12 pm
I loved EMP before the first remodel and the one word menu. Since then, not as much.
The one word grid menu was my last visit there as the meal was mediocre and overpriced. Good egg cream though, on a par with my favorite at Kinchley's tavern in Ramsey.
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#18 Post by R@y.Tupp@+sch » March 22nd, 2019, 11:06 am

Jay Miller wrote:
March 22nd, 2019, 6:37 am
R@y.Tupp@+sch wrote:
March 19th, 2019, 2:42 pm
mark rudner wrote:
March 19th, 2019, 2:39 pm


wtf, really?
Absolutely true. At the time I didn't, but now I think it's pretty funny that he unknowingly brought the bottle back to my table.
that is pretty funny, was the wine any good?
No clue - didn't taste it. When I confronted him at the dinner he insisted that he brought the bottle of '69 CdlR. I didn't want to make too big of a scene so I just called him a liar and went back to my table. He emailed me the next day and admitted what he did, but without an apology.
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#19 Post by todd waldmann » March 26th, 2019, 3:23 pm

R@y.Tupp@+sch wrote:
March 22nd, 2019, 11:06 am
Jay Miller wrote:
March 22nd, 2019, 6:37 am
R@y.Tupp@+sch wrote:
March 19th, 2019, 2:42 pm


Absolutely true. At the time I didn't, but now I think it's pretty funny that he unknowingly brought the bottle back to my table.
that is pretty funny, was the wine any good?
No clue - didn't taste it. When I confronted him at the dinner he insisted that he brought the bottle of '69 CdlR. I didn't want to make too big of a scene so I just called him a liar and went back to my table. He emailed me the next day and admitted what he did, but without an apology.
That's pretty messed up. Somebody has issues....
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#20 Post by Mark Golodetz » April 27th, 2019, 3:08 pm

todd waldmann wrote:
March 26th, 2019, 3:23 pm
R@y.Tupp@+sch wrote:
March 22nd, 2019, 11:06 am
Jay Miller wrote:
March 22nd, 2019, 6:37 am


that is pretty funny, was the wine any good?
No clue - didn't taste it. When I confronted him at the dinner he insisted that he brought the bottle of '69 CdlR. I didn't want to make too big of a scene so I just called him a liar and went back to my table. He emailed me the next day and admitted what he did, but without an apology.
That's pretty messed up. Somebody has issues....
Great story though.

Used to love 11 Mad. It was welcoming, the food was good, and like all Danny Meyer restaurants, it was always about the customer. Later after the takeover by Humm, it was all about the chef, and the meal became performance art. The hullabaloo over the chicken reduced us to hysterics; and the eventual bird did not do justice to the script.

Then came the ingredient menu, and we left never to return. They did fine without us, but they made a mockery of Danny Meyer’s mantra of hospitality.

BTW, we loved Tabla next door.
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#21 Post by Paul Jaouen » April 28th, 2019, 6:22 am

[quote="Mark Golodetz" post_id=2722136 time=1556402919 user_id=254

The hullabaloo over the chicken reduced us to hysterics; and the eventual bird did not do justice to the script.

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I thought it was a duck.
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#22 Post by Mark Golodetz » April 28th, 2019, 11:09 am

An Amish chicken, with lots of bells and whistles (foie gras, truffles etc) that we found bland. B for the chicken, A- for the build up.
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#23 Post by Jay Miller » April 29th, 2019, 12:13 pm

The much ballyhooed lavender duck was no great shakes either.
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#24 Post by R@y.Tupp@+sch » April 29th, 2019, 12:16 pm

Mark Golodetz wrote:
April 28th, 2019, 11:09 am
An Amish chicken, with lots of bells and whistles (foie gras, truffles etc) that we found bland. B for the chicken, A- for the build up.
Was that at EMP as well? I only remember it at NoMad.
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#25 Post by Paul Jaouen » April 29th, 2019, 1:05 pm

R@y.Tupp@+sch wrote:
April 29th, 2019, 12:16 pm
Mark Golodetz wrote:
April 28th, 2019, 11:09 am
An Amish chicken, with lots of bells and whistles (foie gras, truffles etc) that we found bland. B for the chicken, A- for the build up.
Was that at EMP as well? I only remember it at NoMad.
I only remember that chicken at NoMad as well. Also tons of butter to go with the foie gras and truffles. Way too rich for me. EMP signature dish was the lavender duck.
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#26 Post by Mark Golodetz » April 29th, 2019, 1:10 pm

Definitely 11 Mad. We used to joke about it until we met the $100 bird at L’Ami Louis.
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#27 Post by Jay Miller » April 29th, 2019, 1:43 pm

Mark Golodetz wrote:
April 29th, 2019, 1:10 pm
Definitely 11 Mad. We used to joke about it until we met the $100 bird at L’Ami Louis.
Was it the roast chicken with truffles and leeks? I never tried it myself.

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#28 Post by WvanGorp » April 30th, 2019, 9:52 am

R@y.Tupp@+sch wrote:
April 29th, 2019, 12:16 pm
Mark Golodetz wrote:
April 28th, 2019, 11:09 am
An Amish chicken, with lots of bells and whistles (foie gras, truffles etc) that we found bland. B for the chicken, A- for the build up.
Was that at EMP as well? I only remember it at NoMad.
Same here. Only remember that chicken you describe at NoMad not EMP.
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#29 Post by David Crow » April 30th, 2019, 2:00 pm

WvanGorp wrote:
April 30th, 2019, 9:52 am
R@y.Tupp@+sch wrote:
April 29th, 2019, 12:16 pm
Mark Golodetz wrote:
April 28th, 2019, 11:09 am
An Amish chicken, with lots of bells and whistles (foie gras, truffles etc) that we found bland. B for the chicken, A- for the build up.
Was that at EMP as well? I only remember it at NoMad.
Same here. Only remember that chicken you describe at NoMad not EMP.
The chicken dish originated at EMP before the Nomad opened. I remember having it at lunch at EMP back in the good old days when you could eat lunch there for around $30. It may not have been exactly the same as the Nomad chicken but it was pretty close I think. I remember it being good but thinking that it wasn't as good as the super fresh chickens I get from Iacono Farms in East Hampton.

That ~$30 lunch special at EMP was really the good old days then. My wife and I went a number of times and really enjoyed the beautiful room and great service, although I have to say I've never been blown away by the food there. But for $30 you couldn't go wrong. Now lunch will run 10x that.

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#30 Post by jhowe » May 3rd, 2019, 7:19 am

I also remember the chicken on the lunch menu at EMP. Very similar to the one at NoMad. I think it had foie gras and brioche spread under the skin. I only remember the duck on the dinner menu though. Not sure they had chicken at night. I used to love EMP back in the day. Haven't been in quite a while though.
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#31 Post by Michel Abood » May 3rd, 2019, 12:02 pm

Oh man, what a blast from the past. EMP was so much fun, but like many here I haven't been back in ages. Last time there was the grid menu.
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