"Eleven Madison Park" Makes Top Ten, Changes Everything

August 7, 2012 2:50 PM EDT | By Anthony Smith
Eleven Madison Park
Eleven Madison Park (Photo: Creative Commons)

For the first time since it opened over a decade ago, Eleven Madison Park has cracked the coveted list of Top Ten Best Restaurants in the World. In response to finally being recognized for their elegantly conceived, masterfully executed approach to fine dining, they'll be completely overhauling their elegantly conceived, masterfully executed approach to fine dining.

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That's right, potential patrons. At Eleven Madison Park, you can expect magic. Literally. According to the Times, shortly after Labor Day 2012, Eleven Madison Park is ditching the more relatively budget-friendly options on their famous menu in favor of a $195-a-person menu that will take you four hours to eat, start to finish.

If that sounds like a tedious experience, then this may be the final nail in the coffin. They're going to be making that experience a little more riveting/cumbersome with the help of, hand-to-God, magic tricks-- specifically, "card tricks, a glass dome full of smoke, a blast of sea mist from a tabletop clambake, and a cheese course that emerges from a picnic basket placed on the table."

It's good to know that we'll be eating a meal conceived and served by Scooby Doo villains. But Daniel Humm, the executive chef, doesn't foresee any potential tackiness. For him, the gamble here represents a "chance to redefine what going to a four-star restaurant is all about."

I guess we'll all just have to see, won't we?

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