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Per Se vs. Eleven Madison Park

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by hopkins_student, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. ehkay

    ehkay Well-Known Member

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    The carrot tartar is the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen. Though I suppose they should be commended for transforming the essence of a Chuck blogpost into an actual dish.
     
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    when they make that orange creamsicle drink at EMP towards the end of the meal, the service pulls the cart over and does it so completely proudly and seriously and with the hint of snobbishness - it's just very hard to watch and not laugh. I can only imagine the new 4-hr meal will be like that, except for every dish, for 4 hours.
     
  3. mgm9128

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    Bold

    Daring

    Forward Moving





    EMP
     
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  4. ehkay

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  5. coolpapa

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    Regardless of how you feel about EMP, it's fascinating to watch the place evolve. I think their appeal is getting narrower and narrower, by design, and it remains to be seen if that will be a successful business strategy.
     
  6. alexg

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    Who would possibly want to eat there more than once now? Seems like they're going to lose every single regular customer, who are probably the same customers who can afford the $1000 bottles of wine.
     
  7. Manton

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    are they joking about the card tricks?
     
  8. coolpapa

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    I agree. They seem on making it an "event" type dining experience, which seems stupid to me. It's more and more about the show and less about the food and I think that concept has limited appeal.
     
  9. gdl203

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    They seem to be turning into Alinea - a destination for foodies and bloggers, intent on providing a show and entertainment through unusual food and quirky service. A restaurant for food tourists, not for newyorkers.

    I'm actually starting to miss the pre-Humm days now. Was just a nice restaurant with the best chocolate souffle in town. Definitely a place where you wanted to back often.
     
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  10. Manton

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    alinea did not do card tricks ...
     
  11. gdl203

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    You know what I mean... theatrics. Balloons and table jackson-pollocking
     
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    It's only a matter of time before EMP has a fireworks show or gladiator fights between courses.
     
  13. Manton

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    it wasn't really that theatrical, really. It was a bit gimmicky, which may sound like a phony distinction but I think there is something in it.
     
  14. poorsod

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    Have you guys been to NoMad yet? It is Humm's new place more "casual" a few blocks away. I like it a lot. You can get the chicken for two, the Milk and Honey dessert and Chocolate & Peanut butter dessert. :slayer:
     
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    Haven't tried the chicken, or dessert. It's decent though. For the money, I'd rather just eat lunch at EMP or another 3 star instead. I've been meaning to go to the library room bar for a while though. The drink list is very promising, as is the menu for snacks and stuff. They should open a bar, or their head bartender should leave and open his own bar. The drinks have been much more consistent than the food recently.
     
  16. JayJay

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    I ate at Tru (Chicago) recently and thought they went way overboard with the gimmicks - salmon served on river rocks in a simulated river, food on a clothesline on a bed of grass, food served on a log, etc. I love a good food presentation, but what Tru does gets in the way of the food, IMO. I hope this isn't what EMP has in mind.
     
  17. whiteslashasian

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    I tire of these shenanigans. What happened to excellently prepared and great tasting dishes and thoughtfully constructed meals? I guess that doesn't bring in the masses...
     
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    What in the fuck...
     
  19. JayJay

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    I can't remember what they called the dish, but it was certainly a shocker when they brought it to the table. Nicely done, but it was all presentation.
     
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    I spoke to a few people who are purposefully going to EMP this week before they implement the magic show. It does seem like NoMad will be a net to catch some of the regulars who still like Humm's food, but just aren't interested in theatrics.
     
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