After a morning of racing through the Metropolitan Museum of Art, ending the tour with a very poignant and intense exhibition, “Naked behind the Lens”, Mrs. E and I realised that our stomachs were demanding to be audience to an exhibition of their own, a culinary exhibition! Luckily her foresight had grabbed us a table at her local tapaseria, Casa Mono, in vibrant Union Square. Hurrah! Designed to bring the peace and calm to the diner reminiscing about Barcelona and Catalonian nibbles, and more specifically, that of the Boqueria market on La Rambla in Barcelona, one of my favourite hang outs in one of my favourite cities! So, off we went, skipping down the busy streets of Union Square, basking in the sunshine, and finding ourselves being seated right at the front row. Luckily for us, one is meant to order plenty of dishes, which we had no problem in choosing….
Easily one of the hottest tables in North America, hitting 10th best restaurant in the world 2012, and rocketing from 1 Michelin star, which it held for only 2 years to 3 Michelin stars – a feat that had the attention of the entire culinary world, it now seems that Eleven Madison Park is one of the most well documented restaurants with it’s famous ingredients grid where one chooses flavours, not dishes and a surprise tasting menu, makes for a lot of hype and very high expectations. However, things had been going good for me as far as having high expectations for restaurants were concerned and one had the gut feeling that this was going to be no ordinary meal.