One luxe Hamptons summer pop-up and super-exclusive cookbook later, three-Michelin-starred fine dining restaurant Eleven Madison Park reopens to the public this Sunday, October 6 following a total redesign.
Co-owners chef Daniel Humm and Will Guidara have been endlessly teasing the space overhaul on Instagram, showing off new dishware, artwork, logos, and more. It’s been in process since mid-June, shortly after the restaurant took home the top spot on the contentious World’s 50 Best list.
Here’s what to expect come Sunday at 5 p.m., when EMP throws open its re-gilded doors.
Diners can still just walk on in to the bar
Though reservations for the ticketed, $295-per-person full tasting menu in the dining room are completely sold out through October, people can check out the changes by heading to the bar. It’s first-come, first-serve, so arrive early to snag a seat, a drink, and some a la carte snacks. There’s also a condensed bar tasting menu — that’s still $155 per person for five to six courses in about two hours — available at bar tables, too.
The menu is fresh for fall
Humm has been busy working on a new fall menu, but don’t expect any revolutionary changes. It’s a typical update for the season and following the same format as before the restaurant closed. New dishes include a smoked sturgeon dish, chocolate pretzels, and a revamped milk and honey dessert, a signature of EMP’s, this time worked into ice cream sandwich form.
There are some snazzy new plates, chairs, and floors
Big-name artists got in on the process
The focal point of the new dining room is a large blue painting from artist Rita Ackermann — who is apparently a close personal friend of Humm’s. Others include Daniel Turner, who made a metal sculpture out of melted kitchen equipment, Sol Lewitt, who drew a wall design, and Olympia Scarry, who made art out of the windows.
The entryway has a new sign, logo, and windows
After selling its old sign for a whopping $10,000, EMP needed new entryway swag. To match an updated, streamlined leaf logo, there’s a custom lightbox now hanging in the doorway. Stained glass windows from artist Olympia Scarry hang above, which are meant to signify “changing direction,” according to Humm’s Instagram.
There’s a beefed-up staff and kitchen
Not only is there a refreshed dining room, Humm got to design his dream kitchen, with top-notch goodies like a coveted Molteni stove.
Eleven Madison Park is just days away from the big reveal. Stay tuned for more.