The Eleven Madison Park team’s highly-anticipated new fast-casual restaurant Made Nice won’t officially open until next week, but looks like they’re opening a little early with a preview and some free food. Chef Daniel Humm posted an announcement Tuesday saying that Made Nice is doing “#recipetesting” by giving out 100 dishes starting at 1 p.m. today.
The restaurant at 8 West 28th Street will be serving three dishes on Tuesday — chicken rice, salmon rosti, and curry cauliflower. Made Nice chef Danny DiStefano, a longtime alum of EMP, has said that both the salmon rosti and curry cauliflower entrees are fast-casual takes on dishes that have appeared at Made Nice’s finer dining sisters, EMP and The Nomad.
Humm notes to follow the Made Nice Instagram feed for further updates, and word is that the food giveaways will continue for several more days. Update: The Made Nice Instagram notes that different dishes will be offered on Wednesday and Thursday, though they will still offer 100 of them.
The chef and his partner Will Guidara have had Made Nice in the works for the last year. After some delays, it will open to the (paying) public next Monday. Dishes range from $11 to $15, with the idea that the restaurant group’s signature flavors and effusive hospitality will translate into a more casual setting and to a wider audience.
It will be closely watched as the latest fast food restaurant from high profile restaurateurs — and as the most accessible project after Eleven Madison Park was named the “world’s best restaurant.”
See the opening menu below, and check out more on how the team translated fine dining into faster food here.