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Turns Out, Eleven Madison Park Runs a Full-Blown Meat Palace

Plus, a fellowship for Black wine professionals — and more intel

Chairs and white tablecloth tables are arranged for service in a high-ceilinged dining room with lots of natural light and a floral centerpiece to the left
The main dining room at Eleven Madison Park.
Daniel Krieger/Eater NY

More details are out about the secret meat room at Eleven Madison Park, the fair-weather vegan restaurant recently skewered by New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells. The private dining room, which Wells previously revealed to serve beef tenderloin, apparently also serves roast chicken, lobster, and striped bass, among other meat and seafood dishes available as optional add-ons.

A menu published by Page Six also includes foie gras and sturgeon, a highly endangered species of fish, but a copy of the private dining room’s summer menu provided by the restaurant and reviewed by Eater on Thursday did not include either dish. A spokesperson for Eleven Madison Park tells Eater that the menu obtained by Page Six has not been served since March 11, 2020, and the restaurant plans to transition to a vegan private dining room by January 1, 2022. That decision was made “prior to this week’s coverage,” according to the spokesperson.

News of the meat-filled private dining room surfaced earlier this week following a brutal, unstarred review by Times critic Pete Wells. After drawing comparisons between the restaurant’s 10-course, $335 tasting menu and the taste of Lemon pledge, he reveals that Eleven Madison Park does, in fact, still serve and purchase beef and seafood for its private dining room.

A Brooklyn-based fellowship for Black wine professionals

A new fellowship launches to bring more equity to wine: Fulton St. Fellowship, a new mentor program initiated by Clinton Hill wine shop Leon & Son Wine and Spirits has launched for prospective Black wine fellows. Applications are open until October 31st and those accepted will have their funding waved for a wine tuition (around $10,000), related travel, access to industry events, and other educational opportunities. — Emma Orlow, Eater NY reporter

Another break-in at Casa Ora in East Williamsburg

It’s been a tough month at Casa Ora in East Williamsburg. The upscale Venezuelan restaurant with a nod from the Michelin Guide suffered from a break-in on Wednesday morning, the third in the last month alone. (Food, liquor, and kitchen equipment were stolen from the property on two separate occasions earlier this month.) Owners Rachel and Ivo Diaz have since launched a GoFundMe campaign to construct a metal gate outside of its entrance.

Nitehawk Cinema makes a triumphant comeback with breakfast burritos

Nitehawk Cinema will once again serve brunch at its Williamsburg and Park Slope movie theaters. (Okay, yes, the theaters did serve a food menu for indoor and outdoor dining during the pandemic, but this is the first time patrons can nosh on breakfast burritos and bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches under the big screen in recent memory.) Brunch returns to Nitehawk in Williamsburg location this weekend, and in Park Slope starting the weekend of October 9.

Update, 11:50 a.m.: This story has been updated to reflect new information provided by Eleven Madison Park about their private dining menus.