NYC’s top eatery, Eleven Madison Park, is plant-based
On June 10, Eleven Madison Park (EMP) – an upscale restaurant in New York City with three Michelin stars – will reopen with a new, almost entirely vegan menu. While EMP previously hosted vegan dinners on request, the legendary restaurant no longer serves meat and seafood, as well as most other animal products, with the exception of milk and honey, which guests can use for their coffee.
EMP boss and co-owner Daniel Humm announced the change in a note on the Homepage of the restaurant. “In the middle of last year, when we imagined what EMP would be like after the pandemic – when we started thinking about food in creative ways again – we realized that not only has the world changed, but that we have changed well “Said Humm. “It was clear that after everything we’ve all experienced over the past year, we couldn’t open the same restaurant. With that in mind, I’m happy to announce that we have decided to serve a plant-based menu , in which we do not use any animal products. Each dish consists of vegetables, both from the earth and from the sea, as well as fruits, legumes, mushrooms, cereals and much more. “
The upscale vegetable menu from EMP
Over the years, EMP has been celebrated for its elaborate dishes, often focusing on animal proteins like duck and lobster. However, Humm explained the decision to remove animal products from its menu after watching how the world had changed in the 15 months the restaurant was closed. With the new EMP, Humm will focus the menu on “perfectly prepared” vegetables such as 16-hour beets. Humm and his team are currently working on fermentation techniques and perfecting ingredients such as their own milk, butter and plant-based creams. Humm hopes the result will be a menu that is just as creative and bold, but without the animal products that EMP previously relied on.
“It’s time to redefine luxury as an experience that serves a higher purpose and maintains a real connection with the community,” said Humm. “A restaurant experience is about more than what’s on the plate. We’re excited to share the incredible possibilities of plant-based cuisine while deepening our connection with our homes: both our city and our planet.”
The new EMP also has a nonprofit component where the restaurant donates five free meals to food insecure New Yorkers with every dinner purchase through its partner organization, Rethink Foods.