Eleven Madison Park is considered one of the best restaurants in both New York and the world – and from next month it will also be completely meatless and almost entirely vegan.
“If Eleven Madison Park is really at the forefront of dining and culinary innovation, it’s crystal clear to me that this is the only place we need to go next,” chef owner Daniel Ham told Wall Street Journal in an interview published Monday morning.
The restaurant, on 24th Street and Madison Avenue, will open a personal service on June 10, with what the website described as an “eight- to ten-course menu in the main dining room consisting of all-vegetable dishes.”
Hume told the Journal that the restaurant will still allow milk and honey for coffee and tea, which means it will not be entirely vegan.
Either way, the change will potentially have huge repercussions in the world of fine dining, given the restaurant’s popularity. Eleven Madison Park has three Michelin stars, four New York Times stars, seven James Beard Awards and the 2017 Best Restaurant Award in the world.
Hume told NPR that the restaurant’s time at the restaurant during the pandemic made him think about sustainability and eventually attracted him to a plant-based diet.
“The way we get our food, the way we eat our food, the way we eat meat, is not sustainable,” Hume said in an interview with NPR.