I’ve always suspected they google you before you come in….
From an article about Eleven Madison Park’s extraordinary evolution in the past five years — a must-read for anyone as enamored of haute cuisine as I am. Particularly interesting was co-owners Will Guidara and Daniel Humm’s quest to break the top ten of Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards, which they did this year. Unlike Michelin,* which can be rather conservative, the Pellegrino list rewards restaurants that are unconventional and uniquely represent their place (hence EMP’s dabbling in classic New York food experiences, like the egg cream).
Last year we dined at what was then #9, Le Chateubriand in Paris (it has since fallen off the list completely … oops). Though it was a transportive experience for me, I wasn’t sure why it was so high up the list, until now. It’s certainly unconventional and while the chef is Basque, it could be nowhere but Paris.
* Remember when we made cocktails for Eric Ripert and Daniel Boulud at the 2010 Michelin Red Guide launch party? Happy memories.