Foodies have ribbed famed $ 335 per person NYC restaurant as it announces it’s going VEGAN next month
Food aficionados were stunned when one of the world’s best restaurants announced that it will only serve vegan food next month when it reopens next month – with one joke, they would kill by serving hot dogs across the street.
Eleven Madison Park has long been known for its lavender honey glazed duck, lobster and Hawaiian shrimp roulade and duck with signature daikon and plum dishes. But when the famed New York City restaurant reopens for the first time on June 10 since it closed due to COVID closures last March, it will serve only plant-based foods, owner Daniel Humm announced Monday.
They will be replaced by dishes such as rice porridge with celtic lettuce (an underutilized thick-stemmed lettuce), and amaranth seeds and sweet peas served with a creamy fermented almond cream and pea miso puree, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Eleven Madison Park, on Madison Avenue in New York City, is one of the Big Apple’s five three Michelin-starred restaurants
It is known for its signature lavender-honey glazed duck, lobster and Hawaiian shrimp roulade and duck with signature daikon and plum dishes
But on May 3, owner Daniel Humm, pictured in 2008, announced that the restaurant will only serve vegan options when it reopens on June 10.
But some things remain the same. The restaurant – one of only five in New York City with three Michelin stars – will continue to offer cow’s milk for coffee and tea, meaning it won’t be entirely vegan.
Humm has also hinted that the price of the $ 335-per-head tasting menu won’t go down, as preparing vegetables properly takes a lot more effort than meat.
A tweeter was quick to joke about the new offering, writing, “Billion dollar free idea: Put a hot dog cart across the street around 10pm.”
A second said, “Well, they need a Madison Park because no one can eat leaves for $ 500 a person.”
Cassandra Cavanaugh, meanwhile, tweeted that it’s “ all about the margins, at the expense of the diners, ” calling the move to become a vegan a “ profit motive dressed in hypocrisy. ”
However, Diane E. Knauf said she has been to the restaurant and suspects that “it will stay great.”
‘I’m not a vegetarian or vegan (although I try to minimize it),’ Knauf tweeted, ‘if the menu looks interesting, I’ll probably go back.’
A spokeswoman for Eleven Madison Park told DailyMail.com that the entire new menu will be released shortly before the restaurant’s reopening.
Some Twitter users laughed at Humm for his decision to make the $ 335-per-person restaurant vegan
The restaurant closed during the pandemic and Humm had to fire most of his employees, he said in an Instagram post Monday morning. He only had a small team, he said, preparing nearly a million meals for food-insecure New Yorkers.
“We walked to people’s apartments with food and just got to experience New York in a very different way,” Humm told the Wall Street Journal. “We’ve seen how hard it is out there, but we’ve also seen how many angels there are.”
The restaurant will now continue to offer five meals to New Yorkers who need them for every meal purchased from EMP, supplied by Eleven Madison Truck.
“When we started thinking about reopening EMP, we realized that not only has the world changed, but so have we,” he wrote on Instagram.
‘We have always worked with a feeling for our environment, but it has become clear that the current food system is not sustainable,’ he wrote. “We knew we couldn’t open the same restaurant.”
Humm had a good relationship with the farmers who supply EMP during the pandemic, the Wall Street Journal reports, telling him that “they sit on so much food that goes bad and they should throw it away.”
He previously co-founded Rethink Food with Matt Jozwiak, a former chef in his kitchen. The organization works with restaurants to convert food waste into meals.
Eleven Madison Park will only serve vegetable dishes, like this one, when it reopens in June
Humm announced the change on his Instagram Monday morning
“Our practices of animal production, what we do with the oceans, the amount we consume, is not sustainable,” said Humm. “If Eleven Madison Park is truly at the forefront of dining and culinary innovation, it is crystal clear to me that this is the only place to go.”
Still, he wrote, he stayed up many nights wondering if he had made the right decision.
But when he saw what the kitchen had prepared, he said, “What felt restrictive at first started to feel liberating, and we’re just scratching the surface.”
He said he doesn’t want to ‘lecture people’ about the environment, but instead enrich them by showing ‘another way what a fine dining can be’.
His goal, he told the New York Times, is to create a restaurant where meat eaters would be ‘blown away’ by eating vegetables.
“When we embarked on this journey, we made a promise to ourselves that we would only do this if the meal could be as delicious as before,” Humm told the Wall Street Journal. ‘My goal is to make these beautiful dishes, to give people experiences – unexpected, surprising experiences that make you feel just as satisfied as a meal with meat.’
However, Humm’s London restaurant, Davies and Brook, will still offer meat dishes, and those who dine privately at EMP can order meat dishes.