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theisti (464) Leawood, Kansas | March 24, 2014| Updated April 10, 2014
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Visited for the tasting menu lunch on a Friday with my wife. The dining room is a brightly lit, lushly decorated space. Beautiful views out the window to Madison Square Park. I chose to do the beer pairing with the meal, which was cool that it was even offered (EMP places an emphasis on all beverages). The beers that were paired were all bottles, and a broad variety of styles which nicely complemented the food selections. This place has an inordinate amount of servers constantly making sure everything is perfect. Every person had knowledge of both food and beverage. Truly an experience. EMP also had a beautiful bar, which would be a great option if you just wanted to stop in for a beer and see the place. This rating reflects my thoughts as a beer destination only.
Full Tasting / Pairing Menu:
CHEDDAR, Savory Black and White Cookie with Apple - Etienne Dupont, Cuvee Collette, Pays díAuge, France 2008.
OYSTER, Vichyssoise and Caviar.
SCALLOP, Marinated with Apple, Lime, and Water Chestnut.
BEEF, Tartare with Caviar and Smoked Bone Marrow Pastrami with Pickles, Rye, Mustard and Apple - Maredous, No. 8, Wallonia, Belgium.
FOIE GRAS, Cured with Sunchokes and Fermented Mustard Greens - Alvinne, Cuvee Freddy, Heule, Belgium.
APPLE, Waldorf Salad with Celery, Cranberries, and Walnuts - Kiuchi, Hitachino Red Rice, Ibaraki, Japan.
LOBSTER, Poached with Razor Clam, Sea Urchin, and Kale - Thornbridge, Jaipur, Derbyshire, England.
CELERY ROOT, Braised with Black Truffle - Ayinger, Celebrator, Bavaria, Germany.
PORK, Broth with Morcilla Sausage and Gruyere Roasted with Cabbage, Coco Beans, and Almonds - Hausbrauerei Uerige, Doppelsticke, Dusseldorf, Germany 2008.
GREENSWARD, Pretzel, Onion, and Dried Fruit - Ithaca Beer Company, Picnic Basket Ale, Ithaca, New York.
SWEET POTATO, Curd with Espresso Meringue and Orange Sorbet - Mad River, John Barleycorn, Blue Lake, California 2010.
VANILLA, Baked Alaska with Rum, Raisin, Apple - J.W. Lees, Harvest Ale, Manchester, England 2009.
PRETZEL, Chocolate Covered with Sea Salt.
CHOCOLATE, Sweet Black and White Cookie with Cinnamon.
nbutler11 (316) Phoenix, Arizona | July 21, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Youíd think this place shouldnít be on here, but then you sit down and start looking at the menu and realize that someone put some serious thought into their beer selections. Nothing mind-blowing, but lots of respectable and unexpected beers that pair well with the food; which, in short, WILL BLOW YOUR MIND.
ben4321 (209) Hoboken, New Jersey | June 18, 2013
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 20/20
Great experience, amazing food, and a hell of a beer list to boot. Nothing else really needs to be said beyond what everyone else has already said (prices, wine, service, Pappy beers, etc)
jredmond (171) Manhattan, New York | September 18, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
This rating doesnt take into account the food, which Iíve yet to try. I went here with t2o friends a few months back to sit at the bar and try the Brooklyn Pappy-aged beers made specifically for EMP. The ambiance is something out of American Pyscho - but in a good way. Extremely upscale, spacious, high baller status, yoí. After ordering the second Brooklyn pappy beer, the beer manager, Kirk, came over and was kind enough to speak with us. If you go here make sure you talk to this guy - very nice, knowledgable and friendly. The beer list is lengthy and well thought out. Of course, everything is on the pricy side, but you have to expect that coming here. We capped the night off with a Cantillon Mamouche and some pappy bourbon. I intend to go back to actually try the food next time.
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | July 3, 2012
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Hard to rate one of the best restaurants in the world on a beer site, but here goes. Service was impeccable, the maitre díhotel extremely knowledgeable and friendly, as was the rest of the well trained waitstaff. Beer selection is outstanding for such a restaurant; you can ask the sommelier for a beer pairing with any dish, even in the tasting menu, and he can suggest something excellent. Food of course is the main draw; on a Ratebeer scale, itís a 20 out of 10. Itís an expensive place, and itís very hard to get a reservation, but if you are a foodie like me, this might be one of the best places in the world to eat at AND the beer list has enough quality beer to keep you interested for more than a night.
bmerz (121) Brooklyn, New York | June 28, 2012
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Top 5 meal. Friendly, knowledgeable, world class service. A beer program elevated and treated with the same care as its huge wine list. There are a few 10-15 year old bottles and a good number of bottles with 1-5 years on them, all which you would have a very hard time getting anywhere else. You will pay but the rarity and experience were well worth it for me for a Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek í09, a Vapeur Saison de Pipaix í02, and a De Dolle Oerbier Reserva í09 along side as good of food, service, and atmosphere as you will find in NYC. These drank and paired exceptionally. The beer sommelier (maybe also a wine sommelier?) seemed as happy as I was to be geeking out about beer at this level. I ate there last night as both a celebration of a new job and because Iíve been tying to dive into their cellared beer list. There are other cellared lists in this city but none as carefully thought out or done as well to my knowledge. The list is not huge at ~130 bottles but it is personal and well selected along the axes of food compatibility, style representation (only a few per style in most cases), and cellaring. There are a ton of bars and restaurants with larger lists many better if you ignore the aging or food aspects...but then youíd be missing the point. there are no others that I know of with this mix. In short it is unique and an absolute must if you have the interest and money for this level of quality.
Jow (119) New York | February 7, 2012
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Came here for wifeís birthday and since she got a great new job I decided to really splurge. This place is extremely expensive but it was just ranked top restaurant in city so thereís that. Place is gorgeous and service impeccable and its great to see a restaurant of this caliber take beer this seriously. I did beer tasting and my wife did wine tasting and each courses selection was described and brewery/vineyard discussed. 1st course Crab with Southampton Saison Deluxe, 2nd course Snapper with Cantillon Gueuze, 3rd course Squab with Brooklyn Local 11, and pear desert with Cidre Dupont Reserve 2006. Wow everything was amazing
BMan1113VR (370) Los Angeles, California | January 10, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 19/20
II havenít really been to a place like this. First of all it is formal. I went to the bar after dinner. They recently went from a Michelin rated 1 star restaurant to their current rating of Michelin 3 (a rarity). That said this place is not nearly as formal as any Michelin 3 star that I have been to. I didnít get any of the food except the complementary bar snacks (house made waffle style potato chips that were nicely seasoned, over brinned green pitted olives and curry/brownsugar/salt roasted peanuts). They have 6 beer taps, tons of wine and a ridiculous liquor selection. About 20 specialty cocktails, and a 130+ page wine list. They also have over 120 bottled beers including a deep selection of Cantillon. Prices are high, but not ridiculously so, given everything else. The bar staff is tested regularly and their emphasis of knowledge are high end cocktails and master mixology. They have a wine sommeiler and a friendly and knowledgeable (young as well) dedicated beer sommeiler. There are many beer pairings which sets this place aside from many Michelin 3ís (yes, Per Se has a decent beer list, but that is a small part of their beverage service; this place is unique). The reason I went here: their two exclusive Brooklyn beers: Local 11 and Nine Pin. I came in just for the Local 11 and order both, and got attentive, knowledgeable and immediate service for ordering 11. Both beers are collaborations between Eleven Madison Park, The Van Winkle Distillery and Brooklyn. One barrel of each was made. The Nine Pin is Brooklyn Brown ale aged in Pappy 20 Barrels. Interesting and good (they still have plenty left) but the star is Local 11. Pappy Van Winkle 20 year barrel aged Local 2 (dark Belgian Strong). As I recall it was only aged 4-6 months in barrel, but it is an incredible beer and worth the stop if you can splurge. A fun stop and Iíd love to try the food the next time I am back in town. Oddly casual service and atmosphere for a Michelin 3, but I am sure the Swiss chefís food is stunning, and they have great beer at a fine dining establishment. Travel there expecting this.
MaxxDaddy (31) Hoboken, New Jersey | December 12, 2011
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 19/20
Went here for Jessís birthday. Place is gorgeous and really spacious. The service here is beyond spectacular, as you expect at restaurants of this caliber. We did the prix fixe menu paired with beers. Beer list was pretty extensive, though as you might expect, somewhat pricy and not quite at the level of top-tier bars. Still, the commitment to beer is evident here and having exclusive Brooklyn beers is definitely a plus. Got to talk to Kirk the beer guy when we ordered the Brooklyn Local 11. He was very enthusiastic and engaging, which is way more than you get at most bars. The beer pairings were really spot on and the whole dining experience was probably our favorite of all the restaurants weíve been to in the city. If youíre a foodie and can afford to splurge a little, EMP is a must.
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