Daniel Humm’s Eleven Madison Park will open its doors again in June, but the acclaimed New York restaurant’s culinary offering will look very different.
During a nearly 15-month closure, chef and operator Humm says the team addressed the question: “how can our food and philosophy reflect what we have learned during one of the most difficult years of our lives?”
And the answer was changing Eleven Madison Park’s entire business model.
The restaurant will go vegan once it resumes service on 10 June, with every dish made from vegetables, fruits, legumes, fungi, grains and other animal-free ingredients.
“When we reopen, we will serve a fully plant-based menu in which we do not use any animal products,” Humm posted on Instagram.
“I find myself most inspired by dishes that center vegetables, and have naturally gravitated towards a more plant-based diet.
“At times I’m up in the middle of the night, thinking about the risk we’re taking abandoning dishes that once defined us. But then I return to the kitchen and see what we’ve created. What at first felt limiting began to feel freeing, and we are only scratching the surface. We believe that this is a risk worth taking.”
The news has received a mixed bag of reactions, with many disappointed the famed roast chook and honey-glazed duck are officially off the menu.
New dishes have yet to be revealed, but the vegan offering will be priced at $US335 per person.
The restaurant continue to partner with Rethink Food to operate a food truck that provides food to those in need, with each dinner at the restaurant leading to the creation of five meals. To date, the truck has served close to 1 million meals.
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