“If Eleven Madison Park is truly at the forefront of food and beverage innovation, it’s clear to me that this is the only place to go next,” chef-owner Daniel Humm told The Wall Street Journal in an interview. published Monday morning.
The restaurant, at 24th Street and Madison Avenue, will reopen in-person service on June 10 with what the website describes as “an eight- to ten-course menu in the main dining room of all-plant-based dishes. “
Humm told the Journal the restaurant will still allow milk and honey for coffee and tea, which means it won’t be fully vegan.
Either way, the change will potentially have huge repercussions in the world of gastronomy, given the importance of the restaurant. Eleven Madison Park holds three Michelin stars, four New York Times stars, seven James Beard Awards and a 2017 distinction as the world’s best restaurant.
Humm told NPR that the restaurant’s downtime during the pandemic made him think about sustainability and eventually caused him to switch to plant-based food.
“The way we source our food, the way we consume our food, the way we eat meat, it’s not sustainable,” Humm said in an interview with NPR.