best place to blow a wad, flatiron - 2003
ELEVEN MADISON PARK
The shy young sibling of the Danny Meyer empire is ELEVEN MADISON PARK. Ensconced in a former bank lobby, the restaurant has soaring windows that offer a romantic view of the city's prettiest park. Service is fussy, and the fare tends toward the opulent and old-fashioned where meat and fish are concerned, but switches to modern when farmers' market produce is deployed.