‘Billion dollar idea: set up a hot dog cart across the street at 10pm!’ Foodies rib famed $335-a-head NYC restaurant Eleven Madison Park as it announces it is going VEGAN when it reopens next month – and owner hints prices won’t drop
- Eleven Madison Park owner Daniel Humm announced Monday the restaurant will only serve vegan options
- The restaurant is known for its lavender honey-glazed duck, lobster and Hawaiian prawn roulade and duck with daikon and plum signature dishes
- Those dishes will be replaced with new vegetable dishes
- A meal costs $335 per person at the restaurant
- Some have taken to Twitter to make fun of the decision
Food fans were stunned when one of the world’s top restaurants announced it will only serve vegan food when it reopens next month – with one joking they’d make a killing serving hot dogs across the street.
Eleven Madison Park had long been renowned for its lavender honey-glazed duck, lobster and Hawaiian prawn roulade and duck with daikon and plum signature dishes. But when the famous New York City restaurant reopens for the first time on June 10 since it was closed by COVID shutdowns last March, it will only serve plant based food, owner Daniel Humm announced on Monday.
They will be replaced with dishes like rice porridge with celtuce (an underutilized and thick-stemmed lettuce), and Amaranth seed 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 prawn roulade and duck with daikon and plum signature dishes
But on May 3, owner Daniel Humm, pictured in 2008, announced the restaurant will only serve vegan options when it reopens on June 10
But some things will stay the same. The restaurant – one of just five in New York City to hold three Michelin stars – will continue offering cow milk for coffee and tea, meaning it will not be entirely vegan.
Humm has also hinted the $335-a-head tasting menu price won’t drop, because preparing vegetables properly takes far more effort than meat.
One tweeter quickly joked at the new offering, writing: ‘Free billion dollar idea: set up a hot dog cart across the street at around 10pm.’
A second said: ‘Well, they’re going to need a twelve Madison Park, because ain’t no one gunna eat leaves for $500 a person.’
Cassandra Cavanaugh, meanwhile, tweeted it’s ‘all about the margins, at the expense of the diners,’ calling the move to become vegan a ‘profit motive dressed up on sanctimoniousness.’
Diane E. Knauf, however, said she has been to the restaurant and suspects ‘it will remain stellar.’
‘I am not vegetarian of vegan (although I try to minimize),’ Knauf tweeted, ‘if the menu looks interesting, I will probably go back.’
An Eleven Madison Park spokeswoman told DailyMail.com the full new menu will be released shortly before the restaurant’s reopening.
Some Twitter users made fun of Humm for his decision to make the $335-per-person restaurant vegan-only