By far the most amazing meal of my life. My husband surprised me this birthday with dinner at Eleven Madison Park. He told me we were going to Little Beet Table but wore a suit jacket, which in retrospect should have been suspicious, and then despite my protestations that we had passed the restaurant, walked us into Eleven Madison Park. The staff was gathered in a circle for their daily meeting, and we were seated shortly after. Everything about this meal was impeccable, and while the service was perfect, it never felt stuffy. Multiple members of the team wished me a happy birthday (I hear that the staff googles patrons beforehand), and never once was anything less than stellar. My husband hates cilantro and mushrooms, but I’m glad he made an exception for this meal because the mushroom tray was an amazing opener. The duck breast was the most succulent thing I have ever eaten. Dessert was a game of matching the chocolate with the animal it came from. I could go on for pages about how amazing this meal was, but I hope the photos can speak for me. Plus, the story of how the restaurant came together – the partnership between Chef Daniel Humm (so young!) and Will Guidara – it’s really astounding. Cannot recommend enough. Check them out on Yelp or at their website!
We stopped by for hip cocktails in a trendy lounge. It’s a complicated navigation to the bathroom involving getting a key from the bartender and talking to the Lipstick Building doorman and being let in through a closed area and taking the elevator. Check them out: Yelp | Website
I have wanted to try 116 Crown for a long time, seeing all the nice photos of the patio in the summertime, but somehow didn’t make it out until more than a year since we moved here. I’m sad I didn’t go earlier! They have a beautiful bar lit from inside and these cozy booths with cushions that look like logs. Their drink list goes on for pages and pages, and their snacks aren’t bad either! Yelp; website.
Most of the fun is watching the rolls being made.
Otherwise, it’s ice cream.
Good graphic design.
Less claustrophobic than my other Chinatown go-to ice cream place, Chinatown Ice Cream Factory.
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Amazing chocolate donuts, I didn’t think they were going to be as amazing as they were. Everything else was also fantastic, but the donuts were so good that we ordered more at the end of the meal. Yelp; website.
Several people recommended Nong’s to me when they heard I was visiting Portland. There was a long line out the door despite us arriving pretty late in the evening, but we were able to find seats outside. They were unfortunately out of their alcoholic smoothies but we had amazing chicken!