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Eleven Madison Park Plans a Makeover and a Summer Pop-Up


Like many New Yorkers, the staff and operations of Eleven Madison Park will spend this summer in the Hamptons. They will take over the restaurant Moby’s, opening it in late June as EMP Summer House. Credit Daniel Gonzalez for The New York Times

The restaurant’s ratings are as good as it gets: three stars from Michelin, and four from The New York Times. But for all the success of Eleven Madison Park, its owners, Will Guidara and the chef Daniel Humm, are about to start a major overhaul.

They plan to close the Manhattan restaurant on June 9 to renovate the kitchen and the dining room, and to ship the operation and staff to a more casual, temporary setting in the Hamptons. If all goes well, they expect to reopen in mid-September with a new look and a revised menu with some new dishes.

“It’s time for a change,” Mr. Humm said. “We’ve been at the restaurant for 11 years, and it’s been open for 20 years. We’re still using Danny Meyer’s brasserie.” Mr. Humm was referring to the restaurant’s original owner, who sold it to them in 2011.

Back then, they considered closing and renovating but held back because they thought it was more important to establish their footing. So they made only small changes over time to their stately dining room, with its Art Deco geometry and soaring casement windows overlooking Madison Square Park. The kitchen is also nearly 20 years old; its renovation will require closing the restaurant.

Mr. Humm has already ordered a Molteni stove from France, a Rolls-Royce of cookery with a comparable price tag. But he does not plan to outfit his kitchen with lots of cutting-edge electronic gear. “We cook in a pretty traditional way,” he said.

The partners are entrusting the redesign, which has not been completed, to Brad Cloepfil, who has offices in New York and Portland, Ore., and whose only restaurant work has been in Portland. He designed the Museum of Arts and Design, at Columbus Circle, and the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis.

Mr. Cloepfil knows Eleven Madison Park well and has been a regular customer. “I’m thrilled to be doing this,” he said. “It’s a great, elemental, historic room that needs preserving and updating.”

The partners want to open up the entrance, which is now partitioned from the dining room, and rearrange seating to give the whole room a more symmetrical, central focus. There will be rugs on the terrazzo floors and more color everywhere: grays, blues, greens and golds.

The chef Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, the owners of Eleven Madison Park, want to give the Manhattan restaurant’s dining room a more symmetrical, central focus. Credit Sasha Maslov for The New York Times

“I’m not making a design statement,” Mr. Cloepfil said. “If people are startled, I will have failed.”

The most significant change will be in the bar area, which will be enlarged somewhat and given a more distinct identity.

The partners decided that during the renovation this summer, they would need to find a way to keep the staff working. “We thought about what New Yorkers did in summer — they go to the Hamptons,” Mr. Guidara said.

Once the restaurant closes, they will move into a big white farmhouse on Pantigo Road in East Hampton. For decades, it was the Spring Close restaurant; in the past few years it has been Moby’s, for fish.

They’re calling their pop-up EMP Summer House; it will open in late June with an indoor restaurant, a dining room under a tent with picnic tables for large-format dinners like lobster boils, and another outdoor area. The equipment they will no longer need in Manhattan will outfit the kitchen. Reservations for indoor seating will be taken online starting on May 1.

There are a number of design and logistical details regarding the renovation and the summer pop-up that have yet to be confirmed.

In mid-April, before Eleven Madison Park closes, the partners will replace its current menu with an 11-course, $ 295 tasting menu recalling favorites over the years. Dishes will include sea urchin cappuccino, carrot tartare, foie gras with maple syrup, poached chicken with black truffles, and the creamy-crunchy dessert called Milk and Honey.

When the restaurant reopens, Mr. Humm plans to offer multicourse tasting menus that are similar to the present nine-course format, perhaps with more choices. (The particular dishes have not been determined.) In recent years, the number of courses has gradually been reduced, and the number of choices increased.

“We’ll be starting over in many ways,” Mr. Guidara said. “And we’ll finally be making the restaurant truly our own.”

Eleven Madison Park, 11 Madison Avenue (24th Street); 212-889-0905, elevenmadisonpark.com.
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Spring Summer 17 Trends: Before You Shop, You HAVE To Read This

Trend 1. Girl Power

Seen at: Celine, Chloe, Paul Smith, Philosophy, Rochas, Valentino, Marco de Vincenzo and Anya HindmarchOverall SS17 has a feeling of femininity to it, but it’s not as straight forward as pink and frills, even though they do make an appearance. The ruffles are statements, resulting in power sleeves (Anya Hindmarch, Marco de Vincenzo) and collars (Chloe) and dresses have modern silhouettes, often oversized. As well as every shade of pink from rose to cerise, add a dash of lilac.

Trend 2: Primrose Hill Set

Seen at: Chanel, Chloe, Emilio de la Morena, Erdem, MaxMara, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Roksanda
Nearly every show had one full look of yellow – that’s head-to-toe, often including shoes and a hat (see MaxMara). Undeterred by the fact that it can be a difficult colour to wear, we saw shades of primrose, canary and gold on everything from beautiful frocks (Erdem) to sporty trouser suits (Chanel).

Trend 3: Power Ballads
Seen at: Dolce and Gabbana, Gucci, Kenzo, Louis Vuitton, Topshop Unique, Vetements, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent
The Eighties are back, and we’re talking eveningwear and power dressing that Alexis Colby would be proud of. Think black PVC, metallics and shiny red and blue fabrics, as well as a spattering of leopard or zebra print. There were even shoulder pads and more of THE detail of the season, ruffles. Oh, and don’t forget the pixie boots.

Trend 4: Shipwreck Chic
Seen at: Alexander McQueen, Bora Aksu, Bottega Veneta, Dries van Noten, Erdem, Eudon Choi, Gucci and Acne Studios
Erdem’s show was based on a dress from the 1600s found in a shipwreck off the Dutch coast, but his wasn’t the only show with a similar vibe. Edwardian-style dresses in hues of blue, sea green and grey with slightly torn and frayed edges also popped up at Alexander McQueen and Gucci.

Trend 5: 6th Form Chic
Seen at : Christopher Kane, Rochas, Stella Jean, Vetements, Alexander McQueen, Coach, Dior and Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
Anyone who was in the Sixth Form in the Nineties will be familiar with this trend; long skirts teamed with logo tees, sweatshirts and leather or army surplus-style jackets and finished with stomping boots. What’s not to love?

Trend 6: Mexican Blanket
Seen at: Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Bottega Veneta, Emilio de la Morena, Joseph, Proenza Schouler, Acne Studios and Loewe
The brightly knitted stripes and patchwork at many shows reminded us of Mexican blankets, and the ponchos worn in the southern Americas. Bags and sleeves were decorated with tassels and fringing and we saw plenty of colourful embroidery, too.

Trend 7: Cyber Geeks
Seen at: Dior, DKNY, Joseph, Louis Vuitton, Vetements, Victoria Beckham, Chanel and Maison Margiela
The theme at Chanel was circuit boards and the cyber world, although it was a shame Karl Lagerfeld didn’t style every look with those cool Daft Punk-style helmets (not that we don’t want to see models’ faces, of course!). There was a futuristic feel at other shows too, with white, silver and reflective bright colours, as well as visors that would have looked at home on the set of Blade Runner.

Trend 8: Bathing Belles
Seen at: Anya Hindmarch, Emilio de la Morena, Fendi, Isabel Marant, Maison Margiela, Miu Miu, Prada and 3.1 Phillip Lim
OK, so it’s hardly a trend to see swimwear in the Spring/Summer collections, but for SS17 it feels distinctly retro, with low-rise briefs and swimsuits, and even the odd old lady swimming hat (see one of our favourite shows of the season, Miu Miu). For the most part, it was styled with long jackets and cardigans – the beach cover-ups of the future?

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