Why The World’s Best Restaurant Eleven Madison Park is preparing for reinvention

Eleven Madison Park, newly crowned No.1 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017, will close in June for refurbishment. We sat down with co-owners Will Guidara and Daniel Humm to find out about the new design and plans for the interim.

Some tables are better than others. It’s well established that most restaurants have a table in the house that’s reserved for the most important customers and a few less premium seats for the rest.

But Daniel Humm and Will Guidara have found the formula for the perfect table. They won’t tell us their secret, but rest assured there’ll be more of them to go round when the restaurant reopens in September after a major renovation.

“We’ve got to know what tables feel great,” says Guidara, who runs the dining room and co-owns the restaurant with chef Humm. “There’s beauty in designing a great table that feels enveloping and inviting and lovely. We’ve figured out how to approach the design in order to create more of those.”

Read the full interview with Daniel Humm and Will Guidara on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants website