Having been to Eleven Madison Park on several occasions, I never hesitate to recommend the restaurant to friends and family alike, whether they are looking for a special occasion night out or a simple dinner. It is easy to argue that Eleven Madison Park is New York's top restaurant, a position I am happy to take and defend if need be.

Eleven Madison Park is in one way a fairly typical New York City restaurant. People who live here in the city may tend to think of it as a hard to get reservation spot in their favorite neighborhood. The truth is that for most people, an evening at Eleven Madison Park is going to be a special occasion. Following on that theme for a moment, for most people, a special occasion bottle of wine should run right around the price of dinner for one.

Eleven Madison Park's menu is a four course Prix Fixe which comes in at $125 for dinner. Using this price, I've taken a look at the wine list to see how good a job has been done peppering the list with drinkable gems at all price points. In particular, I looked for wines under $125.

As I've said before, it's easy to build a list of great wines. All it takes is money. To build a great wine list, one needs to consider many factors to accommodate all guests: the food, the clientele, simple tenets of hospitality.

Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Avenue 
New York, NY 10010
(212) 889-0905