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#1 SobaAddict70

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Posted 30 September 2016 - 06:46 PM

Quick-service fare from the team behind beloved three-Michelin-starred tasting menu playground Eleven Madison Park. Sound familiar? If it does, that's because it's a redux of how fast-casual thought leader Shake Shack began as a hot dog cart with kitchen operations at Eleven Madison Park, which Meyer owned at the time. (Three years later, in 2004, Shake Shack opened a permanent kiosk in Madison Square Park.)

"With Made Nice we wanted to build a restaurant in the NoMad neighborhood that we knew was missing," says restaurateur Will Guidara. "This community has been our home for years now, but we've been craving a place that we can visit almost every day for delicious, wholesome food and warm hospitality." Details are still scant, but diners should expect an eight-to-10 dish menu in the $12 to $15 price range.


http://www.eater.com...nings-fall-2016

http://makeitnicenyc.com/

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Posted 30 September 2016 - 07:09 PM

I have no strong opinion of EMP, having not eaten there in 4 years, but I am so sick of the stupid #makeitnice phrase.



#3 Suzanne F

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Posted 30 September 2016 - 08:12 PM

Would you have preferred "Soigné"? Or "PPX It"?


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#4 SobaAddict70

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Posted 30 September 2016 - 08:29 PM

Naming is branding and basically defines their next venture. Has to be easy to pronounce and spell, and has to have a certain "catch" or "ring" to it.

That's why neither of the foregoing work as much as "Made Nice".

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Posted 30 September 2016 - 08:30 PM

I know it sounds really hokey, maybe even grating.

But it really says a lot to the average eater (i.e., none of us basically).

#6 rozrapp

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Posted 02 October 2016 - 01:48 PM

The story behind the choice of Made Nice as the company's name is this. When Chef Humm arrived at EMP, he barely spoke English. So for a long time, he would tell his cooks to "make it nice!"

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 10:41 PM

Someone really focused on how to get that food out fast, despite number of components. The system works. It helps--and it's so refreshing--that the bowls are composed for you. None of that (dispiriting) choosing what you want in your salad/burrito/poke bowl.

Good food. Liked the warm rosti potato cakes with the smoked salmon. The knockout was the corn/wheatberry succotash served with tender perniz. Felt like some maple syrup or something in the background. Sucker for suckertash.

About $30 for food for two, which seemed right.

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 02:02 AM

My co-worker was surprised by how many people were working in the kitchen/prep area, and by how large the (visible) prep area is – compare it to something like, say, the Dig Inn across the street or so...

 

It's a good lunch option for us, if a couple of dollars more expensive than most things near it.


I didn't tip at Per Se either.

#9 Wilfrid

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 05:59 PM

Right, huge team, even someone clearing the tables. We tried to throw our own garbage out and he swept in and took the trays away.

It's a bit more expensive, but a bit better, which seems fair. I'd be happy to find that "succotash" on my plate at a fancy restaurant.

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 05:21 PM

Another dish is called chicken rice. The rice tastes like tomatoes and needs salt. The chicken seems exhausted. Imagine a chain of Cuban restaurants started by retired employees of the Olive Garden. This could be their arroz con pollo.

 

 

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#11 joethefoodie

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 02:19 PM

Ryan Sutton didn't make so nice either.



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Posted 16 August 2017 - 07:44 PM

"Made Nice Doesn’t Have the Eleven Madison Park Magic"

 

Well, did Shake Shack?


I didn't tip at Per Se either.

#13 Sneakeater

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 07:45 PM

It's weird that all these people who bought into Parm aren't buying into this.


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Posted 16 August 2017 - 07:45 PM

NEWSFLASH:  Cheap food isn't as good as expensive food.

 

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#15 Orik

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 07:51 PM

It's weird that all these people who bought into Parm aren't buying into this.

 

Parm was ahead of the chef-branded-garbage trend. 


sandwiches that are large and filling and do not contain tuna or prawns