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Posted by Jay D on 09/15/2009
Four of us had a 5:30 reservation to take advantage of their "recession special", 3 courses with paired wines for $98. The space is beautiful, and the service is extremely attentive and informative without being overbearing. The food itself was incredible. I had a wonderful tortelloni appetizer. My wife loved her shrimp. Two of us ordered the beef entree and two ordered lamb. Fabulous. Did I mention the amuse bouches and the terrific bread? And then the desserts -- an outstanding chocolate cake with warm caramel filling -- and the extra dessert treats. All these things don't come cheaply, but a restaurant of this quality in France or italy would cost twice as much. If you feel like a splurge, go for it!
Posted by Cara C. on 05/13/2009
My husband took me to Daniel's last night for dinner for my birthday. I used to be a pastry chef, and he is a sous chef. We knew how much this meal would be costing, so that was not an issue to us. I was not prepared for the amazing atmosphere. And we did not at all feel out of place- the staff made us feel so relaxed! We had the 6 course tasting w/ the wine pairing. Whenever I go to a fine dining restaurant, it is always an experience- but I found myself actually craving the bacon-wrapped swordfish the next day- as I would a juicy burger or burrito. Everything was intricate, but so tastey, too, very well executed. The octopus we subbed for the crudo/fish app. course was an elegant take on calamari, so surprising w/ feta and olives !And the extra chocolate cake they sent out for my b-day was divine! At the end of the meal my husband's friend (a cook there) showed us around the kitchen. As we were leaving, Daniel came down from his "sky box", introduced himself, and suggested we take a picture with him! Haha- but he was very charming and we had a pleasent conversation w/ him. Save up your $$, and just go to one the most famous restaurant experiences in the world!
Posted by anonymous on 04/15/2009
Very deserving of the NYT's 4 stars! The $105 three course is such a value! The service was top-notch and very friendly, not stuffy at all! The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable. The amuse was innovative and phenomenal. The rabbit porchetta was very good but the duo of hamachi was exceptional! My wife had the Loup de Mer and loved it. I had the lamb and it was hands down the best lamb i've ever had. I highly recommend it. For dessert we had the huckleberry and orange vacherin, caramelized banana, and cilantro poached pineapple with coconut! They were all amazing, especially the pineapple and banana! Having eaten at its peer restaurants I can say without a doubt that Daniel is above par and shines.
Posted by EduardoN on 04/03/2009
My wife and I went as a guest for a birthday party. This was before its renovation. The canapes were mediocre, salad shrimp on a tooth pick. The cream soup was OK. The main course was meat, a one and a half ounce rib lamb chop, and a one inch long pasta tube with lamb ragout. The roast onion in balsamic vinegar was an onion skin and as translucent. The chocolate mousse dessert was good. The rolls were stale. Since I didn't pay for it I would not say anything about the host's gift of a meal. The private room was drab; I am sure no lawyers would have allowed this indifferent meal if they were celebrating a party. One only wonders as the difference between this private meal and the (seemingly) opulent restaurant.
Posted by anonymous on 02/21/2009
This place really deserves its stars. Same can't be said for lots of other equally expensive restaurants in NYC. Delicious food with a meticulously considered balance of flavors and textures. Perfect portions that leave you satisfied but not over full. Service is polite, considerate and timely but not annoying or fussy. Of course, the place is barely affordable, especially in these times. But if you want a very memorable meal on a special occasion you will be happy with Daniel.
Posted by RestaurantFreak on 02/20/2009
I have been at Daniel's quite a number of times, and never have been disappointed. My most recent visit was the first time since the renovation. My only complaint is that the walls are all white. Reminded me more of a cafeteria than one of the most romantic and high-class restaurants in the world. But the food and service made me quickly forget about that. The night I went with a small party there was a special fixed menu. My party and I don't eat shellfish, and they graciously substituted all the shellfish dishes for delicious fish dishes that made me want more. I had the best chicken I have ever had that night too. But what I looked forward to the most was Daniel's addictive Madelines at the end of the meal. A great plus was that Monsieur Daniel was there himself that night and made rounds to every table and thanked them for coming and conversed for a few minutes. An added bonus was to see familiar face Anthony Bourdain dining across the room during the night. All in all, a wonderful, 99% perfect evening. I also must remark that the restaurant is known for its service. My water glass never went below 1-2 inches from the rim. And they insisted my purse get its own stool and not be placed on the floor. Luxury at its finest, I must say.
Posted by ally's dad on 02/11/2009
I have eaten Daniel Boulud's food since he was a chef at Le Cirque many years ago. As a native of Burgundy, he is of the Paul Bocuse school of cooking, that is well prepared dishes, using the best ingredients, served in a beautiful restaurant with expert service. It is a cuisine that does not push the envelope, ie. Per Se, Jean-Georges, Momofuku KO, but is delicious and safe for most palates. It is very reminicent of Taillevent in Paris. Boulud's cuisine has evolved and is far more modern than it was say three years ago. The grand dining room has been redone, is more contemporary in a classy way and is very welcoming. The staff remains knowlegeable and very motivated to care for your most trivial wish - they are real pros. The food is wonderful with some really great tastes. The three course menu, with several amuse bouches first, at $105 is excellent and priced fair. The staff will tinker with it and add whole or sometimes half portions to make it a little grander at not an excessive tariff. Wine can be matched at whole or half glass at, again, fair prices. Deserts are really over the top. It is a place to entertain special friends and clients or have a very romantic night. You can't go wrong! Amities Gourmandes, ally's dad