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Posted by Anonymous on 08/25/2007
Although it was considerably more than I originally hoped to spend I took my boyfriend to Daniel's for his birthday and we couldn't have enjoyed ourselves more. We are a gay couple in our 20's/30's and are not necessarily the crowd that Daniel's normally attracts, yet we could'nt have been made to feel more at home. The service was a work of breathtaking culinary theatre, the twenty second pause between my tea being served and his the only flaw in the entire presentation. The food was perfectly prepared, the fish and meat seemingly melted in one's mouth. The dessert was the real event, however. Reminiscent of the last ten minutes of the Fourth of July fireworks we were treated to decadently prepared chocolates, miniature birthday cake, Petit Fours and piping hot Madelines (the best I've ever tasted) with Tea. We left in total bliss filled with champagne, foie gras, truffles, butter, and chocolate. The only downer was the check, $350 for two people, although well worth it.
Posted by WOW on 04/30/2007
...the best meal I have ever had in my life. I took my boyfriend there last friday and we were blown away. Chef Daniel is a genius with the food. Everything was so well balanced and flavorful and left wanting for more. I don't have words to express how good everything was, you just have to go and experience it yourself. Perfect in every way. Can't wait to go back. Take someone special there and you will never regret it. LOVED IT!
Posted by Concorde on 04/24/2007
My boyfriend and I had the pleasure of dining in this fabulous restaurant. From the moment we arrived, to the time we left, we were treated like royalty! We began with glasses of Tattinger Rose, followed by appetizers of lobster and foie gras. Our entrees were mouthwatering morsels of skate and tuna, accompanied by seasonal vegetables and paired with a bottle of lovely Burgundy white wine. The only disappointment is that this restaurant does not make souffles, but the desserts that we chose were scrumptious. The petit fours were also a welcome treat. We even spotted the owner/ chef, Daniel Boulud, greeting guests at their tables. What a wonderful restaurant and dining experience! We will definitely return on our next visit to New York.
Posted by Our apologies- have a drink on 04/22/2007
Several significant service glitches (45 minutes for a reserved table and no place to sit and wait, 75 minutes between courses, etc.) were met with "sincere" apologies and a glass of wine on the house. We left thoroughly soused, but quite disappointed, in spite of excellent food. This is not what one should expect at a serious restaurant with high end prices. My favorite apology- after over an hour delay on our main course and difficulty finding a waiter- though many were flitting around not responding- was "the chef returned one of the dishes because he was not happy with how it came out." The responses to their lapses seemed to be m.o. and pro-forma. Time to get their act together- and time for this patron to move on to another special occasion restaurant.
Posted by Canadian tourist on 10/12/2006
The look of the restaurant is very architectural with columns, arches and draperies surrounding the main dining area with additional tables on a slightly elevated area surrounding. There is a hum of noise but somehow, we never really heard others’ conversations intruding into our conversation. The colours create a warm golden look, classical music plays softly in the background, and the staff are calm, polite and efficient. Other diners are well dressed, men mostly in suits with a tie, and are generally older. It all makes for a rather intimate feel when dining – just us and the serving staff interacted. The other diners were mere objects for observation. Dinner started with a three tiered tray of amuse bouches: smoked sturgeon, a flavourful potato mousse quenelle, a tiny truffle quiche and parmesan cheese crust with a garlicky creme fraiche dollop in the center. We enjoyed them while reviewing the menu and the very extensive wine list. For starters, my husband had a classic seared fois gras with poached fruit which he thought was one of the best he had ever had. I had a chicken consomme which was delicate and light but punctuated with the contrasting rich pieces of fois gras and the texture of bits of pasta. DH had the duo of beef which consisted of some very tasty braised short ribs with a rib steak. It also came with an incredibly flavourful potato accompaniment. I had rack of lamb, one rib done with African spices, the other with a paprika crust. They were both very good as was the eggplant and peppers which accompanied it. We had what we thought was a very reasonably priced bottle of aged Bordeaux from a very good year with our meal. DH had the hot chocolate souffle and I had the chocolate praline which looked so beautiful with a thin ribbon of chocolate curved over the top and a piece of gold foil, I almost did not eat it. But I am not that foolish. It was as delicious as it was beautiful.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/06/2006
I took my husband here for his birthday and regret doing so. While I have always enjoyed Cafe Boulud, Daniel was pretentious and we were made to feel like second class citizens. My husband's foie gras was overcooked. My entree was inedible and no one came over to ask me if it was ok until they were coming to clear our plates (I have never found an entree to be inedibly bad before). I actually left hungry. Bizarre and disappointing. I think that the quality of food and service may vary dramatically - for us it was not good. There are legions of other restaurants in the city that have better food and will treat you with respect.
Posted by Hungry Gourmande on 07/11/2006
I was a little put off by a couple reviews here, but picked Daniel anyway as the dinner to take my now-fiance to right after our engagement. Afterall, it received THREE 28's from Zagat's. What's amazing is that Daniel does deserve all three. I booked reservations for 5:30pm with opentable. I included a small note just saying we might be late because I was getting engaged right beforehand. I'm not sure if that's why they gave us the royal treatment, but they sure did. We were seated at a private canopy/tent in the corner of the room. We had privacy, comfort, space, everything you'd want. A flock of waitstaff attended our every need. Someone was always walking past unobtrusively to check on us. The food, was incredible - appetizers and desserts especially. We had the chocolate souffle for dessert and there was absolutely no room for improving upon it. Also, despite ordering champagne by the glass, we were given complimentary refills until the bottle was gone. We were also served 4 bottles of water, though only charged the one per person. Further complimentary items came as hors d'ouevres and desserts. The desserts just seemed to keep coming and in fact, we had so much that despite the frugal entrees, we were quite full and could not finish the complimentary beignets. The only critique I have is the portions given for the entrees. My fiance ordered rack of lamb with meyer lemon crust and avocado-mint chutney (both of which really made the 2 cuts of lamb sing). I had the duo of dry aged beef, which amounted to roughly 4 oz. Forunately, everything else (appetizers included) left little, if anything, to be desired. Daniel provided the perfect meal for my engagement celebration. I'm sure it would provide the same for you and yours. I can't say enough about how impressed I was and my fiance still can't get over it. The service was impeccable and perfectly paced to get us out at 7:30pm to see our 8pm show.