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Posted by Anonymous on 04/03/2006
Went to Daniel end of March 06, pretty disappointing. Great service and atmosphere, but the food was just so-so. Had the 5 course tasting menu with wine pairings - nothing to write home about unfortunately. Then came the bill - over $1,000 for 4 people. For that kind of money I expected to rave about the quality of the food - presentation was nice, but pretty workaday fare, I'm afraid. If money is no object, and you just want a very elegant evening out, this would be fine. But I thought the food would be exceptional, and on this evening, it was not.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/17/2006
It was our 5th wedding anniv. and we wanted to go to an extraordinary and quiet romantic place for dinner...Daniel was much more than that. The ambiance was perfect, very formal and dimly lit with a beautiful central hall decorated aptly for the occasion with soft lighting. The drapes and the colour were soft maroon which looked very nice and romantic. The crowd was very formally dressed and although we managed to get a reservation for 10.30 p.m it was still buzzing with people. Well the dinner is pre-fixed at $96.00 which is expensive, but the food was something which we have never had before. The ravioli in the appetizer were the best I have ever had and the fish for the main course was amazing too. The wine and sangria we had was extremely good (priced extra) ... The service was very prompt and they were taking care of us very well ... It was definitely worth the occasion, but I would probably reserve such a place for special occasions as its expensive ... For guys: if u need to impress a girl.. this is perfect for a nice evening.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/06/2006
My husband and I recently dined at Daniel for my birthday. Although the maitre d did not know it was a special occassion- we were given the best seat in the house! Partially enclosed in the back corner. The food and service were beyond anything that I've experienced in all the years I've lived in Manhattan. As a person in the field (culinary student) I was able to appreciate the true quality of the food. The service and wine were beyond my expectations as well. We will return again and again for special occassions.
Posted by An Amazing Experience on 12/28/2005
I am no stranger to upscale dining. Out of all the restaurants I have been to, this one definitely takes the cake. The service is unbeatable from the etiquette of the staff to the food. It is amazingly decorated, and all the chairs are extremely plush and comfortable. We had a team of waiters that were assigned to serve us, and cater to our every whim. At one point in the evening I dropped my napkin, by the time I had reached down to get it, it had already been folded and put back on the table. Within seconds of taking my last sip of my drink, there was someone asking me If I wanted another. The bread was fresh and outstanding, each time I finished one piece they would offer me another, I couldn't say no! I must of had at least 4 pieces of bread. I had the duo of colorado lamb, which was cooked to perfection. For dessert I had a hot chocolate souffle which was to die for. Each time we were served a course, someone would come over to our table and in great detail, explain what everyone had ordered. In between courses we were served little trays of samplers. Including dessert. Since it was a birthday dinner, there was a pedi four with a candle it, and Daniel himself personally came over to our table and spoke with us. It is incredibly upscale and not a place for young children. It is everything a fancy french restaurant should be. The wine list is very extensive. Each time we were served a course, 3 waiters brought our food (there were 3 of us). We each had our own server for drinks and food. We were never looking for a waiter when we needed something. They escorted me to the restroom and pusehd my chair under my bottom as I sat. Although it is expensive, it is definitely worth it for a special occasion.
Posted by From the City on 12/24/2005
My wife and I have eaten at most of the top-rated restaurants in New York City and were really looking forward to a special dinner at Daniel. Unfortunately the food was very bland and uninteresting. The signature fish dish was boring in its presentation and flavor. The only part of this meal that soared was the Turley wine. This restaurant reminds me of the tale of the naked King...no one says the King has no clothes on because they are afraid that they have missed something...they are not special enough to see the reality.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/08/2005
I was looking forward to a great evening of French food and service. What my table experienced was awkward service and cold, tasteless food. The meal started off on a positive note with a tiered tray of hors devourers - some great, some less than great. The wine list is huge, and the waiters will offer help if you ask. Speaking of the wait staff, we were served by 6 to 8 different people. This caused confusion at our table with every course. It was especially evident with the wine service. Some of the staff didn't realize that we had ordered a second bottle and stopped filling our glasses half way through the main course. It was disappointing to see the head waiter show up with 3/4 of a bottle as we were ordering our dessert. Bread was great, but we were never offered a second portion. I tried to flag down the waiter with the bread basket, but again this is something that they need to work on. Back to the food. The appetizers were good with the multi-herb ravioli being one of the greatest foods tastes I have ever experienced. The Carolina shrimp was another great course. The entrees were uneven, with all 4 of our plates being served at room temperature. The crust on the striped bass resembled a cold paste and sauces were used sparingly. The halibut was tasteless. Desserts were a step up, with the coffee being the high point of the meal. Overall it was a good meal, but not a great one. The dining experience should have been a night at the theater, but it resembled an amateur production.
Posted by weiserb on 11/28/2005
One of the best dining experiences ever. I was compelled to write this review after reading the previous review. In brief Daniel is superb. We were treated like royalty from my first step in the door. The staff is professional and gracious. The Sommelier recommended an excellent reasonably priced white wine after discussing our preferences. The Lobster appetizer was the best lobster dish I have ever tasted. The Trio of Lamb was outstanding. The Beef dish was also outstanding. The sauces are beyond description and a work of art. If you are looking for a supersized meal go to The Palm or Peter Lugers. If you want a dining experience that will redefine what professional service and incomparable food is then you must try Daniel. I did not forget dessert. The desserts were also works of art. BTW I mentioned in passing that we were celebrating our anniversary and they brought us a beautiful small pastry platter that said Happy Anniversary. The Bill for two was under $ 400.00 and worth every penny. One last note I mentioned my wife?s dietary preferences when making the reservation and everyone at Daniel remembered and was very cool about it! These people really know what they are doing. All in all a perfect evening. We will be back!