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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.
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.