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60 E. 65th St., New York, NY, 10021
nr. Madison Ave.
By chicintelligente on 6/23/2008
The food was fresh and delicious. It is creative and pleasing to the palate, and puts a twist on french cuisine that is rarely seen. The service was excellent, attentive, and had a great sense of humor. Our table was lovely. The decor, though extensive, was classy and tasteful.
Toney Awards Dinner
By wausaudude on 6/18/2008
We had dinner at Daniel prior to attending the Toney Awards Sunday night. The Service is what one would expect from a world class escoffier brigade. Service was oustanding, the decor a bit pretentious, but then again, eating at Daniel and going to the Toney's is pretentious....Anyway, the food was very good, but both my wife and guests really expected something a bit more, I really expected the food to blow my socks off, and it really didn't...
Worth The Price
By jalenwhite33 on 2/24/2008
Daniel was A Great Dining Experience. The Decor Was Very Elegant And Clean. The Food was Perfect And Delicious. Enjoyed Everything About The Experience. Everything was Excellent Until The End Of Our Meal when we Had to Wait 30 Minutes For Our Waiter To Take Our Dessert Order. Although The Salted Caramel Ice Cream was the Best We Have ever Tasted.
By martin_chamois on 1/16/2008
While Daniel Boulud is undoubtedly spread very thin with multiple restaurants, books, television, etc., he maintains a close watch on his main restaurant - Daniel. Every aspect of Daniel is refined, organized and near perfection. And while one expects, perhaps fears, that snobbery and haughty attitude come with such high class restaurant, nothing could be further from the reality of Daniel. From your encounter with the first person to the last, you the customer are king at Daniel. The main dinning room is an operatic stage of flowers and lighting for the dinning tables. Managers, waiters and bus boys glide through the room. Daniel makes an appearance and dinners do their earnest to catch his eye and be honored by his appearance table side. The classic to contemporary French cuisine displays the finest of ingredients, excellent sauces, and a knowledge of American/New York dinning preference. Everything is excellent - period. Yes the price for perfection and elegance and a bit of celebrity is high, which makes dinning at Daniel more frequently than annual birthdays, anniversary and receipt of Wall Street bonuses unlikely. But those annual visits are well worth the wait.
what a disapointment
By ahranj on 11/9/2007
one word to describe the experience....blah. Just everything about it was so awful. I felt like i was at a banquet hall for restaurant week. Our table got the four course tasting menu and left hungry. None of the dishes were memorable.The canapes tasted like they were made hours before they were served. The server didnt even know who ordered what. The wine pairing was a joke, they served everyone at the table the same horrible red wine when we ordered different meats. The desserts were ok but lacked presentation, just a sliced piece of cake with a quenelle of ice cream, how boring. The best part of the meal were the petit fours and the madelines they served at the end. Truly sad. I'd rather spend my $$$$ somewhere else.
Overall, a good experience
By Elizabeth27LV on 5/16/2007
I loved the decor at Daniel - and the experience was good overall. I went with a friend while visiting NYC - I have dined at Daniel Boulud's restaurant in Las Vegas, but this was my first time at one of his NY Restaurants. I give the food an 8 - it was wonderful, but not excellent (and VERY expensive). The server had an attitude. He was a snob, to put it nicely. I understand that restaurants of this caliber need to maintain a certain "image" - but I have been to several upscale French restaurants and they seem to be able to be friendly to their guests while simutaneously being "high class". The majority of Chef Daniel's staff takes this attitude overboard - fake French accents, snide remarks (making us feel uneducated) about the food/wine and just a little too uptight overall. I WOULD go back. I just didn't think the place was as perfect as people say it is.
Old School Fine Dining without attitude
By sethgnyc on 3/6/2007
My wife and I celebrated our first year anniversary on Friday night and we thorougly enjoyed the entire dining experience. You don't have to be a 60 something, blue blood to enjoy this ultimate culinary experience. The staff was extremely friendly from beginning to end. We were taken to a corner cabana and treated like royalty! You can have a full out conversation without others listening to you. I highly recommend the 6 course tasting menu. They accomodate vegetarians too. My wife had the 6 course vegetarian tasting menu. You need to check out the Bordeauxs! Speak to the Sommelier, she is very helpful. Watchout for the Baker. He comes around with a delicious assortment of breads. Dessert melts in your mouth - Blood Orange! Is it pricey? Yes. Is it over the top? No. Is it memorable? Yes, and we are going back.
Excellent food, beautiful (if not overly formal) atmosphere, spotty service.
By marlon on 11/28/2006
The food was excellent, though the most touted (and by far, most expensive) part of our meal, the truffle risotto, was the most disappointing, too salty. The meat dishes, in particular, were prepared impeccably. The atmosphere is elegant, beautiful and very formal, it is the Upper East Side afterall. The formality of the atmosphere was stereotypically complimented by the rather snooty service. I got the impression at the onset they figured us for bumpkins. My suspicions were confirmed when we got the check and the "suggested" tip was written in for us. This was a first for us for this caliber of restaurant (in fact, for any caliber), and if not mildly offensive, it was terribly unprofessional. But, all in all, the food was able to win us over.
Don't get it
By motherhen on 11/21/2006
Food: Potato crusted fish fine, perfectly cooked but just ok. Steak OK. Vegetarian offering TERRIBLE Lemon dessert to die for. Service: the waiter ARGUED with us. Atmosphere: Lovely, SERIOUS Value: SOOOOO not worth it. Compared to a moderate bistro in Paris such as unrated La Bastide d'Odeon, the food isn't even close except for that dessert. I will say that despite the arguing waiter, the service was still over the top. Nothing in Paris to even compare.
By Pirospaprika on 12/22/2005
Someone took me there on a special occasion several months ago and I was very happy with the food and service. Food was very tasty, and the waiters as well as the manager were very helpful and attentive. I liked this restaurant for the experience-an experience I haven't felt anywhere else.
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