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Monday through Thursday were all booked, and the only available times were after 9pm on Friday. With the memorial weekend, weekends were unavailable. I was lucky to get a reservation for three on a busy Friday evening. Unlike other restaurants, credit card is needed to hold the spot. For our family gathering, I knew Daniel in NYC would be THE restaurant especially since we were staying near by. You can make a reservation with Daniel here.
Before I dive in on my phenomenal 4-course dinner experience at Daniel in NYC, I want to share what makes Daniel in NYC so special. First, this award-winning restaurant is located in the heart of Manhattan. They offer prix fixe menu on contemporary French cuisine. It's chef Daniel Boulud's elegant French flagship which remains with two Michelin star. Daniel in NYC, fine dining classic in the upper east side, is perfect for any special occasions or celebrations like date nights, anniversay, graduation, wedding & more. Jackets are a must for men and suit recommended, heels for ladies are suggested.
Walking in, we were welcomed by waiters who offered us water while we wait. The entrance or the hallway weren't as intimidating as I thought, compared to the main dining room. They also have a bar area where you can dine in with a la carte menu for small bites paired with artisanal cocktails and wines.
Please keep in mind, this was meant to catch up with my family so I focused more on the entire dining experience. However, I did take photos of the food so you can get an idea of what you can expect when dining in Daniel NYC. The main dining room was half filled around 9:30pm, got crowded until 11pm, and by the time we left around 12:30am, everyone was leaving as well.
Took this photo ^ when everyone left, but this is the main dining room. There are about 20 tables total in the main dining room. The elegant interior in Daniel restaurant with beautiful artworks, dark mahogany panels, lush banquets & floral arrangements. Gorgeous neoclassical architecture = a classic fine dining vibes.
We were seated in the middle of the dining room which was a plus in my opinion. They also give you a cushioned stool next to you for your night purse. Considering the amount of people at Daniel, the main dining room was still pretty quiet which was a huge plus for me. The last thing I would want is us not able to hear our conversations and having to yell at each other.
For the first course, we got Ecrevisse, Thon Rouge, and Huitre. The food names are all in French since Daniel in NYC is a French restaurant but the food details are in English. Ecrevisse is New Orleans crayfish with pike mousseline, young leeks, crystalline tempura, fava beans, with sauce nantua. The crayfish was soft and savory. Thon Rouge is yuzu-wasabi marinated yellowfin tuna, saffron-meyers lemon coulis, confit shiitake, artichoke, and peppercress salad. This plate was well-prepared as expected. Huitre is pacific gold reserve oyster salad with sucrine lettuce, rhubarb, with old chatham yogurt.
For the second course, we got Crabe, Turbot, and Asperge Blanche. Crabe is the stir-fried maine peekytoe crab with Chalkidiki green olives and lettuce with grilled celtuce. Everything on this plate was well-seasoned and the crab was sweet and delicate. Turbot is a bourride style turbot with lemon glazed potatoes, fennel, ossetra caviar, and red ribbon sorrel. Asperge blanche was okay. But I really enjoyed the sorrel emulsion. Also has Provence white asparagus with apricot kennel.
For our main entrée, we got wagyu, truite and poulet. The medium rare wagyu was perfect as expected. It was incredibly tender and rich. Just seeing this photo, I want to eat it again! It's Scharbauer Ranch Wagyu strip loin with 1924 blue cheese, with Potato St-Florentin. Truite has green walk golden trout hatchery, watercress, grilled spring onions with warm beurre matelote sauce. Poulet is duo of sasso amish chicken spit roasted breast with porcini, potato flake fried leg, scallions and horseradish emulsion.
For the final course, we chose pamplemousse and pistache. Pamplemousse consists purple cardamom chantilly meringue, honey jam, and burnt grapefruit sorbet. I really enjoyed the meringue part but the whipped cream on top was a bit bland. Burnt grapefruit sorbet was interesting. Pistache consists pishori pistachio infused opalys chocolate, salted caramel and praline with frankincense ice cream. It was rich and creamy, the layered chocolate and caramel was perfect.
To finish off, they gave us some madeleines! These are warm and yummy! We were all too full by the end of the night but I really wanted to bring them home. Also throughout the courses, we were offered a variety of bread. I went with the basic crossiant but all of them were great. The service exceeded beyond our high expectations and everything was perfect. We didn't feel rushed at all and the four course dinner at Daniel in NYC lasted us about 3 hours. Can't forget, considering the price point, all of the plates had great portions!
If you've already been to Daniel in NYC & want to see a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, look into The Skybox. I most definitely want to come back and treat my family here as well. As the most unique private dining space in New York City, The Skybox is a private table adjacent to chef Daniel Boulud's personal office with a bird's eye view of Daniel Kitchen.
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