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“Some tips for improvement” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Ranked #3 of 13,489 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Upper East Side
Cross street: Park Avenue
Transit: 68th Street stop, #6 Train.
Lisbon, Portugal
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107 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Some tips for improvement”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

We went to Daniel and of course the expectation was high. The food was spectacular presented and tasted perfectly. The room is bit crowded (Daniel could remove some tables) and so the overall noise is a little bit annoying. The service was almost perfect (both plates served and taken at the same time, attentive waiter who noted we were there to celebrate and brought a candle). The wine list not updated took us to a second choice that should not happen. But the weakest link is always what you need to improve. The waiter that served the bread passes his arm twice in front of me to reach my bread plate instead of going around. Unacceptable at these standards. Save some room for the cookies, chocolates and madelienes after diner. Almost perfect.

Visited October 2012
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Atlanta, Georgia
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39 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Not convinced”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2012

Wonder what the hype is all about. Food as art.. That means it was fingered heavily.... Taste was bland and sea bass was mushy. Desserts were very delicious.
Service staff seemed mostly French... Maybe that is the appeal for many... a bit of old Europe.
Service was a bit off. We had to change the white wine as they ran out of the one we had picked for a group of 6 and the red wine only came when most of us had finished the main course....

  • Visited September 2012
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Burlington, Vermont
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79 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012

In the grandeur of the former Mayfair Hotel, Daniel serves excellence on the plate, in the glass and in the atmosphere. The staff to customer ration is such that there is always someone ready to serve you. The food was plentiful, beuatifully presented and delicious. If anything the servings were too big, so pace yourself. The only downside was the price, but if you are willing to spend, it is well worth it.

Visited September 2012
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Stockholm, Sweden
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great experience - but I was not thrown off my feet...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012

Just visited Daniel a week ago and I must say that it is an impressive venue. Probably the most beautifully decorated restaurant that I have been to with lots of space between the table which is great for privacy/less disturbance. Service is entirely impeckible - it feels like there is aways someone just vaiting for you to call for assistance. It might not be entirely important for me personally, but it is really impressive that there are absolutely no errors. The food is great of course - that must be expected from a three-star restaurant - BUT it is far from the best I have had.

So, if you want to try a three-star restaurant without spending half a fortune - it worth going here and having their three-course menu - but do not expect to be thrown off your feet :)

  • Visited September 2012
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Perth, Australia
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36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Unmet high expectations. Freezing conditions.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

With Michelin rating Daniel Boulud's restaurant failed to wow us. Our waitstaff Giovanni was faultless and we handed a $80 tip. We both had the 3 course dinner but both ordered dishes with supplementary fees of $14, myself with the duck foie gras which was perfectly cooked and the foei grad stuffed grouse which I found too gamey but my partner thought was ok as was a tad dry with all ten prep work. My main was a duet of pork, cooked well with few small morsels of crispy roast prom. Good but not spectacular. Sauce was very good. The veges served with both plates were root winter veges. The weather was 70 that day and probably chilled to 58 in the restaurant as I met a fellow diner in the ladies who had goosebumps on her arms. Wasn't jut me then. Dessert was lovely, chocolate corlant(fondant) was gooey inside. Choco tower with parfait, rice crackles, mousses as good. Free pineapple dessert came as well which was nice. Tiny morsels of petit four to finish off. Very good but not brilliant. Oh yes, really rude front reception girls when we showed the cloakroom ticket and asked about calling a taxi, she just pointed out toward the door. Giovanni came to the rescue and hailed a taxi from round the corner for us. Saved the evening.

  • Visited October 2012
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