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“Simply Sublime”
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Ranked #3 of 13,763 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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Upper East Side
Cross street: Park Avenue
Transit: 68th Street stop, #6 Train.
London, UK
Level 6 Contributor
154 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 271 helpful votes
“Simply Sublime”
Reviewed March 2, 2014

3* restaurants, or indeed any top end establishments typically fall into one of two camps, those offering a gastronomic marathon journey via a tasting menu and those that are simply good places to eat where you could return to week after week without feeling exhausted after each visit. Daniel is very much in this latter category.

The service, is, as one would expect, very attentive, but at no point did it feel starchy or too formal; all of the waiting staff were very charming. Both a tasting menu and “standard” three course a la carte is available. The latter option took a leisurely two hours and made for a perfectly enjoyable experience.

A selection of three amuse bouches followed by a singular slightly larger one served as a separate course made for a generous start to the dinner. The dishes were beautifully executed with rich, deep sauces such as the red wine one served with the fish. The pastry chef deserves special mention as the chestnut creation (see photograph) whilst not only tasting delicious was exceptionally beautifully presented in the form of a chestnut in its shell. The meal was concluded with a selection of petit fours as well as half a dozen madeleines hot out of the oven.

Whilst it is by no means cheap, it is very good value when compared to other 3* offerings in New York; the whole meal was a most generous and enjoyable experience.

  • Visited February 2014
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Oslo, Norway
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“Wonderful food, service and atmosphere - the whole package”
Reviewed March 2, 2014

A wonderful place to go for that special occasion - you feel appreciated and well taken care of from the moment you walk in and until you leave. The set menu was amazing and with great wine combination. I can mention that I had a fantastic foie gras starter in the mosaic, which might not mean a lot to you reading this, but add the fact that I don't even like foie gras and you get the picture...and the experience just continued from there with one great course after the other.

My only setbacks were that the veal wasn't cooked to my preference, but that was elegantly made up by adding a course of complimentary French cheese with wine. The dessert did not really keep the same originality and freshness as the other courses - I have had the same mousse variations and chocholates in far cheaper and starless establishments. But all in all a great evening and wonderful food!

  • Visited February 2014
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“save it for special occasions”
Reviewed March 2, 2014

We went for my wife's birthday with two other couples. The decor was beautiful and well kept.
The service impeccable. The sommelier VERY helpful in navigating an extensive wine list.
The menu choices were varied and everything prepared perfectly. We had the 3 course menu and there were ample "little extras" added to snack on. They gave my wife an extra dessert with a candle for her birthday too!
Only downside is price (count on about $225-$250/per person all together with gratuities)(much more if you get tasting menu of wine pairings)
... but worth a splurge for special occasions.

  • Visited March 2014
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New York City, New York
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“wonderful!”
Reviewed March 1, 2014

The appetizers, drinks, bread and amuse were all very good. There were 6 of us and everyone loved what they had. My stewed king crab appetizer was very good, and my bayahibe dessert was delicious! But I had the Turbot for my main course and it was AMAZING! The complimentary madeleines and truffles at the end ensure that you're really full when you leave. And they don't rush you at all. I would love to come back.

  • Visited March 2014
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London
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“European Perfection with a US twist”
Reviewed March 1, 2014

I suppose the question for us as Brits would be 'how does a US 3* restaurant compare with those in Europe?' We shouldn't have worried. Daniel is as close to perfection as you get. From the welcome, through the bar into the restaurant, the service and the food nothing fell short. To make it worse 1 diner was on crutches and the other had a food allergy; neither were issues to the staff or the kitchen and both front and back of house went the extra mile to accommodate our 'issues' without making a fuss or shrugging their shoulders. What the staff did was ENGAGE and provide service while at the same time communicating a passion and pride for where they worked. Doesn't get better than that.
The food was extraordinary, original and exciting. The portion size (for a European) right on the money and to our eyes it seemed amazing value. We certainly couldn't have gone to the Manoir or the Waterside or the Fat Duck for anything close to what we paid.
Would we return? In a heartbeat.
Thank you.

  • Visited February 2014
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