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.