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Ranked #3 of 14,122 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Upper East Side
Cross street: Park Avenue
Transit: 68th Street stop, #6 Train.
Reviewed March 10, 2014

Did the 8 course tasting menu. partner did the one geared toward fish, and i did the meat. Wonderful presentation and the array of flavors were amazing. Service was probably the best ever, and the waiters and sommoliers were always there. We chatted with them and they made us feel welcome. The only issue I had was we did the wine pairing with the menu ($240 for both) and were not thrilled with the quality of the wines. I saw them on the menu and they were the lower end (one was the cheapest). I also stated that we do not like Pinot Noirs and they brought one you could see right through. I reiterated my dislike and they were happy (and prompt) to bring me a Nero D'avola which was much better. The cheese course towards the end was fabulous with the port. It turned into a 4 hour experience, worth the grand it cost for two of us. BTW, need to call when reservations first open up which is 30 days prior. they book up quickly

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Reviewed March 8, 2014

Daniel is simply a MUST if you are a foodie and are visiting NYC. The creativity of presentation, food combinations, and extraordinary service is why this restaurant remains at the upper echelon of eateries.

The sommelier was extremely knowledgeable as expected and did not disappoint with his recommendation. We chose the 3-course menu but I am certain I received at least 6 as the complimentary samplings were as exquisite as the choices we made. The decor is beautiful and immaculate; even museum like in some ways.

The overall service is top-notch. After bringing a food allergy to their attention which did not phase them, thoughtful recommendations were provided as well as several adaptations of the choices on the menu.

Maitre D'Hotel Yannick deserves special recognition. We dined quite early and our show after dinner was cancelled due to weather. Yannick spent quite a bit of time providing unique places to have drinks and take in the scenes. We took his advice and enjoyed a couple of really cool venues.

If you are in NYC for a short trip and must choose between Daniel and Le Bernardin, both are wonderful, but Daniel gets the nod!

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Reviewed March 8, 2014 via mobile

Going to Daniel is simply a unique experience. All your senses are invited to take part in this ballet of food and delights. Service is impeccable and every needs are attended. All the dishes are a new experience of tastes where discovery or re-discovery are the motto. Try everything or anything suggested, it is the kind of place where you cannot be disappointed! Worth every penny.

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Reviewed March 3, 2014

From arrival to departure, Daniel did nothing short of excellent.

Once we arrived, our coats were taken and was guided to our table - a 2 top at the side of the dining room.

We started our meal with 2 amuse bouche - one was a tasting of sweet potato the other was a cauliflower mouse. Very interesting. Our first appetizer was a yuzu flavoured fluke, it was excellent, even that the yuzu part was too subtle to be noticed.

Second appetizer was the cognac flambee fois gras for two. A a pre-seard 2-person portion of fois gras and a cart with all the accoutrements were brought table-side. The maitre'd then flambee'd, cut and served the perfectly prepared liver. We had fois gras in so many places, including some well known land-based restaurants and on ships of Seabourn and Silversea, Daniel's is still the best of all. No wonder why the matire'd told us that the foie gras is one of the most popular choice there.

For main, one of us had suckling pig and, the other had duo of beef. I personally preferred the beef - it was tender and flavourful and the roasted endive was so good that I wished there were more. The suckling pig was very, very good - tender, juicy, but the skin could have been a bit crispier. They did use the Chinese method of pricking the skin with needles to make it crisper, but not crunchy.

Dessert was also very interesting, and we had too many kinds that I couldn't even remember.

Service was the most attentive. Doesn't matter it's water, wine or bread, whenever there is an empty glass or plate, they will come over in a minute to offer refill.

We ordered a bottle of wine, and it was one of those very pale whites. It was hard even for us to distinguish our sparkling water glass and the wine glass. Eventually one of the waiters accidentally poured water into the wine glass. They were horrified of that mistake, even when we told them not to worry about it - everyone makes mistakes and we had enough wine anyway. They couldn't stop sending people over to apologize, kept topping up our wine and gave us an extra dessert, which I didn't realize until the next day.

I always believe that a business should be evaluated by the recovery of their failure, and I would say Daniel performed admirably.

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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.

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