Daniel, New York City

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Daniel is a famous restaurant by renowned chef, Daniel Boulud. It’s located in a beautiful pre-war building on 65th street and Park Avenue, a prime location in the affluent neighborhood of NYC’s Upper East Side. The ambiance of the restaurant is far from being extravagant. It’s elegance and understated luxury are well defined in the details: from matching each fork to each plate, to the perfectly synchronized service, to the impressive wine list and of course, the food itself.
The menu is well balanced and consists of a three course prix fixe, a tasting menu, seasonal specialties and fine caviar. While the tasting menu gives you an overall feel of their cuisine, the three course prix fixe gives you the flexibility to enjoy only the dishes you prefer.

We started with the Maine Lobster Bisque En “Croûte” and the Sauteed Duck Foie Gras with Cara Cara Orange. The lobster bisque was very flavorful with a combination of lobster, artichoke, chive oil and coral cream, it was delicious although a little salty. The foie gras was divine and melted in my mouth like butter. The concoction of foie gras, pickled watermelon radish and Sicilian pistachio was incredible and refreshing. For the main course, we had the Duo of Beef with black Angus short ribs and seared Wagyu tenderloin, paired with oyster mushroom, crispy potato and poached bone marrow. The outer layer of the short ribs was a tiny bit dry, but the seared Wagyu tenderloin was heavenly. We then had the Creamy Risotto with Parmesan and white truffles from Alba, which is a seasonal specialty. The creamy risotto was presented with a layer of Parmesan fluffy foam on top. Then the head waiter along with his assistant, with white glove service, showcased us with a piece of fine white truffle. He let me inspect and smell the truffle, then shaved a generous portion on the risotto. The taste was creamy but not overpowering. It was cooked to perfection.
I had an amazing night at Daniel. I don’t plan to go back anytime soon because it is very expensive, but it is definitely worth to go at least once.

Daniel: 60 East 65th Street, New York, NY 10065. Tel: (212) 288-0033 ‎


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