4 Days in New York City - 9/8 - 9/11

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Day 4 - Daniel - 9/11/13

Daniel is 3 Michelin Star French restaurant located on the Upper East Side in Manhattan.  It is owned and run by French celebrity chef Daniel Boulud who is a world-renowned French chef.

Boulud was raised on his family’s farm in the village of St Pierre de Chandieu, and he remains inspired by the rhythm of the seasons and menus driven by fine ingredients. Since arriving in the US in 1982, Boulud has become renowned for the contemporary appeal he adds to soulful cooking rooted in French tradition. He owns prestigious restaurants in New York, Miami, Palm Beach, London, Vancouver, and Singapore. He has won James Beard Foundation awards for "Outstanding Restaurant" (for Daniel in 2010), "Outstanding Restaurateur" in  2006, "Best Chef, New York City" in 1992, and "Outstanding Chef of the Year" in 1994. The French Government made him a Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur in 2006.  Daniel has been named “one of the ten best restaurants in the world” by the International Herald Tribune, received Gourmet Magazine’s “Top Table” award and a coveted four star rating from The New York Times. Daniel is turning 20 this year (2013) and during these 20 years he maintained a four star rating from The New York Times but in July of this year critic Pete Wells knocked it down a star (click on link to read article) after seeing a discrepancy in how chef Daniel Boulud's famed dining room treats its famous and lesser known customers.

With Daniel off the list, there are now only five restaurants in New York City with four-star reviews from The New York Times: Per Se, Del Posto, Eleven Madison Mark, Jean Georges, and Le Bernardin (we had lunch there recently).

Walking toward Daniel located at 60 East 65th Street (between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue), on the Upper East Side in Manhattan.


Daniel's Sign


Hoa and I in front of the restaurant.

The dress code at Daniel: Jackets required for gentlemen; elegant or business attire.
No jeans, sneakers, shorts, sandals or t-shirts please. No sportswear, flip flops, or baseball caps.


The dinning room was beautiful with white walls, contemporary wrought iron sconces and a centerpiece bookshelf lined with vibrant crystal vases among other curios.

The dinning room feels like Venetian Renaissance style.

The menu with a choice of a three course prix fixe at $119 or a seven course tasting menu at $220.

We selected the Three course menu.


Our table was decorated very simply but was very elegant with a classy and urbane flower arrangement.




The dinning room is sumptuous and rather grand but it is also very inviting and warm.


We were seated on the side and this the view we get of the dinning room.

More views from out table.


Hoa and I

Starting the evening with a nice glass of wine.


ComplimentaryTrio of Amuse bouche


Tuna with  chive oil, pickled radishes & wasabi sauce

Hamachi with northern lights caviar confit with sorrel coulis and yellow beet



The third amuse bouche was a delicious and light crab mousse.

2nd complementary amuse bouche


Chilled asparagus mousse, roasted salted hazelnuts, basil seed, and melon.

Very refreshing and delicious with exotic taste.



The bus boy carried a tray filled of bread and you can select what ever your want.

The bread was amazing!  They are warm and simply delicious with fresh butter.


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