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Daniel Boulud’s French contemporary cuisine floats like a butterfly.   Daniel Boulud is GAYOT's 2014 Best Restaurateur in the U.S.
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4.5 rating over 14 reviews
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Daniel Restaurant Review

: Chef extraordinaire and entrepreneur Daniel Boulud oversees more than a dozen restaurants worldwide, of which his eponymous fine dining establishment Daniel is the apex. This well-oiled machine is a grand "dinner-theatre" masterpiece --- the precise staff hits all their cues, the cuisine deserves rave reviews, and a who's who cast of guests assembles to enjoy the show. Adam Tihany is responsible for the remodel of the sprawling dining room. The Spanish artwork of Manolo Valdés trim the walls, subtle shades of soft whites and browns satiate, as do the urbane flower arrangements. The bar and The Bellecour Room offer their own distinct settings and menus, and there's also the “skybox” that overlooks the kitchen operations. This glass-enclosed space is Daniel's office, but it doubles as an exclusive chef's table. The cuisine of Daniel and executive chef Jean-François Bruel beguiles as a blend of informed hominess and truffle-steeped excess. The seven-course tasting menu may start off with chilled Plymouth Rock oysters in sea water gelée. Next up could be sunchoke ravioli with sautéed black trumpet. Continue by savoring the “duo of beef” pairing braised Black Angus short ribs and chestnut purée, and seared Wagyu tenderloin complemented by glazed parsley root and bordelaise sauce. Though this is a French restaurant, Daniel strives to feature local cheeses from places like Vermont, Connecticut and Indiana. After a dessert, perhaps the “almond mousseux,” chocolate marzipan, lemon-praliné sauce and citrus confit ice cream, the intricate petits fours are always delightful. Sommelier Raj Vaidya will help you choose from the wine list that boasts 2,000-plus selections.

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Well deserving of its reputation!
by EatTheCity on Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:41 am
I recently had the pleasure of eating here - bottom line: if you are looking for a destination restaurant look no further, Daniel beats its competition !

The restaurant's dress code is formal and the hostess will tackle you and offer a coat from the house closet if you do not come appropriately dressed!
And now lets go to the food. The menu is prix-fixe, three dishes (a starter, main and dessert), with enough variety to pick something of your liking. For a starter I ordered the seasonal appetizer, a perfectly poached lobster. My main dish was the duo of beef - black Angus short ribs with roasted beets and lentil coulis; This excellent dish came with a service to match. What really sets Daniel apart, are all the extra bites that appear at your table, which fill you up after the relatively small portions. The epic conclusion of the meal is a basket of freshly baked madeleines. After you eat them you’re just going to have to come back for more.
Three star
by krugerfred on Tue Jul 13, 2010 12:56 am
I can't understand how Daniel is regarded as a three star restaurant. We had the taste menu for two. First it was only eight courses - I'm used to at least 12. The selected wines were good but out of the eight courses only one gave me a close "wow" experience. For a three star place all courses should have the "wow" factor! Also one of the courses was ordinary duck/goose liver. Even though it was good I can buy my own can of goose liver.
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