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60 E. 65th St. (Madison & Park Aves.) Send to Phone
212-288-0033 | Menu
Daniel Boulud's French contemporary cuisine floats like a butterfly.   Daniel Boulud was GAYOT's 2014 Best Restaurateur in the U.S.

Open Mon.-Sat. 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

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Daniel, New York, NY

Daniel Restaurant Review

About the restaurant: 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 earns rave reviews, and a who's who cast of guests assembles to enjoy the show.

About the décor: Adam Tihany is responsible for the design 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 presents its own menu, while The Bellecour Room provides a setting for private dining. 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.

About the food: 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 ($250, plus optional wine pairings for $135 or $225) may start off with Four Story Hill Farm poularde and foie gras mosaic with daikon radish, peppercress salad, beach plum coulis and hazelnut oil. The meal might continue with grilled ora king salmon with sumac, black venere rice, butternut squash and "sauce Genevoise," and Scharbauer Ranch Wagyu strip tenderloin, braised red cabbage with smoked brisket, yams, perilla seeds and "sauce bordelaise." Other menu options, including a four-course prix-fixe ($158) and three-course prix-fixe pre-theatre menu ($135), are also available. After pastry chef Ghaya F. Oliveira's desserts, perhaps a take on the classic pecan pie, the intricate petits fours are always delightful.

About the wine: Head sommelier Raj Vaidya will help you choose from the wine list that boasts more than 25,000 bottles.
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