All I can say is wow. Everything at Daniel is like a work of art. From the gracious host who brings you peanuts and cashews while you wait for your table, to the perfect lighting (not too dark, shadows cast perfectly upon the curtains), to the service. The service was flawless, yet untried and effortless. Every plate was delivered with swift grace and removed with even more discrete aplomb. The service was world class. If figure skating is art, the army of dining room help at Daniel make table service equally artistically expressive. And there was NO Pretension at all. Everyone was down-to-earth.
And the food!!!! Amazing to say the least. Every different dish at Daniel brings with it a unique aroma. I'm not kidding when I say I felt the aroma from each dish wafted upwards past my shoulders for each and every dish. As a wine connoisseur is alert to the smell of different wines, be alert to the beautiful aromas of each different dish at Daniel. Even the breads had different delicious aroma's.
Favorite Dish: At Daniel, you will be treated to a three level tower of appetizers immediately upon being seated. My guest and I each ordered the 3 course prix fixe meal at $92 per person. Glasses of wine ranged from $15-$28 and you have to ask for the special "by the glass wine menu". Otherwise, select for yourself a bottle of wine from one of two books they deliver to your table: red or white? Prices go as high as $15,000/bottle.
My three course meal included one appetizer, one dessert, and one entree. Our waiter gave us an extra dessert on the house too.
Also, ask your server for a kitchen tour. Perhaps you can get a chance to meet Daniel face to face. They have quite a show going on in their 4,000 square foot state of the art kitchen.
Zagats 2006: 28/30 Food
New York Times: 4/4 stars
Michelin 2006: 2/3 stars
From the moment you walk through the door, be prepared to be treated like royalty. Go a bit early so you can have a drink in the lounge area. I had an outrageously good fig martini. At least three people are waiting on you at all times. The staff speaks many languages and all deserve the highest praise.
The dining room is stunningly beautiful. The table clothes and napkins are perfectly starched. The feeling is glamour but not pretention.
There are tasting menus which I highly recommend. Choose from three, four, or a five course with accompanying wine if you like.
We had dinner for approximately 2 1/2 hours - very French, very romantic. Every detail was carefully thought out.
This is a special place that some lucky bastards get to enjoy on a regular basis.
Favorite Dish: Summer menu
Tasting of Heirloom Tomatoes and
Paupiette of Black Sea Bass in a Crisp Potato Shell
with Tender Leeks and a Syrah Sauce
(available year round I believe)
You have to save room for dessert. We were served small cups of various intensely flavored sweet "soups". Some were foamy - I don't even know how to describe them.
Make a reservation for Daniel, get dressed up (make sure your credit card isn't overdrawn) and have a culinary experience like no other. Once in a blue moon, it's definitely worth paying this much money on a meal.
Favorite Dish: Try their tasting menus (the whole table has to do it) to get a good sampling of their food. Easy on the wine and drinks- that's what could take a 3-digit dinner for a small group into 4-digits!
When you're eating dinner in Danal, you'd never know you're sitting int the middle of the East Villag in NYC.You are transported to Provence. It is a cozy little spot on E. 10th st, that has been made to feel like a cottage in France.There is an upstaris with a fireplace, a back patio, and tables that are not on top of each other. Something different for New York restaurants. The food is fantastic. A very small menu that changes daily, depending on what specialties they can find. And a great wine list to go with it. A great romantic place!
Favorite Dish: Sardines and grilled whole fish