Daniel’s Restaurant, New York: Finally a Michelin that doesn’t disappoint us!

To close this first day of visit and to continue to celebrate my wife’s birthday, I had booked at the restaurant Daniel, which I already knew.

As a reminder, here is the itinerary followed:

1DiaryLong weekend in New York
2LoungeBritish Airways Concorde Room, Londres Heathrow T5
3FlightBritish Airways First, Londres Heathrow – New-York JFK, Boeing 777-200
4HotelThe New-York EDITION, Loft Suite
5DiaryNew-York J1, Midtown
6RestaurantRestaurant Daniel, New-York
7DiaryNew-York J2, Brooklyn
8DiaryNew-York J3, Soho
9DiaryNew-York J4, Central Park
10LoungeBritish Airways Concorde Room, New-York JFK T7
11FlightBritish Airways First Suite, New-York JFK – Londres Heathrow, Boeing 777-300
Today’s itinerary

The concept

The concept is quite simple: it is a French gastronomic restaurant, the signature restaurant of the now famous and media-friendly chef Daniel Boulud.


I had dined there more than ten years ago with my best friend Olivier and had kept an excellent memory of it.

The setting

As is often the case in the United States, the dining room is a bit dated. But that’s not the only reason to come, is it? The whole is nevertheless in a perfect state of maintenance.


The menu

The menu is quite complex: it is possible to choose a tasting menu or a menu called Fixed Price, which is in fact an a la carte menu where you can choose among starters, main courses and desserts.


This is one of the reasons why I chose this restaurant: we are a bit jaded with tasting menus, sometimes nauseating or with combinations of tastes we don’t appreciate as much.


The meal and the dishes

Here are the dishes we ordered:

Chartreuse cocktail : excellent


Amuse bouche around leek : successful


Bordier’s bread and butter wreath: a slaughter, we’ll ask for it again and again


Snails : incredible presentation, the tastes are perfect the snails are superbly cooked


Foie gras: superb presentation and preparation in front of the customer – Result : a little disappointed because foie gras not well denervated and a little too sweet for my taste


Venison : excellent but no more appetite


Matcha Tropezienne pie: good but not really in the codes of the Tropeziennes


Excellent and well worked sweets


Madeleines to die for


The service

The service is attentive without being too formal. And the pace is fast enough not to fall asleep

The atmosphere

My wife and I enjoy commenting on what is going on around us. And in the United States, you have the best possible people watching in the world. That’s the American advantage: you can go from evening gown to sweatpants by turning your head.

Bottom line

A very good experience for this 2* Michelin.

Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.

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