We learned the lesson in 2019 on Valentine’s Day that if you want to celebrate at one of these fancy NYC restaurants, you need to secure your spot early and be prepared for a ridiculously expensive menu. So, in 2020, we decided to postpone our Valentine’s Day celebration to a usual Tuesday at Daniel.
Tucked away on the Upper East Side, on 60th street between Park and Madison, Daniel is one of the fifteen restaurants owned and managed by Chef Daniel Boulud. This Michelin two-star restaurant features contemporary, seasonal French cuisine in a setting that combines striking neoclassical architecture with elegant modern furnishings.
The menu here is a symphony of the seasons, inspired by the traditions of French culinary heritage. You can enjoy a four-course prix-fixe for $158 or a seven-course tasting menu for $250. There are also wine pairings available with a price of $82 or $142 for dinner and $135 or $225 for the tasting menu.
The revolving doors led us to the hotel-like lobby of Daniel, where we were greeted by our host. “Sir, your table is almost ready. Do you prefer banquets or regular tables?” “Anywhere that’s quiet and away from the crowd,” I answered determinedly. Yes, when it comes to fine dining, the last thing I want to hear is other people’s conversation.