Savor award-winning chef Daniel Boulud's seasonal French cuisine inspired by the market in the sumptuous Venetian Renaissance style dining room or in the Bellecour Room, available for private parties.
To ensure the excellence of his cuisine, Daniel Boulud has established a kitchen brigade trained in the French tradition respecting the techniques, hierarchy and discipline of their trade. American-born Executive Chef Alex Lee, with Daniel since 1993, directs a team of three devoted Sous Chefs: Cyrille Allannic, Olivier Reginensi, and Patrice Martineau as well as Bruno Bertin orchestrating Feast and Fêtes catering. Together they orchestrate the efforts of 40 cooks representing a rich array of cultures and nationalities working together in 4000 square feet of state of the art kitchen designed by Daniel Boulud himself.
There is no easy way to categorise Daniel Bolud's cooking, so we offer this sample by season:
In winter, Chef Daniel Boulud celebrates black truffles from Perigord in dishes such as: Maine Sea Scallops Layered with Black Truffle in Golden Puff Pastry or Roasted Squab Stuffed with Foie Gras and Black Truffle, Winter Vegetables and Chestnuts.
Spring is celebrated with a focus on asparagus, morels and delicate peas. Bolud highlights them on his menu with his celebrated Asparagus, Lobster and Artichoke Salad with Fresh Hearts of Palm and Meyer Lemon Dressing; Chilled Five Pea Soup with a Rosemary-Infused Cream, Bacon and Crisp Croutons; or finally, Morels with Duck and Foie Gras Stuffing.
Summer comes to life on Daniel Boulud's menu with fragrant tomatoes, chanterelles and local sweet corn. He adds his own personal touch to them in Chilled Summer Tomato Gelée with Opal Basil, Peekytoe Crabmeat and Spicy Avocado; Roasted Tuna with Country Bacon, Chanterelles and Truffled Beef Jus; or Corn Crêpes Filled with Chanterelles, Farmers' Market Vegetables and Chives.
During the autumn months, the fragrant, earthy white truffles of northern Italy inspire the chef as he shaves them over luxuriant Risotto with Porcini or enhances a dish of Braised Turnips Stuffed with Pigs Feet and Fall Mushrooms with White Truffle Sauce.
Restaurant Daniel is located in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan. How best to describe one of the most famous neighborhoods in the United States? Aside from the extreme concentration of the rich and the famous, their opulent dwellings, and the army of doormen, butlers and chauffeurs who serve them, the Upper East Side is also a showcase for some of America’s finest cultural establishments. Walk along Fifth Avenue’s Museum Mile which features a veritable plethora of artistic and cultural institutions. For some of the best contemporary art collections, visit the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum and the recently renovated cylindrical wonder that is the Guggenheim. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Guggenheim has always prided itself on being home to innovative and at times controversial works of art since its inception in 1959. There’s also the Jewish Museum, one of the world's largest and most important institutions devoted to exploring the remarkable scope and diversity of Jewish culture. Of course, no visit to Museum Mile would be complete without to the city’s crown jewel, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Many special exhibits complement the permanent displays at the Met, yet the collection is so vast that the huge storage areas under Central Park are bursting with pictures, sculptures and other objects d’art. From rare, ancient Egyptian relics to medieval coats of armor to a costume gallery that spans seven centuries it’s almost impossible to see everything in one visit, so multiple trips may be necessary. In addition, visit the nearby Whitney Museum of American Art and see thousands of works of art including collections by seminal artists such as Edward Hopper, Alexander Calder and Reginald Marsh. The Asia Society Museum, and Frick Collection are also nearby. The official residence of New York City’s mayor, Gracie Mansion, is at the northern end of Carl Schurz Park on 89th Street. The main floor of the mansion is open to the public and is a showcase for art and antiques created by New York designers, cabinetmakers, painters and sculptors. Tours must be reserved in advance however. From glamorous Fifth and Park Avenues to the fashionable townhouses in the East Sixties, Seventies and Eighties, there are too many noteworthy addresses to list, but a veritable Who’s Who of American society can be found here and if you’re lucky, you might even get a glimpse of it. For your best bet, try dinner at Elaine’s. While the food is essentially secondary to the patronage, it remains a great spot for celeb-spotting. Named after its famed, cantankerous owner who can still be spotted their nearly every night attending to customers, the casual bistro is a frequented by a high celebrity clientele and counts Woody Allen, Michael Caine and Jackie Onassis among its devotees. Good luck getting a reservation. If it's fresh seafood you're craving try Atlantic Grill. Sample the daily selection of oysters and clams on the half shell from the raw bar. Or try their unique take on sushi and sashimi. Restaurant Daniel is another great dining option renowned for its award-winning French cuisine and elegant atmosphere. The Upper East Side is also home to some of the most luxurious hotels in New York. There's the classic Carlyle, which has been called home by leaders in world affairs, business, society, entertainment and the arts since its debut in 1930. The Carlyle remains a landmark of elegance and refined taste. Other prestigious hotels in the area include The Mark, which has been cited as one of the top 100 U.S. and Canada hotels in a Travel + Leisure's readers' poll and the sophisticated Lowell. A bit further south at the southeastern corner of Central Park, of course there's the most legendary hotel of them all, The Plaza, which set the standard for luxury when it opened over a century ago. The tradition continues following a recently completed $400 million, two-year renovation. The passion and uncompromising service, which made the hotel a legend, has returned with a new and contemporary spirit.
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