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French: This Central Park stunner is still sparkling after all these years. First opened in 1993, the fine dining institution has introduced impeccable French fare courtesy of Michelin mainstay Daniel Boulud to two decades of Upper East Side diners. The restaurant received a significant facelife from a 2008 redesign by Adam Tihany (One & Only Cape Town, Dinner London), bringing a fresh energy to a dining room filled with the expense account-wielding, Brioni suit- and Hermes scarf-wearing set . By all counts, Boulud's fare is as unrelenting as ever, with signature dishes like roasted halibut, served with Thai basil and a mellow yogurt-curry sauce, providing an indulgent argument for white tablecloth fine dining.
Best Restaurants: At Daniel, Chef Daniel Boulud uses seasonal inspiration to create an innovative take on traditional French fare. Enjoy signature dishes like Slow Baked Black Sea Bass with Sarawak Pepper and Duo of Beef in an atmosphere of European aristocracy. Daniel's signature style earned the restaurant four stars from the New York Times and three from Michelin 2012. TRAIN: 6 to 68th St-Hunter College
Business Dinner, Upper East Side's Best Restaurants: Renowned chef Daniel Boulud creates magical French cuisine in this luxurious location. This stylish space boasts 18-foot ceilings and exotic limestone columns. Simple foods become exotic dishes under the hand of this creative culinary wizard. Diners can choose from multi-course prix fixe and tasting menus, including a vegetarian option. The bar and lounge offres an à la carte menu. TRAIN: 6 to 68th St-Hunter College
Local Expert Emily Saladino Says:
French: "The new pastry chef, Ghaya Oliviera, gives new reason to ditch the diet. Try her molasses-poached pear, served with cranberry confit and pear-Gewurztraminer sorbet, for a decadent finale."
Best for French Because: Now in its twentieth year, Daniel remains a Michelin-star-studded tour de force and Manhattan institution.
Local Expert Julia Smith Says:
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