ZEAST: Daniel, NYC / by zhaophotography

One of the reason why we wanted to visit NYC on our East Coast trip was to try out some more restaurants on the Pellegrino Top 50 restaurant list.  Night #2 in NYC brought us to Daniel.  Our dear friend Stephane of ZenCanCook.com hooked us up with these sweet reservations at Daniel and on top of that, we were also dining with fellow food blogger, Marc of NoRecipes.com fame and his wife.  Upon our entrance, we spotted Daniel Boulud himself, and I want to say he gave us a nod and a smile (probably b/c I was staring and giggling like a schoolgirl).

After sitting down and getting acquainted again after meeting in Kyoto last year, we each ordered a 3 course pre-fixe meal which came with some extra dishes from the chef.  This time, I'll just let the pictures do the talking.

Amuse Trio

Pea Soup

TRIO OF SPANISH MACKEREL Warm with Cumin, Carrot Mousseline, Tartar with North Star Caviar, Poached with White Wine Gelée; PEEKYTOE CRAB SALAD, WITH SWEET PEPPER VINAIGRETTE Hawaiian Hearts of Palm, Tarragon Oil, Young Fennel

I'll be honest, I don't remember what this was, but it sure was tasty :)

SLOW BAKED STRIPED BASS Fricassée of Satur Farms Carrots, Tagliashe Olives, Parsley Salad, Mustard Jus; GAME BIRD Creamed Spinach, Cherry, Apple

CHOCOLATE AND PEANUT BUTTER GANACHE Praliné Feuilletine, Caramel Ice Cream; VERBENA POACHED DOUGHNUT PEACHES Financier Biscuit, Hugel Riesling Sorbet

STRAWBERRIES IN CITRUS Mascarpone Cream, Almond Sponge, Lemon-Limoncello Sorbet; MIGNARDISE

Dining at Daniel - check! Up next is Le Bernadin.  I am enjoying this ZEAST!!

Daniel 60 E. 65th Street New York, NYC 10065 212.288.0033 http://www.danielnyc.com