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Daniel - Lounge Seating
Daniel - Lounge Seating

Daniel - Lounge Seating Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.danielnyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 288-0033
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Saturday, 5:30pm - 10:45pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Daniel Boulud
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine
  • Catering: Feast & Fêtes is Daniel’s exclusive catering company. It provides Daniel’s sumptuous cuisine combined with personalized service and attention to every detail of your off-premise entertaining needs. Call Jean Christophe Le Picart at 212.737.2224.
  • Private Party Facilities: Custom menus, personalized for your occasion, are required for parties of 8 or more.
  • Private Party Contact: Joan Chiang (212) 933-5261

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Park Avenue
  • Public Transit: 68th Street stop, #6 Train.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There are also parking garages on 65th St. between Madison, Park and Lexington Avenues.
A word from Daniel - Lounge Seating
Experience The Lounge at DANIEL, another side of Chef Daniel Boulud’s renowned Manhattan restaurant. Equally as distinctive as the main dining room, The Lounge offers the same service and cuisine as our main dining room. Complete prix-fixe and tasting menus are available, along with à la carte options not available in our dining room. Savor an imitable fine dining experience or drop in for an appetizer, cocktail, or a late night dessert with Champagne. Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent as always and a most pleasant dining experience!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "While not as beautiful as the main dining room,the lounge is comfortable,small and quiet( unless of course,the noisy investment banker happens to sit next to you). The food is the same wonderful quality as the main room and the service Wednesday night was extraordinary"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Not one thing I didn't like. Food, service, everything was perfect!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Having dined here for my first time, I can now say that this restaurant lives up to all the hype STILL. What a treat and real pleasure to experience dishes like those we had. Presented simply and beautifully, but needing a thousand words to describe the flavors and textures had my wife and I talking all night, and the following day. To speak of one dish as a favorite, I just don't think it's possible. The Borneo Vacherin topped off, and cooled down, what was an explosion of flavors throughout the many courses. With regard to the lounge; while the dining room is spectacular, I really appreciate the quaint coziness of the lounge seating. I know that I will never wait for a special occassion to visit Restaurant Daniel again. Simply divine."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Dined at Daniel in Lounge and 2 meals at Cafe Boulud. All outstanding. Curiously, we left Daniel around midnight July 3 and went to our hotel. About 2 hours later Citibank sent me a fraud alert that someone had used my Mastercard and tried to charge a $9400 flight on Lufthansa. It could have been a number of merchants, but it was so close in time to my meal at Daniel that it at least made me wonder if one of the waiters had written down the number and security code. Again, it could have been anyone but it just happened in close proximity to my meal and I pass this on only for anecdotal reference in the event Daniel receives any similar notifications along these lines (as I would want that info if I owned the restaurant)."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "This was our daughters first experience of fine dining Michelin style. The staff explained everything without and hint of being condescending. We were unsure our daughter had made the right choice for herself and we choose her starter for her based on her likes and dislikes. The maître'd assured her that if she didn't like it he would change it immediately. They aren't just paying lip service to their comments, they really do want you to have an exceptional dining experience. We had the most beautifully presented meal which tasted wonderful."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "It's simply stunning. The service was superbly friendly and the staff good at explaining the food and wines etc."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Each time we visit Daniel we are blown away. First time we sat in the lounge and it was every bit of great as the main dining room. The food was remarkable and our sommelier was extraordinary."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I had a reservation at 8:45 on Thursday night in the lounge. It was supposed to be for 2 people, but had a friend in town unexpectedly. The hostess changed the reservation to 3 with no problem, and was extremely polite and more than happy to help. We all enjoyed one of the best meals of our lives. The food was outstanding, the service was impeccable - extremely polite, accommodating, and fun. I had the Mayfair tasting menu. I wished the Abalone never ended. The second amuse bouche was one of the best dishes I have ever eaten. I recommendation for the 2 glasses of wine I sipped on during dinner was spot on. I do not like cheese. The waiter was happy to offer to substitute the mango dessert from the Bellecour menu for the cheese selection."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Our meals were well-prepared and wonderfully delicious - my husband's abalone appetizer was particularly superb. His choice of succulent pig and my duo of beef were wonderful. Desserts - chocolate guanaja especially were wonderful! Service was impeccable and very attentive."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I guess the French don't kid around when it comes to leisurely meals. Overall experience was excellent - food superb and service attentive. We just didn't expect a 2+ hour meal, but it's worth it if that's what you're looking for. It took about 30 minutes before we got a menu, they were focused on drinks. The wine list was overwhelming and I'm sure they would have provided recommendations had we asked. We did the 3 course prix fixe menu. Husband and I enjoyed everything. In between courses they would bring samples of small dishes, all superb and very fun to try. During dessert, they brought out petit fours throughout and it was lovely. Their madeleines are very delicious. Overall great experience and worth a try."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "When you find your way into an establishment like Daniel, your faith in food and the finer side of life is restored. Can most people afford this experience? No- nor can I- but it is worth every hard earned penny to pamper yourself with experience like Daniel. Wine list is well organized by region with a delightful som who honed in on a great bottle that met all my needs. The service was flawless as was every bite of food. The Beef Duo is worth all the hype- like no other short rib I've ever had."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "It's only natural to expect an out-of-this-world experience when you go to a place like this. Perhaps, had we ordered from the tasting menu, we would have had a chance to see true masterpiece dishes. But we ordered from the a la carte menu, and nothing seemed to have made the earth move. The service was impeccable. As for food, neither the presentation, nor the flavors were anywhere near 5 stars. The lounge sitting should not be an option for dinner. Yes, it has the same menu choices and the same outstanding service but the ambiance is simply non-existent."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Comparable to the best of Paris. Save the airfare and the hassle - but book a month in advance to get the date and time you want. The lounge was cozier, maybe even cheaper, but don't trouble yourself about it."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Disappointed. Expected French Laundry quality food and found that there were too many missteps."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Excellent in all respects! Great service, food and hospitality. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "OK, Daniel is not cheap, let me get that out of the way first. And, I my net worth was easily a fraction of the other patrons there. BUT if you really love food and you appreciate an out of this world dining experience, then Daniel is worth saving up for. Would I eat there even twice a year? Maybe not, but even though I broke the bank, I feel like I got every penny back in value. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Food was superb, service was great, seating at the lounge not so much for a complete dinner. Tables not comfortable for long time seating!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "My husband and I were in NYC for the weekend and were able to get reservations in the Lounge at Daniel. I had dined in the main dining room previously and wondered if the lounge experience would be comparable. The menu is the same, as is the outstanding service and wine list. The service is still quite formal but impeccable. The entire staff is so well-trained in providing you with an outstanding experience without getting in the way. They are able to make suggestions on the menu and the timing was flawless. We did the 3 course prix fix menu, and the only problem was making a decision on what to order. Helpful waiters, fantastic preparation of entrees and delightful wine pairing. We will return - perfect. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Don't get me wrong, it was good but I have had French food all over the world & it doesn't sit amongst the elite. Service was good; I didn't like the dessert range but the wine choices were vast. Overall I was content."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "We were there for an anniversary everything was right on. Can't say more"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Little more can be said--everything was spectacular."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "One very minor complaint about the lounge seating is that the tables and seats are about 1 - 3 inches too low. Fine for a 5'4" person but too low for a 6' foot person and above. Seating was a bit uncomfortable. Food, service, atmosphere were outstanding. "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Romance set at ease, a simply fluid experience! The atmosphere is graceful and completely comfortable. The food was perfect! We decided on the three course prix fixe, but am now wishing we had went all in for the seven course menu instead. The wine pairings were wonderful as well. I will return to for another piece of the culinary delights we were provided here!"
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "Made a special trip whilst visiting New York. The food was rather special - we had the fixed price menu. Staff were very friendly, particularly towards our teenage daughter who really enjoyed the evening. Perhaps had we wanted a romantic meal, they would have been a little less chatty but their friendliness and familiarity were appreciated and made sure our daughter felt included in the whole evening. Definitely our most expensive evening of the trip but it was worth it."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Worth the hype, the amount you'll spend, every minute of your dining experience. Service was exceptional and even on the coursed tasting menu each dish was extremely interesting and put together immaculately! "
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Went for a birthday celebration, had the price fixe menu with wine pairing. Food was excellent and service was outstanding."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "For the value, Daniel is hard to beat on any level. The best kept secret could be a corner table in the lounge area for a pre-theater dinner. "
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Fantastic food, great service, very good wine: a very complete 16th Wedding Anniversary experience. Obviously you have to pay for it but it was worth it."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Due to making a late reservation we were told that main dining room was fully booked but seating was available in the lounge. I love the restaurant so much I decided the lounge would probably be ok. What a surprise! It was much more cozy, the food superb and the service was the best."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Talk about a bad start--we ordered cocktails--one of their menu drinks, but without the lime juice. The waiter told us, after placing the order, that the bartender "didn't want to compromise the integrity of the recipe, so could you make another selection". Really? Why give the customer what they want, when what the bartender's ego is at stake! Realizing that we weren't impressed with being told "no" right from the start, the waiter, to his credit, did try to recover, and eventually, they talked the bartender into lowering his standards and eliminating the lime juice. The meal that followed was as compromised as our drink order---never rising to match the press or the prices. Very ordinary and disappointing."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The service could not be topped. It was so amazing and we felt well cared for in the lounge. Bonus was that we got to meet Chef Boulud."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "More of a special occasion place for mere mortals. Service was particularly exceptional."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The food at Daniel is outstanding, the service so slick it is almost balletic - we found it truly memorable and wonderful. Sadly the evening was slightly ruined by the fact that immediately after I had signed the cheque the waiter asked me if we needed a taxi and pulled the table away from us - I was forced to stand up whilst still sipping the last of my delicious wine. This made us feel that we had been thrown off the end of the conveyor belt ...a shame as everything else was divine!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "The most exquisite dining experience I've ever had. We enjoyed the tasting menu. Service was impeccable! Food spectacular. Pricy. Very pricy, but it was a splurge occasion (35th wedding anniversary) and an unforgettably special night. Wow!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Daniel was outstanding. The best foie gras I have ever experienced before."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Daniel is one of those restaurants that delivers consistently, and its close to perfection. It is the art of food, without the ultra-pretention of so many similarly priced restaurants that take themselves a bit too seriously. The food is sublime and you can actually taste it as the quantities are of the real world….not too big, not too small: Certainly not the microscopic kind you get elsewhere that leaves you embarrassed for the chef. The flavors are rich and complex without being extreme. Some ultra-clever-creative' food combinations elsewhere are downright annoying and not enjoyable. The staff and service are friendly and efficient, and not obsessed with themselves. This ranks as one of the greats in New York, or anywhere."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The food is unusual, complex, beautiful and simply outstanding. We ate in the lounge since we thought we might want to order a la carte instead of fixed price. Everything sounded so good we all (five) ended up ordering the three course menu which came with multiple amuse-bouche and candy and wonderful mini madeleines for desert. The wine list is longer than the bible. The cocktails are is interesting and complex as the food, definitely worth a try. The staff are helpful in offering suggestions. The price, of course, is not for the faint of heart, be prepared to spend your kids' inheritance."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "This was my third visit to Daniel, second time in the lounge. I brought two friends who had never been there. We all agreed that an evening at Daniel is not a prelude to the rest of your evening out, but its own, wonderful experience. The service is impeccable. No matter the need, someone anticipated it. That being said, no one obviously hovered. And though we were there 3 hours, no one rushed us to turn the table. Each course was amazing. The pistachio crusted scallops were tender and rich with flavor. The turbot, despite being a mild fish, had such developed flavors, it was incredible. The foie gras was incredibly rich, in a good way. And the wine pairings paired well, with the sommelier explaining each wine."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "This restaurant is almost worth a trip to NYC on its own! My husband and I came to New York to celebrate his birthday, and I made this our first stop for dinner. What a bar was set by coming here first! Every decorative detail was lovely, the ambiance romantic and comfortable, the food fantastic, and the special dessert touches (including warm madelines) were absolutely charming and flavorful. The waitress, the sommelier, indeed the entire staff were top notch and anticipated our needs before we even asked. I would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant looking for a wonderful experience. This restaurant certainly deserves its 3 stars!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014