Daniel - Lounge Seating

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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.

Please inquire for seated parties up to 27 guests in our Lounge.
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JR
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food = fabulous. Service = impeccable. Presentation = spectacular.

FM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meal that I have had. Daniel deserves a third Michelin star in my opinion as I see its overall performance at par with the three stars that I have visited in the past.

JE
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a wonderful experience. The food (we had the four-course prix fixe with a wine flight) was extraordinary, the service was urbane and polished without being stuffy--maybe the best we've ever encountered--and the atmosphere was extremely pleasant, comfortable and quiet, with well-spaced tables that allowed for easy conversation. Of course it's expensive, but it's worth every penny.

b
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a great evening at Daniel. The food, service and ambience were perfect. The duck foie terrine, legumes d'ete, cochon de lait and cerise were perfect. While I had the four course meal, my wife ordered the waygu ala carte. All courses were prepared and presented perfectly. We are looking forward to our next visit!

KH
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was warm, friendly and personalized. They personalized the menu for my mother's birthday, which was a very nice touch, and beautifully decorated a birthday dessert plate.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don’t expect the waiters and hostess to be so nice! Our waiter was OUTSTANDING in every way possible. Tact, charm, delight at us discovering the vibe. And then gave us a tour of the space and that was beyond!
I left there with the biggest smile on my face! And a full belly of great food!

GD
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, taste, plating, and wine pairings! Definitely a two star Michelin restaurant!

ML
Omaha
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service impeccable. What a wonderful experience!

AV
Savannah
9 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Very disappointing dinner. Expected too much probably.
Service was perfect. Food not so much. Something was missing - taste.... Everything looked good and that’s where it ended, almost nothing was outstanding or really tasty.
Sorry Daniel, I don’t like to write negative reviews, but this is the truth. When I go to good restaurant, I expect tasty, good food. A lot of hard work was put into it, I can tell, but at the end if the food tasted bland, what is the point?

ED
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An all around excellent experience. From the first rate service to some of the finest food found in any restaurant. A must for anyone who values a 5-star experience.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I had my birthday dinner here at the lounge. We chose the lounge because we wanted to modify our order options. We were seated next to a lamp which gave us more lighting.
I ordered the 4 course and my boyfriend ordered the 3 course. We were able to pick from a small selection. Everything was delicious and exceeded all expectations we had. Even better because it was my first time at a high end French restaurant, even better, my first Michelin star experience.
Our server Allan dis an excellent job making us feel comfortable. Food came at a reasonable speed, we were stuffed at the end! Our top too favorite was the Cashew dessert! Amazing.
We would definitely go back again. One downside was one person was talking a little bit too loud for the intimate setting at the lounge.

N
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Our waiter(s) were extremely attentive and the food was perfect. Even got a tour of the kitchen and met Daniel. It was over the top incredible

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great the way they acknowledged our anniversary with a beautiful dessert and happy anniversary written in the plate

RS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply awesome.

e
Raleigh
25 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If you've never been to places like Daniel, Per Se, Jean Georges, Eleven Madison Park, the food is always the star, but the service is what sets them apart. You expect great service, and Daniel still seems to outperform expectations. You are waited on by several different people through your meal, and every one of them brings his/her own personality and expertise into your experience.
The tasting menu and the service were both outstanding. The only unusual thing I found was whoever designed the men's room sinks didn't allow enough room between the spout and the sink, so your hands end up touching the sink when you're washing up. Hopefully, this person is no longer designing sinks :-)
Highest recommendation for a romantic dinner, a celebration, or just to treat yourself.

DS
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did not end up eating in the lounge. The couches were not really comfortable for eating dinner. We asked to be seated in the dining room and had the most amazing experience. It was everything you would imagine a Michelin rated restaurant to be. We did the 7 course tasting and I had the higher tier wine pairing. Every bite and sip were perfect. The wait staff was incredibly knowledgeable and explained every course and every wine. When I expressed a particular fondness for one of the wines I tasted, the waiter poured a little more... It was a special night for a special occasion and we were not disappointed.

JT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is extraordinary. The food, the service, and ambiance was and is absolutely spot on. My wife and I were so impressed with every aspect of our experience. The service staff was exceptional and the food was as well.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Food was incredible. Service was impeccable. Even got to meet Daniel Boulud who was so very nice

OT
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A truly exceptional dining experience for the perfect birthday dinner! We went for the four course tasting menu and every single dish they brought out was really incredible. Prices are high but far from outrageous for the NYC market and certainly well worth the little splurge for a special occasion or date. They also offer an extensive wine list that to our surprise still offered a decent selection in the sub $200 price category. Was a little concerned that we might be neglected/dismissed in the “lounge seating” but that was absolutely not the case and all the waitstaff were highly attentive. We’ve finally found a NYC restaurant that lives up to the hype and will definitely be visiting again!

MK
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was incredible. Service was spectacular. Sommelier didn’t seem terribly knowledgeable or really care what we were looking for. He convinced us to go for a $300 bottle which was good of course but not what we were looking for. After the fact I was disappointed in myself for just going with his suggestion.

c
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the best meal we have ever had and that includes Europe! The lounge is the place to be since it is less formal than the dining room and very comfortable with exquisite service. This dinner was absolutely worth the price. Perfect meal, complimentary second dessert (birthday), warm madeleines and canelles to take home for breakfast. And as a bonus, a printed menu with our dinner and wine choices given to us upon departure. FABULOUS.

Z
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

We are sorry to say that our first time at Daniel on Saturday June 22nd did not bring us the experience that we expected. The environment was cozy. However, as first-time comers, we are not familiar with your menu and how things work. It’d make us feel more at ease if a clear explanation of your menu was offered. We expressed our interest to start with the cocktails. Since both of us are not even social drinkers, we asked a waiter to explain the cocktails. He was kind and nice, but did not seem to be knowledgeable enough or able to provide what we needed to know. When we were given the dinner menu, knowing how it works seemed to be assumed by the waiter and it was not explained clearly. It’d give us a warmer feeling if we were asked if we had any questions. We did not realize how much time had passed. When our unfinished desert plates were taken away without asking us if we were done, we felt uncomfortable. We would very much appreciate if someone could let us know that the table was being waited. We would be very happy to cooperate.
Even though we did not feel welcomed and attended well, a staff/waiter who gave out bread that evening, made a big contrast of our experience. His smiles and warm attention whenever he came around our table gave us a sense of relief and comfort.

LS
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Halibut was possibly the best thing I have ever eaten!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

Waiter was not gracious perhaps because we were not VIP clients even though in fact we are. Unfortunate that some personnel are jaded rather than elegant in their attitudes. Having attended numerous banquets and evenings there was disappointed.

RH
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely stunning, can not recommend more

J
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was great with the observation that perhaps the lounge could use an update in decor....felt old and sort of damp

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Went there to celebrate my wife's birthday and it was a great from start to finish. Most importantly she felt fantastic and the team made her feel super. The food was good.. it's my first time to such an experience and the food.. while immaculate and superb in presentation and taste.. was huge by size as well (May be I'm just not used to this and the long waits between courses) but these are subjective. Overall 5 star or more for the way my wife was treated.. and for making our occasion truly special. Even their little giveaways...let the Daniel taste longer on after leaving the restaurant.

k
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way. Food and service were 5 star

KW
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and experience as always, although service was a bit slow this time, feeling a bit ignored compared to nearby tables arriving later, and initial wine taking far too long to arrive. Unusual for Daniel, but noticeable this time. Perhaps short staffed this evening?

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great

K
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Restaurant Daniel made our 5th wedding anniversary special with delicious, beautifully presented food and excellent service as usual. I've dined in the dining room twice and this was the first in the lounge seating area - they did not disappoint. They brought out an extra dessert and printed special menus to commemorate our anniversary, which was a nice personal touch. It was even more special as it was the first dinner post my husband's cancer surgery so we appreciated them making the evening memorable!

d
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Very nice place, extensive wine list but very $$$$$ wait staff was awesome!

Y
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having just returned from Paris, I felt like my holiday was extended! Terrific food, service was impeccable, wine pairing with 4 course menu was perfect. The team was extremely attentive and celebrated with us. The meal was pricey but oh so worth it. I also like the lounge seating area which is a little less formal but perfect for a romantic evening.

MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daniel NEVER fails to deliver anything other than a memorable fine dining experience.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful dinner party for 30th birthday - very special

RB
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Experience.
Definitely going back

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food but very “safe”, I’ve hoped they would experiment a little bit more and surprise their guests. Because of that we thought the restaurant was to expensive compared to the value.

Otherwise great service and ambience.

JO
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Spectacular food with service that you would expect!

BH
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The service was phenomenal; very attentive. The value for the quality of the food was poor.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience in the lounge, we so enjoyed the lovely service, especially from our waiter Greg who took wonderful care of us and made the meal very fun. The food is spectacular and the desserts are stuff of dreams. Daniel is the best... thank you for a wonderful celebration for my sister’s birthday.

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