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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Daniel

After dessert chocolates
What is your favorite restaurant?  While I have a hard time narrowing down a selection -- a top 20 is much easier to commit to -- if I had to pick a single favorite restaurant, I think that it would have to be Daniel in New York.  Business Insider notes that Daniel is considered one of six world class restaurants in the U.S. and number 11 of 50 in the world.  

What makes a great restaurant?  It is an artistic balance of excellent food, ambiance, and service.  And, any place that gives you a "pre-dessert" definitely gets bonus points. When they also top it off with an after-dessert ... the heart sings "world class."
Pussy-willows at the entrance
The dining room is eclectic ... part Venetian palazzo dotted with colorful modern collage art work and deco French sconces. Mr. Wonderful likes the chandeliers while I think they belong on the set of Battle Star Galactica (the remake). Whatever the design, the best part is that the tables are spaced for privacy and the service is flawless.
Daniel Dining Room, photo from Business Insider
And then there is the memorable meal ...
Three variations on beets

Three variations on wine

Abalone with a white asparagus "forest" clad in horseradish sauce:
Phenomenal

Halibut all dressed up

More dessert
One more note: when I told the captain that I blog, they were only too happy to accommodate my picture taking.





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