Which is best: Daniel, Chanterelle, Le Cirque 2000?
We want to have a superlative meal and we're trying to decide which restaurant to go to, Daniel, Chanterelle, or Le Cirque 2000. Quality of the food, followed by service, are the two requisites. Anyone out there with an opinion? Should we try Lespinasse with Delouvrier instead? Other suggestions?
Haven't eaten at Daniel, but Chanterelle and Le Cirque
are both terrific. Chanterelle would be the better of
the two, I think. However, for what I consider to be
the best fancy-schmancy meal in town, I'd say it's
Lutece, hands down. The food is superb and the
service is the same.
Between the initial three, Daniel is the best. Le
Cirque 2000 is very good, but not superlative. The
decor can be fun though. Chanterelle is fantastic, no
complaints at all. But for the best NYC has to offer
in French food you must go to Daniel.
When there you must order the most expensive tasing
menu, $120 I believe. You are going to spend a lot
whatever you do, so you may as well go all the way.
It is even better if you request that each cource is
different for each person. They are also very
accommodating if someone does not eat certain foods.
The service is excellent. Wine is a little tricky if
on a budget, but they do have some nice choices for
under $100. The only real problem is the decor. They
spent a lot of money on the interior, but didn't get
much in return.
Overall, though, it is a wondeful experience. Albeit
I've never been to those you mention but where
attention to service AND quality of food is concerned
I can't imagine anyone cares more or carries it off
better than Danny Meyer. Of his four restaurants I
know two. I just had a fabulous meal at Tabla.
Grammercy Tavern is superb in every way. Babbo, too,
of course is wonderful, but I've heard some unhappy
things from time to time about the service. Wherever
you go, let us all hear. pat
Superlative meal? The fried chicken, salmon cakes,
collard greens, and potato salad at Charles Southern
Kitchen and All You Can Eat Buffet on 151st and 8th.
No doubt about it.
Of course, the ambiance is a little different from Le
Cirque and the wine list is not as extensive...
re: Jake Klisivitch
Jake--Charles has, alas, gone downhill. Too busy, not spending enough time cooking personally, having helper
problems, cutting corners, etc etc. Mac and cheese is starchy/overcooked, chicken is merely good (frying and battering not being done carefully), collards
taste burnt. It's happened twice in a row.
I even met a non-friendly customer there. Zeitgeist.
re: Jake Klisivitch
Thanks for all the suggestions. I think the Daniel's have it. We ate at Jean-Georges too recently; I was disappointed at Lutece; and Chanterelle is not consistent enough in our experience. It's too bad about the Harlem cafeteria; the days of good cheap feasting are disappearing in this city.
re: Andrew Coe
"the days of good cheap feasting are disappearing in this city."
I'm not sure about "cheap" (I generally just try to eat the best I possibly can, and fortunately for my budget I don't crave foie gras and champagne more than once every couple of months), but there's always been overwhelming amounts of wonderful off-the-beaten-track cooking being done in NYC, and always will be. Shoot, just take a look through these message boards; over ten thousand postings about places to eat, many of them worth getting excited about! And we're only scratching the surface.
Yes, the scene keeps changing and old favorites are constantly breaking our hearts, but there's always new treasure (and hidden old treasure) waiting to be sniffed out. The sum total remains the same; I suppose the "Conservation of Chow" law applies.