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Jean Georges or Daniel? Celebratory dinner

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Hello.

My wife and I are planning on celebrating what will probably be our last few weeks of freedom (our baby is due in August) by splurging on a nice dinner at one of Manhattan's renown restaurants. With Per Se not really being an option, and having dined recently at both Eleven Madison Park and Babbo, we've narrowed down our list to Jean Georges and Daniel. I've scoured the boards and other sites for some insight from others to hopefully steer us in one direction, but have failed. :(

I was hoping to get some help in deciding which restaurant to try, and whether we should go a la carte or order the tasting menu. I guess some people may say that we can't go wrong with either one, but my wife's been through a rough 9 months and I want this to be as memorable as possible. Any and all opinions will be appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. I can't give you any advice because we've not been to Jean George, and it's been a very long time since we've had dinner at Daniel. But one thing I do know, there is no a la carte menu at Daniel. The basic 3-course prix-fixe is $98, and the 6-course tasting is $155.

    Whichever you choose, I hope the meal is stellar. Best wishes on the impending birth of your baby.

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    1. re: RGR

      Thank you for your kind words. :)

    2. Well, it is a toss-up. You cannot really lose. But I must say I am biased in favor of JG. The food is excellent at both but the desserts are at JG are simply amazing (thanks to Johnny Iuzzini, who began his career at Daniel) and because of them I am swayed to JG. As for the way to order, the true benefit of the tasting menu is it will give you both a nice sampling of what the chef's has to offer. Have fun and let us know which you choose. Enjoy and congrats on the upcoming baby.

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      1. re: Bottom Feeding Foodie

        Thank you!

        We're heavily leaning towards Daniel, but hopefully we'll have an opportunity to try Jean Georges in the near future as well. The only thing that worries me about JG is that his culinary empire seems to be expanding to the point where it would almost be expected that his restaurants lose some of their quality and consistency. But like you said, I don't think we can go wrong with either choice.

        I will post about our choice and our dining experience once it comes around. Thank you for your input.

      2. If you want the full tasting with wine pairing. I would recommend Jean Georges for the full 4 hour experience. If you're going prix fixe, go with Daniel and enjoy the madelines at the end of the meal. You can look at Daniel's menu online to see how much you like it.

        www.danielnyc.com

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        1. re: Porthos

          I personally prefer Jean Georges to Daniel. I thought Jean Georges was prix fixe only, but I could be wrong. I just thought everything at Jean Georges was a little more delicate than Daniel. That being said, I've only been to Daniel once and Jean Georges several times.

          1. re: ericat

            congrats! we're due in august too! We've had dinner at Daniel, and only lunch (a few times) at JG- but based on those experiences I'd defintiely go with JG. Our experience at Daniel was less than stellar, and we thought the service was very stuffy (including really unnecessary attitude from one of the waiters), and the food was lacking. we were disappointed. The dining room at Daniel is more elaborate and romantic (i guess?), but JG's food, service, and overall experience is wonderful.

            1. re: ericat

              Jean Georges definitely has a tasting with wine pairing. The 9-course tasting was $120 and $90 for the wine pairing. It's excellent.

          2. Why choose? Instead of going for the tasting a Daniel, get the Prix fixe. Then take the money you saved and go to JG for lunch which is 28.00 for two courses and 8.00 for dessert. JG has the same dishes at lunch as they do for dinner for the most part. Why not try them both?

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            1. re: DKH

              We considered this option, and we may try this once Restaurant Week is over. I also have to consider how long the meal will take, since I'm only given an hour or so for my lunch break.

            2. Congratulations thehyperion!

              I hope you don't mind, but I'm going to piggy back onto your post since when I asked about Jean Georges no one answered it. Does anyone here have any recommendations on what to order at Jean Georges? I'm going there for my birthday soon.

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              1. re: BW212

                Of course I don't mind. :)

                No one has suggested any specific dish to try at Daniel either. Any and all suggestions would be welcome.