Daniel for New Years Eve??
We're in New York for Christmas and New Years again this year, and whilst christmas is sorted I'm grappling with what to do about New Years Eve.
In 2009 for New Years Eve five of us went to WD-50 and that was a really great night (thanks to Chowhound for that recommendation and sorry for not posting about it). This time around though there are only two of us going out for NYE. We were going to go to Daniel anyway during our trip (one of our favourite restaurants) and we thought it would be nice to do New Years Eve there. However, it is going to be around $600 each plus wine (and I assume plus tip plus whatever else), and I don't know whether it is worth it. I don't doubt that the food would be excellent, generally though I've found that New Years Eve is typically a let down and for that much money there is a lot riding on it! Or if we should find somewhere else a bit cheaper and go to Daniel on another night.
I've been thinking about this for almost two months and just can't decide! So anyone been to Daniel for New Years Eve?? Thoughts?
I see on Open Table that Ai Fiori, Aureole, L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon all have NYE menus, and I know that Empellon is also doing NYE so there is no shortage of other options.
And in terms of who we are and what we want - we're husband and wife, early 30's professionals, who obviously like to eat and drink. And for NYE we're just looking for a lovely evening out (if there's dancing or live music thats a plus), we're not interested in night clubs. We're staying near Koreatown but have been to New York many times before so getting around is not a problem.
Thanks in advance for your time.
I debated Daniel 2 years ago for NYE but on talking with the staff it was to be exactly the same dinner plus a champagne toast at nearly 2.5x the price on NYE so I went on 1/1/10 instead. Instead of Daniel I opted for Picholine on NYE and went during an early seating - menu was the same price as every other day and he had specials like Wood Pigeon on the menu. I ordered 5 courses and had an awesome night - better than Daniel the next day, actually.
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I just can't imagine spending that much per person on food at Daniel, when better meals can be had for far less throughout the city. That is more than twice the cost of Per Se (which includes tip), more than three times the cost of EMP, and more than four times the cost of places like The Modern. There are far better choices out there.
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Ah yes, I was not comparing NYE menus, but rather pointing out that, for the quality of food offered at Daniel, one would be much better off having dinner the night before at a better restaurant. (since, as you note above, the NYE menu there is basically the same as its regular menu)
If Ai Fiori is available, I'd select it instead of Daniel. Picholine is another great choice (had a wonderful dinner there in September).
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I'd eat at a much lower end place for dinner, if you must, hit jean Georges or another of the great lunches early in the day, have a 9PM dinner uptown and then go to Central Park for fireworks at midnight. Then head back to a wine bar to finish out the eve.
As a local I tend to have a dinner party or go to one, hit the park to watch or run the midnight race and then wind down at a local bar..
Plenty of other nights that the restaurants are cheaper and the staffs are a bit more into serving
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I am over from Ireland for a holiday and also looking for somewhere to go for New Year's eve and i am very interested in your suggestion of going for dinner uptown and then on to the park for fireworks @ midnight.
Could you please suggest a few places for dinner, i agree with you about a lower end restaurant as i dont think the food will be great in most places on NYE. I have heard a few suggestions about Angelo's on this board, any thoughts on this?
Also if you have any more info about the fireworks in the park and local bars to go to, it would be greatly appreciated. As you can tell i have little or no knowledge of the area but i do want to avoid the tourist trap of Times Square!
Thanks so much.
Thanks everyone for your assistance. You've confirmed it for me - Daniel another night.
I'll check out the other suggestions. Strangely am kind of keen on the midnight run suggested by dyrewolf. Might need it after the number of restaurants we're planning of trying!