So, I was looking at my drafts and found this from way back in December 2010. This meal was rather memorable for me because it was my only 3-Michelin starred dinner during my time in the Big Apple. Being the 3-Michelin starred establishment, the service at Chef Daniel Boulud’s eponymous restaurant, Restaurant Daniel, was no less than spectacular and the quality of the produce nothing short of excellence.
While I thought that there were some hits and misses throughout the meal and while I have taken down some of my comments into my trusty iPhone, I’ll let the photos do the talking on their own. By the way, reservations are a definitely must. Daniel has 3 different sessions for dinner and our table was only available at 9.30pm.
Dinner was Six Course Tasting Menu which went for US$185/-. The optional wine pairing went for an additional US$105.
Part of the Daniel Boulud empire, Cafe Boulud NYC was one my last minute dining destinations while I was in New York back in December 2010. A last minute choice, yes, but a bad decision, it was not. In fact, this meal was one of the more memorable during my short trip to New York.
Do read my other New York entries: (1) Eleven Madison Park (2) Momofuku Noodle Bar (3) Le Bernardin (4) Michael’s (5) Marea
Eleven Madison Park is one of the newest restaurants to be awarded 3 Michelin stars in New York, having been upgraded from its 1 Michelin star status in the 2011 guide to the coveted 3 Michelin Stars in the 2012 guide.
From my experience of the lunch that I had, it not only deserved to be the crown jewel in the Danny Meyer empire, it definitely deserved every one of those stars.
There are many plus points that led me to think highly of the meal. Food aside, the service was impeccable; It was hard to fault the attentive yet non intrusive service. A good gauge of how well trained the staff are, is to ask them questions about the ingredients or cooking techniques of the dishes. At EMP, the wait staff readily answers your question with confidence without having to scoot off to seek the opinion of a manager or someone from the kitchen.
Let’s face it, David Chang is one brilliant restaurateur. He has extended his reach of the Momofuku empire, from Ssam Bar to Momofuku Ko to the Momofuku Milk Bars and more recently, the launch of his Lucky Peach magazine.
When I visited New York back in December 2010 (Yes…. I know that it’s been………. a while!), I made a trip down to the one of his outposts, the Momofuku Noodle Bar on First Avenue (Cross St of 11th Street), to try out his famous pork buns and the Momofuku ramen.