Just got back from a feasting experience in NYC, which included stops at Daniel and Per Se (both outstanding), a pretty good lunch at Le Bernardine, and absolutely lousy meals at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon and Masa.
Have written extensively on these on my website, but, briefly, want to report on one of the best dishes I've ever had: "milk-fed pig 4 ways" at Daniel. It was beyond belief. A lightly smoked succulent chop , a boudin blanc, some jambon, and a rib—all were perfectly cooked, perfectly spiced. The quality of the food, the expertise in cooking and spicing it so well, and the delightful presentation convinced me that Daniel Boulud is a fantastic chef. I recommend Daniel to anyone with $ to spend on a high-end meal and wants truly great food. I should add, however, that you should go to Daniel only if you don't mind miniscule-sized tables!!
As for Masa..well, I am very sorry I went there. Quality of the fish in the sushi is very varied, service was spotty, and the price was way out of line for what you get. My advice: stay away.