Saturday night I'm heading to Daniel for the first time. The missus and I are very excited, and I just wanted to ask a couple questions of those more familiar with the restaurant than I am. Any thoughts are much appreciated.
First, regarding food - looking at the posted menu online, there are a few dishes in each course that I'm really having trouble between. So any insights into what people's favorites are, if I'm way off the mark, things to avoid, etc, would be helpful.
For appetizers, the frog leg dish, the almond crusted foie, the abalone, the squab and foie gras pate, maybe the lobster?
For entrees, the cod, atlantic bar, duck, lamb, venison, or beef? Part of me thinks the beef is a bit obvious and maybe a bit tired, but it also sounds excellent.
So any guidance that anyone can give is great. (Any desserts that people really love, also.)
Second, regarding wine - I'm thinking we'll probably mostly order half bottles. I'm assuming they have a decent selection of half bottles, and will be very helpful in selecting wines, but if you're reading this thinking "oh, Daniel, they have that great white Burgundy (or whatever wine it is), I can't imagine going there and not ordering that," please let me know.
Third, dress - I wasn't planning on wearing a tie, but probably will if most people there are in ties. I'm already a bit nervous, just because I figure we'll stick out a bit in our late-20s, as opposed to a generally older UES crowd.
Anyways - again - thanks for any advice!