Inside an elegant, neo-classical interior sits Daniel, the eponymous upscale dining establishment by acclaimed Chef Daniel Boulud. Focusing on contemporary French cuisine, this two-star Michelin recipient, located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, features seasonal fare and an exceptional wine list sure to satisfy even the most refined palates. With three-course menus for omnivores and vegetarians, a dessert list divided into fruit and chocolate options – plus a tasting menu, there is something for all tastes. Notable highlights include the Québec suckling pig served with crispy polenta, Treviso ragoût and harissa jus, and the braised Savoy cabbage with fall vegetable brunoise, caramelized salsify and black radish salad. Reservations are strongly recommended up to a month in advance.
Daniel, 60 E. 65th St., New York City, NY, USA, +1 212 288 0033
Founded by Chef Gabriel Rucker in Portland, Oregon, Le Pigeon specializes in creative French-inspired cuisine. Featuring an intimate, relaxing dining room, complete with communal wooden tables, the space also showcases an open kitchen, which can be viewed from the chef’s table. In order to highlight the best local and organic ingredients, the culinary team changes the menu frequently, but options may include grilled pigeon with sunflower seed pesto and the squash and mushroom wellington with sauce noix, pear, blue cheese, espelette and shiitake. In addition to the à la carte menu, this establishment also offers guests a dessert menu and five or seven-course chef’s tasting menus with optional wine pairings.
Le Pigeon, 738 E. Burnside St., Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 546 8796
Founded in 1994 in Yountville in Napa Valley, The French Laundry is a three-star Michelin recipient specializing in fine French cuisine within a charming setting – a historic two-story stone cottage built in 1900. The creation of acclaimed chef Thomas Keller, this fine-dining establishment is a definite must-try for any serious gastronome. Featuring two prix fixe menus each night — a nine-course chef’s tasting menu and nine-course vegetarian tasting menu — guests can sample delectable options that may include pacific sea bream with French green lentils, or the sweet potato ‘fondant’ with creamed garden kale, Pearson Farms pecans and black trumpet mushroom coulis.
The French Laundry, 6640 Washington St., Yountville, CA, USA, +1 707 944 2380