JMA FAVOURITES | TOP FRENCH RESTAURANTS IN NEW YORK CITY


YES! Jessica Minh Anh has arrived in New York City. Join the Parisian fashionista as she explores the city that never sleeps.


In this post, we will share with you Jessica's favourite French restaurants in Manhattan, New York. Two out of her top three are run by her friend, chef owner Daniel Boulud, who is one of America's leading culinary authorities. Boulud is the recipient of numerous honors, including James Beard Awards for “Outstanding Chef” and “Outstanding Restaurateur.” We will provide you with a menu breakdown of what Jessica experienced at each restaurant. Enjoy!


RESTAURANT DANIEL


Located in the former Mayfair Hotel on Park Avenue, DANIEL is steeped in French culinary history. Since opening in 1993, DANIEL has earned its place among the pillars of New York City’s fine dining scene, receiving numerous accolades for its refined European cuisine, world-class cellar and gracious hospitality.


Building on time-honored techniques, Daniel presents a modern, seasonal menu inspired by the finest meats, wild game, seafood, fruits, vegetables and foraged flavors from around the world. Wines from the Rhône and Burgundy, as well as a robust Champagne program, rank among the noteworthy highlights of the restaurant’s award-winning cellar.

Jessica Minh Anh's Four-Course Meal Menu at Restaurant Daniel


GOLDEN OSSETRA CAVIAR

Crème Fraîche, Buckwheat Gaufrette

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MAINE LOBSTER SALAD

“Chaud-Froid”, Pink Grapefruit, Green Asparagus Basil Emulsion, Miner’s Lettuce

MAINE PEEKYTOE CRAB Centennial Kumquat, Tender Greens

Hawaiian Heart of Palm

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MONTAUK BLACK SEA BASS

Ossetra Caviar, Artichoke, Chickpea “Panisses”

Lemon-Eucalyptus Sauce

PROVENCE WHITE ASPARAGUS

Gorgonzola, Walnut, Purslane and Sherry Wine “Sauce Mousseline”

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MAINE HALIBUT

Espelette Crusted, Morels, Minnesota Wild Rice Nettles, Baby Shallot Tempura

ICELANDIC ARCTIC CHAR

Kataifi Crusted, Celery, Licorice, Einkorn “Croquettes”

Michter’s Bourbon Emulsion

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MICHOACÁN VACHERIN Avocado-Lavender Sorbet, Marzipan Ice Cream Tequila Foam, Lime Meringue, Crème Chantilly

RISING C RANCHES TARTE AU CITRON Etrog Lemon Crème, Masago Pearls Grains of Paradise Meringue


PER SE


Per Se is a 3-Star Michelin restaurant by celebrity chef Thomas Keller. It offers the most exquisite nine-course tasting menus, exceptional presentation, and top-notch services. The best time to dine is at sunset with a spectacular view of Columbus Circle and Central Park.


Per Se is the second most expensive restaurant in the world (April 2022), just after Sublimotion restaurant in Ibiza, Spain. It remains one of the toughest high-end restaurants in New York to get a reservation, so we would recommend calling as early in advance as you can.


Jessica Minh Anh's Chefs Tasting Menu at Per Se


"Oysters And Pearls" "sabayon" of pearl tapioca with island creek oysters and sterling white sturgeon caviar

Tsar Imperial Osetra Caviar vichyssoise d'oseille, egg yolk confit, red radishes and yukon gold potato croutons

Hawaiian Hearts Of Peach Palm And Panna Cotta hass avocado, picquillo peppers, celery ribbons, piccolo basil and yellow pepper vierge

"Terrine" Of Huson Valley Moulard Duck Foie Gras peach "pate de fruits, "walnut coulis, red onion rings, toasted oats and telli cherry peppercorn "aigre-doux"

Herb Roasted Atlantic Halibut crcked bulger wheat parsley salad, shaved fennel, picholine olives, and heriloom tomato vinaigrette Libert Farms Pekin Duck Rillettes bing cherries, garden state sweet corn, purslane seasoned with applewood smoked foie grass

Elysian Fields Farms Lamb Rib-eye "en Persillade" greenmarket eggplant, turkish fish, cauliflower puree, and charred shishito pepper dressing

Fondue Of Cabot Creamery's "clothbound Cheddar" broccoli gratin, candied pine nuts and lemon - mustard "condiment"

Sake Soda green tea ice cream

Strawberry "Tea" mint "genoise, " rooibos "bavarois, " whipped birch syrup and strawberry sorbet

"Gateau Marjolaine De Fernand Point" "glace vanille-chocolate"


LE PAVILLON


Chef Daniel Boulud’s Le Pavillon is only the most important new restaurant in New York City’s history. The French restaurant is located at One Vanderbilt, the soaring new skyscraper on East 42nd Street next to Grand Central.


Designed by Isay Weinfield, the space boasts a natural landscape composed of lush gardens and tall olive trees living among the tailored dining room and soaring ceilings, evoking a deep sense of natural splendor and genuine serenity.


Chef Daniel’s celebrated french cuisine, rooted in tradition with a contemporary New York-spirit, is at the forefront of the seafood and vegetable-focused menu at Le Pavillon.

Jessica Minh Anh's Four-Course Meal Menu at Le Pavillon


CAVIAR | 30 grams

golden osetra caviar

lemon crème fraîche, potato blinis

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AVOCAT | FINES HERBES

grilled avocado, castle valley einkorn berries

kale, harissa, yogurt green goddess

THON | FENOUIL

yellowfin tuna, fennel pollen

socca crisp, tonnato sauce

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BAR | BOK CHOY

grilled black bass, bok choy, chili vinaigrette

SOLE | CÉLERI

black trumpet-hazelnut crusted dover sole, celery root mousseline, sauce truffe noire

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MASCARPONE | FRAISE

speculoos sablé, mascarpone mousse

harry’s berries strawberries

ANANAS | LAURIER

caramelized pineapple, vanilla crémeux

bay leaf ice cream

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MEZCAL | ESPELETTE

Gracias a Dios Mezcal, Yellow Chartreuse, Jalapeño

Mönchoff Riesling Kabinett

“Ürzinger Würzgarten,” Mosel, Germany 2020

Other restaurants by Chef Daniel Boulud include DB Bistro, Barbetta, the Polo Bar, the Grill and the Pool, Sardi’s, Grand Central Oyster Bar, The Modern, Shun Lee Palace, La Jardinier, the Lambs Club, Bond 45 and Clement at The Peninsula.