This video is real damn cute. Six second-graders are treated to dinner at three-Michelin-star restaurant, Daniel in NYC.
The young diners approach the restaurant singing a little ‘go to the door’ ditty (I would also be singing if I was on the way to a $220 7-course meal being shouted for me), before basically walking through a magical closet or falling down a rabbit hole to this fairytale dining experience.
The goal of owner and chef Daniel Boulud for the dinner is experiential – a discovery of different flavours, layers and textures. Watch as kids play on etiquette – waiting at the door to be attended to, sitting up straight, keeping quiet; Pick out things that are familiar – Jell-o, a mushroom and avocado; and exaggerate the impressions we sometimes muffle – exclaiming delightedly “It looks like a little forest!”, with confusion “I don’t know what this orange stuff is” and “It tastes like soap”, and lamenting (at first course) “I can’t wait until we can have dessert”. They even make a toast at the end – to “justice and all” and “vampires”.
Some of the dishes on the menu: Maine Lobster Salad, Smoked Paprika Cured Hamachi with Ossetra Caviar, Crispy Japanese Snapper, Wagyu Beef Rib Eye, Fraises et Coquelicots and Velours d’Abricot.