Under the double-tiered chandeliers and intricately coffered ceiling at Daniel Boulud’s eponymous restaurant on the Upper East Side, well-groomed waiters work in pairs in a choreographed display of precision. Carts of wine, cheese and roast meat swirl through the room for exquisite table-side service.
The scene appears far removed from the culinary temples where today’s foodies worship, with a faith that respects irreverence and adventure over white tablecloths. And as a result, there are those who are asking if Daniel — and fine dining in general — is passé.
Boulud himself rejects that sentiment, confident that he is safeguarding a tradition that epicures will return to after tiring of trendy meals. “We don’t need to follow every trend and be what a critic wants us to be,” he tells Luxury Listings NYC in the current issue, which features photography shot in the kitchen and the front of the house at Daniel.
Criticism, and its place in society today, is also the subject of our other profile of A. O. Scott, the New York Times senior film critic. His new book, “Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think about Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth,” has helped to reopen the conversation about the importance of criticism and its role in art at a time when social media has given virtually anyone with a phone the platform to engage in criticism.
We engaged in the critical use of our sense of smell in a story on perfumer Rodrigo Flores-Roux, who has designed some of the world’s most popular scents. Flores-Roux, who has twice been asked to create a perfume based on the color black, revisited some of his favorite NYC scents.
Getting outdoors — and out of town — was on our mind when planning this issue.
We took a look at homes on the market in Dutchess and Columbia counties, Hudson County destinations favored by New York City second-home buyers. High-end homes there, which include historic homes, working farms and even modern glass boxes, can be had for a fraction of the cost of a home in the Hamptons.
Wondering what it takes to become a member at an exclusive golf course? We got the goods on what’s involved in joining 10 of the top golf and country clubs in the suburbs surrounding the city.
But we know that work keeps many people tethered to the city and the outdoors needs to come to them. Check out our story on upgrading terraces to create outdoor rooms with amenities like kitchens and flat screen televisions.
We also have a new feature, “LLNYC’s look at listings.” These are our short reviews of high-end properties and can be found among the listings in the back of the magazine. And you can see a full roundup of all the $10-million-plus properties new to the market each week on LLNYC.com.
Also new to this issue is an ongoing series called “Board Approved” that looks inside most prestigious co-ops in the city and profiles their most famous residents. We kick it off this month with a look at the most illustrious residents of River House on the East Side, which include Henry Kissinger and Uma Thurman.
As always, we bring you news from 10 different neighborhoods in Manhattan, including what to see in Chelsea’s art galleries, a peek at Domenico Vacca’s new flagship in Midtown, a taste of the sparkling wine trend in Greenwich Village and the CEO-like perks of a new co-working space in Soho.
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