Dans Le Noir? NYC

246 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018 Directions
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  • Cuisine
    American, International, Eclectic
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Website
    newyork.danslenoir.com
  • Price
    $$$$$
  • Cuisine
    American, International, Eclectic
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Attire
    Casual
  • Alcohol
    Available
  • Parking
    Street
  • Free Parking
    Yes
  • Delivery
    No
  • Reservations
    Yes
  • Good For Groups
    Yes
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From Our Editors

After a career spent cooking for celebrities including movie stars, royalty, and heads of state such as Vladimir Putin and George W. Bush, head chef Oliver Romain now curates a spot that’s uniquely immune to vanity. Guided by a staff of blind or visually impaired servers, diners at New York’s Dans le Noir embark on an unpredictable gastronomical journey in a dining room draped in absolute darkness. Though servers take careful note of guests’ food allergies and dietary requirements, they leave the rest up to the kitchen—until diners are handed a picture of the menu they just ate upon exiting, they won’t know for sure whether, for example, that was really crocodile resting on their mushroom fricassee. No matter what, however, they can rest assured that the fish is line-caught fish, the meats are free-range and grass-fed, and the vegetables are seasonal and organic.

What began in 1997 as a one-off event organized in Paris by film producer Michel Reilhac and the Paul Guinot Foundation for Blind People has blossomed into a multinational franchise of gourmet internationl restaurants that offer in-the-dark dining with a more communal feel than curling up inside a closed refrigerator. In addition to surrounding customers in a world of intense tastes and smells experienced as if for the first time, server Sam Davis says (in a video the team made to explain the concept), “Our job here is also to change the roles here: I become the sighted, you become the blind.” In line with the restaurant’s larger social mission, 10% of all profits are donated to charity.

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New York City Restaurant Guide

New York’s oldest restaurant might also be its most innovative. In 1838, when “eating out” in New York meant eating whatever was on hand at the local boarding house, Delmonico’s revolutionized the city’s dining scene by giving patrons something they had never had before: a menu. Soon, high-profile patrons such as Theodore Roosevelt, Napoleon III, and the Prince of Whales were dropping by to try new, never-heard-of delicacies such as eggs benedict and baked Alaska, solidifying New York City’s place as a culinary capital of the world.

Of course, you don’t have to be royalty to eat like one in New York. Manhattan is as renowned for its humble food trucks as it is for its upscale establishments, ensuring diners can enjoy a bite of the Big Apple, no matter their budget.

Fine Dining

Today, New York City’s restaurants continue to set the standard for refined dining. At Midtown’s Per Se, it’s hard to say what dazzles more, the signature “Oysters and Pearls” appetizer––Island Creek oysters paired topped with sturgeon caviar––or the Limoges china it arrives on. In the West Village, rich fabrics, fireplaces, and candlelit chandeliers inspired Zagat to proclaim One if by Land, Two if by Sea “devastatingly romantic”. Though pricey, the three-course prix-fixe menu provides a taste of black bass tartare, beef wellington, and a chocolate-caramel pot de crème by award-winning pastry chef Ilan Ades. A James Beard Award distinguishes the chef at The Modern, where roasted diver scallops and ravioli stuffed with veal sweetbreads are served in full view of the MoMA sculpture garden.

Middle of the Road

New York City is ripe with restaurants that walk the line between haute cuisine and hot dog cart. At Five Napkin Burger, gruyere and rosemary aioli top the signature sandwich that first tempted diners at Upper West Side hot spot Nice Matin. The latter also showcases reasonably priced French dishes such as escargot and hanger steak au poivre. In the East Village, Momofuku Noodle Bar, tops Japanese ramen with sumptuous pork belly or spiced Sichuan sausage and parties of four or more can reserve a dinner that pairs Southern- and Korean-style fried chickens with mu shu pancakes, veggies, and four sauces. Still hungry? Try a slice of history at Lombardi’s, the 100-year old establishment widely lauded as the birthplace of New York-style pizza.

Casual Eats

Whether it’s a cupcake at Magnolia Bakery or a potato knish from a sidewalk cart, many of New York City’s best eats are grab-n-go. For a truly moveable feast, track down the Wafels & Dinges food truck, which Zagat named the city’s best in 2010 for its waffles topped with BBQ pork or nutella. Of course, no guide to New York’s restaurants would be complete without a stop at one of its world-famous diners and delis. Try Brooklyn’s Mile End Delicatessen for classics like smoked brisket on house-baked rye, or grab a counter seat at East Village staple Stage Restaurant to sample homemade corned beef hash and pierogis with fried onions.

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