2nd Graders Eat at Fancy French Restaurant, Daniel; Acclaimed Director Captures Their Reactions

For its fall Food issue, The New York Times magazine took six second graders from Brooklyn to dinner at Daniel, the fancy French restaurant located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. There, the kids each enjoyed a $220, seven-course tasting menu, which included Maine Lobster Salad, Squash Ravioli with Pork Belly, Smoked Paprika Cured Hamachi, Crispy Japanese Snapper, and Wagyu Beef Rib-Eye. Jeffrey Blitz fittingly captured the kids’ reactions. He’s the director of the Oscar-nominated documentary Spellbound, which followed eight teenagers on their quest to win the 1999 National Spelling Bee. These young kids have style, and certainly not the most finicky taste I’ve ever seen.

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  • Elizabeth Pinkerton says:

    That was delightful! They were so relaxed and said what they thought, but were able to evaluate strange foods with fresh, open, happy expression. I was a bit surprised they actually did try all the foods. Great video.

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