Does age dictate taste? The New York Times was curious, and so to find out it sent a group of children to Daniel, one of the swishiest restaurants in the city (a seven-course tasting menu costs $220 per person). Six second-graders from P.S. 295 in Brooklyn were treated to lunch there. “The basic goal is for the children to discover a lot of flavor, a lot of layers,” said owner Daniel Boulud.
The children’s meal included Maine lobster salad, smoked paprika-cured hamachi with caviar (“it looks like a little forest”), squash ravioli with pork belly (“This tastes like soap! Why am I eating soap right now?”), crispy Japanese snapper (“really good”), wag-yu beef rib-eye steak (“it was cooked just right, and I really, really liked the inside”), chocolate truffles, and lemon-scented madeleines (this is awesome!”). As the newspaper reports, “the initiates seemed to enjoy the experience, but that isn’t to say they loved all those flavors and textures. At one point, after tasting a custom-made nonalcoholic cocktail, 7-year-old Chester Parish said: “This is, like, the only good course. It’s yummy.”