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Six Second-Graders Sit Down for $220 Seven-Course Meal at Exclusive French Restaurant. Video Captures How It All Turns Out.

"I can't wait until we have dessert."

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When a half-dozen second-graders from a Brooklyn public school got a free seven-course meal courtesy of the New York Times Magazine, the publication naturally arranged to commit the whole thing to video to see what might transpire.

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And at posh French restaurant Daniel — one of the best in the Big Apple — you know chef Daniel Boulud wasn't breaking out peanut butter and jelly for his young experimenters.

They were served:

  • Maine lobster salad
  • Smoked paprika cured hamachi with Ossetra caviar
  • Squash ravioli with pork belly a la Plancha
  • Crispy Japanese snapper
  • Wagyu beef rib-eye
  • Fraises et colquelicots and Velours d'abricot
  • Lemon-scented Madeleines

Things started off a bit rough.

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Some food the kids just weren't into.

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In fact, upon receiving the first-course (Maine lobster salad), one diner can be heard saying, "I can't wait until we have dessert."

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But Boulud was determined to help them "discover a lot of flavors."

And that included caviar in during second course; as you might expect, one young lady let loose with some "ewwws."

As the meal continued, however, the diners began finding new taste buds — by all accounts the snapper and rib-eye were hits.

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And then of course, what person of any age wouldn't at least try a fine French dessert? The kids did indeed, scarfing down Daniel's lemon-scented Madeleines with gusto.

By the end, Boulud asked his guests if they loved their "delicious" pasta — and they replied with a practically-in-unison, "Ehhhhh."

"Well," the good-humored chef relented, "next time we do macaroni and cheese!"

Then cheers...and a final toast.

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Check out the video, "Small Plates," by Jeffrey Blitz, director of Oscar-nominated documentary “Spellbound":

(H/T: New York Times)

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