A New York Supreme Court judge has ruled that Daniel Boulud is a good neighbor, the Post reports. The court dismissed a complaint filed by Robert and Frances Pildes against Restaurant Daniel for excessive noise. The court found, essentially, that the Pildes knew what they were getting when they bought a condo above a restaurant. Though the Pildes made it sound like they complained all the time about noise, the court found only one instance that the Pildes had made a written, legitimate complaint. Only once could the Pildes prove that noise levels were too high at Daniel, and that was on New Year’s Eve.
Not to mention that Boulud even anticipated when noise levels would be loud because of live music and offered to get the Pildes out of their place: “I am planning a party on behalf of Oprah Winfrey at Daniel on the evening of the 28th of December. We are going to have live music and I would not want you to be disturbed. Ms. Winfrey has asked me to extend an invitation for you to spend the night at the Peninsula Hotel including any spa services if you wish…” By the end of her ruling, Justice Carol Robinson Edmead is dismissive toward both the matter and the plaintiffs: “One occasion — on New Year’s Eve — does not a continuing, recurring nuisance make.” Party on, Justice Edmead!