133 E 61st St, New York, NY | Directions 1002140.763701 -73.967601
Mon-Sat 12pm-2:30pm, 5pm-10:30pm
Sun 11am-2:30pm, 4:30pm-9pm
Yummy Food, Yummy Spot, Yummy Staff – I finally risked altitude sickness and traveled "all the way" to the UES from Soho. Lets just say I will venture uptown more often! I expected a stuffy environment of wealthy businessmen wooing their mistresses and groups of botoxed, boozed-up women chatting away endlessly. Instead, we entered a charming townhouse where the crowd was friendly and high spirited- happy to be eating in a fine dining, albeit fun environment. When my sister and I entered we were greeted by an adorable, super friendly bartender, Raafet. Since he was so charming (i.e. hot and adorable), we decided to eat at the bar. Great choice. Seems as though their are a lot of regulars there and the conversation never stopped flowing (similar to the crisp Sancerre). For starters, my sister and I split the tartare which was creamy and melted in our mouth as well as the pretzel encrusted crabcake that was both fun, unexpected and extra decedent. (Seriously like anything I have ever had). For dinner I had the dover sole which was light and fresh and my sister had the braised short rib which she claimed was the best she has ever had! We eat at a lot of trendy "hot" restaurants where the food doesn't quite match the "scene"- this was a pleasant exception. We have already brought some of our downtown hipster friends up to experience the whimsical, playful food. David Burke- you rock! And to the handsome bartender Raafet- you rock my world! We will be back soon!
Fantastic – The food, service and presentation were all spectacular! I went there for Rioja week and was pleasantly surprised with the specialized menu. Dishes had a spanish influence and were executed perfectly.
It's on another level – Great for brunch or dinner. The service is top notch. First they start off by serving you freshly baked bread in a small copper pan.
The selection of food is excellent. I would highly recommend the pretzel crusted crab cake, the chocolate lollipops, and most entrees are excellent.
Worth it. – For one thing, they deserve the top prices because their food is actually worth it. Their service is charming and even though they are clearly UES and have that snobby air, they actually do have a clue about treating people well regardless. Their italian red wine list has a bottom price of $170 - no Chiantis- and no Italian red by the glass but they have a lovely Pinot Grigio by the glass for $12 that suited us fine. The Restaurant Week menu was splendid. Lobster Bisque with a genuine taste, appetizing crabcake, Wild Salmon with heft, perfectly cooked, braised short ribs (reported to be quite nice, but I was too busy with my salmon to even try it, which is saying something in itself). Presentation a delight in every respect- I hardly recognized the butter. And dessert... was truly special. We all opted for the milkshake and cookies - which were clearly neither but still magically transported us back to being little kids with cookies and milk. Plus, they remembered we had birthday guests, gave them special plates and candles. Very nice.
It was a transcendent experience. I took no risk by eating there during Restaurant Week but will surely aim to return there and pay full price. These folks took Restaurant Week as an opportunity to strut their stuff, and they did. Kudos.
Great service, style, food and price – Lunched here on first day of Open Table prepared to poke holes in this pretentious, "provocative," trendy, hot spot. Immediately surprised to be accommodated graciously by General Manager Michael Shef who, when we asked about the mysteriously interesting prints adorning the walls, made a special effort to inform us of their origin and availability. I refuse to make this review a report on the moistness of the truffles or pungency of the Acieto Balsamico so, if that's how you judge a restaurant, stop here. I believe it is sufficient to say that we were treated as special guest by an attentive staff, served generous portions of food that was delicious and handsomely presented and given a bill at the end of the meal that made us wonder how they possibly could do this for such modest prices.
so-so food. very poor service – We had called ahead to speak to the manager to double check that they had high chairs and to let them know about my husband's food allergies. When we got there, both high chairs were broken and my husband was not able to eat the deserts. When we spoke to the manager, he was really rude.
Creative Cusine Poorly Executed and Over Priced – Went in with high expectations after enjoying David Burke's Primehouse in Chicago, but this restaurant proved to be overrated with creative food ideas poorly executed in a setting that is showing some signs of wear. Our $24 prix fixe lunch began with individually served rolls served in little copper pans that were tarnished and unfortunately the rolls while beautiful to look at (garnished with individual sprigs of rosemary) were not fresh or warm and seemed to have been baked hours earlier and kept too long in a slightly warm place so that the crust and flavor was far too dry. Our waiter was professional and efficient but his english was so poor that he was difficult to understand. Perhaps that's why we misunderstood when he asked if we wanted still wanted and receieved not one but two plastic bottles of Fiji water for an astonishing $9 a piece! Nevertheless, a very good white burgundy was only $8. My chicken BLT-like entree was over cooked as were some shrimp in another entree. Desserts were creative and fun, ,but don't pay $10 extra for the lollipop cheese cake unless you think you will like bubble gum flavored whipped cream. The first attempt at mine came out without the bubble gum flavoring and I should have stopped there. 10 minutes later the waiter reappeared with the flavored version and it was, uh, startling. With the expensive plastic bottles of water, $4 espressos, one glass of wine and the premium dessert, our $24 prix fixe lunch turned into something more like $38 per person and definitely was not worth it. Also, the red upholstered and mirrored dining room is starting to look worn and dirty. The trim around the huge mirrors is coming apart and the whole effect is looking slightly run down. On the plus side, the rest rooms are nicely provisioned with individual white linen hand towels.
Questionable chef and pompos manager..Never again! – Side note: I had to wait awhile because I was so upset about my experience I couldn't write a helpful review to anyone, especially since I just wanted to say the most hateful things about the restaurant. I go to a classy restaurant twice a week so I know how the ups and downs about dinning experiences, also this is the first time I ever sent anything back that is how bad it was. I wanted to show my girlfriend who was in town a stunning decor restaurant in New York so I took her to Davidburke and Donatella. The steak and mashed potatoes were freezing cold, not to mention they forgot to bring the ceaser salad that was on the description on the menu. The waiter ignored us, until I flagged him down and asked him politely to heat up the steak and mashed potatoes and bring out the salad. The mashed potatoes came out warm and the steak warmer (not exactly warm yet). The waiter still ignoring the table I asked to speak with the manager. This is where there story gets funny....he brought it to the chef and came back and told me, " I touched the steak and it was hot, the chef refuses to cook another steak." Then when we decided that we would not be having dinner here (never have been so humiliated, left in tears), the manager did not even look at me to say sorry but ignored me and looked at my girlfriend the whole time, "I am sorry , I hope you try us out again next time....etc" With the food and service be so horrible, why would anyone want to spend their money on a place with no class?
A regaulr place. – I did alot of searching around for a place to take my boyfriend for his birthday. I had high hopes which amounted to nothing by the end of our dinner. I had the the steak and he and the lamb, they were both regular dishes nothing wow. It was nothing to be impressed with; frankly I wish I picked somewhere else. If you are not buying a bottle of wine (we are not big on wine) then the staff does not pay you much attention throughout your dinner, but they where polite during the rare times they came up to the table. The only thing I enjoyed was the lollypop dessert but it was alot for two people. it really is a tree with lollypop desserts. I dont think I would go back again, does not amount to the hype everyone gives it.
A Phenomenal Dining Experience – David Burke is a beautiful restaurant-- neat, contemporary, fresh, and slightly extravagent. The food matches the decor. A group of us had the tasting menu w/ wine pairings paired expertly by Paul, our friendly and talented sommelier. We started with a rich and flavorful amise bouche of corn and cauliflower flan inside a delicate egg shell topped with uni ( sea cucumber). The dish was a flavor explosion and prepared us for the evening perfectly. We then had the fois-gras pb&j which was great, though the fois gras could have been cooked a little more to lose it's overt richness and hard-butter like feel. The scallop benedict followed and it may have been the greatest appetizer I have ever had. The flavors matched perfectly and the chorizo was incredile. Our first main course arrived- the sole which was delicate and rich. The pearl onions were cooked and caramalized to perfection and the sauce was delicious as well. The muscovy duck wrapped in bacon was great, but not extraordinary like the aforesaid dishes. The duck was a bit chewy and undercooked and the filling could have been slightly warmer. Desert and petits fours was to die for.
All in all, we were so excited to eat at DBD and the wait was worth it. Donatella came by and said her thanks and Chef Burke himself sat with us for a brief moment. The service was spectacular. I can't wait to go back. David Burke is a true genius.
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