db Bistro moderne
db Bistro moderne

db Bistro moderne

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.danielnyc.com/dbbistro.html
  • Phone: 212-391-2400x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast:
    Monday - Friday 7:00am - 10:00am
    Saturday & Sunday 8:00am - 11:30am

    Brunch:
    Saturday & Sunday 11:30am - 2:30pm

    Lunch:
    Monday - Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm

    Dinner:
    Sunday & Monday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Tuesday - Saturday 5:00pm-11:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, American, French
  • Executive Chef: Brian Loiacono
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: For your next large party or private event, please contact Rachel Ossakow at rossakow@danielnyc.com or at 212-391-2400. We are are able to accommodate small semi-private groups of 14 to large cocktail receptions for up to 165 guests.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between 5th and 6th Avenues
  • Public Transit: Subway 1,2,3,7,A,C,E,N,Q,R,W Stop at 42nd St. Times Square Subway B,D,F,V Stop at 42nd St. & 6th Avenue
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Hippodrome parking is located directly across the street. For more information call (212)997-9096.
    There is Muni-metered parking on 44th Street between 6pm and 12am.
A word from db Bistro moderne
Experience the new db bistro moderne! Chef Daniel Boulud's contemporary French bistro has undergone a complete renovation. With the addition of a handsome new cocktail bar, and a newly-crafted menu db bistro serves updated bistro classics with a modern twist and market-driven French-American cuisine.

Located one block East of Times Square, db bistro is the perfect spot for pre- and post-theater dining, a Midtown business lunch or breakfast 'L'Express' of cappuccino and viennoisserie at the bar. A $48 pre-theater prix-fixe dinner menu is available in addition to a full a la care menu. The Lunch Prix Fixe menu will have you back to your desk of off to a matinee quickly and affordably.

DB is happy to host large parties and private events from 14-165 guests.
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db Bistro moderne reviews from OpenTable diners
491 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (254)special occasion (146)great for lunch (121)neighborhood gem (108)notable wine list (87)romantic (65)great for brunch (56)hot spot (51)good for groups (45)late-night find (38)vibrant bar scene (20)kid-friendly (6)great for outdoor dining (4)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Donna & Joe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We traveled to NYC for a few days to celebrate our anniversary. The db Bistro Moderne was recommended by friend and surpassed our expectations. Every dish was impeccably prepared and presented- we started with PÂTÉ EN CROÛTE and FOIE GRAS TERRINE enjoying every bite. Then for entrees Duck Breast and Hanger Steak and again were very pleased. The wine list is extensive and we were delighted to see such a deep selection of Bordeaux and opted for the St. Emillion Grand Cru. The wait staff were attentive yet unobtrusive and quickly adapted to our pace. The only drawback was the tight spacing of tables and building noise level for this very popular restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic, well rounded restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I loved the restaurant from the moment we entered. So different from the tacky restaurants lining Broadway and Times Square just moments away. It's quiet and intimate making it perfect for couples and special occasions. The food is fantastic though that is to be expected! The wine list is fab, but so too is the cocktail and craft beer menu (which was important to us.) Couldn't find faulg in anything!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Burger
    Food4fun
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My wife and daughter really enjoyed their dishes (Arctic Char and Sea Bass) but I ordered the burger expecting something really special. Unfortunately I was disappointed on the flavor as well as the construction.... You'd think the burger would be out together so a normal person could bite it. It's so tall it really is difficult to eat. The Pomme Frites were very good.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Boulud Quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were unable to book at Daniel's so chose to give db Moderne a try...the bistro didn't meet expectations, we were utterly unimpressed. Having dined at other Boulud restaurants we were perhaps spoiled? Service was the first failing, they weren't particularly busy yet our staff seemed to be rushing around failing to take and/or bring orders in a timely/courteous manner. Our starters (gazpacho & foie gras) were good but not great, our mains (bacon-wrapped monkfish & tiger prawn risotto) were not bad enough to send back, but not at all satisfying in preparation or their luke-warm temperature. The dessert was the best part of our meal. I cancelled our brunch reservation for the following day based on our dinner experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First visit delight.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Delicious highlight to a NYC long weekend! Dined Sat night pre-theatre. Enjoyed (in every sense of the word) the amuse of roasted red pepper quiche; appetizers of fava crostini, and mini falafel balls with dill tzatiki (could've eaten a plate of each); heirloom tomato salad with fresh burratta; mains of the robiolo ravioli with chanterelles, spinach and corn, and the hanger steak with grilled polenta and romesco sauce; desserts of the warm chocolate fondant, and the cafe brulot. My only tiny issue was that I wasn't in love with the roasted marrow appetizer, as I found it way too pink and without flavour. I prefer mine roasted longer. Service perfectly attentive, in the dining room. Will definitely return on my next visit to NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • notimpressed
    torontopastalover
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    poor ambience, as lighting too bright. found menu spotty
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    Love2eatoutgal
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    For a french bistro it seems a real shame they were unable to produce the iconic Duck Confit that was edible. The first clue was that I cut for two to three minutes before I could get a piece! I have NEVER sent a meal back, but this was as the french would say "abominable"!! The staff was apologetic, and did their best to make up for it, including providing a complimentary alternate entree. The Coq Au Vin was a big improvement, but when a dish is way too salty, as this classic was, is it an easy substitute for real flavor? I have been to DBModerne on several occasions, and was very sad to say the least.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't waste your time or $$$
    Pootsie
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Ordered the price fix monk fish. It was so hard I had to use a knife to cut it. Mgmt took the price of the entree off and the bill was still $174 with the tip. Asked not to be placed near toilet and was seated right near the door to the hallway to the toilet. Also asked not to be seated next to the kitchen and was seated next to the servers station. Horrible dining experience. Only thing done well was the server. I'll be sure to let all my friends and business acquaintances know. Shame on the chef!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Evening
    motekmama
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Food was different and tasty. Waitress Tatjana was helpful and very pleasant
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still creative and innovative menu!
    EvelynVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We had not been there in about a year and visited on Sunday evening after enjoying a matinee Broadway performance. We both ordered the Dover Sole and believe this was the best preparation and presentation that we have ever experienced. Also, the burrata and heirloom tomato appetizer special was incredibly flavorful! We try to dine there every summer when in NYC and will continue to do so!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great brunch spot!
    amandaVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Wonderful brunch experience that really hit the spot. I tried the db burger (sirloin burger filled with braised short ribs, foie gras + black truffle) and would highly recommend it. It might just be the perfect burger!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely delicious
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Went for my birthday. Service was great, food was even better!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • heaven on a dinner plate
    BabsFeast
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    What a lovely, elegant restaurant. Efficient, attentive staff. Delicious food and wine, and the chef, Brian, is a star for sure. He was very amiable, walking around and chatting with the diners, asking their opinions. We will return over and over, and hope to shift a group dinner for 40 people to this gem of a place after our first ( of many) experience here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Evie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great food, good and friendly service. A great place for lunch and dinner!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Good Food but ....
    808Jim
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Not totally up to the standards I'd expect from Boloud. Actually that probably isn't quite fair. I had fava crostini which i liked, dining partner had good escargot. Salads above standard. He had a fairly good steak and I had the best tasting coq au vin ever. Dish was made with three legs which seemed odd but tasty. Only real down were the frites. Tasted frozen and not nearly as good as those at Ca Va the night before.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charlie
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We went to dinner prior to theater. Completely enjoyed our experience-- the food was fresh and creative. The coq u vin was terrific-- a real party for your palette--- and the sea bass was one of the best we ever had. Another Daniel Bulund hit. The service was wonderful as well. Would highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bistro in NYC!
    JDofDCVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Daniel Boloud is to be thanked for adding this restaurant to the NY City scene. I needed something light yet elegant for a key business meeting and it hit the mark. Although a little noisy (hey, it is a bistro afterall) it was a great setting to have a business discussion and also enjoy food and wine. A bit pricey but worth the money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really nice restaurant
    marceloalemi
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    DB Bistro is a very nice restaurant. If Daniel Boulud put his name, I believe in that restaurant. The food is outstanding. I had the burger and is not an ordinary burger, is a real gourmet burger. The desserts are great. The place is quiet, really calm and pleasant. The only observations are: 1. I had a reservation for 9h45 and the kitchen closes at 10h00, no one told me about it when I made the reservation. 2. My wife asked for a ravioli, and asked for the small option. The flavor was amazing, but the size was really really small.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect
    mslamt
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Service, atmosphere and meal were perfect. Will definitely dine here again. What more can I say?
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Kathy
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This is my third time at DB and it is one of my favorites. I enjoyed the Mediterrean Sea Bass which was cooked perfectly. My husband enjoyed the DB Burger. Everytime he had a bite there was another gastronomic surprise. Also loved the amuse bouche and decadant desert tastes. Our only disappointment was the tomato with cheese tart. No tart, more like toppings on a flatbread.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently wonderful
    Bertha
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    From start to finish this is a great bistro with a vibrant vibe and innovative dishes. The menu is straight forward, not tiring and long, and each dish is a gem. Beautiful presentations and the service was very personable. Our second time there and I'm sure will keep on coming for more!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • friendly and excellent food
    eatanddrink
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    our first time at db for pretheater dinner. staff attentive to the time constraints. wine and food as usual delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Kingdom of fois gras
    Ale72
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    If you have dinner at DB Bistrot you have to taste the fois gras terrine and, of course, the special burger with fois gras. Great wine list, even if expensive, and also dessert menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite NYC restaurant
    Chrism
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I often have to visit NY on business and often stay at the Sofitel near Times Square. I discovered this restaurant simply because it a few doors away from the entrance to the Sofitel. I learned that this is run by Daniel Boulud the magnificent chef of Daniel, but this is a lower tier restaurant. In my book, I prefer it to Daniel for several reasons: (1) it is much more fun and lively, (2) it is far less expensive, and (3) the food is consistently inventive and delicious. Not a pedestrian dish on the menu. And yet you pay not much more, if at all, than at other good restaurants that cannot match the brilliance of this cuisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable
    NYCfoodie
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great gem for a pre-theater dinner. Service is attentive, Nice Prix-fix. Excellent bar with great cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated
    waisikmow
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We were there at six o'clock for dinner. At 6:30 the waiter came over and unceremoniously took away our menus and said the prix fixe dinner time was over and gave us new menus. No alert in advance, no explanation. Very abrupt. To avoid embarrassing our guests we just joked about it. But this was very poor behavior by the waiter. Food was ok but not great. Portions were too small. For the price you can do better. Daniel needs to supervise more closely the quality of his subsidiary restaurants for service and food quality. Unless there is improvement we will not be back any time soon. This one has gone downhill over the years.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pre-theater treasure
    Snowflake
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Went for dinner prior to going to a show. They were very attentive to make sure we got out on time. The waiter was very courteous and chatted with us about Daniel Boulud's different restaurants. For dinner, my wife and daughter started with the gazpacho soup, properly chilled and excellent flavor. They shared a crab/pasta dish, very tasty. I had the market salad which had a lovely flavorful dressing and then had the coq au vin. It was a proper sized portion, not too big like some places give you, so the chicken was evenly cooked and not dried out. The sauce was superb. My son-in-law had the duck which he said was terrific. We had one dessert for the four of us which was artfully presented and tasty. All in all, a great experience!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Midtown Gem
    NJcat22
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My friend and I enjoyed a pre-theater lunch here. What made it so enjoyable, in addition to the food, was that the service was attentive & professional. Having eaten at the restaurant before, we also loved the new decor, which gave a more modern, fresh, clean look.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • never disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Went fro a pre-theatre brunch. The food, service and ambiance were all outstanding. Bistrot Moderne makes me feel like a grown-up. (I am 69)
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Food Drinks & Service !
    Joan
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I love this restaurant it's one of my absolute favorites, as someone who has a degree in culinary arts, this place does everything amazingly. The servers were very friendly, courteous and extremely knowledgeable about all the menu items and drinks. I enjoyed my dinner, and the whole experience was beyond my expectations, I plan on returning to eat here several more times. I highly recommend this place to anyone the menu is accommodating to all tastes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dinner
    Nrcnyc
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Loved our dinner here. The food was delicious, the service was top-notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very pleasant dinner
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I had previously been to the location in Singapore which is much larger and prettier. The NYC space is a bit cramped but I am thrilled that they are here. The menu is somewhat limited but the offerings are creative and well prepared. The chef was able to tweek my burger just a bit to my liking and I have to say it is among the best I have eaten in my life. The service was attentive and the wine specialist was extremely personable and knowledgeable. We enjoyed the food very much and would happily return.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, not so great hostesses
    foodies
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food was fantastic!!! Best burger and ravioli special we have ever tasted. Our waiter and bus person were very knowledgeable, attentive and efficient. A great place for a date or anniversary. The one experience that was way below par were the hostesses - very bored, uninterested and unprofessional. We were glad we stuck around though as our subsequent experience was sublime.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My second visit
    Elvalou
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I liked this restaurant so much I have been there twice. Both times I was very satisfied with the menu, the service, etc.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent for quick, pre-theatre
    alwayshungryVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    3 women looking for a nice place prior to the 7 pm curtain of Beautiful: The Carol King Musical. This was the perfect place to meet (virtually around the corner from the theatre), but more importantly, the food was beautifully presented and we didn't feel rushed although we only had an hour. We each had a entree, shared a dessert, and a class of wine ( plus a small amuse, excellent bread, and a plate of small desserts) and felt well fed and relaxed when we left. Yes, it's pricey but everything was perfect. I would definitely recommend for a pre-theatre meal and hope to find myself back there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    DebD37VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We went for a pre theatre dinner....food was spectacular! I had a wonderful tomato/cumber/cheese salad special...glorious...the Prawn/Aparagus risotto was to die for....and the bread is hot and delicious...service was great...overall a a fabulous choice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Mixed Bag
    Sandygardener
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I was really looking forward to dining at this restaurant. Although my husband was happy with the sea bass entree, I was disappointed in the duck which was overly salty and greasy. It left an unpleasant taste on my palate. The chocolate dessert was yummy. Service was good but, for the price and the experience, I think I will go elsewhere to dine next time we are in NYC.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing lunch experience
    BoomerWoman1948
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I have had lunch with friends here many times before, but this time was disappointing. We were seated at the table next to the service area in the back of the restaurant, when the place was only half full. I know, we should have asked to be moved, but my guest had arrived first so it would have been awkward. All the tables around us remained empty. Only traffic was the waiters buzzing about right next to us, making conversation difficult. It felt that we were given that remote table to try to hide us, two mature women, from the younger business crowd. The grilled chicken salad entree was ok and the blueberry dessert was delicious.
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  • Johnny4DinnerVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was superb but the service was slow, basic and unattentive (and restaurant wasn't full).
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  • notquiteafoodie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food is carefully prepared. Portions are quite small, especially for the price. Wait staff is fairly good, but sitting near the kitchen entrance felt like Grand Central Station
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