David Burke Tavern

4.3
112 reviews
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Contemporary American
David Burke Tavern is a modern American restaurant by award-winning Celebrity Chef David Burke. Situated on the first two stories of a stately townhouse on New York City’s Upper East Side, the restaurant showcases Burke’s creative and contemporary approach to classic fare – often with showstopping presentations. Signature dishes highlight seafood, steakhouse staples and beyond, including Livid Lobster Dumplings with spicy tomato; BBQ Bison Short Ribs; and Burke’s famous “Clothesline” Candied Bacon. Himalayan Salt Brick Aged Steaks utilize Chef Burke’s patented dry-aging technique. The food is matched by a thoughtfully curated wine list, craft beers and a specialty cocktail program.
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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine dinner
Menu was superb
Wait staff was great
Waitress was very knowledgeable about menu choices
Fabulous dinner

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D
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

This was our first time at DB Tavern and was Valentine’s Day, so perhaps they just fell victim to typical Valentines mediocrity. That said, our server was annoying and food was just poor. The lobster steak, which we’ve loved in the past at DB Kitchen, was mostly a mousse-like filler with chunks of lobster scattered throughout, instead of pressed and seared lobster like we’d expect. The butter sauce on the dish was so oily it was inedible. Starters were meh, we were glad to leave quickly.

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EC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience and good decor/ambience. Excellent food at a great price. The cheesecake cake pops are a must for dessert!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was incredibly slow. We didn’t place our orders for over 30 minutes.

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n
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as usual...lobster dumplings and braised bison.

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l
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The environment is quite cosy. We ordered the restaurant week menu, and the rib and pork are mostly recommended. We will definitely come again with friends since so many sincere options are available here.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Delicious food, service was slow but she was very nice nonetheless. Definitely going back

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i
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Our server was quite disinterested and unfriendly. The appetizers and entrees were very good, although there was a very long wait in between. Dessert arrived quickly, but were slightly disappointing in comparison with the earlier dishes. Specifically the banana maple creme brulee had the texture more like the filling of a cream pie rather than a creme brulee.

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CM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We were there for Restaurant Week which made it a good price choice. Otherwise, prices are a bit high. The appetizers were quite good and the branzino was superb.

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p
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

We became ill after dining at David Burke Tavern on 2/3. My husband ordered the scallops with octopus which he returned because the fish was not fresh. There was actually a bad smell. We both ended up having the branzino which was not only tasteless but the smallest entree portion we have ever been served. We also shared the lobster dumplings which are way overrated and the caeser salad. Don't know what made us sick, but we were both up all night with stomach cramps taking antacids. We used to enjoy DB Fishtail, but will never return to DB Tavern again.

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m
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The food was good but the service was so bad that it ruined the experience. How can a restaurant like this allow a waiter to be so neglectful of his customers.

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CM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect. Great food in a nice but inviting setting. Casual but not too casual.

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LY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was excellent, but the service was horrible which ruined the dining experience. We order two items on the menu that as it turns out the kitchen had run out of. We were never informed they were just doing a substitution. We had a table of five and every single one of us had a problem. We had also gone to the restaurant at Foxwood and the service was just as bad. They are doing the food a disservice.

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R
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I have only been to Tavern 62 on one occaision. The overall atmosphere, service, food, value, creativity, customer service was excellent. For that alone, I would return. The only negative is that my food wasnt hot in fact it was warm at best. But everyone was friendly and I loved it!!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was very good, but service wasn’t in the same level.
One of the waiters brought a soup and forgot spoon.

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T
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent !!!! Duck with duck dumplings amazing desert amazing. steak was ok I thought under seasoned. Lobster dumplings were good but the duck ones they give you with the duck plate are 10x better. Just a great experience. Crab cake pretzel was good. Hostess’s were energetic and very attractive. Waiter was super attentive and the French (I think) waitress was impressive, very positive and again very attractive. Just a great place to go no snobbiness just good food and a lovely atmosphere!!!!!

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OT
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was wonderful

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t
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This past week I made an impromptu walk in last minute visit to this restaurant for this year's restaurant week. This restaurant is my go to to take a group of people because their menu is the same for restaurant week. Service was efficient and very quick meaning I sat in the standing table at 5 to 8 and was done with everything at 9. First I ordered a mocktail: Moscow Mouse which was good and refreshing. For my three course meal, I ordered the pastrami salmon with falafel. The pastrami salmon was not the same as I had it before. The falafel was a healthier version that caught me by surprise because it was chewy and it did have the breaded crispy crunch that would be found in most if not all authentic falafel. Next the roasted branzino arrived. The dish was one of the best dishes I have had in this restaurant to date. The branzino had a great roasted crisp especially combined with the squash, crispy artichoke and artichoke puree. The puree was the best I have had to date. Finally for the dessert I went with my server's recommendation of the chocolate hazelnut crunch cake. Unfortunately, the picture of this beautifully presented dish did not save on my phone. The cake was rich but it has to be consumed with the whipped cream for a balanced taste. I will definitely return to take advantage of their happy hour menu options especially the Impossible Burger.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Not a fan, everything from the service to the lighting, to the food was subpar. A shame really because it was a special occasion and we were looking forward to it.

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MG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I went for Restaurant Week, so the value was good, yet a $50 lunch (included an a la carte shared dessert, coffee, tea, tip, etc) is still a splurge for someone on a budget. The vibe was country gentleman’s study, yet the roomful of women didn’t seem to feel out of place. Days later, I’m still thinking about the Angry Lobster Dumplings and the Banana Crème Brûlée. Highly recommended!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delicious experience. David Burke himself was there and was so friendly and welcoming. Highly recommend!

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M
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice time great dinner... David Burke was in the house and was a great host.

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B
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful food, very creative options too! I would definitely return.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious and well made

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JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came once with a friend and returned the same week with four business associates. Food and service were great and, thankfully, there was not loud music playing. We could speak without yelling. What a pleasure.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was absolutely terrible. Restaurant appeared dirty and run down. Would def not return

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Mediocre food

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time there this week. Solid dining all the time.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

It took close to 15 minutes after our reservation time before we were seated, and the service was awful. Our waiter hovered obsequiously over the table next to us, whom he either knew it was very keen to know, while ignoring us. The cocktails were good, but the wine we ordered with or entree didn't arrive until we had nearly finished eating. It was at least very good wine. The food was decent but nothing special. Skip this place and go to Cafe Bouloud. It's vastly better for not much more.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Awful awful service

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ET
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We loved our meal at David Burke Tavern. Everything we ordered was delicious..we had the filet mignon, the surf and turf and some delicious appetizers. The cheesecake lollipops were delicious and fun and the apple tart was to die for. Meeting David Burke was an added attraction!!

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m
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We have been to David Burke Tavern prior. We do like this restaurant. Found ourselves seated in a lovely table in the corner but while it was private it also came with less attention from the server. Also we were in the larger room upstairs and it was very noisy. We will in the future ask for the smaller room upstairs. Less people and possibly less noise.

Overall a good evening.

Thank you

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m
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One word - FANTASTIC!!!!

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RA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

The server was AMAZING but the food was bland and the pricing was written out in a confusing manor. When something says for 2 with a price, it should be that price unless noted that it is that price x2. I also was very un-impressed by the steak that I did get.. For being aged for 40 days and on a salt block nonetheless, it was very bland and lack luster.

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TP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The experience includes both ambiance, service and of course food. We got super lucky and got a chance to sit out on the trailer for a private dining experience. I can't fault anything with that. The food was a 4 out of 5, my party loved the crab cake and the bacon, I loved the salads. The main course was more mixed, but overall it was super tasty. My main was fantastic, the veggie option. All the sides and desserts were spot on. The cheesecake balls were delicious. The best part of this experience was the service. Wow what great people they have working there. From our wonderful and gorgeous hostess to our attentive wait staff, I haven't had so much fun in a while at a restaurant like this. David Burke came out to say hello to us too and that was very special. I role with some picky folks... hard to please, but they had a blast. Definitely worth going here for a nice night out. Enjoy!

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W
New York Area
135 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

The food was excellent, but the service was atrocious. We sat down and no one brought us menus. We finally asked after about 15 minutes. Then a half an hour went by and my friend had to find the waiter because he never came by to take our order. She found the manager instead and he took our order. I don’t know how long we waited for our food, but it was a long time. If they fix the service problems, I would go back.

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E
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Octopus kebab was simply yummy
Hipster fries delicious fun
Our favorite special occasion restaurant

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S
London
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the meal, we even had a nice chat with Mr. B himself. The only reason I didn’t give the food outstanding was because of the bacon, great flavour but it was tougher than I would have liked. Also, 3 pieces is a lot to eat on your own if others in the group don’t eat meat. Wish they had a one slice option!

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B
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

The restaurant attitude was horrible , a older woman had tripped and fell no one helped her. David Burke was 4 tables away watching the entire attitude was horrible too bad the good was good but can’t get the memory of the poor woman falling and no one not even the bartenders went to help! Just horrible!!

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R
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was terrific as was the service. However, the noise level made it rather difficult to talk. We were surrounded by two groups who spoke very loudly and seemed to want to outshout one another. We were in the front room. I do not know if the back room was quieter. The last time we were at the restaurant (in its former incarnation, Fishtail, I do not remember it being so difficult to carry on a conversation.

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