David Burke Tavern

4.4
319 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

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Starting Dec 31, 2020

We're offering a $89.00 three course pre-fixe menu from 4:00pm to 11:00pm

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Starting Dec 24, 2020

We're offering a $89.00 three course pre-fixe menu from 4:00pm to 9:00pm

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

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Starting Dec 25, 2020

We're offering a $89.00 three course pre-fixe menu from 11:00am to 7:00 pm

What 319 people are saying
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vipJaeY
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Food was excellent with something special for each dish. Service was very good with friendly staff. I have to say its a must return place

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vipScottT
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love love this restaurant! Please try it out!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dining was exactly what you could want - attentive servers, extremely clean and distanced tables, and amazing food. Perfect night out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a good experience.

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Bibliodeviant
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

They did a great job accommodating a large group later in the evening... we’d definitely do it again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Phenomenal food!!

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vippeterg
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

ALWAYS GREAT

BJ
vipBigJosh
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Hanging bacon, yum. Porterhouse steak for two, tough chew. Wanted to really like the place. Just couldn’t.

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vipphisherman
New York Area
95 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We ordered daily special which was a roast pork shank. Very large and very tasty. A Caesar salad was unusual -very little romaine primarily radicchio- was dry and not especially tasty. Usually food is a little better. The house wines were okay - did not think the pinot grigio was up to Burke's usual standards.

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vip2marvelous
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and service. Consistently wonderful!
Never disappoints
THANKYOU

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Consistently good quality good in pleasant ambiance. Excellent burger!

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EnaM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lobster dumplings are fantastic! We had the whole branzino and the "duck, duck, duck". Both were excellent.

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vipLarryort
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for our anniversary. At first we walked into the bar area. I was nervous and wondered “was that it?” Then we were brought upstairs and then felt “that’s more like it”. The staff were friendly and engaging. The food was excellent. Loved the clothesline bacon (you have to see it to understand). The 10oz NY strip was perfect along with a Demi Glacé and fingerling potatoes to round out everything. Kudos to all for contributing to a lovely evening. We loved it.

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Stef
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious but portions were small even for Manhattan. Two scallops for a main course!!! It was a price fixed menu so maybe that’s why but I think three scallops would have been more reasonable. Especially because they were so good!!! However, I would definitely recommend! Everyone was so nice!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Waiter was extremely high and extremely slow. It was 40 minutes before we got our first drink. Other than the pace of service/ lack of attentiveness it was very good food and a very very high price. Beautiful restaurant and great place to be.

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Christy
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ! Great service! Excellent food. My husband and I loved it ! We had a 3 meal course on Valentines day.

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vipHeeralM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great service, and quick and efficient. Wonderful setting and atmosphere

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vipESNapa
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delicious with exceptional service. Happy to come back again.

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vipKathleenwilc
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way. Loved the bacon appetizer, had the steak and duck. All quite good. Too full for dessert. Martinis were damn good.

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VinceS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

7 of us from work met for brunch to give our co-worker/friend a send-off. We got the back room with the skylights and the fireplace. Awesome. The half-price champagne was delicious! The food was amazing! My only complaint was that we waited a really really long time for our food. Otherwise, it was stellar and I would definitely recommend. Chicken and waffles!!!

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bigeaterfromclark
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful service and a cozy spot on the upper east side to dine. LOVE coming here. Never have had a bad meal.

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ElenaY
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

My entrée was duck 3 ways on a bed of confit fried rice and it was absolutely delicious. The duck breast was cooked a tad above medium, but everything tasted fantastic. My friend got the pork chop with clams, rock shrimp and a whole lotta things thrown on top. It was a strange combo and I still don't know how I feel about it. Her pork chop was seasoned well, but a tad over done. The desserts were out of this world. I didn't try her cheesecake lollipops, but heard they were good. I had the hazelnut chocolate cake. One of the layers gave a slight crunchy contrasting texture. It tasted like a ferrero rocher in cake form and definitely made you want to go back for more. Mmmm.

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theatergirl
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We enjoyed our dinner, but found the service to be quite slow with very long wait times between courses. The waitstaff and hostess were all very courteous and friendly, and the atmosphere was lively if a bit loud.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Charming tavern, comfortable welcoming and the service was great.

JK
JessicaK
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible! Ambiance was SO cool! We loved the branzino!!! Amazing! Great place! Also love Frank Sinatra’s mug shot in the bathroom. This place is fantastic!!!!!

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vipMarial
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will definitely return again .
This is a great place to take a break from the busy Shopping área East 60’s
Bloomingdales etc.for lunch or dinner!
Food is beautifully presented. Delicious too!
Service was excellent
Thank you,

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vipYeartoShine
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great location, warm ambience, nice servers and imaginative delicious food. What’s not to like?

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vipreview1
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience2

While the food never disappoints (though we miss the popovers), our server was mostly concerned with the loud 8-top right behind us that ordered numerous mixed drinks and bottles of wine. I get it - their bill was clearly in the thousands of dollars while ours was just a few hundred. The women at the table were fawning over him and he spent a ridiculous amount of time with them. But either he should have had help with that table or we should have had another server. We weren’t planning to spend over 2 hours at dinner. We shouldn’t have had to try to get his attention more than half a dozen times just to see about dessert and then the check. The table next to us (same size party)that was seated after us but had a different server received their food more promptly and left before us.

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vipKateM
Adelaide / SA
27 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time at David Burke’s Tavern and I had the best time! We came originally for restaurant week, but when we saw half priced bottles of wine, clothesline bacon, and hipster fries, we added our order. We also had the best server, Marko C, who had us in stitches everytime he spoke. He also made great recommendations when we were stuck on options. We will definitely ask for him by name as it was such a compliment to the wondrous food and drink DBT is famous for!!!

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HalPam
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

went for restaurant week but will be back for sure. We live walking distance!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was medicore. Fries were not crisp. Waffle soggy.

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vipRose
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative entrees and fun atmosphere

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First timers trying it out during restaurant week, it did not disappoint.

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vipDebbie
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My meal was wonderful and my server Steve L made me feel so welcome.

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vipLisa
New York Area
192 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We had Sunday brunch at David Burke Tavern during NYC restaurant week. The restaurant was not full and we didn't have to wait for our table, a lovely spot in a sunny corner. We had eaten at David Burke Kitchen previously and enjoyed it very much. We were disappointed in the Tavern. The drinks were very weak. So weak that I thought they were non-alcoholic. It seems like that's the norm in NYC... I should know better by now. The food was mediocre. I will not go back. I had the fried chicken thigh sandwich. It was literally unseasoned. It was a nice piece of chicken (juicy thigh) but tasted only of fryer oil. The sandwich was supposed to have a gochujang gastrique, but that was nowhere to be found or tasted, and one half of my English muffin bun was burned. My date's "medium" burger was well done. It wasn't cooked well; it was overcooked to "well." The lollypop tree dessert is reliably consistent, clever, and yummy. The chocolate hazelnut cake had a delicious chocolate flavor but no hint of hazelnut. Our waiter was totally inattentive.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you know David Burke’s prior ventures you will not be disappointed with this one.

You will definitely recognize a few DB favorites.

We really enjoyed the room and the staff was terrific.

Enjoy!

Thanks

Frank

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vipDeborahM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were exceptional. The duck was the best I ever had. The restaurant week was full portions and solid menu and give you little extras. Always impressed by David Burke

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vipTheresaL
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I would have given this restaurant straight 5’s if the service was better. When spending at this level the service should match the level of food being served.

The food here is very good and beautiful so if service does not matter to you then you will love this restaurant.

For me, I don’t want to continue to wait for a server or for a glass of wine or for my food. We waited for all 3 and it definitely dropped the level of specialness of this restaurant.

We will try it again and give them another chance but the service was definitely a disappointment.

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Sherri
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

January 23, 2020 went for Restaurant Week.
I was there several years ago when it was Fishtail by David Burke.
Food is excellent.

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Estherp
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The meal itself was worth it, because it was Restaurant week.
But, the service was very slow.
When we walked in, there was only one other group.
About 30 minutes later, other people started to fill the room.
However, we were the last ones served our main course, in the entire room.....

And, the appetizer portions were tiny!
The staff were friendly but the service was just really slow.

FAQs

David Burke Tavern offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 988-9021.

David Burke Tavern is rated 4.4 stars by 319 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.