db Bistro moderne

4.5
7139 reviews
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Chef Daniel Boulud’s db bistro moderne is a contemporary French restaurant, known for chic bistro cuisine. The menu features updated bistro classics with a modern twist and market-driven French-American cuisine, alongside traditional French specialties and seasonal dishes showcasing the Greenmarket’s finest produce. Located one block east of Times Square in New York City, db bistro is the perfect spot for pre- and post-theater dining, a Midtown business lunch or breakfast “à L’Express”. Happy hour specials offered daily from 3-6pm It was here that Daniel Boulud launched the gourmet hamburger craze in 2001 that took the world by storm. The DB Burger, stuffed with red wine-braised short ribs and foie gras, continues to be a main attraction. Our handsome bar area features a seasonal menu of dishes that can be enjoyed with exceptional wines and cocktails.

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Happy Hour

Come in for the happiest of hours: $6 glasses of wine and beer, $11 specialty cocktails, and reduced prices on our bar bite menu. Santé!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: June 19, 2019

Ends: June 20, 2118

Availability: Wed 3:00PM-4:30PM

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IM
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Much nicer than most restaurants in the theater district. Food is good and the service has always been very good.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had an early dinner due to going to a Broadway Show, they asked the first thing when we sat down. They knew when we would have to leave .
Service was professional , from waiter to other staff .
Food was cooked perfectly, Duck was perfection!
Highly recommend when in the area .

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C
New England
66 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special. Spectacular. Creatively incredible food and excellent service.

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SA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 1

Quality has gone down. Used to be one of my favorite restaurants in Midtown. Food was over-salted and server was rude. Almost like he resented us for being there. Restaurant was practically empty on a Friday night.

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D
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DB Bistro Moderne is a wonderful restaurant and an excellent choice for pre theater dining.

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AN
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was mediocre at best. Fish was dry and tasteless. We won't go back. Service was good and staff was nice.

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Responded 4 days ago

Hello Ann, Thank you for the kind words in regards to the service and ambience. I am very sad to learn the fish you ordered was dry, and that you found the other dishes to be less than perfectly seasoned. I would love to gather more details about your meal to share with the team so that these issues do not arise again. Please be on the lookout for a direct message so that we can connect and hopefully make amends for this disappointing experience. Warm regards, Allysun Redmond, General Manager.

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Amazing prix fixe menu ... slow service and we were given a table entirely too close to the kitchen. Highly recommend for the food alone.

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CC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

DB bistro is our new go to restaurant for Pre theater meals. The food is great and they always get us out on time without any sense of rush. Our unqualified recommendation to anyone who needs a meal near the theater district.

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RU
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very tasty meal, staff was efficient and I could hear myself speak. Was celebrating my 25th Anniversary; the staff was attentive and got us fed quickly without being hurried so we could enjoy the meal and still get to our Broadway show. db Bistro was recommended to me and definitely recommend to others.

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PH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food is good but seems pricey. The convenience of being able to walk to the theatre makes up the difference.

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ME
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre theater-very prompt service

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D
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing tasting food. Service was impeccable. Food came out fast. Beautiful restaurant. A little pricey for the appetizer and dessert.

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L
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful, refined meal with excellent service.

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w
Philadelphia
66 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This is our third time at the restaurant and there will be a fourth. Overall, the service and ambiance were wonderful. My wife enjoyed her dinner. Unfortunately, I ordered Duck Breast that came out as two very thick cuts of duck that were to tough to cut or eat. My waiter took it back and brought out another duck entree that was still tough but at least edible. The restaurant is still one of my favorites in New York and everyone can have a bad night. We will return and hopefully next time we will go home happy. , if not there are hundreds of other restaurants to choose from in the city that doesn't sleep.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

absolutely fabulous experience! Staff, food and vibe were outstanding. we will be back

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n
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good location for pre-theatre dining

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RB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambiance. Not snooty. Great service and food was delicious. Especially loved the sides of sautéed mushrooms and the spinach. Steak Frites was done to perfection.

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B
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So happy to have discovered db Bistro moderne.
We don't often eat near the theater district so we were delighted to find this Boulud treasure near our play. I mistakenly thought it was all about the infamous burger but NO. It is all about the db hospitality and fabulous food. We had the prix fixe menu and it was difficult to choose among the creative and tasty offerings. The service was attentive and professional.

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L
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent pre-theatre dinner location. Very good food and attentive staff.

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FG
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Fantastic service. Loved it.

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R
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We came for brunch before the theatre. In my opinion, dbBistro makes the best omelets in all of NY. We had the ham and gruyere omelet and it was perfectly prepared and super delicious. Can't wait to come back and have it again.

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Y
Jackson Hole
17 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have recommended db Bistro Moderne many times. Presentation is always beautiful and food is scrumptious. Lived the Croque Madame. I may never be able to order it anywhere else!

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SW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service- waiter anticipated needs and questions-
Pleasant atmosphere, especially once the pre-theater people cleared out-
Food was excellent- we had duck with cherry sauce which was perfect and scallops in a watercress/mussel sauce which was an unusual green but delicious-
Overall a terrific experience

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j
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, ambience, service. Been to many restaurants in NYC, this was top notch.

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CH
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Lunch before matinee. Best eggs benedict!

db Bistro moderne
Responded on July 1, 2019

Many thanks for the compliments, Callie. We are so happy you enjoyed your time with us, as well as the Eggs Benedict, before your Saturday matinee. We look forward to hosting you again. Warm regards, Allysun Redmond, General Manager.

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SS
Tampa
29 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very convenient to Times Square, this bistro was perfect for a pre-show dinner. We enjoyed wine and entrees. The duck breast and scallops were wonderful and the service friendly.

db Bistro moderne
Responded on July 1, 2019

We are very happy you enjoyed your dishes at db bistro moderne and hope you visit us the nest time you're close to Times Square. Kind regards, Allysun Redmond, General Manager.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As per usual great usually have dinner here when ever we are inNYC

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LR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose this restaurant based on the reviews and proximity to the theater. It was a perfect choice. Every thing we ordered was delicious. We ordered a variety of items, from pasta to steak to the famous burger - it lived up to the hype. Highly recommend. Does not feel touristy at all, but intimate and relaxing with excellent and attentive service.

db Bistro moderne
Responded on July 1, 2019

Thank you, Lisa, for the wonderful review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed the food, the service and the space. We look forward to your next visit. Best, Allysun Redmond, General Manager.

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H
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect choice for a friend of the family’s first visit to New York. Fresh modern decor, clean lines, comfortable seating, made good immediate impression. The food was wonderful , from appetizer to desert. Service was prompt, cordial and never rushed. This was our first visit and hope to return soon.

db Bistro moderne
Responded on July 1, 2019

And we are also looking forward to your return visit, Lydia! Wishing you the best until then, Allysun Redmond, General Manager.

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MX
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food and service, highly recommend and I am sure to revisit, as it is also convenient for pre theatre.

db Bistro moderne
Responded on July 1, 2019

Thanks so much for the high recommendation! WE will be happy to have you dine with us again. All the best, Allysun Redmond, General Manager.

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k
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food
Loved our waiter and all the staff very attentive
Great location

db Bistro moderne
Responded on June 29, 2019

Thank you for all the wonderful words. WE certainly look forward to hosting you again in the very near future. Best, Allysun Redmond, General Manager

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c
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative and delicious food, beautifully presented; attentive staff; reasonable price for a prix fixe pre-theater dinner; attractive dining area. Very good experience.

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F
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Gus was our waiter. He and the rest of the staff did a good job.

db Bistro moderne
Responded on June 29, 2019

Thank you for the great words. Gus is a favorite amongst many of our clientele and I am glad you enjoyed your time with us. We look forward to having you dine with us again. All the best, Allysun Redmond, General Manager.

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EB
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Went for pre-theater as I have many times, but this was the first time I’d been since the renovation. Sad to say, I was very disappointed with the new space. I loved the old room which was relatively quiet and very comfortable. The new space is noisy and not very attractive. The service was good and I had an excellent cucumber gazpacho, but otherwise the experience was not that great.

db Bistro moderne
Responded on June 29, 2019

Thank you for your feedback, Erika. While I am glad to hear you enjoyed the service and the food, I am sorry to hear that the ambiance detracted from what should have been an excellent experience. I would love to connect with you directly in hopes to bring you back for another visit. Please be on the look out for a direct message from me. Looking forward, Allysun Redmond, General Manager.

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CH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delightful! Lovely food and excellent, warm and friendly service.

db Bistro moderne
Responded on June 29, 2019

Thank you kindly for the wonderful words, Chris. We look forward to having you join us again. Kind regards, Allysun Redmond, General Manager.

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TM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pitch perfect. Excellent food and service. There are “lesser” restaurants that are just as expensive if not more so but that do t touch DB.

db Bistro moderne
Responded on June 29, 2019

Wow so happy you had a wonderful experience with us. Thank you for the post and we hope to see you again soon. All the best, Allysun Redmond, General Manager.

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S
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

I have been going to Daniel's restaurants for years. Usually as a twosome or a foursome. This Monday we were 6. The table was fine and the waiter tried, but we were in the back room with two other large tables and the noise level and the service declined as the evening went on. Because we were not going to the theater after our 6:30 reservation, our food came very slowly. Our main course was not served until after 8:00 and other table who had been seated after us were served earlier.
While I will continue to come to Daniel's restaurants, particularly Bar Boulud, I will never go with more than 4 people. And the Coq au vin was way over salted!

db Bistro moderne
Responded on June 29, 2019

Hello Suze, Thank you for your continued patronage of Chef Daniel Boulud's restaurants. I very much appreciate your feedback and do hope to connect with you directly in order to gather more details and make amends for the experience you had with us. I will reach out to you shortly with my contact information. Best, Allysun Redmond, General Manager

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t
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It's a nice place in a busy area. Sophisticated food, well prepared and displayed. Nice service, too.

db Bistro moderne
Responded on June 29, 2019

Thank you for the great words! We are very happy you enjoyed our time at db bistro moderne and hope that you visit again very soon. Best, Allysun Redmond, General Manager.

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c
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a fantastic place to have a pre-theater dinner. It’s comfortable the staff were a fission and friendly and the food delicious. It’s located very conveniently too many of the theaters.

db Bistro moderne
Responded on June 29, 2019

On behalf of the db bistro moderne team, we thank you for all the stars. It's always a pleasure to hear such wonderful feedback in regards to the food and hospitality we serve. We look forward to hosting you again. All the best, Allysun Redmond, General Manager.

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LH
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I've never had a bad meal at db Bistro. And I love the vibe -- so New York, yet without any snootiness. And they really know how to take care of theatre-goers.

db Bistro moderne
Responded on June 29, 2019

We are so happy to hear you love everything about db bistro moderne. Thank you for the love you show us and we look forward to having you again. Best, Allysun Redmond, General Manager.

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