db Bistro moderne

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$31 to $50
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French

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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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

In order to love well, one must dine well. At db bistro moderne, you will fall in love with our Valentine's Day menus: from 5-6:30, we are offering a 3-course pre-theater prix fixe for $60; from 7pm-close, we are offering our 4-course Chef's Menu for $115 a person.

Friday, February 14, 2020

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H
New York Area
154 reviews
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went for Restaurant week = Excellent - Good selection and meals served were impeccable, exception was the Tarte Citron which needs to be reviewed, please! Service was attentive and prompt. Excellent idea to give a Restaurant Week selection of "affordable by the bottle wines prices" - We liked it so much that we are planning to go back next week.

RS
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Restaurant week. Excellent meal. Great service. Fabulous value. Best risotto ever.

N
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pre theatre

TS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Impeccable service. Outstanding meal. I’m a big fan of the Boulud franchise and for good reason. Daniel Boulud has a winning combination of culinary mastery and business acumen. Bravo.

GT
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant Week menu included every item on the menu (although some required a supplement to the prix fixe)! Fantastic selection! Specially priced wines were an excellent value. Food was beautiful to look at and to eat. Service was professional in spite of the fact that the restaurant was full. A memorable night out.

VS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience1

We sat in the bar area. There was a group of super loud drunk business men from UK. We couldn't hear ourselves speak. I finally had to say something to them. Not what I expected. Food was great, but they charged $7.50 for regular water. Not cool.

D
New York Area
136 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exceptional part of the Boulud universe in Manhattan. Great menu and flawless execution of classics and innovative dishes. Plating and service are as good as at the pricier namesake restaurant in UES, and the restaurant week pricing makes it a steal. This is our umpteenth visit and more to come. Hoping that next time they will consider us worthy of seating in the dining room instead of being relegated to the cramped tables in the bar area. Highly recommended; must try!

t
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Restaurant week lunch; food was very good, Salmon club very well done. Had a bit of trouble squeezing into the table along the wall in the front of the restaurant, but once in everything was great.

NY
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for NYC restaurant week lunch. The place was packed but service was very good. Great selections of dishes and everything was delicious.

b
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cuisine is always creative and wonderfully prepared. The service is attentive yet never intrusive. A favorite restaurant in midtown for business meals or special occasions.

DG
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Food was as you would expect from a restaurant run by Chef Boulud...exceptional. Didn't realize it was RW so the value was incredible. Highly recommend!

j
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always delicious

C
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Bread could be a little more interesting, and no salt butter would be a plus.

AY
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Had the restaurant week menu. Started off with the octopus salad. It was a huge portion and the octopus was like butter! So tender and delicious. I had the duck entrée which was also very good. Dessert was ok. Overall, the food and service was wonderful.

NJ
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the featured lunch during Restaurant Week. The choices were varied and included their famous burger. Service was top-notch as was the food. They even offered a red wine choice and a white wine choice for $32 bottle.

OT
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was delicious but we felt “rushed”. Our meal came out before our cocktails. I believe they were trying to get 3 turns possibly that night. We went to this place because it was close. I would certainly give them another try.

a
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

small foyer. food ok. service ok. dessert menu and dessert weak. i wanted more frois grad in the signature burger. appetizer was good.

AA
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Make sure to get reservations though

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

This meal was excellent and we had a great time. However the service was horrible. Our primary server was very inattentive and by 11:30pm on Friday night we were the last table there. They made us feel very unwelcome and made it very clear they wanted to leave. I would love to come back because the meal was so good but the service experience we had will give me pause next time.

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tartiflette is amazing

OT
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Food always good. Service always slow. Understaffed. Don’t go if you are in a hurry

MW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ask to sit in back

RW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food.

DC
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AS ALWAYS, THE FOOD IS TERRIFIC AND THE SERVICE EXEMPLARY. A+all-around.

R
Cleveland
20 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for going to a show and staying at Algonquin.

MA
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience5

VERY inattentive service. Went to celebrate a birthday, totally ignored.

JB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The first time we visited DB was just after Christmas, we couldn't get a table, so we ate a burger at the bar, great experience, great bartender-
We repeated January 10, reserved a table, and were underwhelmed at the experience.
High expectations, yes, food was good, not great, service excellent, but very quick, we were out in less than an hour, not being able to savor the evening, and the reputation of an outstanding restaurant.
We waited much longer for the check, than for the escargot, which we enjoyed greatly, garlicky, but not overwhelming, just perfect.
The room was very noisy, not the pleasant hum of conversation, just annoyingly noisy.
I can't envision returning, I'm pleased we attended, but not enough for a return visit.

NW
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Consistently delicious! Can't beat the fries! The fish is always elegantly prepared.

G
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Went for a birthday. There has been several changes to the menu, and the food is good. However, the service was lacking. Our server would simply go missing for 5-10 mins. If we wanted someone we had to flag down other servers.

CH
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Went to dinner pre-theater with our family of 5 - all the meals were outstanding - reasonably priced for a nice restaurant in the theater district - escargot was amazing and don’t skip desert!!!

EP
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Have the DB burger and risotto. Service was great ask for Charles.

j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked in the door and we were greeted by Allison. We were going to see a play and she was kind enough to seat us early. As we settled in, Allison came back to see how we were doing and helped us with answers we had about the menu. The food and service were fantastic. I have never been to this location and my wife and I had the wonderful feeling of being treated like family . We can’t wait for our next visit.

N
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Love it. Unpretentious and fine food

s
New York Area
498 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We were here for our anniversary and were greeted by the front staff very nicely; in particular, Janessa stood out and throughout our meal stopped by to see how everything was going even offering to change our lovely table because of very noisy neighbors who should have eaten at a pub. She is a true asset to your restaurant and should be recognized as such. The food and drink were excellent and the extra sweet offerings at the end in honor of our day were delightful. Had it not been for the table of men behind us with one in particular, it would have been a special evening in every way.

RN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had great service, the food was wonderful and the wine delicious. I missed the bouillabaisse not being on the menu but the duck was great! I'll definitely go back.

l
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don’t miss this place. Price fixed for $60, can’t beat it! Can’t wait to return.

CF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Pretheater

d
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. The service is the best. I had the black truffle salad, the scallops, the chocolate gateau, a terrific Manhattan, some Ridge zin. A beautiful space, feels like you're in Manhattan. Can't be more fun.

PP
E. Tennessee
11 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner before Broadway show — fantastic service, exciting & delicious food! The waitstaff were top notch pros — asked about our showtime and kept us on track without making us feel rushed. The food was absolutely terrific and included a few little surprises. The price fixe dinners were perfect and reasonably priced for the quality. The atmosphere was quite loud but in a happy way. Daughter said the escargot was the best she’s had in NYC!

NY
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Hit or miss, unfortunately for my wife's birthday it was more of a miss.