db Bistro moderne

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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”.

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

Love is in the air! Join us on this special day for a $60 3-course pre-theater menu from 5-6:30pm and a luxurious 4-course prix fixe menu at $105 a person from 7-10:45pm; add an optional wine pairing for $65 a person. Beverages, tax and gratuity not included.

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Sun 8:45PM - 10:00PM
Mon 11:15AM - 11:30AM 1:30PM - 2:15PM 5:00PM - 5:30PM 8:45PM - 10:00PM
Tue 11:15AM - 11:30AM 1:30PM - 2:15PM 9:30PM - 10:00PM
Wed 9:30PM - 10:30PM
Thu - Fri 11:15AM - 11:30AM 1:30PM - 2:15PM 10:00PM - 11:00PM

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EK
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pretheater brunch.

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RP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Previously an exciting dining experienced, I fear the dB has not kept up its standards. From the ambiance to food, the experience was just average. The wait staff was attentive!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was mediocre at best. Service was lacking. Chef Daniel needs to revisit his kitchen & staff

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BT
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent again (as always)!! One of our favorite chefs/restaurateurs NEVER disappoints. Brought some newbies with us, and one of them (a basic meat and potatoes non-adventurous eater) loved the mushroom veloute so much, he had another order "to go". Need I say more???

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

Lovely spot, menu had nice selections, prepared perfectly. Everything was fresh and delicious. Service impeccable. Prices reasonable.
Only negative was seated in the bar area, even with a reservation; noisy, crowded and cold from the door.
Would certainly go back if seated in the main room.

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JW
New England
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal meal and stupendous service.

However, when asked about water type, I chose sparkling and a $9 charge was on the bill! Tap water would have been free. I didn’t drink $9 of water. A hard cider was $15, and tea was $6, so this all added $30 to the bill.

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PG
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

We were late coming from the theater but we were welcomed cordially. We had a light meal with wine and never felt rushed. The services was extremely friendly. The food was unexceptional but we weren’t expecting haute cuisine at 11pm. This is for me a top choice in the theater district.

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NY
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The DB burger was quite extraordinary. Very tasty and singular blend of meats, foie gras and truffle. Absolutely fantastic texture, flavor and balance. A 🍔 like no other I have ever had.

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MA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was perfect; the food was delicious and the service was exceptional

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MA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love the Dover Sole, and DB Bistro has fresh sole that tastes delicious! I also enjoy their Mushroom soup, happy that it’s vegetarian! My only complaint is that the soup this time was much smaller in size for the same price, and the salad a bit pricy. The staff is congenial overall, and the service is warm.

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T
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The salad with the port dressing was inedible

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S
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

We enjoyed very much our meal: salmon with lentils was very good - not greasy, but moist and flavorful. Service was attentive, but not intrusive.
However, the noise level was very excessive, impossible to talk without raising voice and tables are too close together, so I heard loud and clear everyone on both sides of our table.

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GS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, and atmosphere. The service was perfect, charming while still being efficient. We will definitely go back many times.

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MR
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I reserved a table for 4 for my husband's birthday and my parents were joining. When we arrived, they tried to seat us in the bar area right by the entrance door, which was not the main dining area of the restaurant. We asked them if we can sit in the dining room as that is what I reserved and they said that it would be a 45 minute - 1 hour wait. I was about to leave but my parents were very upset and asked for the manager. After speaking to someone, they finally sat us at a table in the dining area. The wait staff was good - no complaints there. The food was expensive and just okay - I was expecting more for the price tag.

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GW
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was generally very good. Tarts flambé was served later than other dishes and was pretty tasteless. DB burger and egg dishes were very good. Generally positive experience.

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CS
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly Management, Attentive Service, Great Food - what more could you want!

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F
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The team at this restaurant is top notch

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RB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had reservations for 11:15 - that is a great time to arrive because the restaurant fills up quickly. It is clearly popular and reservations are a must. Coat check is a blessing in the winter - seats are close together and there is no room to store coats. Menu was varied though not too many brunch type meals as opposed to lunch items. The chatter amongst tables was really fun - sharing food and general conversation. Made for a friendly comfortable atmosphere.

Always a line for the two bathrooms - be prepared to wait despite the two WCs being unisex.

Found the staff friendly and attentive. Once it got busy it was hard to get the waiter's attention. Don't be impatient in this restaurant. Enjoy the experience.

we were told that it is also good for dinner so will return and try it again. A nice surprise that I discovered online, I was very happy with this destination.

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MC
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had the DB Bistro burger. It was good but I think it's not worth the price. Inside is very upscale and nice.

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CC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

I had a delicious meal. The three course tasting menu is a great value. The celeriac soup was exceptional as was the tarte Alsatian flambe. It is noisy and the tables are very close together. But the service and food make up for it. Very close to Time Square. I intend to return.

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OT
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and lovely service. We went before the theater and they timed it perfectly. We both had the Prix-Fixe menu: Salade D'Endives, Orecheitte, and Ile Flottante. All delicious and surprisingly large servings. The salad had large chunks of forum d'ambers and delicious pear mixed with endive and radicchio - beautiful presentation. And the Ile Flottante was a subtle blend of lime anglaise with blood orange sorbet. Highly recommend this and easily reserved through OpenTable with many options for times about a week before.

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CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Everything was great except the entree took to long to be served. Almost missed our show

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GD
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Daniel Boulud offers exceptional food and quality. I have enjoyed Daniel, Bouled Sud and DB in Singapore. Virtually every time has been a food triumph. Listening to a great symphonic orchestra is an amalgam of many talents. But it must all be focused, tuned and directed to deliver an exceptional music or food product. Never easy. Hard work. Day after rigorous day.
Today I had foie gras with brioche with bits of pineapple comote, and the classic coq au vent. Others in my party had the squab risotto and the duck l’orange. Classics supreme. Hard to make right. Tonight we dined as if it was my first night in Paris in 1969. Superb and felicitación.

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G
New England
12 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Db Bistro Moderne provides terrific food combined with great, friendly and accommodating service and just enough little amuse gueule frills to impress. It never gets old. The quality of the food is consistently delicious. The chef takes some interesting and creative spins on French classics. The waitstaff is attentive woithout being overbearing and they never make you feel you have to leave. And occasionally, there is a celebrity or two who graces the restaurant with his or her presence.

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FD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pre theater. Excellent choice

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a
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super lunch fabulous service and the DB Burger is one good f the very best anywhere.

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o
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely French/eclectic cuisine in a handsome setting. Really excellent value at lunch, too. And take a look at the bargain wine offered with the lunch menu.

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L
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyday dining. Interesting people around. Must go!

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JR
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful menu, both lunch and dinner! (Did both while in NYC) Great wine list, impeccable service. Very comfortable ambiance. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone staying in the Theater District. It was so good for dinner, we went back for lunch! Had the Prix Fixe menu at lunch, the chicken was tender and delicious! Don't skip dessert, especially the pear!

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W
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was recommended by the concierge at the Royalton Hotel across the street. We went for brunch and returned for dinner and again for drinks. Everyone there was friendly and helpful. W had good conversations with the bartenders about their specialty drinks. Splitting a meal was not a problem.

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IM
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful dinner post theater seated in a lovely back corner table. Our waiter was terrific and made our dinner a very special experience. We look forward to returning in the future,

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HK
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 1

This is an adorable restaurant.. However the service was HORRENDOUS.. It took us 30 minutes to get a cup of coffee and 60 minutes to get our breakfast. They were short staffed and there was a manager who came in later and an additional server who came later. However this was too late to help us. They had two really loud obnoxious screaming children who were three to four years old and they never once said anything to the parents that their children were so loud and really disturbing the other patrons. This was not the ideal place to bring small children and let them scream. The positive... We had the Pistachio French Toast and the Potatoes and they were absolutely delicious.. Unfortunately I was not able to finish my breakfast because we had to run back to the hotel to get our car for the airport. I would recommend this place if they got the service under control and the not let children be out of control...

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JG
Jacksonville
16 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Expensive burger but worth it. Also the prefix theater menus was also very tasty. Highly recommended and the service was great.

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

Service is excellent and the cuisine is consistent: interesting menus and good food.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything was great except the staff seemed to be more concerned with spending time with each other and giggling then being professional servers. Probably taking it easy on the brunch shift. Nonetheless the food was exceptional

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JR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Really slow service and so-so food that’s not cheap.

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B
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

We went on a quiet Friday evening after the pre-theatre rush. Food was exquisite as always, service was consistently very good. Dining experience was impacted by the table we were given (empty corner, so no atmosphere), and staff recovering from the New Year rush earlier in the week (guests seemed to be a almost a hindrance for the bar person and hostess - NB waiter was experienced and excellent), and that is not the experience you are paying for when in one of Daniel Boulud's restaurants (His company catered our wedding, we have eaten at all his restaurants in NYC, have met him when he worked the room at Daniel, and are huge fans). Overall, great evening, atmosphere could have been better.

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o
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We loved our food and the service was top notch. The front room where we sat was WAY too loud as the bar area had a loud group of ladies enjoying a celebration. Very pricey too but food was delicious.

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P
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Although the food here was excellent, the service was extremely poor. We were on our way to the theater and waited over an hour after we put our order in and had to remind the maitre d’s that our food had never come. Although they denied it, it appears the server had forgotten to put the order in. They finally rushed it out to the table and we had about 15 minutes to gulp down our food and pay the bill. This restaurant is in the theater district and touts itself as a pre-theater restaurant and, in fact, asked us what time are play was. It was a shame, because their food is good, but it put unnecessary stress on the evening.

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PB
Philadelphia
100 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Classic Midtown Gem - It's so great to see db Bistro moderne thrive after (almost?) two decades. Our prarty of five found the chestnut soup (a special) divine, the lobster salad delicious, the tarte alsacienne light and yummy. A terrific wine list rounded out our dinner. The service could have been a bit more attentive at the beginning of the meal - we arrived at 5 pm - but we have a lovely dinner.

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