db Bistro moderne

4.6
7230 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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j
New York Area
153 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great to find a place to have quiet conversation as well as excellent food and service. The dining room is lovely and comfortable. Each dish was gracefully served; delicious starters and entrees, kudos to the hamachi crisp, escargot, halibut and duck breast. We shared everything making dinner a banquet. We will return with old friends who also love to dine and converse with pleasure.

PS
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very accommodating for dietary restrictions. Super friendly and helpful staff

G
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and delightful in every way! Even on a Saturday night, we were not rushed at all. The staff was terrific and the food is yummy.

E
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The three course prizes fix meal was outstanding. Food, and service were amazing. Atmosphere was very warm and friendly.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal. We made a reservation for 5:15 and let them know we had to get to a 7:30 show. They were very accommodating. The food came out quickly, but we never felt rushed. We highly recommend it!

RG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The cucumber gazpacho was a hit--perfect for a warm summer evening to accompany the Dover sole. Only disappointment was that the chef excluded the anticipated molten chocolate cake from the restaurant week menu. Next time!

R
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Our meal was during restaurant week and the food was a good value. I choose the wine paring and had to ask for my wine after our entree arrived. I also ordered tea and it was not delivered until I had finished my desert. My duck entree was chewy. We both enjoyed the appetizers and my wife really enjoyed the db burger. The restaurant was packed and noisy.

j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DB Bistro never disappoints. This was my first NY restaurant week meal there and I was a bit concerned if the experience will be as special but it exceeded my expectations. There were so many options to choose from and everything was prepared to perfection: from cucumber gazpacho to duck breast, to passion fruit baked Alaska. Cannot recommend it enough and for a fraction of the price of a regular menu.

SP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Had reservations one week in advance and seated next to bar food ok expected more food rather bland and dessert portions were like tasting portion

OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to DB many times and they never disappoint. Their restaurant week offerings were exceptional. I always love my experience

GD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food

RS
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I thought the food was pretty good but I got the fusilli with mushrooms and there was barely any mushrooms, the taste was good though. Very noisy, I couldn't hold a conversation

A
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service! Excellent food. One of my favorite places for lunch.

DC
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

I had a three course lunch with my family, every dish looked beautiful and tasted great, the portion was a little bit small, the service and ambience are OK, since this place was really busy and I am not expecting too much.

FM
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

I have been going to db Bistro moderne for years and the experience is generally excellent. But, I had the bad luck m to have lunch there during Restaurant Week.

GT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant, professional, and classy experience. Food is delicious and service is best in class. This will be a new go-to for business lunches and happy hours.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent for a special occasion. 4th time at dining here and is never lets you down. Magical food!

MN
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The room was full but not overly loud. The service was solicitous but not intrusive. And the food was delicious. My starter, the corn chowder special, was sweet and full of good corn flavor yet light enough not to be too filling, as some chowders can be. My main, the steak frites, was impeccable: crispy hot fries, and a perfectly medium-rare steak. Looking forward to visiting again and trying the bistro burger at the bar.

SS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Dinner was everything you could want. It was remarkable that db offered everything on the food menu during Restaurant Week, with only a few items requiring a price supplement. The food was imaginative, and wonderfully prepared. My first time visiting guests were blown away,

AS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were great. We had all evening and no one rushed us. The server was knowledgable, attentive, and had a good sense of humor. We did the Restaurant Week dinner prix fixe. All the courses were delicious. I didn't like the dessert I ordered first; the server brought me a replacement. He also managed to make one bottle of wine for four diners last until dessert. A lovely experience, but a lot of ambient noise.

A
Orange County
39 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a delicious and memorable lunch today. We began our meal with an assortment of fresh East Coast Oysters. My husband had the gazpacho and a special ceviche which was served in a topped off whole coconut, with crisp plantains. I had a beautifully presented Cobb Salad. It was a gorgeous day and we were seated at a shady table in the patio/garden. Our waiter was professional, knowledgeable and most helpful in his recommendations. All of the staff was friendly, courteous and professional. We always made it a point to enjoy lunch or brunch on our visits to NYC.
Thank you,
Carolyn Zalta

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent value restaurant week lunch. Good straightforward food with thoughtful plating and some nuanced dishes like the cucumber gazpacho Attentive service.

KP
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DB is our favorite in NY- enjoy the craft of this master chef at a fraction of the price of his flagship Daniel. We have dined here several times and have never been disappointed. The service is impeccable from water to wine! We were extremely fortunate to enjoy restaurant week with 3 courses for $42! We ended up dining 2 times during our last visit to NY- we loved the duck with Cherie’s, chicken with Riesling, Dover sole, lobster salad and every dessert on menu. All excellent! They also offer an amazing happy hour. Love this place! Thank you !

AK
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Not a bad experience but could have been easily quite memorable. First, the waiter was hardly to be seen, typing constantly into some screen. We might have entered or order directly into some screen ourselves. The server and buzz boy were friendly. The fluke crudo was bone- dry without any drizzling or sauce. The entree was smallish but very good, and the dessert too. The restaurant week wine for $42 was not worth more for sure. I am glad we arrived early because things got a little crazy by the time we left.

M
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Table was ready when we arrived. This restaurant never disappoints!!

U
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We tried the resraurant week menu and it is of great value compared to a la carte. The lobster salad and summer salad are both great. The burger is not my cup of tea, too much meat and just a little bit of foie gras. My friend did no like her salmon much as well. Desserts were superb.

TA
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Sad to say, I was disappointed. The food was okay, but it didn't wow me. For the price point and reputation of Daniel Baloud, I expected more.

Little things like the bread and butter served with the butter so cold it couldn't be spread properly, to the amuse bouche that was presented was over-herbed and unappetizing.

My scallop dish was fine - nothing remarkable. My daughter had the steak frites - she enjoyed it, but when I tasted it I found the steak to be drowning in the reduction to the point where you couldn't taste the steak at all.

On top of that, service was slow even with the restaurant half empty on a Saturday night.

DR
Miami
147 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food presentation wonderful excellent service
A truly enjoyable dining experience

db Bistro moderne
Responded on August 11, 2019

Its always a pleasure to provide memorable dining experiences. Until next time. All the best, Allysun Redmond General Manager

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KH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service began upon arrival. Food was delicious and presented beautifully. Mrs. Bouvier was a great cocktail. We’ll definitely return.

db Bistro moderne
Responded on August 11, 2019

Hello Keri, Thank you so much for the lovely words. We are very happy you joined us for restaurant week and look forward to hosting you again in the near future. Warm regards, Allysun Redmond, General Manager

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Restaurant week lunch felt very cheap and small. Was surprised to find my steak drowning in an overpowering sauce and the meat was tough. The appetizer was tiny but good, and the one I really wanted was not even offered (they change the items even though menu is published online). Service was nice but food was underwhelming.

CK
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Were here for my son's birthday lunch. This is one of his favorite restaurants in the city, and he eats here occasionally. Birthday boy had the DB Burger, his usual choice when eating here. I had the salmon BLT and my husband had a salmon dish. All the food was beautifully presented and delicious. Birthday boy is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, so he is quite discerning when it comes to food. The highlight was the baked Alaska dessert. Incredible. Worth the price of admission, lol. Very clean. Good service. Bit noisy but it was busy at lunchtime in Manhattan. To be expected. Highly recommend. Look forward to returning on future visits to city

MT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for restaurant week lunch. It was so crowded we could barely get in the door, but we were seated promptly and the log jam was cleared quickly also. It was very loud, but it quieted down as lunch crowd cleared out. Service was very attentive. We had the salad (those peaches!), cucumber gazpacho (smooth and refreshing), steak frites (perfectly cooked), baked alaska and blackberry entremet. All of the food was delicious and the portion sizes appropriate. The stars for me were 1) the basil sorbet - exquisitely refreshing and tasty, 2) the shallot wine sauce on the steak - extremely rich, flavorful, and plentiful, and 3) the frozé. If I had to nitpick, I wish the blackberry mousse was colder because the semi-cold temperature didn't play well against the perfectly cold, amazing basil sorbet; and the steak could have used a little more char. However, these small things did not take away at all from a perfectly lovely lunch. I would definitely return.

JH
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

8 of my family before theater. Everyone enjoyed it

JC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow. We dined here with a party of 4 during Restaurant Week. The value was tremendous. Not a single thing went wrong. The service was excellent, the food was excellent and the ambiance was excellent. OK, one little thing went wrong - the Creme Brûlée wasn't that great. But everything else was so perfect, I almost forgot about it. This is the kind of place that I would not hesitate to tell friends and family about. My wife and I plan on returning the next time we are in the city. The entire restaurant staff should be commended for a job incredibly well done!

db Bistro moderne
Responded on August 11, 2019

Many thanks, Jerome. Your words wow us as and I look forward to sharing them with the team. We certainly look forward to having you and your friends join us again and again. Wishing you the best, Allysun Redmond, General Manager.

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M
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food and atmosphere were all wonderful! We already made another reservation and can’t wait to return!

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

The chicken liver mousse was a little too salty for my taste but the salmon with wild rice was amazing! Great friendly service with a smile.

DC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was rushed and obligatory. They just wanted us out. Food was good and the interior smart looking. Problem was it was post Theater and they didn’t seem to interested. They allowed for a lot of bad behavior from kids. Always hard to find good service post theater. Recommend going pre Theater like we did last time.

FP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect except for the burger. It is stuffed with short rib meat. It is too complicated. Not bad, but overdone. I have had better burgers that are more straight forward and made interesting by cheese or bacon etc.
The rest of the experience from the other food we tasted, the ambiance and the service were perfect.

We will definitely go back, but pass on the burger.

S
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have dined at db Bistro moderne before and always enjoyed delicious and innovative dishes. This was true again at our most recent visit. We generally go for a pre-theater dinner. The most recent visit started off most inauspiciously when the hostess made us wait in the bar area for about 15 minutes. We had arrived about 10 minutes early for our reservation. We were not told our table wasn't ready or invited to have a drink at the bar. We were placed in the middle of the bar area and just stood there. The restaurant was empty as we needed an early reservation for an early theater curtain. We didn't enjoy standing and waiting for our table and expressed my displeasure to the hostess. That didn't faze her.

db Bistro moderne
Responded on August 13, 2019

We are very happy you enjoyed the food and service on your recent visit. I sincerely apologize for any communication mishaps when you arrived while the dining rooms were prepared for guests. We are sensitive to time constraints for our 7pm pre-theater guests and try to seat those who arrive early a few minutes prior to the opening of dinner service at 5pm if circumstances permit. Thank you for understanding and we look forward to hosting you again. Kind regards, Allysun Redmond, General Manager.

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MM
New England
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great Restaurant Week offering. How could you go wrong with DB Bistro on the RWeek

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