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About db Bistro moderne

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.

55 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French, Continental, American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast:
Monday - Friday 7:00am - 10:00am
Saturday & Sunday 8:00am - 11:00am

Brunch:
Saturday & Sunday 11:15am - 2:30pm

Lunch:
Monday - Friday 11:15am - 2:30pm

Dinner:
Sunday & Monday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Tuesday - Saturday 5:00pm-11:00pm

Cross Street:
between 5th and 6th Avenues

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 391-2400

Website:
http://www.dbbistro.com/

Parking Details:
Hippodrome parking is located directly across the street. For more information call (212)997-9096.
There is Muni-metered parking on 44th Street between 6pm and 12am.

Public Transit:
Subway 1,2,3,7,A,C,E,N,Q,R,W Stop at 42nd St. Times Square Subway B,D,F,V Stop at 42nd St. & 6th Avenue
Subway 4,5,6 Stop at Grand Central

Executive Chef:
Kedall Linhart

Additional:
Bar Dining, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
For your next large party or private event, please contact Rachel Ossakow at rossakow@danielnyc.com or at 212-391-2400. We are are able to accommodate small semi-private groups of 14 to large cocktail receptions for up to 165 guests.

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Join us at db Bistro Moderne with family and friends for a Thanksgiving Feast!
Three Course Prix Fixe - $75 per person. Children 12 & under - $35.

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Gather family, friends and little ones to await the arrival of Santa with a prix-fixe menu by Chef Christopher Stam and Pastry Chef Daniel Kleinhandler – just steps from 5th Avenue’s festive holiday lights.
3 Course Prix Fixe - $85 per person
Children 12yrs and younger - $35 (main course & dessert)

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Ring in the New Year with Family & Friends at db Bistro Moderne!
From 5-6:30pm we'll be serving our a la carte dinner menu and pre-theatre prix fixe menus
Beginning at 7pm, enjoy a 4 Course Tasting Menu for $95 per person.

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Details
Sun - Mon 8:45PM - 9:45PM

Tue - Sat 10:00PM - 11:00PM

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db Bistro moderne Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (113)
Fit for Foodies (81)
Creative Cuisine (61)
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Good for a Date (51)
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Business Meals (46)
Good for Anniversaries (40)
Good for Birthdays (39)
Quiet Conversation (37)
Notable Wine List (36)
Neighborhood Gem (35)
Handcrafted Cocktails (23)
Cozy (22)
Fun (22)
Romantic (21)
Casual (18)
Authentic (16)
Healthy (16)
Hot Spot (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Tasting Menu (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Great for Brunch (11)
Seasonal (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Late-night Find (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Comfort Food (7)
People Watching (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Kid-friendly (5)
Organic (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 hours ago

What a wonderful Thanksgiving lunch! The set menu was delicious - the squash soup and scallops appetizer were amazing! The turkey was perfectly cooked And the pumpkin profiteroles for dessert!

The service was impeccable and warm. Would do Thanksgiving here again, or try for a post-theater meal.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Ate at this restaurant several times always good service & excellent food.
Great dining pre theatre.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Denver)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent restaurant, phenomenal meal! Highly recommend

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Came for the Dover Sole and was absolutely not disappointed - fantastic!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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·Dined 5 days ago

Busy restaurant. Food was good. Portions just about ok to risk starter and main course without exploding. Service was rushed. Table next to us was delivered the dessert menu when they were still eating their main course! Seemed to be in a terrible rush to get you off the table and fill it with someone else, which sadly detracted from the overall customer experience. Vibrant, although very loud.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined 5 days ago

We enjoyed a very pleasant pre-theatre meal without feeling rushed. Everything was lovely.

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 6 days ago

The restaurant was extremely noisy on a Friday night. Too many tables too close together. Service was sometimes very good – at other times slow. My husband liked his dinner very much. I did not like the sauce with the beet salad. The molten chocolate cake was absolutely delicious. My biggest complaint was the noise and occasional slow service.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

db Bistro is a delightful and relaxing space to enjoy an exquisitely appointed meal. The smallest details from the plating to the timing made for an effortless pre-theater meal.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

After a couple of good but not great visits DB Moderne was back on its game. Excellent price fixe with very professional service. Well done DB!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Loved the db Burger! Tough to handle but what good Burger isn't.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Wonderful food and service but a littlr bit too noisy.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Delighted with the experience. This was my second time celebrating a family member's birthday. This week we celebrated with family from out of town. All was exquisite.

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Great Service, nice menu. Attentive staff and great food make this a good go to both for special occasions and business meals. Definitely will be back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The butternut squash soup was great. After that everything was kind of disappointing. The salmon and Bagel was very light on the salmon. The Bagel was also very tough. The pickles on the steak Tartine were good. The meat was okay. About a 30-minute wait from the time we got our soup until we got our entrees. We were given a faint apology and that was all. They were obviously very aware it took too long for us to get our food. Don't know if I would hurry back to this place anytime soon.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Conveniently located between Grand Central and Times Square. Staff was welcoming and helped us settle in while we waited for our last diner who was delayed a few minutes. Sommelier helped us narrow our pick and find an enjoyable wine to accompany the meal. My daughter does not eat cheese, and the wait staff helped find choices amongst the dining options to accommodate her tastes. Would return again.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great pre-theater dinner, with the team asking what time is curtain. We were able to get in and out with time to spare. We order one pre-fixe meal and one set of house specials. The house special escargot with chicken oysters were a unique and delicious surprise. We could not stop talking about that for days.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Loved this place enough to come back for breakfast! The steak tartare starter is very good and the roasted veal chop special was wonderful.

It was a little noisy partially due to a very loud woman - not the restaurant’s fault. The service was very good.

And at breakfast, they make a fine omelette.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

A marked decline over 12 months. Menu items formal and not "bistro" at all. Bass was a VERY small portion and while well cooked, the flavor and "wow" factor present in the past is long gone. Bistro burger still top notch. Pates and mousse's gone. Menu is an out of date relic and is not contemporary bistro for either NY or France. Mr. Boulud needs to get back in the kitchen and shape things up. Sad business dining experience.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

While the food was very good, we waited over half an hour after our reservation time to be seated and had to wait awhile as well for table service. I think since they cater to the theater crowd that was there focus, but it was still annoying, since the entry really has no where to stand and we didn't want to sit at the bar.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Went to Bistro Modern before a Broadway Show because of the convenient location. That's about all to recommend about our experience with this restaurant. It was overpriced, noisy and very average food.
Would not go back and would not recommend to a friend.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Wonderful dinner. Always have the fries no matter what you are eating. Well priced pre theater menu.

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Excellent food and wonderful staff and service.
We have been to db Bistro many times before or after Broadway shows and they continue to amaze.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 8, 2017

This was my second visit, but 15 years later. It still remains a classic with a modern atmosphere, and a spare ever-evolving menu, still with the DB burger (had it the first time, swoon-worthy, but rich) The Prix fixe is a good idea and my choices were excellent! great for theater district!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, People Watching
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

A good ambiance for any number of occasions. Varied and seasonal menu, nice to have a prix fixe option. Service very attentive but not intrusive. A favorite midtown west.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We love this restaurant! Great for cocktails or a pre-fix breakfast or dinner.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Just average

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

It is always a pleasure to have brunch at DB. The mushroom soup is delicious. The service is perfect.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Perfect Sunday brunch before theatre. Excellent service and delicious food.

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Want to do a good job, pleasant, good service, easy does it, decent breakfasts.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Lovely. As expected. Wine List is also full of lower priced gems. Service a dream. Food and atmosphere perfect.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

My wife’s chicken salad was salty, dry and mediocre. Their signature burger was interesting but $32 should get you a quality steak, not a hamburger. Club sodas were $4.50 each without refills. This meal (no alcohol, appetizers, or dessert) was $78 before tip - a definite no as a lunch before theater .

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

The only reason to go to DB Bistro is if you are around and don’t want/ can’t go anywhere else... the famous (and pricy) burger has no special taste. NY has so manu good options that I would not recommend to waste your time (and money!) there.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Enjoyed this restaurant immensely. Perfect for pre-theater.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Table was uncomfortable for a large party

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We were in NYC for an event and chose db Bistro moderne because it was close and we are regular customers of DBGB in Washington DC. It was a rainy dreary day, so we decided to have a leisurely lunch/brunch before our trip back to DC. Everything about our lunch was spectacular. We will be sure to make a special point of returning the next time we are in NYC.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Ordered the famous $35 DB burger. Got instead a charred dry burger. Disappointing!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We enjoyed our dinner very much. The food was outstanding and the service was great!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Really great food in a very nice atmosphere. Great service. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

One of my favorite Daniel Boulud restaurants. The Steak Fritte is out of this world. And so is the Macxaroon.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The waiters helped make the evening terrific. The food is always outstandingly delicious.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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