db Bistro moderne

4.5
6418 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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  • Pre/post Theatre
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, Continental, American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:00 am
Sat, Sun 8:00 am–11:00 am
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:15 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Mon, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(212) 391-2400
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Christopher Stam
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Cross street
between 5th and 6th Avenues
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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.
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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
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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.
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Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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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6,418 reviews
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
62%
Very Good
26%
Good
9%
Fair
2%
Poor
1%
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great setting and service for a business meeting; appreciate the attention to detail and quality/presentation of our meals.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Dessert was fabulous

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Fine experience.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We have been there several times. Love the food and the service. Great for pre theater.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

great service and well cook and creative cuisine..will go again often

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Just a wonderful experience. Johnny was a superb waiter with excellent recommendations. Wonderful bottle of Amarone and a secluded table for two made for easy conversation and a fantastic evening.

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Being from out of town, I wasn't exactly sure what to expect from DB Bistro. It had come recommended due to its proximity to our hotel. It was indeed, quite close. The interior is a bit dark and "old school" for my tastes, but some will love it for that very reason, I am sure.

The service was pretty well executed, and the wine list was well thought out and has some nice choices. The cocktail menu was decent. The wines list was good and the wine steward was quite nice end helpful. The menu selections were okay, just a bit dated to match the interior, but again, those items we ordered were executed perfectly well.

The disconcerting aspect of the experience (and perhaps I should have expected this given its location) was that by 8pm, the entire dining room had cleared out as the patrons all scurried off to their broadway shows, leaving my group in a completely empty dining room.

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Being seated next to the entrance when the entire restaurant was empty was way wrong! We asked to move to a cozier comfortable table,
After been denied to be seated in the rear dining are or even the middle ! Excuse was getting ready fir dinner.
We were there at 4:25 and left at 6.. it would have been fine! That was rude!
Thank goodness the waiter was amazing as well as the food!

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

We had a nice dinner at DB Bistro Moderne, before going to the theatre. We had the Prix Fixe menu, and the food was good and pretty good value. However it was not the best dinner we had during our week in NYC - it was nice, but not that memorable.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Good food just steps from the theatre district, with a nice French/American twist. Prices are reasonable for the area and quality of the food.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

great food. very comfortable seating. coq au vin was delicious. hamburger was wonderful. not sure if it worth the price that they charge.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Delicious meal accompanied by excellent service. The duck breast was perfectly cooked, crispy skin yet tender and juicy on the inside. The coq au vin was rich and the meat just fell off the bone. And those famous warm madeleines at the end, the best. Definitely a repeat.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

We enjoyed a late lunch/brunch with friends. The food was excellent and there are enough menu options to please everyone. The service was exceptional. No one rushed us and they were just attentive enough. I would recommend this conveniently located bistro to everyone, including theater goers.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

My husband and I have been in search of the best burger in NYC and I feel certain we found it at db Bistro! It was outstanding and our server Charles added to our fabulous experience. We will be back soon.

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4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

The Hake was excellent and the portion just right. Also the wine selection is very good.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Cucumber gazpacho was soooo refreshing and the main course quinoa salad and shrimp salad that my friend and I had were just the right portion size and absolutely delicious. We enjoyed being in the back dining area. Service was impeccable. Will definitely be back soon!

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4.0Dined on June 27, 2018

This was the perfect spot for a pre theatre meal. The food was really delicious and service was prompt and very friendly. The restaurant atmosphere is relaxed.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

On a Sunday evening we enjoyed super fresh sole, bright gazpacho, just tender baby artichokes full of flavor, frisée salads with just the right vinaigrette. And a fantastic 2008 Bordeaux. Also could not resist the cherry meringue fantasy dessert. Very worth a taxi ride from La Guardia just to dine here.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

The service was welcoming, warm and efficient. The food was a fabulous combination of flavors and textures with an artistic presentation from the start to the finish.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Excellent choice for pre-theatre dining. Convenient location and delicious food

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3.0Dined on June 23, 2018

There seemed to be some confusion on our reservation. On the phone they told us 9:30 but when we arrived they said 9:45. We were hungry so we didn’t like the extra time. When we arrived. The open air was also chilly as it was a windy day so that was also uncomfortable. There are no heaters. My pasta with lamb ragu was nice but another friend has meat dish that he didn’t like as much.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

As usual, excellent service in a pleasing dining room. The a la carte sausage is nicely tasty and a perfect density. The madeleine were scrumptious. The grilled chicken salad was delicious - the romaine tossed with a classic french dressing was right on - the fingerling potatoes were, however, bland. The chicken breast was probably cooked sou vide and then grilled - texture was good - carrot strips were a bit jarring with the rest. Lovely wine selection.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Drive from Westchester county to meet friends. Well worth it. Friend had recommended it highly. Great service, very knowledgeable waiter who gave great recommendations on wine and food choices. Great ambiance. Had a wonderful time.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Great for pre-theatre dining.

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3.0Dined on June 22, 2018

food was good, I felt the service was rushed, didn't finish cocktail and appetizer before meal was brought although we had said we had enough time before our show. This of course is what is to be expected pre-theater so I would try this restaurant again at another time.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Recommended by a friend and loved it. The food was great and had lots of fun talking with the Beverage Manager about Japanese Whiskey...very knowledgeable young man!!

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

I wanted to take my friend who hadn’t been to NYC for more than 30 years. She was impressed with the location and the speed with which we were seated, and we were early. The waiter was quick to offer us drinks and brought wine to taste prior to pouring. He explained the specials. We ordered the prix fixe lunch always a bargain for NYC, but not cheap. We bother ordered the cucumber avocado gazpacho, a little too spicy, kind of strange compared to soups of other times. We had the trout as an entree, very good and beautifully plated. We ended with the ever great coffee and shared a gelato assortment. So good. No rush but we were served promptly and graciously

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Superb food and service everything was well don.

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3.0Dined on June 15, 2018

db Bistro has always been difficult for after theatre unless you have a short show or early curtain. In the past, however, I’ve always been seated in the restaurant, with a full menu available. This visit, I was seated in the bar next to a party of six loud women, and told only a limited menu was available after 9:00. Ordered the burger, which I love, but perhaps because it was late, the fries were all just short bits and pieces. My suggestion - go during earlier dinner hours unless you just want a drink in the bar.

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3.0Dined on June 14, 2018

This was a business meal for an important client and the service was below expectations for a restaurant with these prices - even the client noticed this!

The first mistake was when an extra dry martini straight up order was delivered on the rocks. When we asked for it to be made straight up, it was clear they just poured the same now watered down drink into a martini glass. At $ 19 a drink they should remake the drink to get the order right. The next noticeable error was when we ordered a bottle of red and white, we were shown the bottle but neither bottle was offered to taste - they were simply opened and poured into glasses. The other annoyance was that there seemed to be three or more different sets of people that we had to deal with over the evening and it was difficult to get attention when you wanted something. We arrived at 6:00 pm and left before 9:00 pm so it was strange that there was not one team over that period attentive to our section.

While the food was good and the event was successful, it is difficult to recommend a place that cost close to $ 200 per person when the service is simply not up to par.

Monsieur Boulud needs to pay attention if he wants to keep his business clients.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

We came here for a pre-theater dinner and were very pleased with the prix fixe as well as a la carte selections. Food was well prepared and service was excellent. We ate leisurely and had
enough time to walk to the theater. Slightly off the Broadway scene but worth the walk.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Very good burger!

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2018

I was in NYC to attend a few Broadway productions; db Bistro Moderne was recommended to me. It is a perfect pre-theater choice. The food was good: not remarkable but certainly above average. My server was attentive. I will definitely recommend this restaurant to others & will return on my next trip to the Broadway area.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

As always (it's a personal favorite), the food was first rate, the luncheon Prix Fixe a good deal, and the service friendly and efficient. One cannot go wrong here, if fresh French bistro cuisine is what you want.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The one place we always go when we come to New York

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Excellent classic french bistro with a modern twist - service is unobtrusive and most professional - not rushed at all - thoroughly enjoyable.

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Came here for a pre-theatre meal and all food, drink and service were very good. Service was very efficient. Good spot for pre-theatre.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

the food is alway delicious and the wine list is awesome. service is impeccable & I loved the sommelier

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

One of our New York City favorites. We always enjoy the cocktails and small bites and have never had a bad meal there. It can be noisy at times, depending upon where you are seated. But show me a quiet NYC restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

db Bistro Moderne is one of my go-to restaurants in NYC with a convenient location just west of Grand Central, near the theater district, and handy to hotels and university clubs. The food changes seasonally, so there are always interesting and new choices for repeat customers. The service is outstanding: professional, anticipatory, efficient yet friendly. I always have a wonderful time there and leave feeling so well taken care of. I have yet to have a meal that disappointed me. You can control your bill through many price points and menu strategies, from a lite bite to an extravagant main. The prix fixe menu is fairly priced and balanced.

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