db Bistro moderne

4.4
6572 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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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Private party facilities
db Bistro Moderne is perfectly suited for your next group event. Our proximity to Times Square, Broadway theaters and the media capital of New York means convenience for your guests.

For more information on our large group dining options, please contact us at (212) 391-2400.
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Private party contact
Allysun Redmond: (877) 890-5271
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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 Allysun Redmond at aredmond@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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Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Join us at db Bistro Moderne to celebrate Thanksgiving. Enjoy our $75 3-course prix fixe menu of French-inspired fare alongside your favorite Thanksgiving dishes. Children can dine on two courses for $35. Beverages, tax, and gratuity not included. Please provide an email to secure your reservation.

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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

What 6572 People Are Saying
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Charleston
8 reviews
Dined 10 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a reliable, accessible, excellent restaurant.

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

We love DB Moderne. We go there often when in the theater district. Staff is always friendly and attentive.

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t
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a treat for birthdays. The staff pays extra special attention to the birthday person. The food was excellent and prix fixe menu an excellent value.

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CT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I thought the menu choices were excellent. My friends had coq au vin and I had the lobster salad with mushrooms. I thought everything was delicious. It was in easy walking distance of the theatre district and we were able to eat at a leisurely pace and had plenty of time to get to the show.

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F
Miami
127 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went post theater this past week. All four of us had the burger, it was completely memorable and a great splurge.

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BF
Miami
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can order their famous stuffed burger (awesomely unique) or a standard entree. Everything is delicious. Started with two local salads with unique light and creamy dressings. Could not decide who ordered the BEST. Shared grilled lamb chops and coq au vin which was out of this world !! Served efficiently in time to get us off to theater. Servers were all GREAT. Cannot wait to go back.

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RZ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Their signature burger, ordered medium, received as dry and tasteless. At $35 not a good value. Fairly noisy.

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IM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Food and service as well ambient. I definitely recommend it.

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S
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always good food and attentive service. Great pre-theater or any time.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The waiter got my companion’s meal wrong twice. He wasn’t paying attention

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CA
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We took our friends from LA for lunch, service was good enough, not exceptional. The food was not up to the level we had experienced in the past. The beet salad was too heavy with onion which overwhelmed all other ingredients. Our entrees were all good but we thought the experience was not really worth the hefty tab

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BS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints.

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L
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was excellent! At first there was a table of 8, a little difficult to have a conversation. They left shortly after our arrival, made it easier for conversation with my guests. Overall, excellent!!!

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SB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is excellent though expensive for one that I frequent pre-Theater. The quality and cost are more in line with a destination restaurant. However, the lack of ambiance in the room doesn't lend itself to an evening out and leisurely dining. Drinks and wine might slow down the meal, but the well-trained staff and
seemingly smoothly run kitchen make the restaurant feel like a good choice for good eating before the evening's main event.

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LK
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of the staff made a special occasion more special beginning with our request for Absinthe as a pre-dinner drink. We also requested that our main menu be held until we were ready. The hanger steak was done to medium rare to rare perfection. It was tender and extremely flavorful. Our sommelier was very helpful and knowledgeable. It was a grand evening and we so appreciated all of the attention. Even though it wasn’t a birthday we were celebrating my husband’s one year survival after a life threatening illness and he was presented with a plate of Madeleines and “Happy Birthday” on it! Sweet. Sorry that my photos won’t load!

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Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great night. Perfect pre-theater dinner....wonderful wine selections. They even remembered our anniversary. Like coming home...

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JG
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was blown away by the experience. The food was delicious and the space was charming. Excellent service as well. Bravo!

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j
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

The foie gras was very disappointing. As signature plate, should be despicable. Instead, it was simple. Bread not fresh, tomato was cold and the foie gras was unnoticeable. For a $15 burger, I would say it were perfect...as for $35....gee I miss Rossini burger at Les Halles...

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M
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The best thing about this restaurant is the proximity to the theater district. Otherwise, it's not particularly memorable among fine dining establishments. My two friends & I all had the orecchiette pasta. It arrived cold, so we all had to send our meals back to the kitchen. It was hot upon return and was tasty, but one should never have to send a meal back to the kitchen. The place was extremely busy, with my guess being 100% of the guests were headed to the theater. Therefore, there was a rather frenetic atmosphere, even though it must be like that most evenings. We noticed that a man at the table next to us was not happy with his entree. He, in fact, left the table while his friends ate their dinners. He returned for dessert. We assume he went to McDonald's . . . The other highly annoying thing is that there is only one women's restroom with only one stall. It certainly detracts from one's dining experience to have to stand in line to use the restroom.

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CK
E. Tennessee
33 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant was steps away from my hotel. It was perfect for lunch Saturday afternoon after a morning of shopping. The db Burger is so sinfully good with the beef short rib and foie gras!!! The fries were extra crispy! Great meal!!!

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MR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I had a lovely pre theater meal here on my own and the service was exceptional. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys French bistro cuisine and especially to anyone who might be uneasy at venturing into a restaurant as a solo diner.

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JS
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

enjoyed the burger, gnocchi and Dover sole with friends and a bottle of Morey-Saint -Denis

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d
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, great service, pricey . great if you need a location near Grand Central or Times square

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OT
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We came here for the signature brioche burger w four gras and it was not bad at all. The service and cocktails were even better. It was all good without really impressing.

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JW
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

DBBistro delivers what it set out to deliver, an accessible version of Daniel Boulud’s excellent cuisine. For me it is ideal for a working lunch which can slide towards indulgence as required without breaking the bank.

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JW
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Great staff and service. Good bar. Food was ok, but expensive. I had the wild boar chop, and it was tough and chewy. My wife had the steak frites, which was good. The desert was delicious. $180 for two people, 1 drink each, entrees, and a shared desert.

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SH
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for our 2nd anniversary before seeing a show. Service was impeccable and food was delicious. We loved the prix fixe menu and everything involved during our experience. Sommelier was very knowledgeable and recommend perfect pairing for our dinner choices. Dessert was outstanding.

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SR
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Extremely good. But not mind blowing as I was expecting from a Daniel Boulud restaurant. That being said, the waitress was great, prices were affordable, and the drinks were awesome. Worth a visit.

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CB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delivered what I hope for in a restaurant meal - delicious cocktails, food, and wine; excellent service; unexpected (but welcome!) small bites delivered between courses; and a warm ambience where normal conversation is possible without shouting.

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FF
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The coq a vin is simply amazing!

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PT
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was my first meal at db Bistro Moderne. The restaurant is stylish--elegant, in fact. This is a high-end restaurant that caters to the Midtown business crowd and affluent visitors to New York City who are staying and/or shopping in the area. The dining room hummed with conversation at the height of the lunch hour. My friend and I lingered and virtually had the room to ourselves by the time we left. The staff made it clear we were welcome to stay as long as we liked. The food was excellent and beautifully presented. I have been to one other restaurant run by Daniel Boulud. I enjoyed that experience, but I enjoyed this meal even more.

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L
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible good (especially lamb chops and Burt orange ice cream) and service was attentive and professional but very friendly (thanks Chuck). A wonderful evening!

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m
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Disappointing. Food was good but not exceptional- which it should be given prices. Service was friendly . We’ve been here before for dinner and really enjoyed it but that was about 4 years ago. Definitely below expectations

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c
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

As a monthly visitor to DB dor
Lunch and dinner,I have come to
Expect delicious food , excellent service and an all over great experience. Unfortunately a server disinterested in our table of two (my 25 year old daughter and I), prompted my mediocre review . I will certainly return with my fingers crossed that my next visit will be as lovely as I know it can be

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VK
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Nice place, centrally located , cuisine was elegant. I enjoyed the mini madeleines for desert

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LI
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was recommended by a good friend so we decided to try it. My wife was in a motorized scooter and everyone was quite accommodating. Food was excellent and very different. We both had soup starters, hers was mushroom and I had cream of cauliflower. Both were excellent. She had a lobster salad which was quite generous. I had the hangar steak which was also wonderfully prepared. Presentation was very attractive and service was impeccable.

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b
New England
44 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All of Daniel Bolud's restaurants are wonderful, but db Bistro Moderne is my favorite restaurant in the city. Consistently excellent food, varied choices on the menu (although favorites like Dover Sole, Striped Sea Bass and hanger steak remain) and wonderful service (food and wine). The Dover Sole is always moist and buttery. It was served with fresh asparagus. The Domaine Vacheron Sancerre (2017) was an excellent recommendation from the sommelier. I will add a vote for the pommes frites that are superb.

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LP
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had pre-theater dinner here. It was a beautifully prepared and presented meal from start to finish. Service is attentive without being fussy or obtrusive. I ordered the tomato terrine for a first course, which I thought was a bit too concentrated in flavor--I would describe it as eating a good marinara sauce with cheese without the pasta. My husband ordered the mushroom veloute, which he enjoyed very much. We both ordered the wild board agnolotti for a main course, which was excellent. I have eaten here many times for lunch and dinner and always enjoy the experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Not a very authentic presentation of bistro-style food. The coq au vin was cooked way too long and the frogs legs seemed to have been made with something sweet. On the other hand, the service was excellent and the ambience fun, if a bit noisy. We'd go back again but choose things that need less cooking time.

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Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I live in North Carolina. We traveled to New York last December to spend a few days enjoying the city. While there we purchased tickets for a Broadway Show and dined at db Bistro Moderne pre-theater. We recently repeated the experience. Among some other things we did we also purchased theater tickets and decided to dine at db again because of our very favorable experience last year.

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