db Bistro moderne

4.4
6843 reviews
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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.

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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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F
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was good. Service was good and quick - perhaps too quick. We would have preferred a more relaxed experience.

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HS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

It seems our seating request was totally ignored. We understand it is probably one of the busiest day of the year. However, they should at least explain that they couldn't accommodate our request. Also, they should explain better for their dishes. A lot of detail in service can be improved.

The dessert chef did a great job to make us forget some unexpected service.

We were there based on chef's reputation, however we think they could do a better job and hope to revisit his bistro again.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Valentines

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f
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had dinner Sunday night, for the second time. Food and service were consistently good

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f
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, always! Thank you so much.

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N
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was excellent, was expensive but overall worth it

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PR
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ate there Friday night and I already have called two friends to recommend the restaurant. Admittedly, the value was better because it was Restaurant Week, although we all didn't order from that menu. But what a special evening. The food was fabulous but what made the night truly special was the tender loving care we got from the entire staff and sommelier. Great for pre-theater because of the location. Great for special occasions because it is a special place.

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G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Our server was excellent. We were there during restaurant week so we were a bit hesitant but no need. Everything was top of the line...the food, the service..excellent

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, outstanding service!

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UW
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for restaurant week, the food was delicious and the staff was very knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend it!

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PH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed a lunch for 6 during restaurant week. Selections were great, everyone had a different dish and all enjoyed immensely including appetizers and desserts.

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OT
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, with lots of special touches. Service was excellent.

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HD
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good for the price. Service was pretty slow, though.

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S
New York Area
126 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Really looking forward to my lunch as never eaten at db Bistro. Nice setting, busy and cheery atmosphere. Salad was good but the entree serving of loup de mer was very small and rather tasteless. The poulet was a good size, tender and more taste. Somewhat disappointed and $5.50/$5:00 for coffee and tea was excessive.

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OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It alwYs a great meal at DB bistro. It is one of my favorite places

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MM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff was patient & attentive. The food presentation was lovely & the taste was excellent. Only negative is the main dining area is noisy.

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p
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

This was my second visit to db Bistro moderne, and while I gave it the benefit of the doubt the first time, I can't do it the second time. The people are lovely, and the food is delicious, but it's way too noisy, and far too expensive to leave hungry. Everyone at my table mentioned the small portions, which were laughable. I was embarrassed to have suggested it as an alternative for the evening, and won't in the future.

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R
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love db Bistro moderne!!!! Food, Wine and Service is always stellar!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre theater Sunday brunch. Food was delicious, wine list great and service was wonderful!

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I
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

db Bistro offers well-executed French fare in a classy environment with out the stuffiness one would expect at an establishment owned by a two Michelin star chef. Even though there were some issues with the placement of the dishes at our table, the waitstaff were extremely friendly and accommodating.

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CL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

This was our third time to this restaurant. This is the first time we had a bad experience hasty service tiny portions. Not sure if we’ll go back for the fourth time.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great evening. Rarely do I like staying at a restaurant for more than 2 hours and I was there for 3 plus. The waiter was lovely and not overbearing but present and made great recommendations.
Thank you.
Stefan

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal, my friend was celebrating a birthday and received a nice gift. Thank you for making the event a special night.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our table was ready. Service was exceptional. We were there during restaurant week and took advantage of their menu for that week. Good choices, prepared wonderfully. Excellent wine, as well.

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BM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We have had mixed experiences at db Moderne, but this was a very good evening. To be fair, our one sad evening there was a very cold one, and we were seated near the door. The restaurant has addressed the issue, but we were also sure to be seated toward the back, on a frigid NYC evening. Service and food were without fault, if not celestial (but close!). Good value for money, in my book, and we shall return.

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k
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure dining at db bistro.Great ambiance and very attentive service.Food as always was excellent.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Uncoordinated service- we were served appetizers before our cocktails arrived

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GT
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was outstanding. Gustavo L. was so attentive and pleasant. The food was magnificent. We took advantage of the Restaurant Week menu and wine which made it a tremendous value. We enjoyed the mushroom veloute, the salade d'endive, the steak frites and the cavatelli. Pot au creme was yummy with some might tasty madelines. What a delightful evening!

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GD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great value ... excellent Restaurant Week menu and the timeless ‘best burger in New York’ !

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VB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Went for the NYC restaurant week deal which offered a good value for the 42$. As I had seen many people post comments on the special burger , I decided to pay the extra 14$. The burger turned out to be disappointing, bland and couldn’t be saved by the raisin sized foie gras or the also bland micro portion of braised ribs. I couldn’t identify any black truffles or the slightest taste of such. The fries on the other hand were borderline edible as they were covered with salt. The average diner does better burger and fries and mostly for less than the 14$ surcharge. Other than that everything was decent and the service was ok.

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OT
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was a taste sensation and the staff very attentive. I truly enjoyed the most delectable lamb shank I have ever had and my friend said her pasta was delicious. I can’t wait to return!!!

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SP
New York Area
157 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prix-fixe superb. Our lovely waiter recommended the special wine @$35 bottle. Wonderful food and service. Couldn't have asked for a better experience. Thank you!

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EH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Food was generally "tired" - Gem lettuce was dried out as if it had been out too long. Esacargot were over cooked and dry

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Here for restaurant week. Excellent food. The special wine choices for restaurant week particularly good and well priced.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Very disappointing

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C
New York Area
115 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Nice “ old school” dinning establishment.
Service,food very good ..
not sure why they use paper over nice linen tablecloths ?? Thaler away from fine dinning .. just my opinion

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l
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Restaurant Week menu portions were generous. The famous burger was a bit of a let down though. Cocktails were decent but expensive for what they were. Service was friendly and okay but not great, we had to rush the waiter to get our check so we could make a theater performance, despite explicitly stating our time restriction at the beginning of the meal.

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OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here with my mother for a between-show dinner (were seeing Harry Potter plats). Everything was truly outstanding! We did the restaurant week menu and it did not disappoint. We got the fluke ceviche app which was fresh and bright. For entrees I got the burger which was SO worth the $14 upcharge. It was truly divine. Mom got the loup de mer which was also fantastic. The desserts were both really good too. Service was prompt and friendly. I would absolutely return here again. Thank you for such a great experience!!

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A
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went here for a Pre theater dinner. Very good food and service. They had us out in plenty of time for our show. It is expensive for a set menu. But the food is great and room is wonderful.

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R
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Very uneven food quality from visit to visit but always overpriced.

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