db Bistro moderne

4.4
6687 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

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

It's the most wonderful time of the year at db Bistro Moderne. Enjoy our $85 3-course prix fixe menu of French-inspired holiday fare. Children can dine on two courses for $35. Beverages, tax, and gratuity not included. Please provide an email to secure your reservation.

Monday, December 24, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Enjoy your New Year's Eve at in the heart of midtown at db Bistro Moderne. We have an a la carte menu available from 5-6:30pm, with our luxurious, 4-course prix fixe beginning at 7pm for $115 a person, with champagne specials available all evening.

Monday, December 31, 2018

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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

What 6687 People Are Saying
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BP
Baltimore
41 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our brunch today at db Moderne was wonderful! The food, service and ambiance was as much as we could have hoped for our long overdue family catch up. Even though it was Sunday morning and the restaurant was packed, there was nothing more that the staff could have done to improve the experience. Order the Shakshuka- you won’t be disappointed.

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

Food unimaginative. Fries were good - everything else mediocre.

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KT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

I chomped down on a healthy helping of glass in my meal. Left immediately. Thank god I didn’t swallow it.

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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the place! When I come to Manhattan DB Modern is my first choice

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G
New England
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have eaten numerous times at dbBistro and have been most satisfied, but last Thursday's dinner was exceptional! I ordered from the prix fixe menu - celery root soup, hanger steak with roasted potatoes and muhrooms, frisee and watercress salad, and a pomegranate tatin. the joy began with the amuse-gueule: 4 or 5 very thin slices of duck salami (or something like that) with a zingy mustard and petits cornichons. Along with the roll I had selected from the bread dish, it was fantastic, and enough to satisfy me for the evening - but that was just the beginning. THe celery root soup was light and frothy, the hanger steak cooked to perfection, and the roasted potatoes tiny explosions of perfect potato flavor (was duck fat somehow involved?). An unbelievable meal that made me sway with happiness. And then there was the dessert - just enough, and just the right combination of sweet and taart, smooth and crumbly. This was a meal I will relive eating for a long, long time.

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G
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Like spending a pleasant 90 minutes in a Paris bistro. Friendly and knowledgeable staff and good wine list

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O
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I was really looking forward to eating at db Bistro moderne. Atmosphere was good and the service very good yet the food was uninspired. I had hanger steak that had a parsley pesto sauce that was nasty. I had to scrape it off and was going to ask for ketchup to mask the flavor. The fingerling potatoes were over done. I won't go back.

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d
Vancouver
63 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last lunch date in New York. I had an amazing lobster salad & a wonderful flour-less molten chocolate cake. My husband had the amazing, extravagant dB burger with truffles & fries. Had a lovely corner table from which we had views of all the comings & goings. Great people watching Place. And a nice place to dine when a long flight away home to follow!! Wonderful ending to an extended stay in Brooklyn & Manhattan!

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B
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Hosted a breakfast meeting for seven people. Generally, service was timely and attentive, but it was a cold day and there appeared to be no coat check. So, everyone crowded their coats next to them or on an unused table in the middle of the room. Trying to fit seven coats and bags in a small space was not fun.

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K
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We threw the staff a curve by arriving 30 minutes early for our reservation, due to unforeseen circumstances. They were a bit flummoxed by our early arrival, but we were perfectly willing to dine at the communal table at the bar, where we were soon accommodated—very hospitable staff. Food was superb, and the staff were very accommodating (my well-behaved young nephew was in tow with our dining party). The sommelier selected a terrific bottle of wine for us, and a good value at that. A wonderful restaurant, always. Tuna tartare was fantastic, as were the steak frites, Dover sole, and blanquette de veau. (My only *slight* complaint was that seemingly every passing staff member bumped or brushed the back of my chair. But then again, it’s a bistro and I’m a big guy). Not my first visit, won’t be my last. Thank you!

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CT
New York Area
156 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Been many times. This was amongst the best!
The staff was great. We had a great 1/2 bottle of Chateaunuf du pape. The bread is awesome. The apps were great. The Dover sole was the best we've ever had. So close to Bryant Park! I highly recommend eating here after visiting Winter Village at BP!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific meal, first rate service and cuisine

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ED
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The soup was great
The meat was not flavory at all
Great dissapointment being a DB
Even If it s a bistro

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g
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Welcoming staff on a rainy night, walked into a lovely space. We had a short amount of time as we had tickets to the theater. Our service was swift and polite and the coq au vin and risotto was delicious. Will return for a more leisurely dinner at this pretty, but not pretentious restaurant!

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DN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Went with a friend for brunch on Sunday. The atmosphere and staff were great. We enjoyed the food as well. We had the kale and quinoa salad to start, it is a main but we split it as an appetizer. It was delicious. We also had the steak and eggs and the chicken with salad. My only small complaint is the salad on the chicken was overdressed. If you order that, maybe get the salad dressing on the side. We split the madelines for dessert, excellent. They come out freshly baked and they are mini, a nice little bowl full. Overall, I would recommend. enjoy!

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RP
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The service was excellent though a little slow--actually that suited us because one of our party was busy and running late so it worked out fine! Another guest had the signature db burger--he's 19 years old and very venturesome, having never had fois gras before--but enjoyed every bit of it! This was my third time visiting db Bistro Moderne, being an out-of-towner (Bostonian), and I always enjoy returning here.

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KC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I would have given it a 5 overall except that it was too noisy!

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l
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our most heavily reserved restaurant pre theater. They always get us out in time and the service is friendly, fast, accurate. Fun crowd, reasonable prices, always some exciting dishes on the menu to try. We had truffle risotto this time out (among other things of course) and it was stellar!

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c
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

doesn't bering anything to the table to go back again or recommend this restaurant

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SR
Baltimore
97 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Totally engaging experience. Front of the house was warm and welcoming, rivaled only by the professionalism and warmth of servers. Rather than a boring brunch menu, food was creative and delightful. Tasty and plated beautifully. Particularly enjoyed the pumpkin soup -- like sipping a cloud. And our persimmon tart was both gorgeous to the eye and the taste buds. A marvelous, interesting brunch.

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BF
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Service and food are wonderful. Cocktails are creative and delicious. 3 course Prix Fixe menu is a great option. The only thing that I did not care for was that their tables for 2 are extremely close together and one person has their back to a wall, so unless you are very petite, it's very awkward to leave that seat to use the restroom etc. It's almost impossible to do without bumping the neighboring table. You are also so close to the tables beside you that you hear every word of their conversation and it's a bit distracting. We've had people next to us ask us questions about our conversations. There is zero privacy at those tables and it cannot be a romantic dinner for 2.

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A
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always the best pre-theatre place in the area! Good food, good service and they understand "curtain time"

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b
New England
21 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for pre-theater dinner, was fabulous. Super service with attention to theater time. Highly recommend!

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H
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Found this restaurant by chance, and decided to book dinner for our last night in New York. Delighted with our decision, excellent food,service was very good and will definitely be back on our next visit.

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E
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service are excellent! Menu offers something for everyone. One of my favorites in New York and best in Midtown. Will not disappoint.

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K
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Too often when using open-tables, the reception offers the most undesirable tables and why?
At DB , I was shown the worst table near a wait-station and by the pit-of a kitchen entrance with an
open doorway with vinyl strips hanging - the entrance to a sewer? I asked about another table and was shown something in the main walkway. I know the space is tight and I have been there many times. I have come to believe that open-table customers are mistreated with table assignments... I settled on a better table, yet if some just settle for this they are foolish for accepting this treatment.

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J
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Usually my favorite pre theater restaurant. Starting to slip a bit. Need to work on updating the menu.

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LL
New England
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

my husband and I ordered the prefix. Soup was delicious but the chicken paillard was very disappointing. We are big fans of DB and normally love everything

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AA
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to DB Bistro Moderne based on the recommendation of my CEO. It was the perfect spot for a solo dinner while I was in NYC for my business trip. The staff were amazing and very attentive (I wish I got my waiters name because he was INCREDIBLE!) I choose the pre-fixe menu and it did not disappoint. Each bite was incredible and for NYC you get great portions. Honestly this meal is in my top 5 list of all time. I would HIGHLY recommend if you are in NYC and looking for a great meal!

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DR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic all around experience!

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C
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a pre-Theater meal and we had once again, a great experience. The service was very efficient and the staff was attuned to the needs of their theater-going.clientele. Of course, the food was wonderful- I had lobster salad and my husband, the duck entree. Both were very good and the special chocolate soufflé for dessert was divine! Definitely we will return when next we head to Broadway!

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Dining on a Tuesday night after the theater crowd had come and gone, the restaurant was half full. We politely asked for more bread at the beginning, 10 minutes later we asked again and finally it arrived. Even though we all finished our drinks before the appetizers the waiter finally asked if we wanted another round about half way through our entree course. He was the least attentive waiter I have ever had at a restaurant of a presumed caliber as this. Then finally to cap it off the cappuccinos we ordered with dessert came out 10 minutes after we had finished. We complained to the waiter and expected some sort of apology or explanation from someone from management and got nothing. I will never dine here again.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My family and I had a wonderful experience! The food was delicious and the staff was wonderful. Have the truffle risotto and escargots! I have been before and will definitely be returning!

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S
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

I really wanted to like this place. I came for lunch with my father, who was in from out of town for business nearby. We ordered a flatbread to share and two entrées (a salad for me and a burger for him). The flatbread was really subpar. Not much flavor and a crust that was somehow doughy AND burnt. The complimentary bread was okay. The seeded bread was delicious, but the rolls were underbaked and flavorless.
The biggest problem came when a full hour went by before our entrees arrived. I should’ve mentioned that we were on a timeframe, but there’s just no way that I could’ve thought that entrees would take SO LONG. My father had to rush to a meeting, so he asked for the check before the entrees arrived. As he was giving our server his card, the entrees appeared like magic. We wolfed down as much as we could before dashing out. I’m a server, so I understand a lunch rush. I even can accept a refire or miscommunication of some kind between FOH and BOH. What I’m really disappointed in is that no one manager seem to have been alerted to our situation. I judge a restaurant on how they handle it when they drop the ball. I really hope that this review can start a conversation with the management and staff, because a situation such as the one I experienced yesterday is a fixable mistake.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday.....very thoughtful

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L
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Pre theater dinner. We chose the 3-course apex Fixe dinner. Hanger steak was delicious!

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A
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Food was good but service wasn’t good.
The waiters were not attentive at all. They seemed even avoiding eye contact. It was 40mins later that we could complete our order! We had to call them multiple times.
Furthermore, most of the waiter and waitress were foreigners, and their English level needs to be improved, seriously. We had troubles hearing what they were saying. Though I live in NYC and used to speak with Spanish- accent speakers, the waiter served our table was seriously bad speaker. Considering this restaurant is a Daniel group member, and supposed to one of the fine restaurants, they should seriously improve their service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience!

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P
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed an outstanding Thanksgiving dinner here. The service was superb and the food was absolutely delicious. We would definitely recommend to any foodie. This place is great!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

A very lovely spot. Staff very friendly and hospitable. However I found wait staff was a tad deficient in knowing the dishes and what they were serving. And I am not referring to difficult questions but misidentifying items on an entree or menu. Or clearing one diner's plate while the other is still eating. One measures higher caliber restaurants with a higher benchmark.

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