db Bistro moderne
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.
Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:00 am
Sat, Sun 8:00 am–11:00 am
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm
Sat, Sun 11:15 am–2:30 pm
Mon, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
For more information on our large group dining options, please contact us at (212) 391-2400.
There is Muni-metered parking on 44th Street between 6pm and 12am.
Subway 4,5,6 Stop at Grand Central
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
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.
Food unimaginative. Fries were good - everything else mediocre.
I chomped down on a healthy helping of glass in my meal. Left immediately. Thank god I didn’t swallow it.
Love the place! When I come to Manhattan DB Modern is my first choice
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.
Like spending a pleasant 90 minutes in a Paris bistro. Friendly and knowledgeable staff and good wine list
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
Terrific meal, first rate service and cuisine
The soup was great
The meat was not flavory at all
Great dissapointment being a DB
Even If it s a bistro
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!
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!
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.
I would have given it a 5 overall except that it was too noisy!
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!
doesn't bering anything to the table to go back again or recommend this restaurant
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.
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.
Always the best pre-theatre place in the area! Good food, good service and they understand "curtain time"
Went for pre-theater dinner, was fabulous. Super service with attention to theater time. Highly recommend!
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.
Food and service are excellent! Menu offers something for everyone. One of my favorites in New York and best in Midtown. Will not disappoint.
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.
Usually my favorite pre theater restaurant. Starting to slip a bit. Need to work on updating the menu.
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
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!
Fantastic all around experience!
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!
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.
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!
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.
Pre theater dinner. We chose the 3-course apex Fixe dinner. Hanger steak was delicious!
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.
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!
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.