db Bistro Moderne

db Bistro Moderne

French Restaurant$$$$
Midtown East, New York
  • Stars
  • Stars
    The experts at The New Yorker and Serious Eats recommend this place
    • The New Yorker
    • Serious Eats
  • Tips
    "Original DB Burger made with sirloin burger"(7 Tips)
    "hand-picked by chef Daniel Boulud."(5 Tips)
    Marc A.
    "Another great place by chef Boulud!The foie gras burger is a MUST..."(19 Tips)
    Mike C.
    "... Original db Burger - Sirloin burger filled with braised short ribs and foie..."(3 Tips)
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  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BouludJuly 30, 2014
    There are so many great classics to have at my midtown bistro, from the tarte flambée to the escargots fricassée and of course the decadent DB Burger! Perfect for a quick lunch or pre-theater meal.
  • Lucille F.heart icon on user image
    Lucille FisherSeptember 16, 2015
    Still going strong. This bistro offers excellent renditions of French classics plus their upmarket version of hamburger (with foie gras). Their evening set courses are excellent value.
  • Robert M.heart icon on user image
    Robert MadisonApril 6, 2016
    I had the theater prix fix and it was great! The pate was good but the sea bass was elegant! The dessert takes you to joy land!
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2014
    Our favorite dish is boeuf en gelée, a cocktail glass of cold beef chunks lubricated with natural jelly and topped with horseradish foam. Spoon it on the slices of toast provided. Read more
  • Mike F.heart icon on user image
    Mike FriedlichJune 4, 2017
    This restaurant is a great experience. Excellent Service. Steak Frites & Scallops were outstanding. Pretzel bread was great & calamari special appetizer was also great.
  • The New Yorker
    The New YorkerAugust 8, 2012
    This sleek bistro offers “haute-cuisine versions of home-cooking favorites.” Their theatrical and legendary DB Burger is “rich, well travelled, charred in the right places, and a little bit jaded.” Read more
  • Chris P.
    Chris PhillipsMarch 3, 2017
    Solid location, questionable brunch. I grabbed a pre theater weekend reservation for a family brunch. While the tiny madeleines made a bright end of the meal, the famous foie burger is disappointing.
  • Kazuki K.
    Kazuki KitaokaDecember 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Everybody seems to advocate for the burger - but also try the coq-au-vin, the spicy cod with chorizo and vegetables, or the fois gras... yummm! Great wine selection - try Austrian Gruener Veltliner.
  • Claire J S.
    Claire J SongJune 1, 2015
    The Original DB burger, $35 When Daniel Boulud stuffed braised short ribs, foie gras, and preserved black truffles into a ground sirloin shell, he forever changed the face of upscale burgerdom.
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CitySeptember 26, 2011
    A must-order: the legendary db burger, a sirloin patty filled with braised short ribs and foie gras. Don't miss the croque monsieur with duck confit, figs and goat cheese, either.
  • Rod G.heart icon on user image
    Rod GrayMarch 4, 2015
    Pâté de Maison, duck confit, Mrs. Brevard cocktail, lamb tagine. Almost everything is very good. I have yet to experience something that was bad.
  • Tim M.
    Tim MischukJanuary 24, 2014
    Terrific apple dessert. Great food food and atmosphere all around. Nice contemporary European Restaurant.
  • Anna D.heart icon on user image
    Anna DAugust 25, 2016
    Plating of dishes is beautiful, the beets and dessert was great. Duck confit was way too salty for my taste, good drinks! Very nice staff
  • Murat B.heart icon on user image
    Murat BirgulDecember 19, 2017
    As a burger fan, I will just say; one of the best burger I ate in my life 🍔🍔🍔🍔🍔🍔
  • Nada f.heart icon on user image
    Nada fouzanMarch 26, 2016
    I went there for breakfast.. bes Madeleine i have ever tasted.. the omelette was perfect
  • Chelle .
    Chelle 🗽July 27, 2012
    Great value for summer 2012 NY Restaurant week lunch. Pictured are the tarte flambèe, roasted Dorade, roasted quail and chocolate financier
  • Jason M.
    Jason MesiarikJuly 9, 2012
    If you like attentive service then you'll appreciate db bistro moderne. Do this: Skip the foie gras burger and save yourself the disappointment. There are many fine menu choices & a superb wine list
  • dawn.in.newyork
    dawn.in.newyorkJanuary 22, 2015
    Daniel Boulud's the most casual restaurant has many of americanized menus. Duck confit was great.
  • Alfonso C.
    Alfonso CastilloAugust 1, 2016
    The foie gras is superb as the cocktails served at the bar. Loved the Diplomático Old Cuban at the menu
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJuly 29, 2013
    Daniel Boulud's French-American mashup restaurant with great bistro fare alongside burgers and fries.
  • Justin C.heart icon on user image
    Justin ChoyNovember 9, 2015
    Probably one of the better and more luxurious burgers I've ever had.
  • Elisa C.
    Elisa CPNovember 15, 2012
    Try the legumes rotis - Awesome presentation. They used dried black olive bits as "soil" for the veggie garden in the bowl. Get without cheese to be #vegan
  • Harumi U.
    Harumi UOctober 21, 2015
    This is how French server a burger. No, a bit different from your average burger. Paired with French onion soup, you get one satisfying meal
  • Barbara Derecktor D.heart icon on user image
    Everything was delicious ! Thankyou everyone! It was wonderful to meet Izzys co talents 🎉
  • Aaron W.heart icon on user image
    Aaron WatfordJanuary 19, 2017
    The salmon was excellent as well as the service.
  • Jason L.heart icon on user image
    Jason LauJanuary 21, 2016
    The Original Db burger is over rated. Thick patty stuffed with braised short rib & foie on the inside - turned out to be dry and rather tasteless.
  • Tina C.
    Tina CzekNovember 4, 2012
    Try the French toast. It is light and crispy with a tangy-sweet syrup and delicious dips. Unlike any I've ever had!
  • Jess L.
    Jess LeungAugust 7, 2012
    Stuffed with short rib, foie gras, and truffles, it's quite unique...and you can really taste the foie gras!
  • Marco F.heart icon on user image
    Marco FrancaAugust 9, 2014
    Exceptional restaurant. Food and service beyond anyone's expectations!
  • Marc A.heart icon on user image
    Marc AsghariJuly 24, 2019
    Another great place by chef Boulud!The foie gras burger is a MUST...
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkAugust 4, 2014
    This burger is what most food people refer to as the originator of the gourmet burger. Read more
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupApril 27, 2010
    The perfect spot for a pre-theater dinner. One should note that their famous db burger, complete with fois gras, is overrated and not worth the $32.
  • Guillermo M.heart icon on user image
    Guillermo MendozaJanuary 10, 2019
    Great little french bistro...l'escargot and house patte are delicious.
  • Marc A.heart icon on user image
    Marc AsghariJuly 24, 2019
    The fois gras burger is just amazingly delicious 😋 Must try
  • Julie W.
    Julie WaldJuly 24, 2012
    Make a reservation (through Open Table if you can) and be prepared for a delicious meal! Easy choice for foodies.
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauJuly 28, 2012
    Try the The Original db Burger - Sirloin burger filled with braised short ribs and foie gras on a parmesan bun
  • E P.heart icon on user image
    E PJanuary 11, 2015
    The lobster salad went beyond even my high expectations. Plus I got a vacherin for dessert...not even sure what that is but it blew me away.
    BLOUIN ARTINFOJune 16, 2010
    Famous for its DB Burger (which includes a helping of foie gras), this French bistro features large photographs of flowers by Christopher Beane, hand-picked by chef Daniel Boulud. Read more
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveOctober 21, 2010
    Their burgers are a foie-gras and red wine-braised short rib-stuffed creation served on a parmesan roll. It was a sandwhich created on a lark that instantly became the restaurant's signiture dish.
  • Chris P.
    Chris PhillipsMarch 3, 2017
    I had the famous burger and unfortunately it was a disappointment. Madelines at the end of the meal are the best part.
  • Andreaheart icon on user image
    AndreaJanuary 17, 2014
    Retro! Love the vibe and the prix fixe lunch was great!
  • Eros A.
    Eros AndelizAugust 10, 2014
    Very nice spot for brunch. Definitely recommend it in the area.
  • Marc
    MarcApril 26, 2013
    The Original DB Burger is featured on Eater's 2013 Ultimate Burger Bracket, FancyPants Divison
  • Mariana L.
    Mariana LApril 6, 2010
    Everyone gets the DB burger w/ foie gras which is great of course...However the salmon is better. Don't need a lot of dessert? Wait for the comp petit fours w/ coffee Read more
  • James M.heart icon on user image
    James MorrisseySeptember 2, 2012
    Amazing croissants, duck and lobster; the yogurt is extremely fresh as well.
  • ✨Pun B.
    ✨Pun Bandhu ✨June 18, 2013
    I can't recommend breakfast here. Coffee is great, very dark, but food is surprisingly ordinary. You'll pay $25 for three small pieces of soggy French toast or $22 for a bowl of oatmeal w/ berries.
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineMay 17, 2011
    Apparently recession-proof, the famous short rib, truffle and foie gras–stuffed sirloin burger still remains on the menu.
  • Saif D.heart icon on user image
    Saif DiaSeptember 8, 2015
    The burger is the specialty, but don't be shy to order something else
  • elicit
    elicitJuly 29, 2012
    Lobster salad and yummy French toast, still steaming hot. Fries weren't bad either!
  • Bravo
    BravoNovember 18, 2010
    I am there almost every other week. My husband and I are huge fans of Daniel Boulud. -Dina Manzo, Real Housewives of NJ
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