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David Burke Kitchen
Posted by anonymous from VA on 04/03/2011
My fiance and I go to NY every quarter to see our hairdresser, to try new restaurants, and of course to go shopping. Arriving in NY with 2 hours to burn before our hair salon appointment, we decided to have lunch in SoHo. We looked up restaurants and thought that David Burke's Kitchen's menu items looked good and though there were negative reviews, there were more complaints about service than about their food. We figured maybe their food would be good enough to put up with poor service. Were we wrong! Our bread basket came, without the slices of bread. Unlike the others around us, we only had the tiny breadsticks, some grapes and three tiny baguette slices. When we asked what the butter was sitting on, the waiter used his pen to touch the block of sea salt. The lobster soup came out tepid, not hot. Afterwaiting for more than 20 minutes for the waffles and fried chicken (there were only about 7 other diners in the entire restaurant at that time, and the chefs who could be seen from the dining area were just standing around shooting the breeze!), the waffles came out burnt! How can a restaurant, a reputable one at that, even find it acceptable to serve burnt food?? Though they did take the waffles back and the ones we got the second time around were a little better, they were mediocre. The only decent item we ordered was the lollipop tree for two dessert. While it was different, it was not good enough to salvage our experience at DB's Kitchen. We have been to a lot better lesser known restaurants in NY. We will not go back to DB's Kitchen.
Posted by Stevie-Carol Hancock on 03/29/2011
I have been to DB Townhouse and despite good word of mouth was not impressed. Talk about rich food! And who needs cheesecake and bubble gum flavored whipped cream? Not me! I left feeling bloated and unsatisfied. Despite this, I am open minded, so when my current man invited me to DB Kitchen in the new James Hotel, I deceided to see if DB had more tricks up his sleeve. The answer? NO! First impression was not good - I waited over an HOUR despite my reservation and being on time at the expensive bar, where the tab was presented with every drink (hint hint). Once seated, with no apology for the wait, not only did I see the same crab cake with pretzel stick crust (2 great tastes - not great together) appetizer from the Townhouse, but the cheesecake lollies were also there. Meh. I went a new way and had a so-so salad that had large, sweet dried apricots (which overwhelmed), and the duck with fioe gras. The duck was rare, and an overly firm texture, and the fioe gras was coated in a corny crust. The effect was overdone and overly sweet and rich. Finished with tea and "The Stove" -which to my astonishment was a model cast iron stove (Think Little House on the Prarie) with cookies laid on it and a candle. I was self conscious eating from the stove because people could NOT stop staring! And boy did people stare. It was a scene of wannebe scenesters. We had no fewer than 4 wait people at once, and it was never clear who was taking care of us. The overall effect was scattered, and the service, so-so. Given the overly rich food and bad experience I won't be back.
Posted by Becky on 03/21/2011
This is the first time I've ever reviewed a restaurant - but my experience at David Burke Kitchen was SO poor that I felt compelled to. Firstly, we were not seated until 40 minutes after our reservation. While I understand that sometimes these things happen in a restaurant, the staff were NOT apologetic and did NOT offer to even comp our drinks - as such - we did NOT get off to a good start. The menu is a little scattered - not very many options, in my honest opinion - so much so that of the 4 people dining at my table 3 ended up ordering the same entree. The food was good and the restaurant is beautiful - but everything else was SO subpar that it doesn't matter. We were literally rushed through dinner to accommodate the swarm of people waiting for tables, not factoring in the fact that we were seated almost an hour late. They literally took several things off the table before we were finished eating them. This is simply not acceptable when considering the menu prices. David Burke came out, but was not overly friendly. He seemed stressed that the restaurant was overbooked. When we told our server that while we were not interested in dessert, but would want coffee - they asked us if we would vacate our table, but offered to buy us a drink at the upstairs bar. We felt bad about their capacity issues and agreed - no one led us to the bar, and no one believed us that they were supposed to comp our drinks. Finally, they didn't let us order drinks, but just brought us champagne (which none of us drink). All in all - i didn't love David Burke & Donatella (which is now David Burke Townhouse) and i hated Kitchen - won't be going to another David Burke restaurant again.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/21/2011
Keep up the good work! Bison tartare, to die for.
Posted by Dan Olsen on 03/13/2011
well, it's a new venue so service was a bit slow but no doubt food was excellent and place looks awesome! we'll be back for sure. Can't wait for the garden to be open in the summer.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/13/2011
The food is great, I had the duck with foie gras and I highly recommend. Also, we ordered many starters all really good and the dessert was divine. Service could definitely be improved however, David Burke did come by our table (and many others) to say hi. That is always a nice touch. The restaurant was guilty of my biggest pet peeve in fine dining; the coffee came way after the dessert, so much so we cancelled it. The whole point of coffee after a meal is to balance the sweetness of the dessert. That was a bummer. Overall a big thumbs up.
Posted by anonymous on 03/07/2011
We were so excited to try out DB Kitchen and were sorely let down. Not only was our waiter unfamiliar with every dish on the menu, but we waited over an hour for our main courses to be served. To top it off, the food was not nearly tasty enough to consider going back. They did however, pick up our tab.