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David Burke Townhouse
Posted by anonymous on 07/27/2005
We had a reservation and were made to wait along the outer edge of the bar, as there was no place to sit or stand while waiting. It got worse as we were led back into the over stuffed, hot dining room. The air conditioning was barely working making it uncomfortably warm, the space has way too many tables, making it feel like you are on top of the person at the next table, and the noise level means you have to shout to be heard. The service left a lot to be desired at a restaurant with prices and a reputation that allow you to assume that you will be very well taken care of. they were not attentive and the waiter seemed to have an attitude. In addition, they post a sign outside that reads "proper attire required" and then you go inside to find patrons in jean shorts and flip flops. It's inappropriate and they should stick to their guns or not bother with the sign at all. Finally, the food was fine, but certainly didn't blow anyone at our table away.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/19/2005
Flawless evening at DavidBurke & Donatella. Food was flawless from appetizer through dessert. Best cosmos in the city, too! Sevice was impeccable. Decor is stunning.
Posted by Kevin on 07/18/2005
Thought the food was delicious, but we had a 9pm reservation and didn't get seated until 9:45pm. No apologies whatsoever, which was surprising. Hostess at the time was abrasive. Seating was cramped and the decor was very simple. Clientele was loud and I felt like I was surrounded by characters from Goodfellas. Overall not a great experience.
Posted by Jacquee Carvin on 05/04/2005
I brought six guests with me to dinner on Saturday May 1st and every dish was tasteful and perfectly presented. Coming from New Orleans we are very discriminating about food and service and both were absolutely wonderful. I will recommend it to all friends who visit New York as a Must. ps Would love the braised short ribs recipe.
Posted by Happy Couple on 02/24/2005
WOW! I had the pleasure of dining at davidburke & donatella tuesday evening. I took a girl I recently started dating and she was as pleased as I was. We sat up front in the bar area which is a little more laid back than the dining room but just as good. Now let's get to the food. We shared the angry lobster which lived up to it's reputation of being the best lobster in the city and the tuna & salmon with caviar on top was great as well. For our main course we shared the braised short ribs (BEST I have ever had), and we ordered the cream spinach and the fried rice as sides (GREAT). For dessert we shared the assorted chocolate plate (AMAZING). The service was great, the decor is great, everything about the restaurant is great. When we got to the restaruant Chef David Burke was speaking to couple he new and then started talking to the two of us as if we have known him for ever. He was very nice and we were glad we had a chance to let him know how great everything was when we left. If you are looking for an Amazing meal in a beautiful restaurant, THIS IS THE PLACE!
Posted by Anonymous on 02/18/2005
This my my new favorite restaurant in NY. You simply cannot top it. This restaurant epitomizes what fine dining in Manhattan should be. Service was very polite and efficient. The decor is stunning. The food...sublime.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/23/2005
Yes, the room is beautiful, and although the tables are close together, the customers seemed not to mind. Everyone was dressed very nicely, and it was mostly groups of 6 or tables of 2. As for the food....the "angry lobster" cocktail was not as great as I thought it would be. The crabcake was much better. As for the main courses, I had the bass which was very nice, and my date had the tuna which was a huge dissapointment. Most of the food, however, was very salty and although the service was amazing, we could not get more water fast enough to get the salty flavors out. The sorbet for dessert was fair at best, so I would go for the apple tart which was great or the lollipops. Presentation was very nice, but honestly...for a bill of $270.....I would much prefer to have had dinner at Daniel or Le Bernardin.