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David Burke Townhouse
Posted by Eastside Foodie on 04/13/2007
We went for brunch and found the entire experience to be lacking in service, food and surroundings. The main dining room is packed to the gills, so you can expect your chair to be right up against someone else's - no room to move and the acoustics are so bad the room becomes almost deafening with the ambient noise. I was with two friends and although their dishes looked very nice, everyone agreed it tasted closer to what you might expect from your local diner. My pancake (they only servied me one) was so cold, it made me wonder how long they keep the dishes waiting to be served. After sending "the pancake" back for a hot one, it took so long that everyone had already finished their brunch and I felt rushed to finish. There were no apologies from the staff and in fact the second pancake was pretty much tossed at me. Our waiter had initially approached our table in a huff and in a very demanding voice asked, "what are you having!" - it silenced the whole table because we were rather shocked at his abrupt and rude demeanor. Look, we're not kids and we're not tourists - there was no conceivable reson to tolerate this treatment, pedestrian food and astronomical prices from any restaurant in the city. It's too competitive out there to dish out this kind of experience. Bub-bye David Burke!
Posted by Carma on 04/04/2007
I met up with 2 friends for drinks at DB & D and had a wonderful time. We sat at the bar, where the bartender, Liam, was catering to our every whim. He is perhaps one of the best bartenders I've ever had the pleasure of interacting with. We had wine, great conversation and great food. Liam was passing around apps and we decided we had to have some--he told us the crab cakes were good--they were outstanding! We also got the lollipops, because how can you not? And had a lovely evening. The atmosphere was amazing. The staff was amazing. We were laughing all night and didn't want to leave. Although it's on the UES, it isn't at all pretentious and was welcoming and completely amazing. I've been before and will certainly go back.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/01/2007
We went with another couple last night. I went a few years back when the restaurant first opened, what happened? It was great then. I got a bad feeling when they brought out the very stale bread.I had the market salad last night to start which was fine. How can one really ruin, lettuce, walnuts, goat cheese, herbs and apples? Then I had the dover sole which one other person had, Neither of us really touched it. It was dry and fishy tasting. The best part was the cheesecake lollipops which still weren't what they were last time. Lousy food and lousy service. Save your money and go somewhere else.
Posted by Dave Parise on 02/24/2007
I recently went to DavidBurke and Donatellas. The first impression was beyong perfect! I was with four of my best friends. The service, food presentations, drinks, left us speechless. The food spectacular we talked about it the whole way home. Donatella looked classy and sexy as ever...the wait staff was more then expected, and the entire evening was like being on vacation. Great job David and Donatella! We will be back in a few weeks.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/30/2007
The food is amazing- appeals to all pallettes. The lunch prix fix is probably one of the best fine dining deals in the city.
Posted by RG on 11/21/2006
Finally made it to this excellent restaurant. The atmosphere is sophistcated and the food was very good and interesting but not way out there. Can't wait to go back, hopefully on the expense account.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/02/2006
This place is worth every penny. The presentation alone is worth the meal, they turn the food into art. Nice atmosphere, not stuffy like many of its midtown competitors. They offer two fixed lunch menus that are more than reasonably priced. I can't say enough great things about the place, if you haven't gone yet, you're missing out.