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David Burke Townhouse (CLOSED)

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  • American (New), Vegetarian-Friendly
  • 133 E 61st St, New York NY10065 40.76383 -73.967516
  • (Btwn Park & Lexington Ave)
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  • (212) 813-2121
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User Ratings (Based on 77 reviews)

Food 3.6 Value 3.0
Service 3.6 Atmosphere 3.7

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 813-2121
(212) 486-2322
Visa, MC, AmEx, Disc Happy Hour Daily: 4pm-7pm
Lunch Mon-Fri: 11:45am-4pm Dinner Mon-Thu: 5pm-10pm Fri-Sat: 5pm-11pm Sun: 4:30pm-9pm Brunch Sat: 11am-4pm Sun: 10:30am-4pm
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Group Dining, Prix Fixe, Romantic, Trendy, Fireplace, Happy Hour, Accepts Credit Cards, Lunch Special, Private Parties

User Reviews

  • David Burke Townhouse

    Posted by addison on 12/21/2005

    Not a complaint

    Anyone that wishes to experience eating at a fine NY restaurant, should look no further than this one. The food, service and decor are among the top in the city. They treat you with kid-gloves, from the hostess, to the bartender, to your server. The food is fresh and flavored accordingly, not convaluted with too many flavors, as so many lesser restaurants try to do. What are they trying to hide or perhaps its the lesser cooking talents. That is not the case here. I would go back again, again and again, and actually I have.

  • David Burke Townhouse

    Posted by caramia on 11/17/2005


    Decor: the highlight for me. Nice red room. However, the seats are very close together. I did like the scene and energy of the diners, setting etc.overall. Food: Overall nothing special considering the other wonderful choices in this city. Best were appetizers esp. pretzel crusted crabcake and lollypop cheesecake dessert was unusual and fun presentation. Entrees: salmon was very fishy tasting and halibut was nothing special with bland sides as fillers. Service: Truly not up to snuff for a high end establishment. They neglected to give us the goat cheese gift listed in our price fixe. The table next to us got one before they even ordered. When we brought this to the waiter's attention mid meal, he kind of shrugged it off. Also errors with bill and staff were rushed and were taking our plates away before we finished eating- a huge pet peeve for us. Mediocre and i would not mind so much if it was not a higher end meal. Price fixe for lunch was $55 per person.

  • David Burke Townhouse

    Posted by Anonymous on 08/30/2005

    Wonderland, for Ladies who Lunch only

    We went today for Restaurant Week's prix fixe deal, and it was an utter disappointment. While the decor and presentation were chic and charming in a whimsical Alice in Wonderland way, the food itself was too salty or sugary, or in some cases, tasteless. The complimentary bread was soft and chewy, but covered in too much salt. My friend and I had lobster bisque with crispy lobster roll and green apple essence as a starter. The bisque was rich and creamy and the apples added a nice tart and textured touch, but the lobster roll's hearty taste and crispy bite were ruined by too much salt. My other friend had calamari and asparagus tempura, which was fried well but was also too salty. For entrees, two of us had cavatelli with porcini. It was cooked well, the cavatelli chewy and the porcini firm, but again, too salty, while the side of lightly fried mushrooms slices was oddly dry and bland. One of us had the wild salmon with sweet and sour Japanese nasu and tabbouleh, in a balsamic reduction that was too sweet. It went well enough with the tabbouleh, but did not meld well with the salmon. Indeed, the salmon had almost no depth to it whatsoever. Dessert was also lackluster. I had a "warm and crisp apple tart" that was by the time I got it lukewarm and tough. The cinnamon ice cream on top was the highlight of the dish; the cider glaze was sickly sweet, the apple confit dry. We also got the famous lollipop cheesecake tree, which was wonderfully whimsical to look at. However, the lollipops were too sweet and mushy. The bubblegum whipped cream on the side really tasted like bubblegum, a verisimilitude that we did not very much appreciate. As far as service goes, it was rather rushed and brusque, probably because they have squeeze far too many seats into a very small and narrow townhouse. They had to actually push the table out and back in for us to get into the banquette seats. Our server, a classic employee of a trendy spot, also seemed peeved by our refusal of wine or cocktails. This was in stark contrast to the consistently gracious service at Jean Georges a few weeks ago, where my friend and I did not drink wine but were still treated with respect throughout our meal. All in all, db&d has a stylish atmosphere that seems to endear it to its well-heeled, largely female clientele, but if one is looking for a satisfying meal, I would look elsewhere.

  • David Burke Townhouse

    Posted by Larry on 08/05/2005


    The service was great and the food was very good.. However, the dining room was uncomfortably hot.. They have an indoor cooling machine that was not cooling very well.. I wish that we could have enjoyed their excellent looking dessert, but it felt like it was in the 90's and we couldn't stay any longer.

  • David Burke Townhouse

    Posted by Anonymous on 08/04/2005

    OK-- not great

    Went today for lunch and was displeased with the lobster bisque appetizer. The pasta main dish was very good. My dessert came out a good ten minutes before everyone else's because I ordered the price fix and while I was eating it I found a broken piece of plastic in it. When I told the waiter, he barely apoligized and that was it. Service in general was mediocre. I've heard good things about this place, but it was not great.

  • David Burke Townhouse

    Posted by Alina on 08/01/2005


    Amazing - that one word about sums up my experience at DBD! The food was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented and the service was great. I overall had a wonderful meal. Their $20.12 lunch and bruch are exceptional! I HIGHLY recommend this place.

  • David Burke Townhouse

    Posted by doug p on 07/29/2005

    A great meal

    Went last night for my wife's bday. Had read some negative reviews here so wasn't sure what to expect. First they sat us down right away. Even let us choose our table. The service was great. The waiter was always there when you needed him yet not intrusive. My wife had the tartar combo followed by the angry lobster. Both were very good. I had the tasting menu which was fantastic. I would have to go back to the original Bouley to remember a tasting menu I enjoyed that much. Even got 2 full sized deserts with it. The cheese cake lolipops are as good as advertised. If I had to wait an hour for my table, I may look at things differently, but I was treated so well by the staff, I almost thought they thought I was a restaurant reviewer.

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