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Posted by Mitchmurr on 05/01/2011
I definitely give good grades for this place and I would return, however, the prices for the brauts/weiners/links are simply too high for what you get. $13-$15 for a very tasty braut. Should be no more than $9 each and that would still be a bit high, but appropriate for the space. Very good craft beer selection and the service was very good. We sat in the bar area.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/17/2011
Good if you want something tasty but don't know where to go, but I wouldn't call it a destination spot.
Posted by tastycake 59 on 03/14/2011
I suppose if you are hankering for an overpriced trendy LES version of a hamburger, then DBGB is the place to go. If you are craving salt or frozen iceberg lettuce and don't know where to find it, then I guess DBGB is the place to go. Our recent visit to Daniel's spin on casual dining downtown was more than disappointing. We arrived early and were seated in the lounge where there was no heat..I assume there is heat in the main dining room. We ordered a variety of items, starting with the chicken soup. I must say that the salt content was so intense that the cheeks inside my mouth puckered in pain. I specifically asked for the soup to be hot, and when it arrived, it was lukewarm. As I peered to my right, a woman sent her soup back for the same reason. The iceberg lettuce wedge with supposedly blue cheese was delivered to the table so cold that one degree more and it would have been material for a popsicle. There was one tiny particle of blue cheese hidden under the lettuce....almost laughable. We ordered the chicken which again was loaded with salt and very uninspiring....stouffers here I come..... and tasteless green beans....where was the green giant?....And Daniel....what's up with the bread?....didn't you receive your delivery ?.....did you have to send a runner to the store for wonder bread?....The entire dinner was less than mediocre. You should stick to Rolls Royce burgers and skip the other items on the menu.....the prices are outrageous and the food does not warrant the price.
Posted by shark oo5 on 09/05/2010
we eagerly looked forward to our lunch. unfortunately it was not what we expected it to be. the oyster appetizer was too salty and our lobster rolls were "nothing to recommend". the lobster did not taste very fresh and it appeared that whoever was in charge of lobster preparation forgot to remove all of the shell. it wasn't very enjoyable having to remove bits of shell from the mouth. additionally, the bread itself hardly had any taste and reminded me of a frankfurter roll. and don't expect any bread for the table other than paying $12 for a basket assortment of breads. after finishing part of our entrees, we decided that we'd have dessert elsewhere. on the positive side they do prepare excellent fries!
Posted by shabuchwae on 07/22/2010
The service was impeccable, particularly having the experience multiple times throughout dinner of looking around for our server - who was almost always available - and having multiple other servers rushing to our assistance. Great menu! The Mcneill’s Extra Special Bitter was a great lager type of beer that had a pleasant bite but wasn't heavy, and paired well with multiple dishes. Whatever you order, get the liter if you want more bang for your buck. The Veal Duo of cheek served over some sort of UBER creamy polenta and paired with sweetbread, cranberry & greens was divine! The Toulouse was succulent and the gratin-like cassoulet beans were a perfect accoutrement. The Tagliolini, which was almost plated too gorgeously to eat (a compliment I can give to just about every dish on the table), was surprisingly light & refreshing, allowing each individual flavor to come through in every bite. Shares for the table included the Spaetzle and the Pomme Frites, which were overdone and had a burnt flavor to them. But the Spaetzle will make you grab the next yarmelke you see and throw it in the air in celebratory glee!! It tastes like they were made in a wondrously herbed chicken broth and loaded with butter and yummy goodness. I could have eaten an entire meal of JUST this side dish! With two apps, 1.5 glasses of beer, and nibbles from other dishes, a big guy like me was satisfied. Not as stuffed as I'd like to be after shelling out that kind of dough. But, again, the service, cuisine, and ambiance made this Frugal Gourmet very happy AND even made the 1 hour subway ride back home worth it! Last notes include a shout out for a spot-on clean kitchen (which adds to the ambiance by being open and brightly lit in comparison to the dimly lit dining area), a pastry chef who was kind to me when I started drooling over her cream puffs, clean & well-decorated individual bathrooms (which you have to walk through the kitchen to get to...so a third thing keeping me from a 5-star rating...because I just don't like the pot being that close to the food)...and the staff graciously handled our six-credit-card-payment with not one single speck of attitude! We even had one girl forget to leave the merchant copy and hop in a cab before our server caught it...and he handled it with finesse and dignity. Dudes. This is the place to go for any nice/romantic/business dinner. Phenomenal!
Posted by kcr on 07/19/2010
I had 10PM reservations on a Friday. Showed up at 9:58 and was ushered right to my table. Server and asst showed up right away. All his tables were full, but he had time to make several detailed beer, wine and food selections. Helped us pick a couple of small plates and then dinner. Talked beer with him and he even sent over a couple of samples so that we could discuss them. Food was great and, while not inexpensive, we left very satisfied. Could not have been better. Not sure where everyone gets off on bashing this place, but I will go again next time I am in the city.
Posted by Megs on 07/11/2010
Went here for a 9:30pm rezzie for 2 on a Saturday night. Were seated right away, and the host was polite and made small talk. Had the flatbread special app ($13) with fresh mozz, arugula, shrimp, grilled onions, etc.. which was delicious. I had the coq-aux-bieres ($23), which was good too. Fall off the bone chicken, with spaetzle, which was a nice change from the usual. I "got" what they were going for, in terms of decor, menu, sausages, german, beers, grill, burgers, and it was good. Prices weren't outrageous, imo, especially considering it's DB. And they weren't stingy with refilling the bread basket. We were completely full after dinner, but decided to split a chocolate-chocolate sundae ($9) after dinner since I was watching the sundaes walk by all night. Again, didn't disappoint, between the chocolate chip cookie crumbles and caramel sauce. I don't know how other reviewers can comment on a crowd being a certain way. This isn't a nightclub with a bouncer. This is a restaurant. You don't really have to get numbers and interact with the fellow patrons. So all in all, I'd recommend it.