Admittedly, once you've been to Daniel Boulud's other restaurants, you have a high expectation. Period. From Cafe Boulud, DB Bistro Moderne, Bar Boulud and the infamous 4-star restaurant Daniel, it's just all French goodness. That's it. It's exquisite service combined with marvelous food. 5 Daniel restaurants all in NYC - a place to go every weeknight! (If you have deep pockets!) Let's focus on one not-so-denting-to-your-wallet location that is sure to be a City favorite for a very, very long time....
DBGB Kitchen and Bar takes things to a different plane. And no, I don't mean that the food tastes like airplane food. For God's sake, NO! What I'm trying to convey is that DBGB has a flair and a scene combined with the gourmet pleasures one would expect from a place with Daniel's name on it.
Sure, the place has been written up by several bloggers and other foodie rags - and there's a reason why most everyone likes it: there is so much on the menu that there's literally something for everyone. That's maybe the only "bad" thing I have to say about DBGB... is the overwhelming menu! There are a lot of choices! Here's my personal recommendations after dining a few times in this hotspot:
- Jim's Matzoh Ball Soup (and you don't have to be Jewish to enjoy this!)
- Fried Egg "Bourguignon" (I don't speak fluent French, but I'm pretty sure the last word means "yummy")
- Escargots (Yea, I know - but foodies like me, like snails -but these don't taste like snails do in other restaurants - they are fantastic)
- Just try a sampling of the sausages or order the Sausage Duo! Whichever one(s) you select will be terrific! I like the one called Beaujolaise -and it's funny to say it (plus, I think it's French for "yummier") - The Viennoise and the Vermont are also notable in my book.
- The Red Curry Mussels are always on the table to share - the sauce makes these babies terrific - sop it up with the bread you'll be served and it's "voila"!
- If you want to take the burger route - I like the Piggie over the other offerings - that with the fries and homemade mayo (yes, eat the fries WITH mayo, not ketchup) and I'm looking like a big (but happy) porker by the end of the night.
The desserts are like the food menu: plentiful! If you've never had Baked Alaska, this is THE place to try it out. Presentation is everything and it seems like a birthday party is going on whenever someone orders it. There's also plenty of sundaes and other sweets that will satisfy the most discerning diner.
And honestly, the only "real" downside to DBGB is that I think everyone wants to be here at the same time. And people, for the most part, are loud when we're in groups. The overall set up of the space is very conducive to projecting and elevating loud noise. It's not first date material, but it's a place to go with friends and family or date #2. It might be helpful if you know some American Sign Language as you have a discussion, though.
Each time I've been to DBGB -and it's been numerous- there are always celebrity spottings. It's a scene and a cuisine that I would recommend every NYer to give a try. Just stop going on the nights when *I'M* there.....Ok? Thanks.