After having an almost religious experience at Old Homestead absorbing one of their fine Kobe beef burgers, it was only right to try the opposition in what had become the famous New York Burger Wars. Lunch was booked at db Bistro Moderne and the Thursday Club made their appearance.
After all finally managing to negotiate the blizzards and other hazards that New York has to offer we made our entrance. The restaurant is pleasantly decorated and split into three small areas. The first is by the entrance, the second is a raised area where you can tuck into sushi or more finger food and finally the main restaurant area at the rear offers up room for a dozen or so parties of people to enjoy the menu.
The average clientele here were clearly well heeled from the tailored suit wearing businessmen to the luncheon meeting manicured maidens. Oh and us, hung over, frozen from running around in a blizzard and dragging around several tons of shopping which we had secured on route. The Maitre D' was more than happy to relieve us of our burdens and in fact any chance of having a good banter over lunch as she was a real conversation killer. Being that attractive was incredibly distracting for all the boys and really darn right rude. The solution is clearly a sack over her head or perhaps a balaclava, although, I think I may be drifting here…
Anyway we settled down at our table and the majority set upon the awesome db Burger.
The wine list is quite expansive for a place claiming to be a bistro but at the same time this is certainly very up market and the prices reflect this both on the wine list and menu. $29 dollars secures you the signature DB burger and from this you need never look back. It is a fabulous construction of fine beef burger, cosseting fois gras and truffles. If you start hacking corners off it with your utensils then you will not get the complete experience. There is no time for niceties here, grab the tower of a burger and indulge yourself in what is arguably the best burger in New York. Accompanied by a funnel of fries and washed down by two bottles of red wine the boys were well and truly fed and watered. A mouth-watering meal and excellent wine, which need not burn your credit card but, easily could have.
Not the place I'd come to for a party but it was a good lunch time venue for us and is obviously very popular, but mainly with the upper financial echelons of burger buyer. Oh, by the way they do a selection of other meals on their menu, not just burgers, but why bother confusing matters…
Not eating beef, I'm afraid I was the odd one out at the table by choosing the pasta dish. Unlike their burgers and steaks, which had the boys clearly drooling, my meal was merely good. Not great, but certainly not bad. Just satisfactory. However - as Karim has already explained - everything else was very good: the service, the wine, the babe....err. Ok, it's not cheap, but bear that in mind and I'm sure you'll enjoy a good meal. If you do partake, you can also be in burger heaven.
One of the participants in what's becoming a New York war to create the most outrageous (and outrageously expensive) burger, db Bistro Moderne is a very good restaurant, albeit perhaps not up there with its brother restaurant 'Daniel' (reviewed elsewhere)
Very good food, gorgeously gorgeous Maitre De (aka 'Nicole'), good wine selection
Expensive - especially for lunch