Daniel Boulud’s casual yet trendy midtown spot—one of NYC’s top French bistros, according to Zagat—is perhaps best known for their famous db Burger, a sirloin burger filled with red-wine-braised short ribs and foie gras on a home-made toasted parmesan bun. It’s certainly earned its stellar reputation, but there is oh-so-much more to be discovered at Boulud’s contemporary interpretation of the Parisian classic.
The seasonal menu, prepared by Daniel Boulud protégé Chef Laurent Kalkotour, combines innovation with tradition and expresses the flavors of Kalkotour’s Provençal heritage with regional specialties such as: Tartare a la Niçoise - yellowfin tuna, focaccia fennel, and sauce anchoiade; Slow Roasted Dorade with crispy potato scales, vegetable timbale, bulgur, and toasted pine nut jus; or a Roasted Rack of Lamb with Provençal herb crust, polenta gratinée au mascarpone chanterelles, and thyme jus.
At lunch, db features a “Bouchon” menu with entrée selections from $28 including a main course with choice of soup or salad or dessert. The restaurant also offers a pre- and post-theater prix-fixe three-course dinner for $45.
The wine list includes over 100 affordable vintages from $25, with a focus on French, American, and International wines as well as a small number of reserve selections.
Open for lunch Mon.-Sat., noon-2:30pm; dinner Sun. & Mon., 5-10pm, Tues.-Thurs., 5-11pm, Fri. & Sat., 5-11:30pm; brunch Sat. & Sun., 11:30am-2:30pm; breakfast Mon.-Fri., 7-10am, Sat. & Sun., 8-11am. Reservations are suggested and taken up to one month in advance.