- Davidburke & Donatella
133 E. 61st St.; 212-813-2121
David Burke has a passion for artful, whimsical food and an equally ardent fascination with foie gras. The two sometimes overlap. The famous sweet-and-savory lollipops he serves once included a foie gras variety flavored with port, and his foie terrine comes with pineapple-hijiki compote. The latest creation from the mad-scientist-slash-goose-liver-fiend is a twist on what was, before Burke got to it, the most pedestrian of foods: the peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich. Not anymore. Burke’s PB&J starts with a generous slice of pan-seared foie smothered in macadamia-nut spread and strawberry-vanilla jam. That combo is tucked between slices of brioche, pan-fried, then garnished with a baby mâche salad and a streak of veal jus laced with more strawberry jam. At $22, this is no Jif-and-Smuckers-type deal, but it doesn’t taste like one either. What it tastes like is sweet-and-salty, creamy-and-crunchy heaven.
From the 2007 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).