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1000 Third Ave., New York, NY, 10022
at 59th St.
Such a bad experience
By dznr on 3/17/2012
I used to go there weekly with my kids but the quality of food and especially the service started going down. Last 3 times I've been there it was very disappointing. Just went again earlier today wanting to give another chance but alas! Starting with the busboy today; he behaved like a bouncer, total jerk! No respect for customers and no clue about the customer service. Later when he saw some female customers was acting like a total douche and sleazball. I don't get why this place started hiring people like that. The food was very slow and sliders and crusty tuna was a disappointment. Having dined in many restaurants in NYC last 12 years from local diner to Per Se, I haven't seen this kind of attitude anywhere. I can give another chance for a better food but treating customers like they should feel lucky to be let in this tiny place is outrageous. What a shame! Lost another customer but I doubt they care!
This is an embarassment for David Burke
By BBfood on 11/28/2011
I can't believe how disappointing this place is. The salad was super flimsy -- just a few pieces of lettuce and a ball of bland, no taste, ricotta cheese (for $14)...then a turkey burger which, I guarantee, was not made out of turkey or anything of the sort. It looked just like SPAM, with the oddest consistency (or lack there of). And their previously delicious truffle fries tasted like frozen ones from the grocery store. This place is a huge racket and their "food" isn't fresh. DON'T GO. Go to David Burke's Townhouse instead.
Hugely disappointed DB fan...
By niritfrench on 10/14/2010
I am a very big fan of David Burke's restaurants, often dine at my beloved Townhouse, and have given cheesecake lollipops to everyone I can think of as gifts. You can imagine how disappointed I was when this one tanked. My in-laws were here from London this week and, assuming that the DB experience would be consistently good at each of his establishments, I insisted that we include lunch at David Burke Cafe as part of our short shopping/ dining experience together in the city. Sadly, this was one of the worst experiences that I have ever had in New York- mainly because of the pompous jerk that seated us (reluctantly I might say; perhaps he was expecting a stampede of 50 people to arrive at his half-empty restaurant in the quick half-hour lunch that we had planned). When we arrived I cheerfully mentioned what a loyal fan I was and how excited I was for my in-laws to be there, but that did not deter him from spouting out some of the rudest remarks that I have ever encountered. Perhaps he is unaware that there are 20,000 other restaurants in NYC? Food was also mediocre. Sorry but this is a big thumbs down. DB, cut your losses and cut that cold fish of a host loose. We all want you to maintain your high standards!
On the downslide
By Sandy MacDonald on 12/5/2007
As a fan of David Burke's neologisms, I was enchanted with this store-facade cafe when it first opened, but no more. Who wants crusty old, cold cheese popovers? Such a bread plate is a fitting prelude, however, for entrees that sound inventive on the menu and prove not very upon delivery. Service is sporadic and overburdened. At one point, having paused to rest our forks for a moment, we nearly had our entrees plucked away; later we stood, coated, as repeated requests for the check went ignored. At this price level, it seems reasonable to expect a little more in the way of politesse than that found at a Woolworth's lunch counter.
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