All Reader Reviews of...
133 E. 61st St., New York, NY, 10065
nr. Lexington Ave.
RUDE AND INCOMPETENT MANAGER ruined the evening despite good food and decor.
By SuperDuper1111 on 5/13/2012
I'm not a foodie but I thought the food was decent. The townhouse-feel of the decor is nice. The disaster didn't strike until the end of the evening. When I picked up my leftover entree (they give you a claim check for it), they gave me someone else's leftover. After a few minutes of search, they failed to find mine. Then a manager intervened. He kept asking "what do you want me to do about it?" as if we were inconveniencing him for no reason. In fact, he accused me of making a big deal out of nothing - his words. He eventually offered to pay for our entrees next time, but he refused to put anything in writing. His attitude was completely unexpected for a manager at a four-star restaurant, and I will not return to this restaurant. As it turns out, he is one of the managing members of his restaurants, which means ARROGANCE AND INCOMPETENCE run deep in his organization. AVOID.
Restaurant Week Disappointment
By kml408 on 7/18/2010
To be honest, the overall meal was underwhelming. I hate to blame it on Restaurant Week, but I think the discountedť prix fixe menu really didn't make the busy servers too happy, nor did it motivate the kitchen to prepare dishes on par with the a la carte menu. Chris ordered the Tuna and Salmon Tartare with a delectable creme fraiche topping. I enjoyed the presentation of the dish, which sat on a heavy black slab of rock and included carved out holes for various sauces. The pretty decorative potato chips were a nice design touch as well. The tuna was chopped into centimeter-sized chunks, which may have limited how much flavor got into the fish. Regardless, the tartare was delicious mostly due to the velvety layer of creme fraiche that sat on top and a thick aioli-type sauce on the side. I had the Pretzel Crusted Crab Cake topped with a Sweet Chili prawn. The dish sounded great on paper, but the execution was way off. My crab cake was coated in a very thick and crunchy layer of what seemed more like rice cake than pretzels. The crab didn't taste particularly fresh, but I'll just assume the strange pretzel coating messed everything up. The chiliť prawn was completely unseasoned and bland besides its natural shrimpy taste. It was literally a piece of cocktail shrimp mislabeled as a prawn having some distinguishable flavor. I need to try the restaurant when it's not restaurant week! Read more at http://lestorydefood.com/2010/07/18/nyc-restaurant-week-coverage-day-2/
Fabulous Service! Fabulous Food! Fabulous Experience!
By SkyeKinkaid on 7/12/2010
I recently hosted an event for a dear friend at this establishment. The person who took care of us was named Joshua Klam (I sincerely hope I'm getting that right, but he was working there on Sat. July 10, 2010). To say he should write a book on service is an understatement. I can't recall a more helpful, attentive, thorough, professional, in the service industry. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was classic, and everything one would hope for as the host for an event was taken care of properly (seated immediately, staff attentive to the needs of the guests and with remarkably kind personalities, food served promptly and dietary needs of guests taken into consideration even when those needs were disclosed at the last minute). I could go on and on about how fantastic my experience was, but I will spare you the endless praises I feel this establishment truly deserves. In fact, several of my guests happened to be executives who hosts events frequently in the city (thus my desire to make quite the impression among the pros) and they all commented on "how fantastic the service is here" and "we should come back here again". I have nothing but praises for David Burke Townhouse and Joshua Klam! Thanks!
One of My Best Meals Ever
By lilydog on 6/7/2010
The chicken breast I had at lunch was one of my best meals of all time. The skin of the chicken was so perfectly cooked and seasoned and the meat was so juicy. You must try the lollipop dessert at least once, even though it's a bit too sweet. The white, clean atmosphere is peaceful and the wait staff is attentive and professional without being stuffy. Perfect service.
Tight quarters but worth it
By gjl137 on 2/3/2010
Three of us had a reservation on a Saturday night at DB Townhouse. While they were late seating us we were able to enjoy a cocktail at the bar and the bread sticks with mustard oil. The bar area is really tight so if you are with more than three people expect to be squished. We went with the prix fixe menu which entailed a four course meal. Everything they served was delicious and a decent price considering the four courses ($62). The wait staff is great and do not rush you. We were there for over two hours and there was never a feeling of urgency. The decor of the restaurant is unique with artwork in every nook and cranny of the restaurant.
Made to please
By jessicahartley on 5/14/2009
Tuesday night I attended a Foodbuzz event hosted at David Burke's Townhouse and it was wonderful. The plentiful array of foods seemed endless and each small bite bursted with flavor. David was there to greet dozens of food bloggers who were all equally satisfied with David's delectable hors d'ouvres. My favorites were the sliders, tuna tar tar, and the butterscotch panna cotta, yum! For more information on the Foodbuzz event at David Burke's Townhouse visit: http://hartleyconfections.com
Give me those Lollipops ANYDAY!
By Truffle17 on 1/31/2009
This was fantastic! Loved the place -- the lobster, the lollipops! The back dining room is definitely better than being up front as everyone walks through -- but we went as a large group for a combined birthday celebration and it was simply remarkable! The lollipops are now available commercially so you don't have to go to the restaurant, but we would definitely spare the grocery store and make the trip here -- we saw some great pictures of the chihulis on www.travelsintaste.com. There are also some great pics on their website www.davidburketownhouse.com!
By Marshallbux on 12/11/2008
Recently tried the lunch special with a friend. started with the tomato soup which was basic and he started with the calamari which he enjoyed. Then we moved onto the entrees, I had the veal saltimbuca and my friend has the pasta.The veal was over salted and overcooked, unoriginal and uninspired. The pasta was good in concept but the chickpeas and peas were overcooked and the pancetta was grainy. Overall both dishes were pedestrian and I could have cooked it better. The deserts however were delicious I had the panna cotta and he had the ice cream assortment. It may have made up for the entree's but upon finding that the two bottles of fiji water which they BROUGHT to us without asking cost us 18 dollars. Overall we felt robbed and upset.
By AliciaMoore on 12/3/2008
My husband, mother and me had lunch on Tuesday (Dec. 2) and had mixed reviews. Overall the experience was pleasant but not up to the standard that I expected. It took too long for the waiter to take our order and my husband had to send his hamburger back- he asked for it medium rare and it arrived medium well - not acceptable in a restaurant of this caliber. My dish was the saltimbocca - my father's is better and he is not a chef ! My mothers dish, however, was one of their signature dishes (lobster "steak") and it was delicious. The price was right especially seeing as the portions are huge - don't know if I will be returning but glad we tried it.
Make DB&D your first choice
By George_from_NY on 12/26/2007
Judging from some of the earlier reviews, a good experience at Davidburke & Donatella appears hit or miss. We hit them on a good night, and had a meal that ranks among the best of New York. I can certainly sympathize with those that rate them poorly. The restaurant seats 110, but only by shoehorning tables into every available nook and cranny. This includes the hallway leading to the main dinning room. Its easy to see how comfort and service can suffer on busy nights. We arrived on a quiet Sunday evening when fewer than 10 tables were seated. The service was impeccable and the food near perfect. The pretzel crusted crab cake was an excellent appetizer. Although the Lobster & Sea Urchin BLT tasted good, the portion size was disappointingly small. Do consider the Lobster Steak as your main course. Its a unique dish with a combination of flavors that work very well together. The Ham & Cheese Whipped Potato was a good side dish. The Tomato Gratin wasnt the best choice; an all too watery tomato washed out the flavor. For dessert, the Coconut Layer Cake, Butterscotch Panna Cotta, and Cheese Cake Lollipop Tree were all good choices.
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