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DBGB Kitchen & Bar

299 Bowery, New York, NY, 10012
nr. Houston St.
212-933-5300

Avg. Rating

6
Food: 6
Service: 5
Décor: 7
"Mixed Reviews"

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44% would go back.

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Disappointing Thanksgiving

By fivepointer on 12/3/2013

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

Our native Manhattan family went there based on the menu offering on-line. The crispy turkey leg was a deep fried egg roll stuffed w turkey. Didn't cut it. When I asked the waiter for a bit more gravy, he returned with a thimble. My wife said the desserts were their extra leftovers. Our usually ravenous sons chose not to finish their 'old' ice creams. And as at many places, the music that was up loud for the pre-dinner setup, was left way too loud to converse at our meal.

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13 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

Eat at the bar.

By bakerjake on 6/26/2013

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

I've been here a dozen times and always sit at the bar. The food is exceptionally well done and always interesting, the service at the bar is attentive and well-informed. Welcome addition to an area where truly professional service is sadly hard to find.

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33 out of 60 people found this review helpful.

Good but too pricey

By mitchmurr on 5/1/2011

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

I definitely give good grades for this place and I would return, however, the prices for the brauts/weiners/links are simply too high for what you get. $13-$15 for a very tasty braut. Should be no more than $9 each and that would still be a bit high, but appropriate for the space. Very good craft beer selection and the service was very good. We sat in the bar area.

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69 out of 136 people found this review helpful.

The worst service ever!!

By Mistermarco on 1/3/2011

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

I had guests visiting from Europe,.and I had the bad idea to take them to this restaurant! The food was good,but unfortunately it was spoiled by the waiter's attitude. He was a total jerk,really rude,condescending,.and he did not even had the patience to explain the menu to some of my guests that were not so fluent in English. A restaurant like that should set higher standards when it comes to hire the staff. Never again,..

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80 out of 161 people found this review helpful.

Average food at best, Overpriced, Rude Service, A flop for sure

By point15 on 12/25/2010

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 2
  • No, I would not go back!

We arrived on time, 4 out of 5, but they refused to seat us until the 5th person arrived. Very rude hosting staff, including the so-called general manager, who would win an award in rudeness with ease. Not even the basics of good customer service. We ended up with a tiny table (for 3 at best) near the door, where it was freezing. Food: Definitely poor quality. Tunisien was dry and overcooked, sausage too dry and over spiced. Oysters, OK. Steak Frites, came medium well when ordered medium rare (or 2 orders). Pork Schnitzel, would have been better bought in a frozen dinner from Whole Foods. This had nothing to do with what a shnitzel should be. Desserts, some of worst we have had for a while....all five of us....dry, not tasty, poor presentation. We had a waiter who can compete with his manager in rudeness. He would disappear for 10ms. only to come by to see if we are ready to leave. Why should he act any better if he sees his manager mistreating clients? Having spent $120 per person, this was a bad experience. We couldn't help but wonder how much investors paid Boulud to put his name of such a flop of a venture. None of us would go back there. There many other TRUE brasseries in the citty that beat DBGB hands down in all aspects.

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83 out of 156 people found this review helpful.

Overpriced, Obnoxious and Not Very Good

By magsnyc12 on 12/22/2010

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

First negative: not seating you until your whole party has arrived, even though you have a reservation. Second negative: not seating you until 9:35 when your reservation was for 8:45 - the host staff was rude and unprofessional, sometimes leaving the front desk completely abandoned. The apology: complimentary flatbread special appetizer - not very good. By the end of the meal, I was wondering why we had waited so long for mediocre food and rude service. We ordered the Vermont sausage (which was uncooked in the middle and completely unappetizing), a dozen oysters (not much to mess up there), the schnitzel (which the waitress sold to us as "to die for" was nothing compared to the schnitzel at Blaue Gans/Wallse), the pork rillette, lobster bisque, and the lamb duo special. You can find better food with a nicer staff and more pleasant ambience elsewhere. Definitely not worth it.

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73 out of 140 people found this review helpful.

Great Food, Horrible HORRIBLE service

By B1finner on 9/30/2010

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

If you like empty drinks with your great food I suggest you go. We sat more then once with empty glasses on our table. We actually timed it once as a joke. Over 10 minutes and no one seemed to think 4 empty glasses was something to call for a step over to our table. Gave up and flagged a waiter down. (We were sitting next to the register they put orders in. In plain sight.) Adding to this, every time we ordered a drink they would forget one. The 1st time this happens it's a ops. 2nd a ? The 3rd is just bad service. To top this off they added 20% TIP to the bill as we were more then 6. Normally no big deal to any of us but let me tell you. We made it a point to pay the bill they presented. Nothing over it. Would have asked for manager and tipped 10% based on food alone if not that we were out celebrating and didn't want ruin night. Better service in economy class of a discount airline.

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79 out of 151 people found this review helpful.

Daniel...Are you embarressed?

By gregNYC on 5/1/2010

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

3 bartenders and just 3 customers at the bar. After a few minutes I had to ask the bartender for a drink. At dinner, food was oddly tasteless and barely warm. I'm still trying to figure out dessert. Bland Ice Cream? We were at the table from 6am to 930am. Is that telling you anything about the service? The place is busy (why I don't know) and I feel you are laughing all the way to the bank. Never again at any of your places.

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95 out of 182 people found this review helpful.

Mediocre service, so-so food

By jligon on 3/11/2010

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

I placed my food order for the prix-fixe lunch and then asked about their beer selections, which are listed in metrics (500 ml/ 1 litre) and asked roughly what was 500 ml. in ounces; the server was clueless and didn't offer to find out, so I went with water! The liver pate was fine followed by a plate of white sausage (with fois gras and apple- had an odd taste), a wedge of hashed brows that looked like something from a grocery freezer package, and two perfectly cooked eggs, all of which were “o.k.” as was the dessert. The service was less than impressive and included periodic complaining by a group of servers at a station near my table. Overall pretty disappointing.

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90 out of 183 people found this review helpful.

Very Disappointing

By stuyman on 1/25/2010

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

After reading great reviews, our group was excited to try this place. What a disappointment! The duo of beef, a special, consisted of four tepid, thin slices of tasteless, chewy ribeye, and a barely edible slab of fat they called a short rib. The touted "DBGB dog" had a casing so thick it was like wrapped in plastic. The burger was mediocre. Finally, the dessert, an apple crumble sundae, tasted like cleaning fluid. Will never go there again.

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108 out of 218 people found this review helpful.

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