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“Disappointing to say the least....” 3 of 5 stars
Review of David Burke Townhouse

David Burke Townhouse
133 East 61st Street, New York City, NY 10021 (Manhattan)
(212) 813-2121
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Ranked #568 of 11,599 restaurants in New York City
Price range: $50 - $100
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Manhattan
Cross street: Park and Lexington
Transit: Subway: 4,5,6,N,R trains to 59th and Lexington. F train to 63rd and Lexington.
Description: David Burke Townhouse is the masterpiece of Award-winning Executive Chef David Burke, whose reputation for wildly creative takes on American ingredients is unsurpassed. Since 2003, David Burke has been serving provocative Modern American Cuisine in an elegantly refurbished Upper East Side space. The restaurant's design is inspired by the bold colors and lacquered surfaces on the 1930's, yet it has decidedly contemporary aesthetic. Upon entering David Burke Townhouse, guests will feel the glamour and sense of fun in the lounge with its sleek white gloss, stone bar and whimsical art installations. The volume of color and drama is turned up for the main event, the dining room, where a striking color palette of chocolate, vanilla and lipstick colors prevails.
Point Pleasant, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Disappointing to say the least....”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Mom always said "if you can't say something nice ".....food was not what we expected and we spent over $400 for dinner.
We felt totally disappointed with our experience,

  • Visited December 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Massapequa, New York
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45 reviews 45 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Cozy Holiday Lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

My Special Someone and I arrived late for our reservation due to the holiday concert at Lincoln Center going longer than we thought. I misplaced the phone number to the restaurant so couldn't let them know; they gave away our table but offered us a quiet booth across from the bar. I was disappointed I didn't get to see the dining room but we honestly really enjoyed cozying up to one another at this table. The wine selection was good, we ordered a tasty bottle of Pinot Noir. I honestly don't remember what we got for appetizers as I was entranced by the romance and ambiance (in the bar area - imagine what the dining must be like!) but for main courses we ordered the Veal Saltimbocca and Gin Spiced Salmon which were both delicious! For dessert he enjoyed the Chocolate Tort and a glass of Grappa; I was able to sample both the Carrot Cake and Cheesecake Lollipop Tree as they were out of the Warm Apple Tarte. The service was a bit slow as the lunch progressed but all in all a good experience and will go again if the opportunity arises.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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49 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Great place for lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

DB Townhouse exceeded expectation for lunch. They have two fixed price menus depending on what you order, whilst the menu is interesting with a variety for all. Our stand out dishes were the ravioli, short rib gnocchi and scallops finished off by the cheesecake lollipops.

Service and ambience were top notch and overall the food had great flavor at a reasonable price. Think we'll be back.

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Dublin, Ireland
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Very pleasant!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

We did Christmas dinner tonight and it was very enjoyable. Food was excellent and staff were very attentive and friendly. Extra special touch was that they had a limo out front for smoking guests so they didn't have to stand outside in the cold which was an unexpected but appreciated bonus! Would highly recommend! Nice buzzy atmosphere bit then again we were there in Christmas Day so if course it was going to be buzzy! Either way we would return as it was a very pleasant dining experience!!

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“DAwesome!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

We started off at David Burke Fishtail in NYC. We got the snapper cerviche during Happy hour, which was out of this world. The sauce added a special bite, which slightly spicy. Happy Hour was from 5-7, but had a limited drink menu for specials. I had beers, and the wifey had wine. Afterward, we headed to David Burke Townhouse, which is less than 5 minutes away around the block. We got there a little early, and sat at the bar and had drinks again. They took our coats right away. They had these special sticks at the bar that were dipped in a horseradish tasting sauce to go with your drink. The wife got a drink on the menu. It was El Brutus (?sp), but it was very good.

We were moved eventually to the dining room for our reservations. Everything was delectable. The breads were unbelievable. You get a cup of variety breads, with a pickle and radish in there also, which is inventive. Wife had the lobster dumpling coconut soup which and the broth tasted like a thai curry, but if you don't like curry, don't worry. It wasn't overpowering. It was just delicious. I did not have an appetizer, so saved my money for the ribeye, which unfortunately is one of the most expensive on the menu. It did deliver however. I ordered medium rear, and it was seared and cooked to perfection. It came with a Caesar salad warmed in French fries that were formulated into a cup. Sounds weird, but trust me it was good. My only critique is the Caesar salad was warmed which was different, but it still tasted excellent. The wife got the lobster steak, which was also succulent.

We had coffee for dessert and the hazelnut chocolate cake with espresso ice cream. The cake was formulated in a central park bench, which was freaking great, and also tasty by the way.

We enjoyed complimentary Amuse-bouche, cookies, and chocolates to take home during the meal. Don't expect to pay little at this place though. You go into it expecting to have saved a little, or knowing you have it.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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