Opened in 2001, db Bistro Moderne is a relaxed and fast-paced Manhattan restaurant, located in the City Club Hotel, at the Midtown crossroads of fashion and theater. This is Chef Daniel Boulud’s contemporary interpretation of the Parisian classic, and a restaurant where traditional French cuisine meets the flavors of the American market.
The restaurant is comprised of two dining rooms linked by a panel wine bar, which also connects the restaurant to the adjacent hotel lobby. When stepping in, eyes are drawn to a series of sensual, larger than life, floral photographs by Christopher Beane.
The seasonal menu prepared by Chef Laurant Kalkotour highlights the quality of fine ingredients served in a casual, yet elegant setting. Brunch is available à la carte only, on Saturday and Sunday.
House Made brioche ($8) is a good shared start, with delicious Christine Ferber jam. Le Panier, an assortment of bread and viennoiseries ($12) is also recommended for the whole table to sample. Omelette La Française ($17) can make the whole meal on its own, as it comes with some refreshing greens on the side. Les Croques Classic, Provençal or Moderne ($18) are flavorful and perfectly proportioned, as is the couple of pasta dishes ($28). The pain de mie crusted dorade ($29) is a very well executed classic. The hanger steak ($32) is very tender, prepared in oxtail ragoût and topped with sauce bordelaise. None of the fish or meat dishes should require an extra side, although available. The menu also features this place most famous and best seller creation: a ($32) gigantic burger that comes with a french fries cornet.
The most regretful omission on the brunch menu are these exquisite warm madeleines served for lunch and dinner. Do not hesitate to ask for them!
Service here is very attentive and efficient without ever being overwhelming. If you’re looking for a flawless dining experince next time you’re in the city, do not forget to book a table !
Brunch at db Bistro Moderne – $25/$50
Saturday & Sunday