Davidburke Townhouse and the Great Maitre D

Lobster Raviolli

Origonally posted February 4, 2009

A group of 6 of us dined at Davidburke Townhouse (was known as Davidburke & Donatella when we were there)in New York.  The restaurant has a small space but the decor is very contemporary.  There is a small bar to the right and two dining room areas.  The maitre d at this restaurant was fantastic and really made us feel welcome even though we arrived a little late.  I could go on forever about the maitre d because he was so good at his job all throughout the night while we dined.

Beets, Avacado, and Mango Salad with Goat Cheese. On the side is an egg yolk between two pancake type things topped with caviar.

Veal on top of puree with side of shrimp

We each ordered the tasting menu ($95 per person) which included five courses.  Of course there are also separate items you can order on the menu.  Four of us also ordered the wine pairing with the meal ($55 per person).  All in all, the courses were above par but I was not impressed with the Sea Bass.  It wasn’t anything special and imaginative.  We also noticed another table had ordered fennel fries, so the maitre d gave us a half order on the house to try.  Very nice guy indeed.

Sea Bass

To sum up, the food here was good (although not the best I’ve ever had), but the experience, the ambiance, and the maitre d made up for that and made it an exceptional dining experience.  If you’re in New York, I don’t know if this is the best place to spend $100+ on a meal though.  With all the fine dining establishments in NY, I’m sure you can find something spectacular in the same price range.


Dessert #1: Cheesecake Lollipop Tree

Dessert #2: Assorted chocolates and baked goods

Dessert #3: Coconut Passion Fruit Cake

Dessert #4: Strawberry Rhubarb Tart

Dessert #5: Chocolate, Cinnamon, and Apple pancake with Icre Cream

Dessert #6: Creme Brulee

Dessert #7: Chocolate Mousse. None of us wanted this because it was way too sweet.

Photos courtesy of Lilian.

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