The beauty of Restaurant Week is that foodies have the opportunity to “ test drive” New York City restaurants for a $38 prix fixe that includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert. This is particularly special when a chef the caliber of Daniel Boulud participates.
DB Bistro Moderne is Daniel’s modern French-American bistro concept where traditional French cuisine meets the bounty of the American market. Located on 44th between 5th and 6th, this restaurant has a minimalist, modern aesthetic and is a popular destination for both pre and post theatre dining.
The Restaurant Week dinner menu starts with a choice of Butternut Squash Soup, finished with pumpkin oil, Salmon Tartare, served with an Apple Gelee, Fois Gras Torchon with a seasonal clementine marmalade (the Fois Gras has a $10 Supplement), and a lovely Belgian Endive Salad with walnuts, dried cherries and a creamy blue cheese and Spanish vinegar dressing that was excellent. The appetizers were accompanied by an assortment of delicious breads.
Dinner choices include; Spelt Risotto (Spelt is a type of hulled wheat) with wild mushrooms, baby artichokes, and mascarpone cheese, a Cassoulet,which is a traditional French casserole of beans, sausages, duck confit and pancetta, a Grilled Dorade in a grape and lemon brown butter served with vegetables, and of course the famous DB Burger.
We had the dorade and the DB Burger and thoroughly enjoyed both. The dorade is a firm white fish with a sweet flavor, similar to mahi-mahi. It was perfectly cooked and accompanied by wonderful roasted cauliflower.
The DB Burger’s reputation precedes itself and the Restaurant Week menu affords a great opportunity to try it. It was cooked perfectly at our requested medium-rare and was presented with an appealing vase of crispy french fries. Although this had a $14 supplement, the burger is $32 on the regular DB menu.
At any Daniel restaurant dessert shines and this day was no exception. The Chocolate Tart with homemade caramel ice cream and the Creamsicle, which is vanilla custard, buttermilk sherbet and an orange budino were both delish and well worth the calories.
All in all this was a great Restaurant Week choice. Our reservation was honored on time and the service was excellent.
Restaurant Week runs through February 8th and DB Bistro Moderne also serves the $25 Prix Fixe lunch menu. Enjoy!