I became a fan of Chef Daniel Boulud when I arranged an important business dinner of large group at db Bistro Moderne few years ago. It was was amazing experience, from the atmosphere, service, and of course, the food. Especially the food. I have been wanting to visit other restaurants of his for a while, and this Winter Restaurant Week provided me with the perfect opportunity.
We decided to go have a brunch during the Restaurant Week at DBGB Kitchen and Bar in downtown. They offer unique cuisine of French brasserie mixed with American tavern fare. They have many varieties of house-made sausage, juicy burgers, some seafood, and so much more. And don’t forget desserts, they have very creative kinds here that look pretty amazing.
So, we went the day after a snow storm (we were that determined!), and our reservation was right when they open on Sunday, so it was almost empty. As soon as we walked in, there was a beautiful bar space that was very open and bright with lights flooding in from the windows. The brightness gave nice contrast to their dark wooden furniture and floor. Very elegant, chic, but yet casual and inviting.
Connected to the bar is the large dining area, that is really nice, large space, especially in NYC. They had seating with long tables in the middle, and booth seating on both sides of the tables. We sat at the booth, very comfortable and very spacious. The room was more of a long rectangle, and the wall was filled with wine, glasses, condiments, or other items in a very organized way. They took cue from the “Bowery’s history as New York’s industrial restaurant supply neighborhood with floor to ceiling shelves stocked with the restaurant’s own tools, tableware and dry goods.”
They also had few of nice nook on one side of the wall, allowing a group of 6 to have a bit more “private” space in the dining room area. I thought this was really nice touch. When you are with bigger group than normal 2 or 4, it is already hard enough to hear each other in a restaurant, especially if it gets crowded. In the nook, you still can hear each other while having extra privacy at the same time.
I tried to check out their Restaurant Week menu online, but they only had Lunch and Dinner menu, no Brunch menu. I was not sure what it was going to like, and it turned out to be a great surprise! It had minimum of 2 people, and served family style, and the menu consisted of 1 appetizer, 2 main course, 2 sides, and 1 dessert to share ($28/person). I didn’t know we were going to have so many varieties of food to share, I felt like this was much better option than the normal lunch or dinner menu.
The appetizer was House-Baked Pastry Basket. Music to my ears… On the menu, it listed Croissant, Pains au Chocolat, Madeleines, Danishes, Multi-Grain Bread with Butter and Seasonal Jam. Later I noticed that we didn’t get Pains us Chococlat… but I was very happy with what they brought us, maybe they supposed to only give you 4 kinds of pastries/bread anyways for party of two???
Regardless, it was very delicious, fresh, fluffy, moist, and I was very happy! Our favorite one was the danish with peach in the middle. It had sweet cream under the peach, on flaky and light pastry. All of them were really delicious, a great way to start off the brunch. The butter was light and creamy, and the jam had great flavor without being too sweet. Each item was pretty nice size too.
The 2 main items were Artisanal Housemade Sausages and Eggs Florentine. For Sausage, we get to choose 2 out of 4 sausages they offer. We chose their most popular one, Beaujolaise, and also dbgb dog. They brought condiments to the table for the sausages, and I was happy to see that they use Maille mustard. I am a fan of Maille, the mustard for serious foodies (you can read more about it here: http://www.foodlovergirl.com/boutique-maille-new-york/)
When it arrived at the table, I really was glad to see that they had already cut them in two pieces, making it easier to share.
The Beaujolaise sausage comes with pork, mushroom, onion, bacon & red wine link, with lentils du puy. This was screaming high quality. Really great and meaty sausage, and lentil and mushroom had great flavor that emphasized the sausage flavor. They went perfectly together. Very, very delicious, awesome for serious sausage eater.
The dbgb dog is not a “sausage” but more of a simple hot dog, done dbgb style. It came with house-made beef wiener, sautéed onion, mustard, ketchup, “299” relish. I was curious about how they do hot dog, I mean, it has been given the dbgb name, I had to try it. Even though it was much more simple than the meaty beaujolaise sausage, it was certainly a great dog. It was really plump, and had that crunch sound when you bite into it. The inside was very juicy and flavorful, the relish was refreshing and when great with the Maille mustard.
Then we got Eggs Florentine. It came with creamy spinach, jambon de paris, sauce hollandaise, and toasted English muffin. The eggs were cooked to perfection, making the perfect food porn… nice amount of fresh spinach, and hollandaise sauce were really nice too. The ham was not too salty nor too crispy, but just right. Everything worked perfectly with each other, very delicious and filling.
The two side dishes were Home Fries with melted onion and parsley, and Brussels Sprouts with foamy butter and fine herbs. Both of them were superb! The potatoes were really crispy on the outside, and soft & potato-y in the the inside. It had great flavor, i don’t know what seasoning they use, but it was delicious. Not too salty, but just the right saltiness to it, and very addictive. The brussels sprouts were cooked until soft, no hard core in the center, without getting mushy a any point. I know some people are not fan of Brussels sprouts, but this one might change your mind, it was really tasty and flavorful.
The dessert was Brioche French Toast, and it came with caramel sauce and fresh berries. It was a pretty nice size, creamy and dense, but it light and airy. All the berries were really sour, too sour to me… It went well with the sweetness of the French toast, but still a bit too sour for me to have more than just a few. I would’ve loved to have more ripe, sweet berries… but that’s just me.
In addition, we ordered Earl Grey tea to go with our dessert ($5). It came with a nice size pot, enough for about 3 cups of tea. It is always nice to have a good cup of tea or cappuccino with dessert.
They have a nice bathroom, all the way at the back of the dining room. I loved the wallpaper! Very spacious bathroom, super clean.
The service was efficient, our server was very helpful, polite, and friendly. No complaints on anything at all, it was flawless. Our water was filled at all time, table was kept clean (each time they took away the dishes, someone else will come and wipe clean the tabletop). We had a really nice experience there, we would definitely go back to get some burgers! (In case you are not aware, their name “dbgb” stands for “Daniel Boulud Good Burger”)
DBGB Kitchen & Bar – 299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003