From the outside we were not too impressed. I think had we been walking by we probably would not even consider DBGB. The Maitre'd at Betony had suggested this place and since he had also suggested Carbone, we decided to give it a try.
Owner Daniel Boulud created this as his downtown casual dining restaurant. The menu represents this. there are sausages and burgers alongside oyster and seafood platters. The inside is very industrial and the music a bizarre rock/punk/pop mixture. We had the music explained to us, its because the restaurant is named after the famous CBGB club that was a few doors away. Suddenly listening to The Pixies, The Cure and Red Hot Chilli Peppers over dinner made sense (kind of).
The waitress was lovely, attentive and happy to explain anything we questioned. We had oysters and fried calamari to start. I have had some calamari disasters in New York and I am pleased to say that this was not on of them. The batter was light and the calamari cooked perfectly. Next course we both had burgers. They were perfect. A good combination of juicy without making the bun too soggy. Lots of toppings and they come with fries.
We were here on a Wednesday evening and it wasn't too busy, but if you want to get a table in the back dining room I'd suggest booking in advance. They also have a table in the kitchen which I think would be interesting too.
DBGB Bar and Kitchen, 299 Bowery Street, NY 10003 Tel 212 933 5300
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