Acclaimed chef, Daniel Boulud, was born in France but has made his mark on the New York culinary scene.  DBGB is his bar/kitchen serving casual beers and burgers in a setting slightly more posh than your usual gastro-pub.  We were there for lunch and with the $27 three course fixed menu it was exceptionally good value and an opportunity we could not pass.

The ambiance is friendly but classy with famous food quotes across the walls including Homer’s “you don’t win friends with salad” and other non-vegetarian food loving poets.  There were no vegetarian mains on the set menu, but one was concocted without a grimace.

The butternut pumpkin soup was a new take on an old favourite.  It arrived appearing like modern art.  It was fluffy and light with s subtle sage cream on top and dried gooseberries which created an unexpectedly delightful combination.  Pumpkin seeds added extra interest.

Next to me, my mum ordered the roasted beetroots.  An assortment of beets was served with a tempting pistachio crumble. It was the first time she had tasted different types of beetroot and she loved this entree.  A dollop of whipped goats’ curd sat on top.

The spinach and ricotta ravioli had been adapted to include a vegetarian sauce.  The pasta was fresh and well cooked.  Inside the ricotta was moist while the spinach wilted.  The tomato was flavoursome with herbs, onions and olives.

DBGB is famous for its sundaes, and I could understand why when perusing the menu.  There are three exotic combinations: ginger orange, bourbon chocolate and pear chestnut.  I opted for the ginger and orange which involved refreshing orange and ginger ice-cream, sticky toffee pudding (similar to a sticky date), butterscotch sauce and whipped cream.

I also tasted the bourbon chocolate which was served with brownies, chocolate chip cookies and candied pecans.

It was a casual and delicious meal, and a great value way to taste the cuisine from one of New York’s highly sought after chefs.  I was beginning to fall in love this eclectic city's food scene.

299 Bowery 
New York, NY 10003
(212) 933-5300
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