David Burke Townhouse
The former davidburke & donatella has now been updated with David Burke as sole owner, but the qualities that made the restaurant successful have been preserved. The space is still elegant and quirky, with a contemporary main dining room dominated by red banquettes, chairs and indeterminate sculptures. And the immensely creative American food of Burke still shines and impresses.
The presentation of David Burke’s dishes are legendary for their sculptural and architectural beauty, such as his Crispy and Angry Lobster and Cheesecake Lollipop Tree. The food is not for display only, however. His pretzel-crusted crabcake, though bizarre sounding (and looking - it takes on the shape of a log cabin), turns out to be a perfect combination. The most famous dessert is a cheesecake lollipop tree. As Adam Platt summarized, it’s “Willy Wonka meets haute cuisine.”
133 E. 61st St.
New York (nr. Lexington Ave.)
(212) 813-2121 Mon-Thu, 11:45am-4:30pm, 5pm-10:30pm; Fri, 11:45am-4:30pm, 5pm-11pm; Sat, 11am-4:30pm, 5pm-11pm; Sun, 10:30am-4pm, 5pm-10pm
RECOMMENDED DISHES See All
- Parfait of Big Eye Tuna & Salmon Tartares, soy glaze, spicy mayonnaise and crème fraiche
- Pretzel Crusted Crabcake, tomato orange chutney and poppy seed honey
- Crispy and Angry Lobster, basil and lemon-chili sauce
- Dover Sole, charred ramps, black trumpet mushrooms and saffron-spring garlic nage
- Pastrami Salmon: buckwheat blinis, horseradish crème fraiche, endive and orange mustarda
- The Lobster “Steak”, red watercress, peanut fingerling potato, black honey and candied grapefruit