I had a lovely restaurant week lunch with one of my best friends last week. Overall we weren't blown away with David Burke Kitchen, but there were some parts of the meal that we really did enjoy.
The restaurant is located in the James Hotel, but has its own separate entrance.
The below-ground level restaurant does manage to soak in a good amount of sunlight from the windows that line the restaurant wall.
For our first course:
Lobster Soup: lobster dumpling with coconut fennel creme and red watercress. The soup was fantastic and had a very strong lobster taste, but the dumpling was too starchy.
Pastrami Salmon with horseradish, mustard seeds, capers. The salmon was fresh and the pastrami tasted like beef carpaccio. The creamy sauce was a nice addition.
For the second course:
Herbed Mac N' Cheese with spicy sausage and prosciutto wrapped egg. I was expecting the mac n' cheese to be creamier and have a layer of cheese on top, so I was a little disappointed when this dish came out looking like a regular pasta. The sausage pieces were so tiny I don't remember them being spicy, and the dish was quite bland overall.
Kitchen Burger with bacon, cheddar, and jalapeno french fries. Delicious! The burger was juicy, the meat was very flavorful, and the jalapeno on the french fries gave it a nice kick.
Superb apple tart with vanilla ice cream. This is hands down the best apple tart I've ever had. The pastry was perfectly flaky, the apple flavors just strong enough. Incredible. Order this even if you're full by dessert.
Chocolate Caramel Fudge Cake. Terrific dessert as well, but we were so blown away by the apple tart that this was overshadowed. The cake was very thick and fudge-like. Definitely an ultimate comfort food dessert.
23 Grand Street (between Avenue of the Americas & Thompson Street)
New York, NY 10013
Phone number: (212)201-9119
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