db Bistro Moderne is on 44th street, between Fifth and Sixth. Very attractive, cool, nicely proportioned place. Adjacent to Triomphe (which we like) and the Algonquin (ditto).
The burger is a complex project. About ten oz, composed of an outer ring of sirloin, an inner ring of short rib meat cooked in a truffle wine reduction, then scraped off the bone, and an inner, inner piece of foie gras. The burger is presented as a parmesan roll (top and bottom), with (from the top), finely chopped celery with a horseradish mayonannaise, a slightly reduced tomato slice, the burger, and more celery and the bottom. Served with pommes frites (puffed potatoes) and french fries. We had both.
The burger was served as ordered, medium rare. Sliced in half (vertically), one side had a "d" skewer, the other had a "b" skewer. They were presented with the db facing the customer. This was a great burger. Wonderful, very beefy, but very little plate juice. With one bite, the diner grabbed beef, short ribs, and foie.
As noted, this was a very good burger. But, for $29, it should be superb, outstanding, and maybe orgasmic. Neither Dee nor I thought it was as good as the $16 Kobe Burger at the Burger Bar in Las Vegas. Fries and frites were good, although the frites were just warm when served.
The meal was preceded by an excellent eggplant caviar. Finely chopped broiled eggplant and sage, served with one inch disks of toasted bread.
Service was very good. Attentive, watchful, team of three people covered four tables. I was impressed.
We boosted the bill with a CDP Roger Sabot 2000 ($70) and a single dessert of molten chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. All in, the tab came to $180 with tip. That's a lot for two burgers, fries and a $70 bottle of wine
Rating of A for burger, B for value...
Edited by Rail Paul, 03 May 2004 - 12:49 AM.