DBGB Kitchen and Bar
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by sleazo:
4.25/5 rDev +1.4%
The DB here stands for Daniel Boulud as this is the sort of gastropub outpost in his multi national empire. Situated on the Bowery (3rd ave) just above Houston St, DBGB is in a good location for pre or post dinner activities on the Lower East Side, East or West Village. The name itself is a reference to the legendary music venue CBGBs which used to reside near by. The atmosphere is definitely upscale but not so in a stuffy sort of way. There is a decent sized bar in the front where you can wait for your tables and a fairly big backroom with booths as well. The approach here is a sort of upscale pub with hooks to hang your coats and an open kitchen. Above the fray sit the pots of various other famous chefs that were apparently donated to the cause.
As a gastropub I was unsure of how much focus would be on the beer but my fears were unfounded. The seperate beer menu is divided fairly well between good examples of different styles. The interest here is in pairing the beers with the food and the excellent wait staff are knowledgeable and have good suggestions. Foreign and domestic selections are varied enough to please both the novice and the aficionado. There is a good tap selection (around 20) with a cask offering and an extensive bottle collection. Locals are represented well with a couple of taps devoted to Captain Lawrence, Sixpoint and Brooklyn. Other US beers included Elysian, Allagash, Slyfox and Troegs to name a few. The imports were mostly Belgian and German with a few Brits thrown in for good measure. Bottlewise they seem to have some good rarities including some beers especially made for them by Brooklyn and Sixpoint.
The beers though only represent part of the equation at a place like this. The appetizers and small plates outnumber the entrees so my friends and I decided to make a meal out of them. There is a focus on house made charcuterie and sausages. While pricey most of these were good, the standouts being the Tunisiene sausage and the blood sausage. Other dishes that were winners included the veal tongue, bone marrow and pigs head terrine. While most of the dishes were good the only issue I had were some were underseasoned which could have been a result of an off night. Some of the main dishes as well as the burgers looked good on other people's tables.
The draft beers themselves ranged from $7 to $15 (mostly on the lower end of the scale). Bottled beers however is where you could get in trouble as there were a number of larger bottles priced above $40 and some going up over the $100 mark. However the draft selection is good enough where you don't have to go too crazy if you are on a moderate budget. The food itself is pricey yet not outrageous for the quality and the setting. If there was a ranking between a bit pricey and very expensive, this would rank there.
As a whole DBGB is a good experience. Good beer paired with good food in a nice yet comfortable setting. While not a weekly place, DBGB makes for a nice splurge. The menu changes frequently so check the website before you go to see what they have.
01-03-2010 17:36:29 | More by sleazo
More User Reviews:
4.13/5 rDev -1.4%
The place can either be quiet or loud depending on the time of day and how busy the restaurant is... The space is fairly large with mirrored walls and the menu is written on them along with numerous interesting quotes - not sure if the quotes change as I always seem to be in a different section of the restaurant and looking at different ones. I enjoy the place because while it is upscale it does not come across as pretentious.
Beers have been well poured in proper glassware and at the proper temperature. They have all ben served to me with a proper amount of head for the style and tasted fresh.
The servers that I have experienced on my different visits have all been extremely professional, friendly, and knowledgeable about the beers and food.
They usually do not have the largest of draft/bottle selections available but what they do have is generally really good stuff. I have seen any number of harder to find beers available at DBGB including Hills Farmstead and Cantillion.
The food is excellent though upscale so do not expect extremely large portions.
Prices are a little high but this is an upscale restaurant not your local pub. I did find that the couple of times I stopped in, they had decent specials that involved the homemade sausage and beers for a good price.
I have also had the opportunity to attend a couple of different whole hog beer dinners that DBGB have hosted and those have been great events - wonderful food served family style with about 5 beers that are poured with the different courses. I would highly recommend the whole hog beer dinners to anyone that has a chance to attend as they are fun and enjoyable.
06-13-2013 16:39:45 | More by dbrauneis
4.3/5 rDev +2.6%
It was about time I stepped into DBGB! This place has been open for over three years now, and just how often do I walk by on my way to Whole Foods Bowery?
For some reason I decided to just go in and make it happen. Empty on a Tuesday afternoon-evening right before the dinner rush, about 5pm, late August in the city.
There's some outdoor seating on the Bowery, then the bar area and then a rather massive dining area. I wonder how many covers they do on an average night...
22 taps, divided on the menu as ale/lager/wheat and served in either small (175ml-330ml) or big (one fucking liter!).
Rarities: Hill Farrmstead Society and Solitude (just kicked when I visited), Jolly Luciernaga, To Ol Ov Ral from Denmark (10.4% DIPA from Denmark), Saison de Pipaix Vapeur, 2011 Dogfather Bourbon Barrel Stout, 2011 Peated Emelisse Rusian Imperial Stout... outstanding indeed!
Great beer descriptions and huge prices, but not as bad as a place like Cannibal. $8 for my glass of Dogfather, $11 for Hill Farmstead... and $30 for a liter of Hill Farm? Sure thing why not!
Esoteric lagers and wheats from Europe as well. Nice service at the bar, the bartender gave me some free beer samples, and when I asked for a piece of bread, he brought a whole basket with Vermont butter. Sweet...
The food menu is quite expansive and pig-centric. The charcuterie-sausage section is to die for! All made in house with heritage pork. I had the boudin basque- a beautiful piece of blood-and-pig's-head sausage.
One beer plus one sausage came up to 23 dollars plus tax and tip- almost 30 dollars. Cheap it is not, but so worth. I look forward to coming back here!
08-26-2012 04:06:33 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.68/5 rDev +11.7%
Until now, the Gramercy Tavern was, for me, the best "fine dining restaurant with a very good beer list" in New York. Still a fine place I am sure, but DBGB is in another league entirely.
Great atmosphere. The bar area is wide open with plenty of light and glass, comfortable two person cushions at the bar, with a number of low top tables. The dining room seems very cozy with banquettes tucked away on the side with two rows of tables in the middle. High ceilings, very open.
Our bartender was very warm and friendly, quick to offer a sample of any of the draft beers. The list was great, and unlike any other we saw the whole weekend. Society and Solitude from HFB was amazing, Local Option gose was terrific, Brooklyn Blast worked for our friend. Luciernaga and Founders Porter were quality choices as well. The bottle list is pricey, as is typical here in New York but if money is no object, a bottle of Sang Noir or 2011 Bon Chien can be yours.
Food was really a revelation. The Viennoiserie bread basket contained one delight after another. The Frenchie burger (burger with pork belly confit and tomato onion compote) was the best burger I have ever head. All three of us were similarly blown away. House made gelato, ice cream and sorbet for dessert. Just wow.
Not cheap, but worth every penny. When you're in the mood for this sort of experience (and usually pub grub is fine for us), go here.
08-20-2012 19:23:00 | More by sholland119
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
The beer list was well presented and contained some nice selections not usually found. The beer menu was delineated by country and by draft/bottle. Prices were on par with the area. I was impressed with the numver of organic beers as noted in the beer list and on the labels. Service was quick & knowledgeable with beer & food. They were happy to pair a beer with your meal choice. The house made sausage was excellent & flavorable. Portions for food were a bit small for the price. Overall a fun atmosphere with vreat food & a solid beer list!
06-03-2012 03:13:00 | More by DevilDogBeer
3.78/5 rDev -9.8%
DBGB doesn't work, its glass and metal interior doesn't seem to fit with either the beer patrons or the wine patrons. Because of its location it draws heavily upon a crowd too young to know when enough is enough, rude college types for the most part. The bar area doubles as a pickup joint. One clever thing in DBGB's favor are the famous sayings engraved on the glass panels throughout. The neighborhood is seedy too, but if you do get down into this area be sure to visit the beer store at Whole Foods across Houston Street, a huge selection.
The beer and food quality are high.
Service is average.
The beer selection is solid, good beers on tap and in bottles. Usually a few hard-to-finds or never-seen-befores. Beers tend to be priced higher than average for NYC.
The food is excellent, some really neat combinations which go well with beer. But all the dishes are too small and expensive.
The atmosphere and food prices compromise DBGB. If you can afford the place I suggest going before 6 PM to avoid the crowd. This isn't the kind of place most beer lovers would be able to knock back a few and have a burger or steak.
04-18-2012 21:33:27 | More by knightlypint
4.78/5 rDev +14.1%
I checked this place out with some friends on a whim...we had heard good things and wanted to try some rare beers. We walked in and were immediately embarrassed by our dress - we had been walking around the city and were in t-shirts and shorts. We were just going to leave, but the wait staff insisted that it didn't matter and sat us down. After sucking up the extremely high prices ($20 for a burger, $8 for a beer), we had an incredible meal.
The restaurant is beautiful, which, based on the website's inclusion of an "interior design" section, isn't surprising. After walking in, we walked down a short ramp and sat in the front section of the restaurant, which was comprised of 10 or so tables and a bar off to the side. A number of quotes from great thinkers wrapped the top of the wall. An open doorway passes into the next part of the restaurant, which consists of two rows of dark leather booths, bordered by shelves with various restaurant items (bottles, jars, etc). The shelves have no back and the kitchen is partially visible through them. Very cool. Due to the price the atmosphere is high end. No hooligans - come for a peaceful, delicious meal and great beer. This would be a great place for a date.
The service was great - good recommendations, and the staff was willing to go out of their way. While DGBG didn't offer a ton of beers on top, they had a couple choices from each category, and these options were, well, superior. Every beer is world class. We had a bunch and shared a few sips here and there, and every brew was one of the best we'd ever tried. I don't know who tracks down these beers from all over the US and Europe, but they do a phenomenal job.
The food is also incredible. I had "The Frenchie," which was a huge patty topped with BBQ pulled pork, a bunch of kickass sauces, and some other charcuterie. I can honestly say this is one of the best burgers I've ever had - and I've had a $30 burger (this one was $19, and worth every penny).
In short, go here. Just dress decently, and be willing to get a little buzzed - if you're not, you'll be missing out on some incredible beers.
03-22-2012 06:21:43 | More by tylerprince
DBGB Kitchen and Bar in New York, NY
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