Last week I went to DBGB, Daniel Boulud's new downtown joint, specializing in sausages. I have not yet been to Daniel or Cafe Boulud, and was excited to get a taste of the Boulud empire for a cheaper price.
The place is large, with a separate room for the bar in front, with many seats, and a large dining room in back, with the kitchen surrounding it. I would call the feel of the restaurant "Bowery Chic".
I sat in the bar area, and although there were plenty of house-made sausages to choose from, I have been on a burger-kick lately, and ordered the Piggie ($19), one of three burgers on the menu.
The Piggie is a 6 oz beef patty topped with daisy mays bbq pulled pork, jalapeno mayonnaise & boston lettuce on a cheddar-cornbread bun with mustard-vinegar slaw, and fries. The burger was extremely juicy, which I like, but with all those toppings, it was just a mash of flavors that were indistinguishable. Unfortunately, the fries were limp and soggy, and truly unacceptable, especially coming from a Daniel Boulud kitchen. I was actually in shock that they would send out fries this bad. It was a let down.
I would definitely go back to DBGB to try some of their sausages, but if you crave a burger, there are better places to go. I should mention though, that DBGB has the most extensive beer list I have ever seen (including 22 on tap!), and although I didn't get any beer, seems like a great place to explore the world of beer.
DBGB Kitchen and Bar
299 Bowery (bet. Houston and 1st st.)
New York, NY 10003