DBGB Kitchen & Bar Coming to Downtown DC

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Eater DC shares the news:

“superstar chef Daniel Boulud will open a DBGB Kitchen & Bar in the city.”

Eater also says that Boulud has been negotiating for a space in CityCenter near the Convention Center. Stay tuned.

From Boulud’s website:

DBGB Kitchen and Bar is Chef Daniel Boulud’s downtown place where the French brasserie meets the American tavern. Guests enjoy 12 varieties of house-made sausage, mouthwatering burgers and towering shellfish platters, in addition to seasonal Lyonnais-inspired bistro cooking. For beer lovers, there are over 20 drafts to choose from and another 75 by-the bottle, plus a full wine list. At dessert, dig into the classics: baked Alaska, soufflés and ice cream sundaes. Interiors take their cue from the Bowery’s history as New York’s industrial restaurant supply neighborhood with floor to ceiling shelves stocked with the restaurant’s own tools, tableware and dry goods overlook a partially open kitchen. The sidewalk café, open seasonally, is the perfect spot to enjoy weekend brunch, weekday lunch or dinner in warm weather. The private room tucked away through the kitchen accommodates parties for up to 18 people with a view of all the live action at the stove.

You can see their menus here.

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  • yea, but what about an apple store?

  • I walked past this place in the Bowery about 10 times this past weekend…. had no idea that it was Boulud or that he was planning to come to DC. I think if I chose to eat out every night for a month right now, I couldnt hit all the new places in DC. Something that was really surprising about visiting NYC this past weekend is that for the first time, I did not have one meal there that far exceeded what I can get in DC. In fact, while I didn’t have a bad meal, I didnt have anything nearly as memorable as the last meal I had at Marcel’s or even Beau Thai, for that matter.

    • If you haven’t had a meal in NYC that doesn’t exceed what you’ve eaten in DC, where have you been? I went to Eleven Madison Park in March, Aska a few weeks ago and I’m planning a trip to Corton and/or Le Bernardin before the year ends. EMP and Aska were two of the best meals I’ve had this year, and I don’t know of any DC restaurants that can compare to them. At least creatively. If you can think of any DC restaurants that compare with these, I’d like to know what they are! Believe me, I’ve looked.

      • justinbc

        I think what he’s saying is that he regularly has meals in NYC that top what DC offers, but upon this last visit that was not the case. I liked EMP and Corton as well, but preferred Picholine over either of them.

        • Understood. A fair point. DC certainly has come a long way from where it was 5-10 years ago. It’s my hometown, so I can attest to the dramatic and positive changes that have taken place. My overall concern, however, as I survey the DC dining scene is this sense of satisfaction, as if DC has now arrived because it has a few brassieres and pizza joints on 14th. Then I go to NYC and see how far DC is from truly innovative cuisine. There are restaurants there (Atera, Blanca, Aska, etc) that don’t seem to have any real counterpart in this city.

          I understand that NYC and DC are different cities, and that’s fine. I’m not suggesting that for every establishment that opens in NYC there has to be a direct correlate in DC. But restaurants that push the boundaries are few and far between here. The meal I had at Suna was one of the best meals I had this year, but it couldn’t stay open for more than six months. Perhaps it was too creative for a city that has conservative dining habits.

          Perhaps because DC is my hometown, I want to see it not only do well, but exceedingly well. If DC diners are satisfied with the dining scene as it is, as DC Eater seems to be (I could be wrong!), then DC will remain in stasis.

          • To crystalize what I’m ultimately trying to say, DC diners seem to be satisfied with, “We have a really good Thai restaurant”, or “We have a really good French-Belgain restaurant”. And I can attest that I’ve had very good food from both those cuisines in DC this year. On the other hand, chefs like Paul Leibrandt and Matthew Lightner aren’t just thinking “I want to open a really good French or a really good American restaurant”. They’re trying to think of ways to redefine the dining experience. They’re trying to think of ways to redefine cuisine. Not just give diners a really good version of a particular cuisine. DC seems to have (much, much) fewer of those kinds of establishments and NYC many more. I’m disappointed that DC diners seem to, for the most part, just be satisfied with good.

  • Just like DC…Over the top when what we need is middle of the road.

    • You’re right there’s no middle of the road eating available in Chinatown or Penn Quarter. Great point.

      • Yeah, most of the places in Chinatown and Penn Quarter are pretty shitty and generic, built to capitalize on the bland tastes of tourists and expense accounts.

  • Never heard of this guy but it sounds good.

    • justinbc

      He’s one of the best and most famous chefs in the world. If you haven’t heard of him then I can’t imagine who you would have. Even if the only chef you know is Gordon Ramsey because of his ridiculous shows Daniel has appeared on them as well.

  • Daniel on the UES is one of the best restaurants in the world – this is great news!

  • I’ve been to the one in NY. It was seriously delicious.

  • DBGB’s NYC location is fantastic. This city is in for a real treat!

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