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DBGB or Balthazar for brunch? Please help me choose!

luvs2eat Oct 23, 2009 10:43 AM

I am visiting NYC from LA and am interested in making reservations at either DBGB or Balthazar. I have had brunch at Balthazar and I love it there. Which would you choose? Should I try DBGB or stick to my old faithful?


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    Will4Food RE: luvs2eat Oct 23, 2009 12:17 PM

    Unless you love sausage, I'd steer clear of DBGB...The burgers are subpar. Go back to Balthazar.

    80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

    299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

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      2slices RE: Will4Food Nov 1, 2009 08:26 AM

      SECOND DBGB. Utter disappointment. I could list 5 bistro's in the nieghborhood with far better food and you've never heard of them lest you live nearby.

      299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

    2. LeahBaila RE: luvs2eat Oct 23, 2009 12:40 PM

      I had brunch at DBGB recently and enjoyed it. Since I live here, though, I try not to go to the same place too often, in hopes of trying as many places as I can; but coming from out of town, I can see how you'd enjoy visiting a favorite spot. What do you typcially order for brunch? What is your favorite item at Balth?


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        BebeNC RE: LeahBaila Oct 23, 2009 01:08 PM

        We had brunch at DBGB last Sunday and the food was fantastic, the room, a bit odd. The bloody mary tasted as if each component were made in-house, in a good way; the matzoh ball soup broth was silky, sublime. My blood sausage over scallion mashed potatoes with two perfectly poached eggs in quenelle form, ala elongated ovals (?) was pure, sophisticated-baby-comfort food. The charcuterie plate was good and generous, and the cassis-beer-yogurt ice cream sang. The room is sort of a weird muddy hue, relieved only by the lovely copper pots around the perimeter. But, I loved our first and only late-night visit to Balthazar, so maybe you can do both?

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          selenster RE: BebeNC Oct 22, 2010 06:45 AM

          yes, that boudin is pretty dang good, isn't it? one of the best things on the menu, along w/ the egg & asparagus starter (how can you go wrong w/ a deep fried, soft boiled egg) and the frenchie burger. also a must try is the vermont, a smoky pork sausage stuffed w/ cheese and served w/ a potato pancake topped w/ a red onion creme fraiche.

          brunch for three people was a bit pricy (we shared a bunch of plates, had two rounds of bloody marys each and one round of tokaji w/ our dessert) at 110$/each but the food is pretty dang good.

      2. Restaurant Dish RE: luvs2eat Oct 23, 2009 01:50 PM

        I think it depends on what type of brunch you're after. Some might disagree, but I view them as slightly different brunch experiences.

        To me, DBGB is a more refined, more of a 'wow' plate presentation as well as flavors. I also think the room while it is not ultra sophisticated still has a somewhat upscale rustic charm to it.

        Balthazar is to me, a bit more rustic, a bit more relaxed, comfortable, and a bit livelier, maybe noisy at some points.

        I love both. Just what you're in the mood for.

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          ichigo RE: Restaurant Dish Nov 8, 2009 01:24 PM

          My wife and I went for brunch. Whoa this restaurant sucked. Maybe not vs. a diner which is what I would stack the food quality at slightly better than... but the price was so hefty I really expected more. This place really underscores that if younger non-foodies are all the rage about some place it usually has a good wine list, mediocre food and is over-priced.
          The french toast (one square is eight dollars) was competently executed except for that the sauteed apples it was served with was cold. -not cute-
          The smoked salmon egg omelette with sour cream and chives was ok... but its pretty hard to mess up an omelette. The potatoes it was served with was deep-fried... which is ok... but for some reason they were dry. Dry deep-fried potatoes could mean they were sitting... who knows. The six dollar applewood pacon ( 3 slices no bigger than a dollar bill) were so smoked they tasted like the wood instead of the pig.
          My wife had the chorizo wih eggs, with a side of hash browns. The hash browns are a knish ... a six dollar... extra...knish... dont be fooled. Ever say ... hey ... what if I had a knish with my eggs... yeah... neither have we. Any way the chorizo was sub standard. Chorizo is usually red, this chorizo was red-ish... and brown-ish, also it just didnt taste right. The basil oil (which was drizzled on the sausage) was absorbed by the giant redpeper and onion pipenade under the sausage.

          The bread basked was good.. not great but good. The coffe was strong. A mimosa was 13 bucks which was like wow. I mean.... there is orange juice in it too.

          We are not going back. I dont mind spending the money... but I do make a point of mentioning it when the food Im paying for isnt stellar when its so aggresively priced.

          299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

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            2slices RE: ichigo Nov 9, 2009 03:59 PM

            least now I know I'm not the only one.

            299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

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              Restaurant Dish RE: 2slices Nov 9, 2009 04:08 PM

              But have you checked who you're agreeing with? 3 posts in almost a year and this is the recommendation you want agreeing with you? And one of the three is equally "not good". I don't know I usually like to be a little more selective about who I listen to, but that's just me.

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          iuspock RE: luvs2eat Oct 22, 2010 06:55 AM

          Just over a week agon my 16-year old daughter and I were visiting and brunched at Balthazar and had a wonderful meal.
          My daughter enjoyed the apple cinammon pancakes which were really delicious, light and fluffy. The pancakes come with a dollop of warm apples on top (although I think my daughter requested them on the side) but they were tasty and could have been a bit more plentiful.
          I asked the hostess her favorites and settled on an poached egg special on the menu that came with pancetta and a tomatoe sauce, very tasty and not the eggs benedict. I thanked the gal for recommending it as I departed. My cafe mocha came quickly and was very nice as well.
          Balthazar remains busy so make sure you have reservations and are on time. But I'd recommend it (never been to DBGB)
          I would have bought some goodies from the bakery if I had room in our shopping bags to take some goodies home.

          Hungy in St. Louis

          80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

          299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

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