David Burke Townhouse

David Burke truly captured the kid in me with his whimsical, non-traditional take on food. I enjoyed the best meal of my life here to date (believe it or not) at David Burke Townhouse at 133 East 61st Street (between Park and Lexington). Seriously. If this were what food heaven would taste like, it would be this.

David Burke Townhouse

Our experience started as we walked in the door with exciting cocktails including the Raspbertinni which reminded me of an iced holiday punch with a little kick including raspberries and a touch of prosecco. My friend enjoyed the spiced cider which is brewed on the spot at the bar and coupled with a little cinnamon stick (yes, it does go straight to your head).  Also delightful is the fact that David draws his specials every night featuring different signature offerings such as the Parfait of Big Eye Tuna and Salmon Tartares. We also had a chance to say hi to one of the Humptys on the bar which I’m told is sort of an official mascot as the egg is a signature of David’s.

Specials hand-drawn

Cocktail napkins


Spiced Cider


In keeping with the egg, it was only apropos that the chef brought us a hard-boiled egg without the egg. You got the hard shell to eat out of but inside were all sorts of goodies including an avocado sorts of filling (this one was a mystery as I didn’t see it on the menu and it doesn’t really matter since I couldn’t stop myself from spooning out everything inside this golden egg).

Dinner plate

Golden Egg

Following this, we fell in love with two appetizers, a Townhouse Wedge and Laughing Bird Shrimp salad featuring iceberg lettuce, cranberries, almonds, bacon lardons and Russian dressing and a Pretzel Crusted Crabcake with tomato orange chutney and poppy seed honey. I seriously don’t know what they do with this crabcake but you won’t be able to get enough of it.

Iceberg wedge

Pretzel Crusted Crabcake

As if the appetizers weren’t more than completely satisfactory, our taste buds were abuzz with the main courses we selected including a Roasted & Crispy Seawater Soaked Organic Chicken with whipped potatoes, red cabbage, picked pears and BBQ jus. I enjoyed the Duck Duck Duck, aptly named with a trio of duck delights including a seared breast, confit thigh and foie gras dumpling with mustard cabbage, celery root and cranberry marmalade.

One of the coolest parts of our dining experience may have been the fact that we got a private tour of the kitchen. And I have to tell you, these amazing chefs crank out the best food as I’ve already described in one of the smallest places you can imagine. I’m told that it can be packed wall to wall in here with more than just the chefs we saw working last night and they will always get the job done. I suppose it’s also the familial vibe that you can see runs through the entire restaurant from the moment you walk in the door to the love in your food – David really cares about his employees and in turn, they more than deliver.

David Burke Townhouse kitchen

To finish the evening (which is sad when you have such a wonderful experience), we ordered David Burke’s Cheesecake Lollipop Tree which included a sampling of cheesecake lollipops including strawberry and chocolate finished off with raspberries and bubble gum whipped cream. (My friend is witness to the fact that all I wanted to do was lick the bowl with the bubble gum whipped cream – the essence was perfect).

David Burke's Cheesecake Lollipop Tree

I dare you not to behave like a kid again or at least feel like you’ve shooed away your adulthood for a few years after eating here. You can even take home your goodies in a Burke in the box. Genius!

Burke in the box


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One Response to “David Burke Townhouse”

  1. David Burke Kitchen « Mojitos & Florentine Says:

    […] enjoying one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten at David Burke Townhouse, I had to check out David’s newest venture, David Burke Kitchen in SoHo at the James Hotel […]

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