David Burke at Bloomingdale's
100 Third Ave (Enter on E 59th St)
City: New York, NY
Phone: (212) 705-3800
Site: Visit the restaurant site
Area: West 50s
Entree Price: $15-$30
"Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right" by the Stealers Wheels was playing as I entered David Burke at Bloomingdale's. But this sliver of a restaurant is no joke.
Stainless steel and glass counters, along with classic tunes, give this narrow space a nice vibe. I quickly settled into my window seat with a tall pint of Brooklyn Lager ($6.50) that was perfectly chilled and set upon a huge popover laced with flecks of black pepper as I waited for my mini crab cakes ($15) to arrive. They were definitely worth the wait; plump and juicy, and filled with large chucks of crab. Each bite providing a please-don't-let-it-end moment. The two sauces, one tangy and another spicy, complimented the dish perfectly. Even the grilled scallions used as garnish were fantastic.
A few sips of beer later my cheeseburger ($18) arrived. It was nice and thick topped with smoky bacon and a thick layer of oozing cheddar. I had ordered it "medium," but sadly it was slightly overdone. Any disappointment, however, quickly dissipated as I dug into my fries. Tucked neatly inside a paper basket, they were piping hot and crispy, and maintained their crunch throughout the meal. String beans, slightly blanched and sprinkled with toasted almond slices, rounded out the dish.
While Bloomies is certainly a shopping destination, David Burke at Bloomingdale's is an eating destination, and not necessarily just for shoppers.
Review By: Thomas Rafael