Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Tuesday Night: DBGB

Towards the end of  one year, my friends thought that we weren't hanging out enough. It's true, we weren't. So they started Tuesday night get-togethers. Every Tuesday, we'll pick a bar to drink, eat, and hang out for a couple of hours. Whoever can make it will attend. If you're busy, it's okay. There's always next week. So this is Tuesday Nights on Tasty Eating where you will find bars that serve food and how we like them.

On this recent Tuesday Night, we headed out to: DBGB
This week we had our monthly book club meeting. We usually pick a place that's more of a restaurant than a bar so that we may chat about our reading in a more quiet environment. Although DBGB is not really a quiet place, it certainly boasted lower volumes than bars. And the food is fantastic. A win win, I say.

We started with just a few appetizers to share because we were each getting an entree. We chose the Triple Dog Dare ($27) which included 3 sausages: tunisienne sausage, dbgb dog, and Thai sausage. The tunisienne (middle sausage) was a lamb and mint merguez with harissa on a bun with mint yogurt, cucumber, and red onion. This boasted very nice mediterannean flavors and spices. Any heat level was cooled off with the yogurt and cucumber. The dbgb dog was a homemade beef wiener with sautéed onions, mustard, ketchup, and relish. This was an upscale take on an American hot dog but using quality ingredients. The sausage had really good beef flavor. The classic toppings were definitely appreciated. And finally, the Thai sausage had a pork, lemongrass, and red curry link with green papaya and chili sauce. The flavors in this one was really interesting. I really enjoyed the Thai flavor of lemongrass and curry though the green papaya seemed missing. It came with greens and radishes instead. These vegetables still balanced well against the fatty pork and spicy chili sauce.
The sausages came with a nice basket of super crispy fries. These were well salted, and well cooked. Crunchy outside and perfectly soft inside. These remained that way through the last fry. Loved it.
And finally we also ordered a Beef Bone Marrow ($13) to share as well. Fatty, roasted, melted marrow with a side of Katz's pastrami, greens, and mustard seeds on top. The rye toast on the side was buttery. The marrow was just okay and wasn't the best I've had in the past. The pastrami was overkill. I like my marrow served simple.
And now our entrees, Mr. Matzo Ball had the Sausage Duo ($24) with his choice of the Lousiane (New Orleans-style garlic & pepper andouille crayfish & ham gumbo, fried okra) and the Espagnole (fresh chorizo sausage with piperade, basil oil). He really enjoyed his dish and felt that they gave him a lot of food for the price. They certainly make good sausages here.
I forget whom but someone also had the Braised Lamb and Gnochetti ($26). The dish comes with lamb broth, early peas, cherry tomatoes, shaved pecorino, and mint oil. The dish sounded heavy but turned out to be much lighter with the broth and spring vegetables.
Most people chose one of the burgers ($14-$19) off the menu. These were a good size with interesting garnishes and more of those great fries. They scarfed them down with a smile.
Surprisingly, I chose chicken. I never choose chicken but I really craved it this night. And I was really happy that I did. The Crispy Roasted Amish Chicken ($24) was a decent size and the skin supremely crispy. The meat was juicy and very flavorful. The accompanying asparagus & hen of the wood fricassee soaked up the coriander chicken jus which made it too salty. It was an inedible salinity level for me. The sucrine lettuce however was crunchy and fresh.
I really enjoyed DBGB. The food was good and the service friendly. The space is large so groups are welcomed. You may either dine in its formal space or in front near the bar. I liked the vibe and plan to return especially for the sausages.

DBGB
299 Bowery
New York, NY 10003
(212) 933-5300
danielnyc.com/dbgb.html

2 comments:

  1. I was curious about how crispy the chicken might be. Figuring it to not be "fried chicken", I passed, but it looks really tasty!

    The burgers and sausages are damned amazing though.

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