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NY: DBGB Kitchen and Bar

Daniel Boulud’s latest entry into the New York dining scene is DBGB Kitchen and Bar.  This new concept takes a common New York street food and elevates it to fine dining.  There are fourteen versions of sausage on the menu, which also includes a large selection of seafood, burgers and French-brasserie style dishes. 
While wandering the streets I happened upon DBGB and, although it was in between meal times, decided to pop in to check it out.  The front of the restaurant is comprised of huge plate glass windows which are covered in culinary quotes.  These huge windows flood the front rooms of the interior with gorgeous natural light.  The back rooms are cozier and my impression, although I didn’t go check them out, was of wood and masculinity. 
I sat at the bar which is surrounded by large mirrors with menu items and more culinary quotes covering them, echoing the plate glass windows.  I ordered a nice glass of Zinfandel and Pâté Campagnard, a pork and chicken liver pâté .  The pâté was excellent!  Full of flavor yet light and delicate.  A little bit of the pâté on the crusty, rustic bread with onion or pickle was a great combination of textures and flavors.  The gentleman seated to my left ordered one of the sausages – I neglected to ask which one – and declared it to be wonderful. 
The place is large but yet was so busy that people were lined up waiting for tables.  Still, those waiting seemed to be seated fairly quickly.  I think the next time I return a proper meal in the dining room will be in order. 
DBGB Kitchen and Bar
299 Bowery
Between 1st and Houston
New York 

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