"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.
I was a bit stuffed at this point and skipped out on dessert even though the DBB Banana Split ($8.95) with brownie bites sounded very tempting. There's also David Burke Cheesecake Lollipops on the menu served with bubblegum whipped cream and raspberries.
While Bloomies is certainly a shopping destination, David Burke at Bloomingdale's is an eating destination, and not necessarily just for shoppers. Thomas Rafael
100 Third Ave (Enter on E 59th St)
New York, NY