David Burke Kitchen
New York City-Midtown Manhattan
May 11, 2018
David Burke Kitchen is the latest venture at the James Hotel, which already boasts a fashionable rooftop space with Jimmy. Styled after the surrounding SoHo neighborhood, the new space blends cool, industrial simplicity with something a little more rustic; there’s a lot of wood and photos of farmers on the walls, giving the place an almost barn-like atmosphere. Divided into several distinct spaces, the glass-enclosed Treehouse bar is the place to head for drinks and a superb view out over the city. There’s a further bar area downstairs in the basement, along with the spacious dining room, boasting denim-covered banquettes and a blackened steel bar and an open archway so you can see into the kitchen. Outdoors, there’s David Burke’s Garden, which has open air seating and its own bar, perfect for warm evenings or sunny days. The kitchen’s Modern American menu favours locally sourced, quality ingredients and is heavy on the meat and seafood (we’d order the angry pressed prawns or angry octopus, if only to see what they are so mad about). For less formal dining, there’s an ‘in-between’ menu at the Treehouse which tends more towards the bar snack go for the fantastically moreish smoked beef fat and jalapeno fries. Of the cocktails, we’re quite taken with the Pomegranate Frost, a blend of cachaca, pomegranate juice, rose water and champagne or the Rumhattan (we’re less certain about The Border which lists beef jerky among its ingredients). There’s also a very decent selection of beers on offer. On Sundays the place does a prix-fixe three course supper, while Saturdays have a ‘pancake social’ brunch and there’s a $5 Treehouse menu available most days.