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David Burke Townhouse

Upper East Side
Though you’re not likely to see superchef David Burke in the house (hostess with the mostest Donatella Arpaia can still be spotted), the townhouse-style dining room is still packed. Whimsy rules: One winning dish features “angry” lobster chunks spiked with chili oil, perched over a bed of nails. Desserts, such as a tree of cheesecake lollipops, keep with the culinary elbow jab. The food would be easy to ridicule if it weren’t so good. For a bargain, try the $24 three-course prix fixe.
Venue name: David Burke Townhouse
Address: 133 E 61st St
New York
Cross street: between Lexington and Park Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Sat noon–3pm, 5–11pm; Sun 11am–3pm, 4:30–10pm
Transport: Subway: N, R, W to Lexington Ave–59th St; 4, 5, 6 to 59th St
Price: Average main course: $36. AmEx, DC, MC, V
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