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NEW YORK Big-time chef Daniel Boulud is running out of variations of his name to serve as monikers for his various restaurants. He's already got Daniel and Cafe Boulud, and now comes DB, Boulud's interpretation of a casual, modern Parisian bistro. The eponymic Boulud hosted an overheated opening party at the new spot, packing in a group of food journalists, publicists, food people and a few of the well-lunched grand dames who populate Boulud's tony restaurants.
Guests included PR and event mavens Karine Bakhoum of KB Network News, Lou Hammond of Lou Hammond & Associates, Ted Kruckel of Ted Inc. and Susan Magrino of Susan Magrino Agency (four people who share Boulud's naming instincts). Plus: chefs including Olives' Todd English and Aquavit's Marcus Samuelsson; photographers Bill Cunningham and Patrick McMullan; frequent partygoers Martha Stewart and Tim and Nina Zagat.
Billed as a “bistro moderne,” DB is Boulud's interpretation of Parisian bistros that mix creative cuisine with a casual setting--but nothing too casual for the chef's uptown patrons. DB's eclectic design (by Jeffrey Beers) includes an electric-red front dining room (50 seats) with large images of red flowers that look like flames at first glance. The other dining room in the back of the restaurant has 54 seats (including a semiprivate area for 12) and a more stately feel, with pistachio green walls and dark wood accents. A small bar area that connects the two rooms also seats 12.