Concepts of pastoral and modern dining melt together in David Burke Kitchen's main dining room, which was designed by Thomas Schlesser, winner of a James Beard Foundation award for Best Restaurant Design. In an open kitchen, David Burke leads an adept staff—including executive chef Chris Shea—as they infuse the menu's locally sourced ingredients with artistic whimsy. At the center of the space, chefs deftly carve and plate duck, beef, blue-foot hens, whole roasted fish, and lobster, entertaining diners as they await their cuisine. At tables, blue-checkered napkins call to mind a slow-paced rural feast; after meals, contented sighs float up to the rough-hewn wooden planks of the soaring ceiling.
A glass-enclosed wine cellar showcases bottles and satyrs' ineffectual heist plans beneath the cascades of light flowing in through an open skylight. Cocktails ring festively in toasts in the lofted Treehouse Bar, which parks patrons at counter seats overlooking Sixth Avenue. The staff also hosts special events nearly every night of the week, whether it's a Sunday suckling-pig roast or a Thursday-night live DJ at the Treehouse Bar.