David Burke Opens First Original New York City Concept with ESquared
Tavern62 by David Burke opens Wednesday in New York City, bringing a modern day tavern to the heart of the Upper East Side. The new restaurant, which is the first original New York City concept for world-renowned Chef Burke and ESquared Hospitality, showcases Burke’s award-winning craftsmanship of creating excellent food and drinks, paired with superb hospitality service.
Located on East 62nd Street, in one of New York City’s premiere shopping and hotel destinations, Tavern62 by David Burke will be open seven days a week with extended lunch hours to cater to residents and visitors seeking a substantial late-afternoon dining experience. The restaurant will offer an expansive all-day menu that features American plates that reflect Chef Burke’s signature contemporary style of cooking and whimsy. With a nod to elevated New York classics, modern tavern dishes with creative and seasonal twists, prepared in conjunction with Executive Chef Ed Cotton, will be paired with a curated wine list, craft beers and a specialty cocktail program curated by Sommelier Manny Paredes.
“We are thrilled to add Tavern62 by David Burke to our growing family as Chef David Burke’s first original NYC restaurant concept comes to life,” says Keith Treyball, president of ESquared Hospitality. “We look forward to introducing Tavern62 by David Burke to the neighborhood, and to welcoming both locals and visitors alike to experience all that Tavern62 by David Burke has to offer."
Among a wide variety of offerings from Chef Burke, diners will enjoy Duck Duck Duck, featuring duck prepared three-ways, for two people; aSeaweed Soaked & Roasted Chicken; Tuna Poké; Octopus Carpaccio as well as a unique Toast Bar for Artisanal Flatbreads and Toasts.
The dessert menu will be based around American-style sweets including a collection of house-made pies, Chef Burke’s famous Cheesecake Pops, as well as a unique Chocolate Waffle Cake presented at tables in a waffle iron.
“I am so excited to launch Tavern62 by David Burke as an original New York City concept with ESquared Hospitality,” Chef Burke says “Our inspiration for creating the space was largely built on the idea of paying tribute to old New York and making it a dining destination, whether you are visiting from out of town or you live in the neighborhood. We think diners will enjoy the signature touches we have woven into the concept, from our modern tavern fare to the custom artwork and top-of-the line service.”
The warm, bohemian 3,265 square foot space and its quirky features were the collaborative vision of Chef Burke and renowned interior designer Andres Escobar. Situated on the first two levels of a classic townhouse, the bi-level restaurant seats approximately 135 patrons and will feature a bar and lounge, several private dining spaces—including a library room and solarium on the second floor—and a main dining room situated upstairs. Upon entry, diners are immediately greeted by a vestibule entirely cladded by back-lit bricks made out of sea salt, a material innovatively introduced by Chef Burke, black & white floor tiles with design motifs selected by Burke, as well as a range of pieces from his personal art collection, such as a vintage Bugatti race model hanging over the bar, and unique textiles and photos throughout the space in a nod to Old New York.
Tavern62 is located at 135 East 62nd Street in the heart of the Upper East Side. The restaurant's opening hours will be 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday for dinner service, with lunch and brunch hours coming soon.