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David Burke Townhouse: The Real Deal

David Burke Townhouse: The Real Deal


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Just had the most fantastic dinner at Townhouse. Food ecstacy, service great with the highlight being Teddy the GM who runs the place and David stopping by

I'm coming back soon-the menu is irresistable.

Chef when are you opening a restaurant in Brooklyn?


David Burke townhouse

There’s nothing exciting about the utilitarian façade of David Burke’s high-rise building. But walk through his front door of his art-filled townhouse in Fort Lee, NJ, and you’re knocked out by the stunning wall of windows that overlooks Burke’s outdoor space — and the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline beyond.

“The view here is incredible,” Burke says. “It’s kind of unique. The storms are great to watch from the patio.”

The renowned chef and owner of seven restaurants — Townhouse, Fishtail, David Burke at Bloomingdale’s on the Upper East Side, the new David Burke Kitchen at SoHo’s James hotel and spots in Chicago, Connecticut and New Jersey — Burke moved from a rural Jersey area into the Fort Lee building 12 years ago. It was supposed to be a stopgap.

“I was living in Scotch Plains in the woods,” Burke, 49, says. “I got tired of the commute and I wound up here. I said I’d stay for a year and move on, but it’s easy living. I love having a yard but not having to deal with it.”

Until two years ago, the single father of three owned a smaller residence next door (there are six townhouse units and hundreds of smaller apartments in the complex). He then upgraded to a three-bedroom, 3,400-square-foot duplex, which he recently renovated.

Burke knocked down walls upstairs to create a huge master bedroom, took down most of the mirrored paneling from the ’70s and gave the whole place a lick of paint. Outside, he put out potted flowers, a glass dining table and all-weather couches on the patio, where he enjoys his morning cup of coffee.

Inside, as you’d expect in a bachelor pad (Burke’s children live elsewhere), the furniture is either black and leathery or neutral. And there are plenty of gadgets. In the den, an enormous TV takes up an entire wall in the kitchen, a juicer, a Cona coffeemaker that looks more like a piece of lab equipment, a lipstick-red espresso machine and a red toaster oven all take up counter space. They’re almost never used.

“I like my kitchen, but I don’t cook here,” Burke says. “I cooked for a TV shoot a year ago and, honestly, I didn’t even have any oil or vinegar in the cupboards. I have snacks and coffee, but sometimes I don’t even have cream and sugar. Usually, when I entertain, it’s at one of the restaurants.”

One thing Burke has plenty of is storage space, including a bedroom closet the size of most Manhattan living rooms.

“There are nooks and crannies everywhere,” he says. “There’s closets I don’t even know about.”

There’s also plenty of fabulous art. In the living room, five paintings by Chagall and a Picasso hang on a bright-orange feature wall. Two Picassos are displayed above the couch, and a Matisse takes up another wall. Burke’s also a big fan of blown glass (he’s even taken a couple of lessons in it), and a handful of pieces by glass artist Dale Chihuly are prominently displayed on a table.

“I like art. I’ve always had an eye for unique stuff,” Burke says. “In the early ’90s, a friend started to bring me stuff. I bought so many paintings that I had stuff under my bed after awhile. I have about 18 Chagalls now, but most of them are in my restaurants. And I don’t buy them anymore I’m trying to collect modern stuff now.”

The New Jersey native would one day like to take painting classes and create his own masterpieces. And maybe he’ll even design his own home, a place as whimsical and innovative as the food he creates in his restaurants, like the molten chocolate cake he serves at Fishtail in the can it’s baked in, along with mixing spoons with which to ladle cream and various toppings. Or the lobster soup at David Burke Kitchen that is heated through in one of his beloved Cona coffee percolators.

“I’d like to design a house with a waterfall inside and indoor balconies that spin around to be outdoors,” Burke says. “That would be fun.”

For now, though, his days are taken up with running his culinary empire, which employs more than 500 people, from his Upper East Side office. It includes a line of kitchenware for sale on QVC and his own coffee blend, as well as sauces and steaks that he sells at his restaurants.

The chef has enough on his plate to keep him away from home most days from 9 a.m. until midnight.

This summer, he’s traveling, too, taking each of his kids — Connor, 23, Dillon, 21, and Madeline, 14 — on a trip.

“Sometimes, I work six or seven days a week. I’ve always worked a lot I work too much sometimes,” he says with a smile. “But when I get tired, I take off.”

Burke, though, is still looking to expand his empire. If he found the right real estate, he would like to open a restaurant in Fort Lee. “The clientele is high-end,” Burke says of his neighborhood. “There’s a lot of wealthy retirees, professional athletes. I would do a steakhouse with a twist, with a raw bar and a little sushi. Maybe even a drive-through.”

David Burke’s favorite things:

* His Cona coffeepot: “I bought some to use at Townhouse, but the lawyers said I’d get sued thanks to the open flame.”

* The Grand Prix des Meilleurs medal awarded to Burke in 1988 at a 10-day cooking event in Tokyo.

* Chagall’s “The Dance” painting

* A pot of paintbrushes, carved out of wood and covered in paint splatters, from Venice


Las Vegas timeshare mogul accused of violating restraining order

A Bronx man slapped celebrity chef David Burke with a lawsuit Wednesday claiming four of his Manhattan upscale eateries prohibit Muslim staffers from following their religious beliefs and that he got fired after taking a break for required Friday prayer.

Ibrahima Kaba, a former cleaning worker at David Burke Townhouse restaurant on East 61st Street, filed the class-action lawsuit in Manhattan federal court against Burke’s business corporations. It alleges the culinary whiz’s Muslim staffers are “subject to discrimination on the basis of their religion” and “retaliated against” should they dare practice their faith while on clock.

“Muslim employees are obligated to ignore their religious requirements due to the fear of retaliation and termination from the management,” the suit says.

The alleged discriminatory practices against Muslims are also happening at David Burke at Bloomingdale’s, David Burke’s Kitchen, and Fishtail restaurant, says the suit.

Kaba, who began working for Burke in June 2012, claims he informed a restaurant manager before being hired that he couldn’t work on Fridays because he needed to pray from noon to 2 pm at a mosque. He alleges the manager then said it was not a problem.

However, weeks later the eatery began scheduling him to work on Fridays, so Kaba insisted he’d had to “step out for a few hours” for prayer, the complaint says. His bosses allegedly fired him in August 2012 after he snubbed orders that he not briefly leave work to pray.

Kaba also alleges he “personally observed” other Muslim employees working for David Burke Group being “denied the right to attend the Friday noon prayer at a mosque, even when they express the need to do so.”

The suit also alleges Kaba was hired to work 40 hours a week at an hourly rate on $8.25 but was also ordered to work an additional eight-hour shift without compensation every other week.

The suit claims more than 1,000 people have worked at the four restaurants over the past three years and that 50 are Muslim.

It seeks a court order requiring the eateries to end their alleged discriminatory practices, compensation for days worked without pay and other money damages.

Steven Gold, a lawyer for Burke’s firm​,​ said the company is a “responsible employer that abides by all applicable labor statutes.” He said the company would investigate the allegations in the complaint.


‘Wizard of Oz’ Greg Coffey Pays $50 Million-Plus for David Levinson’s New York Townhouse

Katherine Clarke

Australian hedge-fund manager Greg Coffey, nicknamed the “Wizard of Oz” for his impressive investor returns, has bought an Upper East Side townhouse for more than $50 million, according to two people familiar with the deal.

The seller is David Levinson, a major New York real-estate developer.

The six-story townhouse, located on East 69th Street, dates to the 1920s and is more than 16,000 square feet, records show. Mr. Levinson purchased it in 2004 for $9.5 million. Real-estate agent Adam Modlin of Modlin Group represented both sides of the transaction, which was done completely off-market.

Mr. Coffey rose to prominence as a trader, posting huge returns at London-based GLG and later working as co-chief investment officer for European business at Louis Bacon’s Moore Capital Management before temporarily retiring in 2012 at the age of 41. He now heads Kirkoswald Asset Management, an investment firm founded around 2018 and based in New York.

If it closes, the deal will mark the third major townhouse sale in Manhattan in recent months, following the sale of large homes owned by Florida Panthers owner Vincent Viola and the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Mr. Viola’s house sold for $59 million, while Mr. Epstein’s sold for $51 million.


Their fights were 'like the 4th of July'

During their marriage, Burke admitted that she and Charvet didn't always get along, even if they always seemed blissfully happy together. "We believe in romance. We hold hands. We cook together. We still make out," she told Health magazine (via People) in 2014. "We're very fiery passionate people, so when we fight, it's like the 4th of July!"

She added that she and Charvet hit it off years before they actually began dating, but that it didn't evolve into a romantic relationship until much later. "We met in Mexico, and it was the perfect example of right guy, wrong time because we had this beautiful affair, came back to L.A. and just stayed friends," she said. "If we had gotten together then, we wouldn't have made it. We had to grow up and then we found each other much later in life, and it was the right time."


‘Me Too’ Founder Tarana Burke Inks Production Deal With CBS Studios

The movement toward more inclusive content continues after CBS Studios entered into a new overall deal with ‘Me Too’ Founder Tarana Burke and her producing partner Mervyn Marcano.

CBS Studios announced the new deal with Burke and Marcano’s Field/House Productions on Tuesday, Deadline reports. Through the partnership, Marcano and the racial justice and gender equality advocate will develop scripted, unscripted, and documentary content for networks and streaming platforms across the CBS ecosystem.

“In our quest to partner with compelling storytellers, Tarana and Mervyn stand out,” said President of CBS Studios David Stapf. “Their drive and leadership as stewards of change brings a powerful and distinct voice to advancing stories of inclusion and impact. They are clearly magnets for many whose voices need to be heard and we’re excited to work alongside them in this new venture.”

Burke shared her excitement to team up with CBS Studios as the company moves in a more inclusive direction. “Creating space for new narratives has always been an integral part of cultural change work,” said Burke. “Field/House is a platform for those new narratives. This partnership gives us the reach and scale to ensure that we build new audiences for new voices.”

/>Tarana Burke

“We’re thrilled to be building a powerful vehicle for inclusive stories with CBS Studios,” added Marcano. “Our goal has always been to create a pipeline of culturally progressive programming with our diverse network of creatives and storytellers. We look forward to working with the team at CBS Studios as these stories find their homes across the media ecosystem.”

CBS Studios’ new partnership comes after they recently entered a multiyear partnership with the NAACP to produce content that offers more diverse and inclusive content while elevating projects created by diverse talent. CBS has also pledged a minimum of 25% of its future projects to be created or co-created by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). The company also promised to diversify its writers’ rooms to include a minimum of 40% BIPOC staff starting in the 2021-2022 season, and increase to 50% for the 2022-2023 season.


Immaculate Mayfair townhouse for sale comes with additional mews property

But if that wasn't enough, the Charles Street property also comes with a separate original mews house as part of the purchase.

The Grade II listed, five-bedroom townhouse has immaculate interiors and covers a generous 3,798 sq ft. There is ample entertaining space in the luxurious property, with the drawing room, roof terrace, dining room and patio courtyard - perfect for entertaining inside and outside.

In the main house, four of the five bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms, which are all spacious and elegant.

Some of the highlights of the decor include the stunning dark green marble fireplace, beautifully decorated ceilings and high rooms.

The adjoining mews house consists of an entrance lobby, reception room, kitchen, master bedroom with ensuite, guest cloakroom and storage vaults. The interiors are cosy and clean, with wooden floors and white furniture.

'This is a really unique house,' David Lee, head of sales at Pastor Real Estate said. 'The incredible Georgian townhouse has masses of character and original features, including an adjoining mews house at 25 Hays Mews.

'It offers the incoming purchaser huge potential for renovation or adaptation, subject to planning permission to join the mews at the rear to the main house.'

This property is available for £9 million through Pastor Real Estate.


Recipe for Success

Chef and restaurateur David Burke's business sounds like a financial-crisis perfect storm. Consider:

His restaurants are mainly in hard-hit areas including Manhattan's Upper East Side and Las Vegas. Mr. Burke has no experience owning restaurants in a down economy he launched his empire during restaurant boom times, starting in 2003. And the $7 billion fine-dining industry will see a 12% to 15% drop in sales this year, according to Technomic, a Chicago restaurant industry consultant.

And yet. Mr. Burke reports overall growth, some of his restaurants are booked to capacity on some evenings, and restaurant-industry analysts say he is one of the few high-end players with the right idea for the times.

How could this be? Mr. Burke, it seems, has figured out a way to navigate the downturn. His strategy is to throw out the high-end-dining playbook that says discounting should be subtle. Instead, he is offering dramatic, attention-getting and significant discounts. By engineering the menu carefully and keeping labor costs in check, he is able to slash prices without losing money, he says.

His promotions have included $20.09 three-course meals with items such as oysters and lobster at many of his upscale restaurants, including two in Manhattan (where, without discounts, entrees run $29 to $44), and $5 burgers and milkshakes at his Chicago steakhouse (where a 14-ounce sirloin is $48 on the regular menu). On one menu, he crossed out prices of wine and listed new prices with the term "sale" -- a rarely seen word in fancy restaurants.


About David Gordon Burke

David Gordon Burke is a Canadian Ex-Pat who lives in Mexico. His passion for dogs and animal welfare inspired him to write on that subject. David doesn't write typical books about dogs. Although his books are inspired by the classic dog stories we grew up with such as 'Where the Red Fern Grows' and 'Call of the Wild,' both his fiction and non-fiction dog books deal with real issues related to our treatment of man's best friend.

David has just released 'Mexican Mutts, Tequila Pups and Chili Dogs - True Stories of the Dogs of Mexico' - a collection of News reports and short stories. This will be the final in what the author refers to loosely as ´The Dog Trilogy´ which also includes 'A Rose by Any Other Name - Life Lessons from an Unremarkable Dog' was his debut non-fiction memoir and 'Lobo,' a novel about a German Shepherd lost in the Streets of Monterrey after Hurricane Alex in 2010.

One thread runs through all of David's work - the city of Monterrey, Mexico. David considers himself the only English language writer who is documenting life in the industrial capital of northern Mexico.

David also writes tutorials on any subject in which he has expertise. Ingles al Poder de Tres is an ongoing language system for Spanish speakers who wish to master English.

David´s first novel - 'Lobo' - continues to receive strong reviews.

David is working on a number of projects including a novella, shorts stories and cookbook of delicious Taco recipes. 'The Real Taco Cookbook' is specifically written for the culinary challenged. Another full novel is in the planning stage. David has decided to allow this project to emerge when it sees fit as it will be his first 'Magnus Opus.' The tentative title for this is 'A Horse named Indio' and also takes place in Monterrey.

David also has follow-up volumes his 'Ingles al Poder de Tres' series on the drawing board. Look for a tutorial for English Speakers who want to learn Spanish called 'Passport to Spanish'.

You can follow these exploits and learn about promotions and freebees at David's blog.


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