8 PM: Le diner
DBGB (299 Bowery; 212/933-5300), the newest and most casual of Daniel Boulud's New York eateries, updates the classic brasserie with a little downtown edge. Resist the temptation of the menu's hearty French favorites (including a sublime_ fromage de tete_, the same as the famous version served at the restaurant's uptown sibling Bar Boulud), and focus instead on the stars of the show: sausages and burgers. Start by sharing a few links among the table—"Parisiennes," small, tight veal sausages that pop with smooth meaty flavor, or the succulent "Viennoise," a joyfully messy version of the Austrian kaiserkrainer, stuffed with emmenthaler and served with tangy housemade sauerkraut. The Frenchie burger, with confit pork belly and Morbier cheese on a brioche bun, injects Continental flavors into the American classic.