Daily, 9am to 2am
F at Delancey St.; J, M, Z at Bowery
Nestled on an unassuming corner of the Lower East Side in the former Little Giant space, this sweet Australian-American restaurant is home to creative cocktails, a variety of small plates, and an enticing atmosphere. With simple décor, an oversized marble bar and large, street-facing windows that remain open on nice nights, Dudley’s feels both romantic and bustling. A sleek vibe attracts cool Aussies and LES types to linger over cocktails and bites on a nightly basis. Though at times underseaoned, the food is agreeable. An open-faced prosciutto crostini topped with a fried egg and perfectly-crisp fries with truffle aioli proved particularly memorable; kale pesto over well-cooked pasta had promise, but fell just short of satisfying with muted flavors and a bland presentation. Similarly lacking in gusto wass the Brussels sprouts slaw, which arrived with too much mayo and too little salt.Reservations
Dudley's takes reservations for parties of four or more.
There is a coffee window available, serving espresso from 9am to close.Recommended Dishes
Crispy fries, $6; roasted clams, $14; prosciutto crostini, $9