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131 Sullivan St., New York, NY, 10012
nr. Prince St.
Unwelcoming of children at brunch
By asandman on 1/23/2013
I called to make a reservation today for six adults and a high chair, the employee who answered patronizingly stated, "That's a party of seven ma'am." I proceeded to tell him the date and time for our requested reservation, and - what a coincidence - they could only accommodate six people at that time, and not seven. Having worked for many years as a host and waitress in high volume restaurants, I had a hard time understanding how a table that accommodates six adults cannot also fit a high chair for a one-year-old infant. If the table is rectangular, then it's three on each side with the high chair on the end. If the table is round, we squeeze closer together to fit the high chair. Based on the quick and cold response to my characterization of our party as six plus a high chair, I gathered that the unwillingness to even attempt to accommodate my friends' small baby was based on an anti-child attitude promoted by the restaurant. Though I do not have children, many of my friends with children have encountered this attitude in Manhattan restaurants. I agree that there are many scenarios where children are best left at home, however, a Saturday afternoon brunch is not one of them. I was disappointed to learn of The Dutch's unwelcoming attitude toward children at brunch. Needless to say, we will be brunching elsewhere this Saturday.
Andrew Carmellini does it again with the Dutch
By StoppedRealities on 1/6/2013
At the Dutch, Andrew Carmellini's always-crowded Soho joint, he makes so called "American Food" meaning classic American fare, but also with Americanized versions of other cuisines, like Italian (light, just spicy enough Ravioli albeit with a smaller quantity than I would have liked), Asian (Korean spiced Hangar Steak with tangy, fiery Kimchi Fried Rice and a Fried Egg on top), and Southern (Deliciously crispy Fried Chicken with irresistible Honey Butter Buiscuts on the side). I adore their Jalapeno Cornbread that comes free to the table, both sweet and savory, with occasional spice from the Jalapenos. After eating Brunch at Locanda Verde and sampling scrumptious pastries by Karen DeMasco (I would die for her scones), I knew Carmellini had good taste in who was in charge of his sweets. The pies, made by another Pastry Chef Kierin Baldwin, are ethereal. Every variation I have tried, from a just-sweet-enough Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, to a Reese's-esque Peanut Butter Icebox Pie, to an earthy, rich rendition of a Sweet Potato Pie, with Marshmallow meringue on top. Each come with a scoop of Ice Cream that perfectly balances them out, usually atop some sort of streusel. All in all, a very enjoyable dining experience.
Mediocre food and poor service
By nkorn on 10/5/2012
Went there for lunch and two of us ordered the hamburgers. They came out overcooked and lukewarm 30 minutes after ordering. Tasted like they had been made earlier in the day and then reheated. My wife liked her trout salad. Asked a question about the bill when it came and waiter sent over manager who was unbelievably aggressive. Beautiful place but waaay too much attitude and mediocre food for the very high prices that they charge. Other places in the neighborhood are much better.
rushed aggressive service
By jenniee on 9/23/2012
Had brunch here this morning and while the food was delicious, for what you're paying the service should not be of the "eat it and beat it" school, but it very much was. They don't serve alcohol until noon. We had an 11.30 reservation. So I ordered the pastry board (yum) and contented myself with coffee but asked that my aperol fizz come with my food or at noon, whichever was first.. I got my food long before any drink though the whole bar seemed to have drinks by that point. Then when I asked about it, another told me that the bar was backed up and that everyone had to wait; forget that I'd ordered it half an hour earlier. Got my drink long after I was finished with food. Figured they could at least let me relax and enjoy it, but they slammed a check on the table and were not shy about swinging by and peeking for the credit card, just as they bus the table aggressively to keep you moving along. For a brunch that's around $100 for 2 people they could afford to be a hell of a lot less fidgety. Individual servers were nice enough but this is clearly how the restaurant works.
Excellent food, service, & atmosphere
By squashymoto on 8/17/2012
Not at all sure what some of the other diners are complaining about, as I ate here last night for my birthday and enjoyed every last morsel. First of all, the setting is so homey, clean and charming. Sophisticated vintage. The cornbread was absolutely delicious- moist and perfectly seasoned. I ordered the grilled trout atop fried green tomatoes and found everything to be cooked to perfection with plenty of flavor. I am am very particular about seasonings and spices and I must say I was not disappointed on this front. Fantastic service; look forward to going back for brunch.
By pickyeaternumberone on 8/10/2012
Got a peeved attitude from the reservation confirmer when I asked "who's calling, please?" My caller ID said "Private Number". In this day and age they don't have to be so coy and then get uppity when the person on the receiving end would like to know who's calling! The scallops were sweet but gritty - sad. Then the server charged another party's bill to our card ( as well as our own) and calmly and with a certain mien explained how WE should follow our account to make sure it doesn't go through. Her delivery was so practiced, it must be a common occurrence with her. The much touted cornbread was tasteless, no thank you.
By Raheleh on 3/27/2012
My friend called and ask if we can make a reservation. I was very pregnant at the time and she wanted to make I wasn't standing around. They told her if we get there by 6:30pm it would be fine. Well we got there at 6:15 and more then half the restaurant was closed for a private party (which the failed to mention) so needless to say the few tables available were already taken. The wait was 2 hours! We left and I would never go back.
Worst reservation policy
By ccec on 2/27/2012
doesn't take reservations during peak dining hours, then when you do get a reservation, don't try to reduce the number because they will automatically cancel your reservation and give you a new one at a different time which of course is not the time that you want to dine. I really don't get it.
not worth the mulah$$$
By scroodge on 12/18/2011
More of a social watering hole than anything else, this soho scenster hangout is filled with girls trying to look like Annie Hall who have probably never even seen the movie. Once seated we ordered drinks from our smug waiter at $14 a pop I expected it to be good and it was, nothing exceptional, but good. We placed our order and some cornbread and butter was brought out which was actually pretty amazing. I naively saw this as a good sign of things to come.. We had oysters, which were really good but hey, its pretty hard to f*^k up an oyster. My girlfriend was dissapointed to see that there was no horseradish to accompany them but I was content with the Mignonette sauce. So far so good, round two, the main courses. We had ordered the sea scallops saffron rice with gumbo sauce and pecan duck celery and dirty rice. Firstly, what's with the rice on all the dishes?? I think the chef was trying to add some flavor and texture, which did seem familiar until I realized the familiarity, was to Uncle Ben's rice bowls that I used to eat while I was starving through college. Both dishes seemed to be under seasoned and the scallops lacked a nice outer crust from a perfect sear. Needless to say we decided to skip on desert but our waiter was fairly presumptuous in asking, "What have you decided on?" Nice try buddy, at prices that rival far superior restaurants we were extremely disappointed. I don't like leaving restaurants feeling duped and that is why I won't be going back to The Dutch.
Much ado about nothing
By ninethreer on 10/11/2011
I finally went to have dinner here on a Saturday night. I live nearby, so I couldn't help but notice how popular this place has been. We did not make a reservation and only had to wait about 40 minutes for a table for two. The drinks on the cocktail menu were about the only impressive aspect of The Dutch. Just six cocktails, but very well made and unique (and $14 apiece as to be expected). The restaurant was crowded beyond belief, to the point that you cringe as you watch waiters squeeze through crowds with raw shellfish, hoping your shirt doesn't suffer the fate of a tablecloth. The food was mediocre; the menu tried to come off as intriguing and refreshing, but the dishes themselves left something to be desired for (that something being unique flavor, taste, composition...they merely get the execution right). The waiter we had was extremely content with himself. Despite having a good knowledge of the wine list, he was dismissive when asked if there were any specials or if any substitutions could be made: "I don't have time for this and you should know better" was what he really wanted to say. A celebrity actor walked in during our meal, creating a buzz....that's when I understood why this place is so popular. It's a scenestaurant at best, and unless the food improves, will soon lose its sparkle.
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