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131 Sullivan St., New York, NY, 10012
nr. Prince St.
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.
Europeans visited The Dutch twice in a couple of days
By henrikvonarnold on 6/26/2011
We (two Austrians, one Spanish and a Swede) visited the Dutch last week..twice. What an experience!! We had the best oysters ever (and we have good ones in Sweden), amazing lamb and veal, great selection of wines and champagne.and met with wonderful, interested and skilled staff. Just go there...and enjoy! Rosa, Ivo, Ulrike & Henrik
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.
nothing new, but no complaints
By Molly_Anne on 7/30/2011
Like the review said, The Dutch is very on trend with new American comfort food. Even the decor triggers some deja vu. "Is it just me, or does it look like...most restaurants in New York in here?," I asked. The room was noisy and crowded (we sat near the bar), but our servers were still friendly, helpful, and attentive. We started with the little oyster sandwiches. These are a must! The oysters are fried lightly enough - it doesn't take away from the juicy meat inside. They aren't overdressed and the sesame buns don't overpower the fillings like some sliders. The Blue Point oysters were also excellent. I'm from SC and our local oysters are less beefy, so it was nice change. The dressed crab appetizer was beautiful and refreshing. I had the seafood pot pie (a special), and my companions had the duck and swordfish. My friend said the duck was the best she's had - it's sweet and filling, but not overly fatty. The swordfish wasn't bad, but a forgettable item amid much more interesting things on the menu. The pot pie, however, was excellent. Don't be intimidated by how huge they look! The crust is tall and wafery, keeping a wonderful stew hot underneath. For dessert we split both pies of the day - salted lime with coconut sorbet and peach with lemon sherbert. The pies here are delicious! Skip the regular dessert menu. The salted lime was the better of the two - better than anything in the South, and we're known for our key lime pie.
Delicious. Beautiful. Fun.
By davidtrahan on 8/3/2011
I was lucky enough to be invited for friends & family preview night, and had about 40-50% of the things on the menu. Everything was delicious. This type of food is not as high in flavor as Laconda is, but is rich and delicious in it's own right. The rabbit pot pie melts in your mouth, the sliders are to die for, and the drinks are deliciously creative. It might not be the best meal you ever had, but it's definitely worth the hype and price. *bonus* you're not rushed to order, eat, and leave like most NY restaurants, so the service may seem slow, but it's purposeful.
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.
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.
By tylerramos on 7/29/2011
went twice, for dinner and brunch, and the food is just not good enough. service was good though
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.
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.
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