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131 Sullivan St., New York, NY, 10012
nr. Prince St.
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.
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.
Walked out; poor service
By JohnBrooklyn on 8/19/2011
Came for solo lunch on a busy Friday, eager to try this place out. Never ended up eating anything. Was seated at bar where bartender mumbled something about it being busy and a "changeover" when I asked for a menu. 10 minutes later without a menu and anyone checking back with me, I walked out.
why all the hype
By ccec on 6/27/2011
So after trying three times to get a reservation I finally succeeded and went there tonight with high expectations....only to find kinda mediocre service and food. Front desk fine, server - so-so, noise level - really loud! The lamb was touted as one of the best entrees by our server. I should have known not to follow her lead given her lack of knowledge about wine service.... but I love lamb and thought it all sounded so yummy. I found it ill conceived. Spanish style, mole sauce, rice, tortilla. Yuck. Fatty lamb neck. Still not sure how I was supposed to hack the lamb off the bone and then try to wrap it in a tortilla? I missed something there. Definitely not at the level I expected which makes me wonder what happened tonight??? was it the server? the kitchen? Who knows...
Horrible breads and desserts -
By redtwizzlers on 8/18/2011
Went twice, brunch and dinner. No different from any other NY restaurant. Breads and desserts were nothing to speak of. Cornbread. Yech.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By tylerramos on 7/29/2011
went twice, for dinner and brunch, and the food is just not good enough. service was good though
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