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131 Sullivan St., New York, NY, 10012
nr. Prince St.
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
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...
By tylerramos on 7/29/2011
went twice, for dinner and brunch, and the food is just not good enough. service was good though
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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