The Dutch is one of the hottest restaurants in NYC right now. Getting a reservation is not easy. I tried and failed several times. But I went with someone this week who is able to score a seat any time and anywhere. Thank god for friends.
Supposedly the menu has changed since it opened and will probably continue to change over time. There are three rooms. I really like what they have done with the space. Masculine in feel yet very much like a big local bar. The only thing that is tough is the noise levels are super high. We sat in the back room, in one of the comfortable banquettes and until the room cleared out I had trouble hearing. Kind of a drag.
I started off with a cocktail as they were really being talked about. Barrel-Aged Brooklyn Cocktail. Rye, Vermouth, American Picon, Oak and a huge Luxrado Maraschino cherry on the bottom of the glass. It was quite delicious although every time I sip a cocktail, I can close my eyes and go back to High School when we would order cocktails at restaurants that would serve us. The taste just brings me back.
Just on the name of this dish alone was worth tasting. Asian White Boy Ribs. Falling off the bone, coated with sesame seeds and an Asian spice an hints of cilantro. Very sticky but of course they came by with a bowl of wet towels after you finish. Nice touch.
For a main I went with the black bass. Steamed black bass with a few mussels and a lemon grass curry with some peanuts. Flavorful and well done. Many of the meat dishes sounded too heavy although the Pecan Duck was intriguing when the heat comes I find it hard to eat heavy food.
Glad I went and will absolutely go back. My guess is that The Dutch will come into its own over time as all good restaurant do. The place has been jammed from day one and the atmosphere is happening. To maintain a long run the food has to be good too. Will try and make my reservation sometime this month for October. LOL.