Any Dutch restaurants in NYC?
My son is studying New Amderstdam in school and wants to try some Dutch food. I'm not even sure what exactly Dutch food is. ARe there any such restaurants around?
I don't know of any Dutch restaurants in Manhattan. Perhaps one exists in the boroughs, so post your query on the Outer Borough board.
I've been to the Netherlands a couple of times, and something that's very popular there is the Indonesian rijsttafel, which the Dutch imported from Indonesia and made their own. Here's a description: http://www.frommers.com/destinations/...
I've heard that Bali Nusa Indah, on 9th Av., b/t 45th & 46th Sts., serves a rijsttafel.
The Dutch are famous for their cheeses and chocolates. You could put together a tasting of those at home.
I don't know enough Dutch food, but I know that Prune serves Dutch pancake for breakfast. I've had it and was quite overwhelmed by it's enormity
I'm Dutch, and a far as I know there are no Dutch restaurants in New York anymore. Typical Dutch food are 'stamppotten', which are casseroles of mashed potatoes combined with different vegetables and meats. There are great recipes online for these casseroles, and other typical Dutch food like meatballs, croquettes, cakes, pies, etc. Also there is a great Dutch store in Norwalk, CT that sells all kinds of ingredients, candy, teas and coffees and recipes for above foods and Indonesian rijsttafels..... Good Luck, and Eet Smakelijk ('have a nice meal') :)
most Dutch dont even know much on their own cuisine. What Dagmarvenus writes above about stampotten is true and very Dutch indeed, but it fits within the narrow minded idea that anything from abroad cant be officially "Dutch". That's a bit of a problem when you actually already had a long history before foreign influences started to kick in. I mean its not like that the development of "true Dutch" food stopped when we started about 400 years of colonization (yes, bad Euro habit, I know) -- it did leave very interesting traces in Dutch cuisine. The typical "speculaas" cookies - served around Sinterklaas (dec 5th) for the last few hundres years - is a very typical example of far-east imported spices mixed with typical Dutch cookie dough.
Now cookies is not food, but I'm glad Dagmarvenus mentioned "rijsttafel". Rijstafel definatly is fiid Its Dutch, and its Indonesian - but origiinates from European Indonesians, not from mainland Indonesia. Any well trained chef, Athony Bourdain included, will learn how to prepare a "rijsttafel" during Dutch cuisine class. Yet most Dutch will regard it as "Indonesian" and not "Dutch". A very contemporary version of this is available in NYC at "Danku" (www.danku.com) which tries to be a Dutch-Indonesian restaurant, but its a bit half baked. They try to be very organic aswell. And also the very oldschool Dutch "kroket" is available but adopted to American taste and they created variations not found in Holland (Kroket-spinach-feta-cheese? no thanks much, we go to the local Turkish bakery in Holland whenever we like to have some proper spinach-feta cheese stuff). Altogether Danku is trying to do to many things at the same time and they fail to be good at the one or the other. Yet for reasons of professional interest, worth a visit.
RIjsttafel actually is fairly oldschool, something I used to eat on a sunday afternoon when visiting my grandparents perhaps. Its still widely available but you'll notice mostly old Dutch olks sitting in Indonesian restauramts in Holland, or tourists.
More year-2000 Dutch food:
Dutchies from the randstad-area (think a triangle Amsterdam -> Rotterdam -> Utrecht) will be very much down with Surinamese food, another colony with string ties to Holland still. Surinamese food is a total tropical blend of Dutch-Javanese-creole-jewish-Lebanese (yes, Lebanese too - if you disagree with me, do your homework again please). The interesting part is that since more than 50% of the Surinamese population lives in Holland and no longer in Suriname, South America, and the cuisine is widely available in Holland. And nowhere else. But NYC - there's exactly 1 Surinamese restaurant and its called "Warung Kario" its a bit far out there in Queens, slightly ghetto area. nothing too bad though.
See http://www.eatingintranslation.com/20... -- this review actualy raves about the food, and Im sorry to say that I wasnt very much impressed. However I reckon its probably unfair to compare the NYC version of Surinamese food to what Im used to eat in actually Suriname or say Amsterdam. (another note: if you go there you might think its all Indonesian/Java -- however these descendants of Java ancestors really came from Suriname, South-America -- and their menu is completly in Dutch. Only the prices are in US dollars. Their menu is even listing Dutch names so oldschool that I couldnt really understand where it was about. And Im a native Dutch speaker of Amsterdam. It must be some oldschool Dutch that survived in Suriname and that we forgot about in Europe
)There's a Suriname community there aparently, when I was visiting I ran into some folks who were born in Paramaribo, Suriname and then grew up in Queens. Intresting: having a conversation in Dutch with folks who had never been to Holland at all. I love Queens.
Also, I heard from my brother who used to teach in NYC for a while, that there's some store downtown Manhattan where they fly in a barrel of raw, fresh North-Sea herring every other day. Raw herring with chopped onions and pickles -- come on, how Dutch can you go? I tried to find it last time I was in NYC but couldnt find it, I forgot to ask my bro and I hoped Google would help me out but it didnt. I need to ask him and will post it back here for the sake of google-availability.
Last but not least: the Museum of the City of New York currently exhibits "Amsterdam/New Amsterdam". Their museum shop has a book available about the influence of Dutch cuisine on American cuisine. It's wirtten by an American lady, I beleive she's connected to the New Netherlands Institute. In her foreword she's thanking everyone who helped her out writing the book - and there's a couple of Dutch food critics on that list who I do value pretty high. One of the things I learned is that stuff as "coleslaw" aparently is a typical Dutch thing and I always figured it has to be something we got from East-Euro jews comming to Holland. Which cant be right since that happend much later than founding New-Amsterdam.
Very intresting book -- you might have been eating Dutch cuisine a lot during your American life without knowing it. Don't beleive the English they tried to wipe this out from history -- another thing you'll learn when you read the book :-)
I found your and dagmarvenus' posts very enlightening, rdeman. I lived in northern Belgium for a while and had the chance to go to to the Netherlands every once in a while. Was even fortunate to have tried stamppotten prepared by Dutch friends in their homes. Good stuff. Will definitely look into the book you mentioned. Thanks again.
I haven't been, but there's a Dutch fast food restaurant called Danku at 47 W 57th St.. Also, on 14th Street east of 5th is "Le Petit Belge" which has poffertjes which I've seen more in Holland than in Belgium. There used to be a Dutch restaurant on Sullivan Street years ago but it closed.