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May 6, 2011 03:44 AM

The Dutch

I dropped in for dinner last night. The place was packed but I managed to get a seat at the bar which serves the full menu.

They start you off with a delicious warm loaf of corn bread served with whipped butter. My appetizer was a smoked lamb link with red quinoa, local yogurt, and minty slivers of cucumber and red onion. Great balance of flavors. My entree was a terrific pecan duck with celery and organic dirty rice. Dessert was apple rhubarb pie with poached rhubarb and frozen yogurt. The crunchy streusel was nice touch and the dish was lighter than I expected.

It's great to have Andrew Carmellini interpreting American food with his own creative twist. The room was handsome and had a great vibe. The kitchen was a bit slow but the friendly service more than made up for that. The other diners were having raw oysters, fried oyster sliders, fried chicken, and several other dishes that I plan to try on my next visit.

The Dutch
131 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

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  1. I've heard it's great, but man, all the Eater NY shilling killed me.

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    1. re: loratliff

      Yeah, Eater went overboard with the hype. But The Dutch turned out to be a really nice, surprisingly low key restaurant with no attitude whatsoever from the staff or the other patrons. If you like the food at the Breslin or Spotted Pig, you might enjoy this place.

      Spotted Pig
      314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

      The Breslin
      20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

      1. re: loratliff

        Totally agree about the EATER NY shilling, which was flagrant, relentless and repulsive.

      2. Just had lunch at the Dutch today. The cucumber thyme lemonade was super. At 1st I thought it might be too sweet, but it's barely sweet, and really refreshing for a hot day like today. The corn bread was moist, the butter nice and soft for spreading. Question, I saw a lot of folks eating it with a fork, am I missing something, or am I Neanderthal for cutting it in half and using my fingers? Soft shell crab sandwich, nice and crispy, not overly greasy, and the fries I ordered well done were great. Dessert, I ordered the salted lime pie, similar to key lime with a hint of tequila, which was much better then my dining friends strawberry rhubarb. Looking forward to trying it again. I think next time, the duck sliders...

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        1. re: michele cindy

          The warm cornbread was delicious. I also enjoyed the spring salad, grilled cod, and the salted lime pie, thanks for recommending it. I especially liked the coconut sorbet that came with it. Service was wonderful.

          1. re: michele cindy

            Going there again today for lunch, but I can't decide if I should get the fried chicken or just a burger... Anyone have both and able to comment on them?

            1. re: michele cindy

              Had the fried chicken. Very good. There's a really nice taste when you first bite into it. I don't know what it is, but something that you taste in only good homemade fried chicken. I think 2 can share this if you ordered with the fries and a salad. Cherry pie for dessert, nice crust, could have been just a little bit sweeter. I didn't care for the ceviche, it was more like a ceviche soup with too much calamari in it for me.

            1. re: peter j

              Thanks. Good to know. We enjoyed dinner, both food and service, when we went.

            2. A friend and I had dinner at The Dutch last night and, sadly, we were underwhelmed. First thing we noted was the noise - it was very loud and, considering we had an early reservation (6:30 p.m.) we could only wonder what it would be like later in the evening. Second, our waitress really seemed clueless. Her response to our question about some wine was "well, it's popular.:" Nice to know but not very helpful. Then, when we asked her about some of the appetizers and entrees, her comment was - everything's great. Again, glad to know she likes the food but not very insightful.

              As for the food itself, well, it was a mixed bag. As people have noted, the cornbread is, indeed, wonderful. My friend and I split the salad with buttermilk dressing (very good) and shared the side of spinach with shallots and chili (good but nothing special). I had the scallops which I enjoyed very much - light, flavorful, a nice summer dish. My friend had the lamb neck with mole, which she didn't enjoy at all. She commented that it was too fatty and not enjoyable to eat. When she mentioned this to our waitress her reply was "Really? Maybe you got a bad cut."

              All in all, I'm glad we tried it but have no burning desire to return.

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              1. re: jasmine

                I don't get the trend for lamb neck either. It's on a lot of menus but I can't say I've been converted. Glad you liked the cornbread and the other dishes.

                1. re: H Manning

                  Agreed with you both about lamb neck. I've had it once and once was enough.

                1. re: Riverman500

                  I just read it as well. No mention of the fried chicken.

                  1. re: michele cindy

                    The review appears to be all about dinner at the Dutch. The Fried Chicken is offered only during lunch.

                    1. re: RCC

                      Thanks for clarifying. It's also on the late night menu. Have you had it? There's this taste I really liked that came through when you had your first bite. I can't place the flavor, but it's really nice almost sweet, and buttery. Any idea what it is?

                      1. re: michele cindy

                        No I've not had the Fried chicken. It's probably worth a try on my subsequent visits. I've had the Roasted Smoke Chicken for dinner, though .... and it was a very good dish!

                        1. re: RCC

                          It's a small sized chicken but there's a big portion of it. If I go again, I'd get it as an app. to share with a group rather then my main dish.