21 October 2017
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The Dutch

D*MNGOODTIMES likes to eat and drink. It’s both a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing, because we have the opportunity to do this where and when we want (and we’re really good at it), and it’s a curse, because we take a few years off of our lives and add a few inches to our waistline every time we go out. It’s all we do when we aren’t working. I mean, honestly, what else do we have to do?

A few weeks ago, we made our way to NYC, because that’s where you go if you want to eat and drink. And eating and drinking is exactly what we did for 72 hours straight, give or take the 4-5 hours each night for sleeping (i.e. crashing on a bed with our clothes on and waking up with no idea where we are).

It was a pretty amazing trip. It was also a bit depressing, because it made me realize that Washington, DC, is still a very long way from having the type of food and ambiance that the NYC restaurant scene has. Trust me, I’m not a hater of DC, but everywhere we went on this last trip was close to a perfect 10. That hasn’t happened to me lately in DC. My fingers are crossed that someday it will. Until then – to NYC we go.

We hit somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 places on this trip over the course of 3 days but writing all of those reviews would be close to impossible. So we’re just going to give you the ones that really impressed us. As always, our criteria is pretty simple: good food, a comfortable bar with a good vibe and, most importantly, cool bartenders who can hang with us shot for shot.

First Up: The Dutch
Simply put, this place rocks. And I’m not just saying this because my mom tells me I’m a little too negative in some of my reviews and should lighten up a bit. This place flat out blew me away. We went here twice in the span of 8 hours. The first time we didn’t eat. We just rang up a 3-digit bar tab in the course of an hour-and-a-half. The second time for brunch, however, we put on a clinic.

The Dutch is a new concept from chef Andrew Carmellini. Carmellini is well-known for Locanda Verde (another D*MNGOOD® favorite). The bar, while a tad bit small, is airy and open with large windows, so you can see the passers-by on Prince Street while you’re tackling the menu. The décor isn’t “cheesy-modern” with couches and garbage like that. It’s definitely current, but in a classic way. The service was great and friendly. The resident bartender, Wade, took care of us on Saturday and Sunday. We still want to give him a shout out even though he may or may not have cut one of us off on Friday night. I won’t name any names.

I’m a simple man. I like simple foods done really well, and that’s what the Dutch does. It’s not that I don’t respect and appreciate fine-dining. It’s just that I’d rather eat a really good burger as opposed to sea urchin. That’s just me. Don’t hate on it.

I’ll leave Neil to discuss the healthier options (his turkey sandwich looked pretty darn tasty). Dan and I ordered the heirloom tomato and American Burrata salad, the dressed crab, a cheeseburger, and the fried chicken to go with the house-made Bloody Marys. Yes, we eat burgers and fried chicken for brunch.

We are disgusting, I know. I never said we weren’t.

The Bloody Mary (chipotle, smoked paprika salt, pickles) is a great idea. I’m a purist when it comes to Bloody Marys. I don’t usually like anything other than the basics and a stick of celery. But how can you say no to a Bloody Mary with a pickle? It was intense to say the least. It knocked the hangover right outta me.

The heirloom tomato salad might be one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. I love fresh mozzarella and heirloom tomatoes. I eat a heirloom tomato salad everywhere I go, and I’ve never met one like this one before. This one was different than all of the others. I think this piece of mozzarella and I were meant to be together forever. And maybe someday we will.

The hot fried chicken is served with vinegar-based coleslaw and honey biscuits from heaven. It doesn’t actually say that the fried chicken is from heaven on the menu, but it’s pretty obvious. It came out of the kitchen piping hot. The chicken was moist and perfectly cooked, and the skin was crunchy and seasoned perfectly. I would say more, but I don’t remember much. I blacked out it was so good.

The cheeseburger? It received a perfect score in every category:

  1. This burger did not need ketchup: 10 out of 10.
  2. We asked for medium-rare and it came out medium-rare: 10 out of 10.
  3. The bread was mind-blowing: 10 out of 10.

In fact, the bread was so moist that all of the juices from the burger soaked in while we were crushing the fried chicken. By the time we got to the chicken, the flavors were so potent you couldn’t put it down. I finished it in 3 or 4 bites flat. I can’t say much more about The Dutch. It was a great experience.

It was so good that I might actually have to start going to church.

Check out the brunch, lunch and dinner menus for The Dutch.

Neighborhood: SoHo
Address: 131 Sullivan St. (Prince St.) Manhattan, NY 10012
Phone: 212-677-6200
Web site: www.thedutchnyc.com
Parking: Street
Subway: Spring Street
Serves: Brunch (Saturday and Sunday); Lunch (Monday-Friday); Dinner (Daily)
Specials: N/A
Go for: Oyster sandwiches; burger; fried chicken; heirloom and tomato salad
Price: *****
Rating: *****

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