Going Dutch In Soho

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Aug 09 2011

I had such high expectations for The Dutch because I’m a big fan of Chef Andrew Carmellini and Locanda Verde. Many (including celebrities) are flocking to one of the most buzzed about downtown restos housed in the old Cub Room space in Soho. It’s vibrant, trendy, casual, and filled with an eclectic mix of people- suits, hipsters, Andrew Carmellini-lovers, celebs and more. It’s definitely a scene! I love the large windows, dark wood interior and globe-shaped fixtures.

This isn’t a place you go to for a quiet dinner- be prepared for an extremely high level of noise. I’ve experienced all 3 dining rooms and prefer the back because you can actually chat with your friends.

The Dutch seems to be on to something because I was a fan of a few things but at the same time, thought other dishes could have been better. The inventive New American menu changed a bit since my last visit. Seems like they lightened it up for the summer- Smoked Ricotta Ravioli, Fried Chicken and The Rabbit Pot Pie have been replaced with lighter fare. It was all good though. This resto can take you through the day- good for lunch, dinner, late night eats and brunch! I’ll definitely be back.

CHOW FAVES:

I knew we were off to a good start when the waiter dropped off a loaf of chile-laced cornbread!

Oyster Sliders- The perfect small bite!

Crab Claws- The roasted tomato salsa had a nice kick to it!

Dressed Crab- A bit soggy.

Ripe Tomatoes and Creamy Burrata- Absolutely delicious!

Asparagus- The poached egg and pork belly added a wonderful dimension to the crispy asparagus spears.

Sea Scallops- I’ve had better- the texture was a bit rubbery.

SIP:

NY Sour- Whiskey, Lemon, Peach Bitters, Claret Float.

THE SWEET SPOT:

Salted Lemon Pie with Coconut Ice Cream- A great way to end the meal.

 

The Dutch- 131 Sullivan St / 212-677-6200

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