Supper at The Dutch is still a party. While it may no longer be the newest hot spot (Ok, it’s definitely not — it’s been open since April of 2011, which, in NYC restaurant years, means it is something like a teenager), The Dutch still delivers on great food and a fun vibe in some gorgeously sleek interiors. You will still feel that bustling energy when you step foot in the place, and you will still find yourself looking over your shoulder to check out who might be at the next table.
While a slew of other hot newcomers are just as worthy of praise as The Dutch, the restaurant definitely earned its throne for a while when it first opened in 2011. Like all once-hyped restaurants, The Dutch may have lost some of its sparkle by now, but the restaurant shouldn't be banished from court just because the fervor died down.
Brunch and supper at The Dutch are both still superb. Whether you are seated up front, in back, or at the bar, the big windows of this corner restaurant on Sullivan and Prince provide ample sunshine or moonlight, depending on the time of day, and unbeatable people-watching.
For brunch, the soft scrambled eggs with smoked sable, trout roe, and half of a toasted sesame bagel is perfect, served salty and buttery in a bowl. The honey butter biscuits are to die for. Three are served warm on a wooden board, covered in incredible, sweet honey butter, alongside whipped butter and a light, tangy jam.
For supper, the fried chicken wings with the house-made cornbread are a great way to start the meal, as is the winter salad with country ham, Vermont Cheddar, and pear. The pecan duck with celery and organic dirty rice, the steamed branzino with mussels in lemongrass curry, and the beef ravioli with porcini, Robiola and black truffle are all excellent entrées — each one robust with layers of unique flavor.
You can't be king forever — especially in this city. But who says you can't be king for day (or 2011, in chef Andrew Carmellini’s case), and then settle back, let someone else take the reigns for a while, and just continue being really, really good? The Dutch is just that: still really, really good. If it hadn't been so hyped, I bet The Dutch would still be feeling the love.