Location-131 Sullivan Street, New York, New York
Cuisine-American Restaurant and Oyster Bar
Dutch the hottest restaurant in New York,right now, Gagit has to get there and check it out. A reservation for 10:30pm ,not happy but I take it. I am going tonight with Fernando of Casa Sanchez fame , and a good Foodie friend ,Joanna of Sugarcanerawbar fame We agree to get there about 7:30pm and see what we can do about a table earlier than 10:30pm. Fernando and I check in first for our later reservation, and ask the hostess if we can be seated earlier while we wait at the bar.
The bar what a scene, wall to wall people drinking ,spending and waiting for a table, of course.We join the fray ,order our drinks, Bourbon Old Fashion for me and Vodka and for Fernando,and fight for a place to stand even near the bar.This is New York, two drinks ,$30 plus what a bargain to be able to stand up near the bar.Wait !!!!,three seats open at the back counter, we sit down and say wow,lucky us.No such luck, one of the hostesses comes over and tells us not for us we have a 10:30pm reservation,huh,then cancel it I retort,cannot do that she answers, I then ask for the manager. She comes over I tell her the story and give her my Gagit card, o Mr. Gagit we have a free table for you no need the counter and we sit at a comfy table and wait for Joanna.
while we wait for Joanna , Fernando orders an unbelievable tasting Eggplant Dip and Savory Chips and I a Little Oyster Sandwich and another round . The Eggplant Dip ,not my thing until I tasted it and I admit I liked it, the Oyster deliciously fried to perfection.Joanna, arrives from work and is shocked ,we really have the house table. Joanna orders a glass of Greek wine that the sharp waiter suggests, Domaine Tselepos Matinia 2010,pleasant surprise , dry ,light, and tasteful and our new house wine for the night.
We order our starters , Oysters for Fernando and myself,and Dressed Crab, Bloody Mary, and Green Goddess Dressing for Joanna, nice presentation but no wow.We finish our starters and our mains arrive,Fernando has the Steamed Black Bass ,Mussel-LemonGrass Curry and Peanuts, again nice dish but no wow,Joanna has the Smoked Ricotta Ravioli, Tomato & Soft Herbs ,shown above and almost a wow for the perfectly prepared dish.My main arrives and wow,wow,wow,Rabbit Pot Pie,Hard Cider,Spring Vegetables,and Mustard, see the three shots of the Pie above, 1 closed crust and two open. Miami Chefs get ready you need to try this juicy, tasty, full meat flavored delicate crust Pie,who will be first to try.
We are now ready for our dessert and decide on sharing the Summer Sundae,shown above in all its splendor,Pluot Sorbet,Frozen Custard,Sauteed Stone Fruits,Caramel and Rasberries,and in short order all gone.Caffe Macchiato for all, we then thank our server, the manager ,and Fernando and I thank Joanna for joining and we are on our way back to New Jersey.
Let the Truth be Told, Dutch is a noisy, crowded ,expensive ,and more importantly the place to be and to be seen.If you get a reservation you are lucky or in the star power group but there are ways and Gagit did find one. In all honesty, the place was too noisy to carry on a conversation, so a perfect place to drink, eat, and be seen in New York City.Although, I cannot say the menu was expansive, I can say my Rabbit Pot Pie is now in the Gagit Hall of Fame, I hope they are now happy they gave me a table:)