The Dutch, Soho, Crumbs Bakery, NYC
It was our last evening in NYC, ‘The Mother’ and I thought we would catch up with an old friend of his, F. I have heard wonderful things about The Dutch, voted as one of the top 10 restaurants in 2011 in NYC so suggested this place.
Located in Soho, the Dutch is one of the newest downtown hotspot. Andrew Carnellini, Josh Pickard and Luke Ostrom are behind it and they opened a second location, Locanda Verde, in Miami Beach. Can’t believe I didn’t realise this at the time, could have definitely checked it out! I have heard that getting a reservation here is a complete nightmare! But thankfully, we were having an early dinner as F was going to play squash later that evening so getting a reservation was no trouble at all!
Very modern classic interior, the dining room was buzzing and extremely dark. The menu quite simple, I am sure there is something for everyone, poultry, pork, steak and even pasta and salad. I have heard about the famous fried chicken, but no one wanted entrée, in hindsight I should have just ordered it and ate it myself! There is even an oyster bar, it has been so long since I had a fresh oyster and have been craving for some.
We started with complimentary corn bread, fresh from the oven, it was warm and as much as I love good corn bread, this was a little bland. Shame!
Believe it or not, even on our third day in NYC, ‘The Mother’ was still feeling a little queasy, so opted for something simple and ordered the five-grain salad, beets, cherries, blue cheese (USD15). Unfortunately it wasn’t as ‘simple’ as he had hoped, it was a little rich for his liking. However, I enjoyed it, everything was fresh and although a little rich was definitely tasty.
F opt for spaghetti, black kale carbonara, farm egg (USD19) – I didn’t have any of this, but he seemed to have enjoyed it, demolished it in fact!
I couldn’t go past the pork (of course!) – grilled pork chop, baked beans and vinegared turnips (US34). OMG was my first reaction – it was definitely a GENEROUS and large serving. The pork cutlet was thick, but it was incredibly tender and succulent, and the baked beans were a wonderful complement. Unfortunately, I didn’t finish all of this, it was just way too big but it was great!
We also got a serve of housemade fries (USD9), which was indeed a generous serving. Crispy and delicious!
Unfortunately we were too full for dessert, I for one was stuffed! Service was very friendly and food came out in a reasonably short time. Would definitely like to come back and try their other dishes, and perhaps something from the oyster bar.
It was lovely to catch up with F, and ‘The Mother’ and I certainly had a wonderful time in NYC, albeit short.
Earlier that day, I bought some cupcakes from Crumbs bakery, I have been craving for a red velvet cupcake, and I remember going to Magnolia on my last visit and was highly disappointed!
Crumbs bake shop first opened in March 2003, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan by Mia and Jason Bauer. There are five different stores in NYC, and I went to the one on Madison Avenue during my lunch break. It’s a small store but so many cupcakes on offer that it took me a few minutes to decide. I knew that I had to get the red velvet cupcake, and got an oreo cupcake for ‘The Mother’.
WOW – the red velvet cupcake was scrumptiously good, it was incredibly moist and fluffy! I couldn’t stop eating it, gave ‘The Mother’ a small bite and the rest I devoured in seconds. I could have definitely have eaten another, and I am not sure why I didn’t buy more. I am craving some more now and I know I am never going to be able to get or taste anything quite like it! It’s not a pretty cupcake, ugly to be honest but it’s not about the looks – it was absolutely fantastic!
The oreo cupcake was good but not as good as the red velvet.
Another cupcake store I went too was Baked by Melissa – three different store location, I stumbled across one on my last visit in Soho and happened to be around there this time round so couldn’t resist. The cupcakes are tiny, bite size but they were great and can be eaten whilst walking and roaming around the shops – which we did, hence no pictures.
You can see the range of flavours here, but my favourite is definitely the smores, mint choc chip and although the red velvet is good, the best is still from crumbs I say. Yes, I am appalled that I ate all three whilst we were walking around Soho.
Even though I thought the weather was cold in NYC, I was told that it was a very mild winter. We had a lot of sunshine, except for our last day where it rained but I wasn’t too fussed, as we were off to Miami for some warm weather. Didn’t shop as much as I had hoped, did buy a few things, ate well considering and even managed to go to Per Se and Daniel with clients. Unfortunately I didn’t take any photos, didn’t think it was appropriate.
I won’t go into details, my first visit to Per Se was a little disappointing (three years ago now), as I had high expectations and it didn’t live up to it. This time though, I had very low expectations. I really wanted to do the Chef’s tasting menu but it had a lot of seafood and raw stuff that it was just too hard. So had the vegetarian tasting menu and I was pleasantly surprised. Ten courses, each course was lovely and tasty. Definitely better the second time for sure.
Now Daniel, we didn’t have the tasting menu, we had a la carte which suited me fine. After my ten course meal at Per Se, I really couldn’t stomach another tasting menu back to back. From memory, I had the frog legs for entrée, and mains the suckling pig of course! Both were great, and I would definitely recommend coming here. Even though it was ‘work’ I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Will definitely take ‘The Mother’ here next time!
Service for both restaurant was definitely excellent!
Farewell NYC, I am missing you already! However, next stop.. MIAMI!
GA’s rating: THE DUTCH: 7.5 / 10
131 Sullivan Street
New York, NY 10012
Ph: +1 (212) 677 6200
GA’s rating: Crumbs Bakery: 8 / 10
501 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Ph: +1 (212) 750 0515
GA’s rating: Baked by Melissa: 7 / 10
529 Broadway (Soho)
New York, NY, 10012
Ph: +1 (212) 842 0220