Yes, as you may have noticed from this post title, I have indeed been eating well lately. I have tried, on countless occasions, to get a dinner reservation at The Dutch after reading many fantastic reviews about the food at this Soho restaurant. After failing many times, I couldn’t take it anymore, and settled on brunch this past weekend with two wonderful foodie friends. One of my favorite NYC brunches to date has been at Locanda Verde, the sister restaurant to The Dutch. So I had high hopes for this American food joint.
Yes, this is as good as it looks. You take burrata, add some candied toasted walnuts and other lovely crunchy bits, mix in the sweetness from the quince and bitterness from radicchio…is is also as good as it sounds. Locanda Verde knows it’s ricotta and The Dutch it’s burrata. (And yes, we shared an appetizer to start at brunch). My favorite way to eat at brunch is to go halvzees on a sweet and savory dish…and luckily my friend agreed!
On their own, the cornmeal pancakes were just okay. Nice texture, but not so much flavor. But once combined with the salted butter and sweet blueberry sauce…they were quite delicious! The frittata was good just the way it was..light and fluffy with a slight lemony flavor. All in all I think I enjoyed Locande Verde’s brunch a little better, but this dining experience has made me want to try even harder to get a reservation at The Dutch for dinner. I will succeed!
I did enjoy a nice dinner this week at Lure Fish Bar, to enjoy their 35 dollar prix fixe menu in celebration of NY Restaurant Week. Lure is a stunning restaurant…built like an upscale boat, and not in a cheesy way, I loved the atmosphere. The appetizer choice was easy for me…the raw bar tasting. But for my entrée…everything sounded amazing! Seared tuna with soba noodles and peanut sauce, grilled salmon with spaetzle, brussels sprouts, and bacon, the sushi platter. But, I was drawn to the special entree of the day which could be substituted for any of the mains…the steamed char.
I literally scraped my plate clean! All of my other friends enjoyed their meals tremendously. I’m not the biggest dessert orderer in restaurants…unless they’re known for something special I would much rather get my sweet tooth satisfied with some ice cream at one of my favorite shops. But it was included in the prix fixe. Sorry, no pictures, but don’t worry, the fish was definitely the star of the show. My lemon pudding with blackberry sorbet was nothing great and the apple crumble with cinnamon ice cream was good…but that’s hard to be bad. But I would definitely recommend Lure for perfectly cooked fresh seafood and a very fun and unique atmosphere. Get excited….I have a few more restaurant week dinners booked!