The Dutch, NYC (food-ah reviews)

Amidst the cast-iron buildings, budding galleries, and plethora of trendy nail salons and clothing stores, there is a palatable world to discover just south of Houston…SoHo, bitches.

On a short weekend getaway to New York City, we found ourselves in the heart of SoHo (sometimes Soho).  Our first evening, we wandered the streets like wide-eyed tourists, even though the energy, smells, and sights were familiar and welcoming.  Passing tempting options along the way, our appetites led us to The Dutch, at the corner of Sullivan and Prince.

Without a reservation, we were given the option to wait for a table or just belly up to the raw bar (and since oysters were on my mind, the choice was simple).  Our server was attentive, professional, and it seemed like everyone had their own attendant (though that wasn’t the case, it sure did feel like it).   A house Manhattan and an Allagash ‘White’  Wheat Ale started us off as we waited for a flight of various oysters and clams, including:

ICHABOD, MA………………………………………..3.75

KUSSHI, BC…………………………………………..3.75

TANGIER ISLAND, VA…………. …………………3.75

TOTTEN INLET, WA………………………………..3.75

LITTLENECK CLAM, NY…………………………….2.5

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They were all delicious – fresh, flavorful, and accompanied by all of the right accoutrement (a sherry vinegar, red onion, black peppercorn mignonette was literally drinkable).

The Dutch was a perfect spot to grab a nibble of this and a nibble of that – no pressure or need to go crazy.  Wanting to stay on the light side, we decided to share two more plates, really to pick at while relaxing:

RICOTTA RAVIOLI, SWEET PEA, SHIITAKE MUSHROOM……………………………….23

EGGPLANT DIP WITH SAVORY CRACKERS……………………………………………………9

The ravioli were al dente, homemade, and the peas tasted garden fresh, which was amplified by the watercress garnish.  The eggplant dip was savory, filling, and just enough to feel satiated, but not full.  Everything was prepared lightly (even the ricotta ravioli) – so after our time at The Dutch, we were able to enjoy a nighttime walk around SoHo before heading to the hotel to fall asleep to this view of the NYC skyline (still breathtaking after all these years).  2016-04-02 20.46.23

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