Bitches Who Brunch co-founder Cori Sue’s visit to the Big Apple meant a few things: 1. an action packed weekend, 2. a lot of Bitch business, and 3. brunch, obviously. Between cocktails, meetings, and neighborhood-hopping, we managed to squeeze in brunch at The Dutch, which was inspired by my recent fabulous meal at another great member of the Andrew Carmellini family. (See Lafayette brunch review, here).
It was a beautiful, sun-soaked day in the city and I was happy that the mood outside carried into the atmosphere of The Dutch. Large windows coupled with minimal surrounding high rises allowed a great amount of natural light to flood into the restaurant, complementing the casual yet classy decor.
We immediately got our caffeine on, with Cori Sue and Ally choosing iced cold brew coffees with almond milk, served in Stumptown Coffee bottles, and me choosing my go-to latte. Cori Sue also ordered a green juice, which was made with kale, spinach, cucumber, lime, apple, pineapple, and mint. After a weekend of unhealthy eating and drinking, it was a great, healthy accompaniment, with the fresh-pressed juice reflecting its healthy ingredients. Following our pre-brunch workouts, we all appreciated that a variety of fresh-pressed juice blends were on the menu.
Quality lattes aren’t the same without some kind of pastry, so we ordered the pastry board, which included a chocolate hazelnut doughnut and a glazed berry danish. Both pastries were incredible and it was difficult not to scarf down both without sharing. The doughnut stole the show, and (warning: bold statement) I thought it was as delicious as my previous experience with the Cronut.
Ally had a hankering for seafood so we also shared the amberjack crudo starter served with tomatillo salsa and crunchy tortilla. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this dish and we were all surprised by the small portion that arrived. The fish was fresh and the tomatillo was a great compliment, but I don’t think the two baby strips of tortilla merited a menu mention. I could have done without this starter, but I tend to shy away from seafood when I order brunch. Cori Sue enjoyed it, but there could have been quite a bit more.
For the main event, I was overwhelmed with indecision by the number of extremely appetizing options on the menu, but ultimately chose the poached eggs with cheddar biscuit, ham, chipotle, and tomato. It was served in a unique bowl, which I loved, and was plated beautifully. The combination of flavors was delicious and the kick from the chipotle gave this dish the extra zest it needed. The cheddar biscuit was also cooked to perfection and soaked up the extra sauces from the egg and juices from the roasted tomato perfectly.
Ally ordered the mushroom-cheddar omelette with watercress and truffle dressing, which satisfied her craving for veggies. The eggs were well cooked and the fillings were plentiful, a sure sign of a solid omelette. The healthy dish seemed decadent with the addition of truffle dressing yet Ally left light-footed and energetic for an afternoon of shopping with the girls.
Cori Sue knew her order the second she sat down; she selected the hot fried chicken served with honey butter biscuits and slaw. As a true Southerner and ultimate judge of all things fried chicken, she found the chicken moist, juicy, and perfectly fried. The biscuits were to-die-for; moist, buttery and flakey. A recent convert to the carnivorous crowd, CS found it was a bit difficult and messy to eat fried chicken with bones-in, but appreciated that it was served authentically, rather than as chicken breasts.
The service was welcoming and attentive, our waters were full for the duration of our meal, and the staff asked before whisking anything away, which was appreciated when there was a precious few bites left on the pastry board that we hadn’t finished. They also accommodated our 20-minute late arrival, which is a rarity in the bustling brunch scene in NYC.
The Bitches say: A. Lovely atmosphere in an ideal area for a post-brunch stroll, serving expensive but quality food with an array of brunch options depending on your hankering.
11 Sullivan St.
New York, NY
(212) 677 – 6200
The Dutch serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.