We wound up having to be in the NYU neighborhood unexpectedly one Friday night, so we decided to do a quick look-up of restaurants we had been wanting to try in the neighborhood. We went to The Dutch and wound up being seated right away.
I am unsure how to explain the decor. It looked like it had been many different restaurants prior and they kept the things they liked and added other things they liked. The orb lights definitely created a cool ambiance.
We started with oysters. (I wonder how many times I’ve written that phrase here on NYCNomNom… I feel like we start every good meal with delicious oysters. Damn I love our life!)
And they brought us some awesome toasted bread with butter.
Mike got the sea scallops with sunchoke, bacon jam, and meyer lemon. Mmmmmmm! A perfect combination of awesome flavors. Really good dish.
I chose the grilled pork chop with smoked belly, brussels, butternut, and maple. Hell yes. This was hearty and homey and everything right. I loved this dish. I am pretty sure I did the happy belly dance (I am not kidding… I dance like a nerd when I love my food) a few dozen times throughout eating this dish.
We decided to split dessert and went with the chocolate pecan pie.
More happy belly dancing.
So rich. So good.
And then they gave us each a spiced shortbread cookie at the end. Which I also absolutely loved.
I really loved our meal at The Dutch. I finally understood what everyone was talking about. A mostly relaxed environment with just great comfort, tasty food. I felt like everything was totally familiar and yet in ways I hadn’t tasted them before. I can’t wait to go back and see what else they have to offer.
Total Nom Points: 8 out of 10