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Posted by Sandy Carol on 10/03/2011
I love Locanda Verde so I couldn't wait to try Carmellini's new place. As it proved impossible to book in advance, we walked in at 5 on a rainy Sunday night. We waited in the bar for the dinner hour. The martini was skimpy and poorly made. The bartender was surly. Others at the bar complained about their drinks. My husband tried one of the wines from the limited list. It was awful. The dinner menu was very limited & uninteresting with only one special. They do not serve real bread, only bland cornbread, which is not a fit for many of the items on the menu, like for instance the pasta dish and most of the fish selections. The tuna tartar was tasty, but needed some sort of crunchy chip as an accompaniement. The swordfish was overcooked, a no-no in such a pricey restaurant. The pasta was OK, but nothing special. We did NOT order dessert. Enough was enough. The service was well meaning but very amateurish. All in all, a great disappointment by what I considered a talented chef!
Posted by Laura from soho on 09/14/2011
Feel compelled to write a review because the people who touted this as some new hot must-try foodie restaurant must be talking about some place else. The food was fine, I enjoyed it, but nothing spectacular...there are at least 15 restaurants within a 6 block radius with food just as good, let alone in the whole city. The service was not rude, in fact they seemed to try hard in a chicken with their heads cut off sort of way, the servers were obviously not seasoned pros. Nothing was smooth. Really basic things like giving you the wrong fork, coffee arriving after dessert, need reminder to fill water, stuff like that. All the talk about celebrity must have been leaked by the promoter. There were no hot people, full of frat boys (not the young with hot body kind). Cammie D wouldn't be caught dead there, Ashley Greene maybe, but I can't see an A-lister there. The frat boys are all holding a beer or martini trying to look cool laughing at some joke standing a foot away from you when you are trying to enjoy your dinner. I don't regret going but will not return.
Posted by houseofdny on 09/04/2011
I don't hit a lot of celeb spots but had to try this place around the corner from work for a boy's night. Asian White Boy Ribs and Oyster Sandwiches: Fantastic. Bone-In Ribeye: Perfectly prepared. Great wine list. Devil's Food Cake w/White Russian Ice Cream: Worth it though I was stuffed already. Waitstaff were very attentive, and worked well as a team. If you come during peak hour, I imagine it'll be as loud as it was when I was there, so be mindful.
Posted by Bethesda on 08/19/2011
Good food but lunch service chaotic and poor: bread arrived halfway through lunch, side of fries toward the end. Waiter made mistakes in order, didn't remove offending items from bill, misrepresented menu items. Deafening, even with windows open. Food is good but not worth the effort.
Posted by CuisineCrazy on 08/03/2011
I think you'll like The Dutch more if you think of it as a bar with food, rather than a restaurant with drinks. The place is populated by 30-somethings- (Wall Streeters?) and it is really noisy. Loud. My lady friend/client and I grazed. (Do people still say that?) The oyster sandwiches were great- we had two each. We shared the dressed crab appetizer- basically shredded cold crab-good but not memorable and the shrimp on fried green tomatoes- recommended more than the crab, but note that there are only three shrimp in the dish. We then shared the orchietta, which we both really loved. We had the key lime pie for dessert- a very intense, tart, lime taste- unexpected- no whipped cream- the espresso was good- The place is happening now- not a celeb venue unless that will change in September when everyone returns from their summer haunts. All in all, it was fun, although I did use the word "What?" pretty often due to the noise- I couldn't hear my dining companion. I don't think I'll ever go back, but I am glad that I checked it out.
Posted by Jessi Spark on 07/22/2011
I have read all about this place, and heard Cammie Diaz, or maybe A-Rod would be there on a regular night. Where were they the night I went? Despite some bloating from my Activia regimen, I went. Beet salad was delicious, but left me burpy. As was my ravioli. But my ankle strap stilettos could have just stayed home or back at DSW. No stars! I never saw 'em at Butter either. Sigh. Since it was hard to get into and I never saw a star, I may never go back.
Posted by Layla on 07/06/2011
My GFs and I always go to new places with "The" in name so we needed to check this place out. Glad we did - all the cool factor of a "The" place, and pretty good food. Save up some money and go!