I like eating. A LOT. The spicier & saucier the better.
To make up for my lack of eating out recently, as well as, my need to catch up with friends, I jammed in 2 brunches and a dinner into the weekend. Normally, I would think that sounds a bit excessive and glutenous, but I was up to the task!
I’ve been wanting to try this place for sometime now, but every time I’ve tried to go there has been a crazy line. Although this time was no different, my friend and I decided to give it a go since we had a lot to catch up on. After waiting in the line (and cold) for a while we decided to ask the hostess how long the wait was gonna be. Luckily for us, she had 2 seats at the bar. Never being one to be too picky about my feet not touching the ground while eating, we scooped up the seats.
The menu was basic brunch fare; however, they had something genius. It may sound simple in concept and it is, but you don’t find it many places. They had waffles with bacon IN it. AMAZING and CONVENIENT all in one bite! Now, you would think that I would get it. It’s something I’ve always wanted and I had been slightly craving something sweet. Alas, I asked the waitress what she recommended and she went the omelet route. Although I instantly regretted not going with my gut and stomach for the bacon waffles, the omelet was still really good. Thick cut bacon and generous amount of cheese. Always a positive in my book.
Was it worth it? YES. I will definitely be bacon for those damn bacon waffles
WARNING: All of the pictures from the meal are poorly lit because I didn’t want to be “that girl” taking photos with the flash on.
Now, I’ve been hearing some good things about The Dutch so I wanted to see for myself what all the fuss is about. Upon arriving, I was ushered into the bar area to await the rest of my group; however, I couldn’t even get close enough to the bar to see the cocktail list. After shouting across the bar to the bartender that I wanted a class of red wine, I then had to stand awkwardly between people sitting at the bar and people sitting at their tables eating dinner.
Not a good start.
The only bright side to the meal was the first few bites. Maybe I’m just a sucker for oyster. (Well, not maybe, I definitely am) The fried oyster sliders were delicious. A little 3 bite wonder. Although the oysters were fried, the oyster itself was still able to be on the raw side. Perfection! 🙂
We then had to follow those little bites with some fresh oysters. Also, deliciously sweet and briny. I ❤ Oysters.
From there it went downhill quickly. We has the pecan duck, a pork chop, and the brussels sprouts. The duck was prepared perfectly; however, it was missing something. Like I said earlier, “the saucier the better”, I think this dish was missing some sauce. The brussels sprouts were good but nothing crazy spectacular. The pork chop isn’t even worth talking about because it was a huge hunk of fatty meat that had zero sauce on it and some flaccid greens.
Was it worth it? NO. The Dutch is overpriced and mediocre. There are much better places, and cheaper, places in New York where I would much rather go.
For my second brunch of the weekend, I worked my way over to the east side to meet up with one of my girlfriends and to check out her new apartment. We met up at Neely’s for some BBQ! I had never heard of Neely’s; however, I was familiar with the celebrity chef couple who are often on The Best Thing I Ever Ate on the Food Network ( one of my personal favorite shows!)
I ended up going with ribs and mac ‘n cheese because why not?! The food came out at lightning speed which I’m not the biggest fan of. I typically like to have a few minutes between ordering and getting your food to actually make you want it!
However, the food was good! The ribs fell off the bone and the mac ‘n cheese was one of the best I’ve had (Sorry grandpa!)
And, Neely’s followed my “the saucier the better” mindset:
Was it worth it? YES. For north eastern BBQ, it was good. Maybe not the BEST BBQ in NYC; however, it was worth it!
Now, after a weekend of eating I need to go take a nap.
Did you eat anything good this weekend?