I’d been to The Dutch a couple of years ago and really liked it, but didn’t order the burger because it was before I started writing this. So I was delighted to be invited back, this time to sample the burger I’d heard so much about. The Dutch is a very well-known hot-spot in the West Village, most popular on weekends at brunch time.
They started us off with a little (corn)bread and butter. The bread was slightly warm and the butter was perfectly spreadable. It was sensational and only served to heighten the anticipation of the burger!
And what a burger is was! Dry aged beef, topped with cheddar cheese and wrapped with an Orwasher’s bun. You could tell that the meat was of good quality – it was tender, delicious and juicy. Lettuce, onions, tomatoes and red peppers were also all stuffed inside. The red peppers were an unusual but excellent addition. And all this was mixed together with a secret sauce.
Yep, secret sauce was an actual ingredient listed out on the menu. Not entirely sure what was in it, I didn’t want to ask, as I feared finding out might lose some of its magic. By default, however, I learnt that it contained fish. Fish may not be the first thing you’d think of when creating a secret burger sauce, but it worked. It was a little greasy (but I didn’t mind that, which burgers aren’t?) and the secret sauce made for a delicious, albeit completely gluttonous, french fry dipping sauce.
The fries (sorry, chips, I’ve clearly spend too long in New York!) were also perhaps some of the best I’ve had in New York. Skinny, salty and crisp. Just the way I like ’em.
I’m ashamed to say though, that this burger was the first one I’ve had that I couldn’t finish. I don’t know whether it was because of the size of it (although I’ve had bigger), or because it was the first large meal I’ve had in a couple of weeks (fist pumping in Ibiza leaves little room for fatty feasts!)
Burger rating: 4/5
131 Sullivan St
New York, NY 10012