316 Bowery, New York, NY | Directions 1001240.725178 -73.992539
Neighborhoods: Downtown, NoHo
great pix fix – Stopped in on a Sunday with my girlfriend and had a great time. The food was amazing, the decor lovely, and the service excellent. Recommended.
Simply poor – How can you pay nearly $30 for awful curry in NYC? Go here is how. The staff is not very nice either. I would not bring a date.
Best spot on the Bowery! – I live just around the corner from Double Crown, so I've been going regularly since it opened something like 2 years ago. So many new restaurants have since opened on the Bowery, but Double Crown is by far my favorite, where I know I'll have the most consistent experiences. The food is really solid. My favorites are the their fries (ok, they cheat, there's chinese sausage in the fries, yuuum!), the steam buns, the laksa (best in town, hands down) and the short ribs (not sure where they get them from, these are the biggest, juiciest short ribs!). Desserts are really excellent too, seasonal and innovative. Brunch is also great, lovely to sit outside on a warm summer day...
Cocktails are also good, but I tend to opt for wines, they have a nice selection of hard to find natural/organic/biodynamic wines that are really great.
I'm a big fan, never been disappointed!
My Favorite Bone Marrow in NYC – The 19th century colonial set up works really well to complement the British-Asian fusion concept. I've tried Bone Marrow at many places but this one tops my list and is usually the reason why I'm here. Some say that Blue Ribbon Brasserie has the best one but I didn't think that the oxtail marmalade pairing there worked as well as the miso-glazed one here. It's just the perfect combination of fattiness, saltiness and sweetness! Other small plates were a hit or miss (the laksa and fried quail were just mediocre). Overall, I'd really only recommend the Bone Marrow dish but it's a also a really trendy spot for evening cocktails (try the Double Crown Ginger & Spike).
Be sure to visit the bathroom; they look like little opium rooms back in prohibition era!!
Overrated, underflavored – Don't believe the hype on this spot. Sure it looks great, so if that's all you care about, have at it. But the food is consistently "blah". "Whitebait" is disgusting, and "Goan Curry" is nothing but tomato sauce with some mushy vegetable pieces thrown in (Goa as a region should be insulted that chef Brad Framerie is using their name). "Pigs in a wet blanket" are nasty, and duck steams buns can be found tastier (and cheaper) anywhere in chinatown just down the street a few blocks.
The crowd is pretty, but the entire establishment from the crowd to the menu to the management/servers reeks or pretentiousness. Maybe that's what a 2 star review from Bruni will do to you. The place thinks it's clever to put their own spin on things that you'd expect otherwise, and INSIST they're version is the better/best way, and is not interested in hearing anything otherwise. Just try asking for a straw for your rather nasty gin and jam drink, or ANY drink for that matter, and you're told they don't have straws because the owners don't like them. Try sucking down the last quarter of your cocktail without, it's no easy feat. But hey, it'll give your over eager hipper-than-thou waiter a chance to sell you another even quicker.
Another tip, don't go in for brunch hoping the kitchen will cater to your needs. They downright REFUSED to serve my wife eggwhites even after she asked management (apparently it's "against the chef's religion", just another example of the heirs this joint puts on). And when I asked for my eggs over medium, my arrogant server laughed and informed me that it was yet another request their kitchen would not accommodate.
So if you want to check out Double Crown, get their while it's still a novelty. Because in this market, they may not long, and by the way they run business now, they certainly don't deserve to.
Amazing Food, Poor Service – The food here was absolutely amazing. The menu is very inventive and the best indian fusion place I have been to in the city. Everything we ordered (the yellowtail and spicy beef salad for apps, goan curry and snapper for mains, and brussel sprouts and cabbage) were phenomenal (the brussel sprouts were the best). That said, the service sucked big time. First, they did not take our coats at the front all though I asked the hostess repeatedly if we could please check our coats. (I don't understand why a restaurant would not check coats when they have a coat check.) Second, we waited almost 30 minutes for our bottle of wine to arrive because, according to the waitress she had to "locate the wine" and "the bar was backed up." (Note, at this point a classy restaurant would have at least given us complimentary drinks instead of keeping us there at the table with nothing in front of us for 30 minutes). We also waited at least 20-30 minutes between the time we were done with our appetizers until we got our entrees. And finally, to top it all off while I was ordering dessert, in the middle of when I was speaking to the waitress, she turned her back to me to check out some guys at the table next to us. Overall, however, I do think it is worth the trip to this restaurant to experience the food, but I certainly hope you get a better waitress than we did.
Yum, yum, yum! – The food at Double Crown is excellent! The menu has a great variety of dishes sure to please even the pickiest of eaters! The cocktails are great, the waitstaff is exceptional, and the atmosphere is so comfortable. I recommend the Drunken Crispy Quail and also the lamb meatballs! Soooo yummy.
GREAT ALL AROUND!!! – I go out atleast 4 times a week and I normally have to make a choice between, Decor, Menu, Ambience or Service... This is my first time writing a review because no one singular restaurant has ever impressed me on all of the above, however Double Crown managed to do so! It was wonderful on all levels! We had a delightful and helpful bar tender named Alex and when we were stumped with the menu both Alex and Dan were very helpful and guided our selection to perfection. I will be back quite often and I encourage anyone that has an appreciation for Decor, Menu, Ambience and Service to RUN not walk!
Great Staff and food in a Beautiful Setting – This is the first time I have ever taken the time to write a "review"-but Double Crown was such an outstanding experience that they deserve all the cudos possible. In these difficult economic times especially, what a pleasure to be greeted as though they were genuinely glad to see you! I arrived before my 2 friends, and Alex, who not only is handsome-but friendly, and an excellent bartender, approached me immediately and made great drink suggestions. After my 2 friends arrived, we were looking at the menu, and were really stumped by the selections, Alex, and Dan ( who I came to find out is a partner) enthusiastically recommended several dishes, which ALL proved to be delicious. We will go back, and often. Aside from all of the above, the place is beautiful .
Best shortrib in the city.... – I am now addicted to the shortrib they have here. I saw that the new york times review said it had the best shortrib in the city so I had to go. Yum. Absolutely the best dish and excellent starters too. Had the house fries too and I have nerve had anything like them. A-mazing. I give this place an "A"
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