Waste of money and time.
Even if you enjoy the food, factor in the dry cleaning bill. Your clothes will stink. There is far more to say but not worth the effort. Minorities also beware.
As soon as we locked the dates for our engineering all
As soon as we locked the dates for our engineering all hands, I understood my mission. I had to work my magic to get us into the legendary Dame! If you haven't lived in Manhattan, you may not realize that tables larger than four, two in most cases, at super popular spots with top chefs are next to impossible to get. Our party of 8 took up over half of this tiny establishment, and we devoured nearly the entire menu. The feast included grilled oysters with green chartreuse hollandaise, squid & scallion skewers, smoked whitefish croquettes, steamed manila clams with cider & pancetta, fish & chips, sourdough bread & butter, vanilla posset with rhubarb & meringue, sticky toffee pudding. I've written about this spot before, but this time I was shocked they could top my last experience. Their fish and chips is still the triple platinum standard I judge others by, and I could eat those oysters and squid skewers until I passed out. If you get the mussels make sure to ask for their fresh bread and butter to soak up that juice at the bottom of the bowl. If you came to drink they have a refined cocktail selection and a wonderful set of wines to pair your experience with. Always save room for that sticky toffee pudding too! No lie! This entire meal is what I call death row quality. They don't miss! It's worth every ounce of effort to land a reservation here and I can't wait to go back again!
Such a gem of a restaurant!!
It was a chilly windy night and we had apprehension about being seated outside but the outside heaters were fantastic and we were well protected from the elements. Service was outstanding and our meals were delicious. Because we wanted to try several things there was no eye rolling at our request to split 2 appetizers and 2 entrees. Special mention to the kale pesto pasta appetizer and the burger, which were both excellent.
Got lucky with a same-day reservation on a Saturday and had
Got lucky with a same-day reservation on a Saturday and had another great meal here! My boyfriend and I sat at the counter and ordered:+ grilled oysters with green chartreuse hollandaise - sooo good+ squid & scallion skewers - ditto + scallop mousse with cara cara oranges & trout roe - letdown, would skip next time + caraflex cabbage with mussels & horseradish - still the best thing ever+ Fish & chips - excellent + vanilla posset with poached pears & meringue - good but would also skip this because the toffee pudding is all you need+ sticky toffee pudding - perfectionNext time: I want to switch it up - time to put the fish and chips on the back burner and try some other entrees!
Food: 5/5 | Service: 4/5 | Experience: 4/5Dame is certainly
Food: 5/5 | Service: 4/5 | Experience: 4/5Dame is certainly one of the most unique restaurants in the Greenwich Village area, with a menu that focuses on seafood with a British flair. When I first walked in, I was a bit struck by the size of the restaurant -- it only accommodates a few small tables, and I honestly felt a bit claustrophobic throughout the meal. Nevertheless, the service was good, and the food was really amazing. Among the highlights of our meal were the caraflex cabbage with mussels and horseradish, the skate with chantarelles and bacon, and the kedgeree rice with curried crab. Everything was incredibly flavorful, and seafood was truly placed at the center of every dish. If you manage to score a reservation, definitely don't skimp on dessert -- the sticky toffee pudding might be one of the best restaurant desserts I've ordered in New York City. Overall, I'd say that Dame is definitely worth a try, although it might be best to go in the late spring/summer months when it's a bit warmer and outdoor seating is available.
Food, service and atmosphere are all great.
If you like seafood, this is the place for you. Highly recommend.
A foodie delight accented with charm
Adorable is the least of compliments I can give, when the food, cocktails and service threaten would only mean this is a paltry word to use. Treat yourself to an eve that is quintessentially a low lit corner, cozy New York experience that usually is only reserved for the movies.
I came to check out the hype, the hype was not worth it.
Reservation: Gone within like 30 seconds at noon the X weeks you have to reserve in advance. I tried to get a table but ended up getting bar seats (not a good option)Vibe: Tiny restaurant with room for 10-15 parties total, which is why it's so hard to make a resy. The open kitchen is deep-frying food and has horrible ventilation. Agreed with the other reviewers that your clothes WILL smell when you leave. We had a hard time breathing well at the bar because the air was so smoky. This was unpleasant and made us want to leave soonerFood: it's ok.. I've had better similar seafood dishes at Japanese spots. Fish and chips are the star dish here which is what I was curious to try. The batter is amazing Japanese tempura style, and the fish itself is soft and flaky. Worth a try but not worth coming back.
It was great ambiance, small and intimate.
I was never impressed by the service.The food is excellent seafood but nothing to write home about. Glad I went, but won't be back.Best thing: fries, worst thing: clams
This closet passing as a restaurant is SO overrated, it isn't funny. Welcome to the NYC dining scene post-Covid. First, I can't believe the hoops I had to jump through to get a reservation one month in advance. That's because the restaurant is so tiny, the wait staff has to get wine bottles (and possibly other things) from a different location. Management stresses you are only permitted a certain amount of time at your table. They are so tightly booked, turnover rules have to be enforced. With that, the seats (at the tables) are SO uncomfortable, I can't imagine anyone wanting to sit longer than fifteen minutes, which is how long it took for pain to register in my buttocks. Not all seats are the same. Some poor folks are forced to sit on backless stools at a narrow, communal table. God forbid you show up in winter coats and/or shopping bags. You might as well leave those things at the curb. There is no room. God forbid you're even slightly overweight. You will not fit in most of those seats. You feel encouraged to order wine or cocktails. Maybe that will numb you to the experience. The wait staff has nowhere to hide. They linger, and spend most of the evening playing dodg'em, trying not to bump into each other. I felt sorry for them. The open kitchen is in your face, with a TERRIBLE ventilation system. There was cooking smoke in the air the entire night, which irritated my eyes. The music was 80's pop, probably playing a bit too loud. The food tasted OK. There was nothing terrible, but everything was marked up to an inappropriate price-point for what you got. I was particularly disappointed in the fish n' chips. The batter on the fish is nicely colored, with the texture of Japanese tempura, but any spectacular flavor was absent. At least it wasn't over-salted. The chips were extremely ordinary. You could find better at KFC. They serve the fish on top of the chips, and the steam may cause the chips to go soggy. Just plain wrong. The fish itself was lovely, but deserved so much more. The tartar sauce was good, but barely enough. At $30, the dish is highway robbery. It's barely worth $15, which was the price of our dessert. I don't remember ever paying $15 for a dessert anywhere in my dining life. At least the dessert wasn't overwrought with sugar. This place is for young, trendy folk who know little about food, and don't care how they spend their money. Sorry to say, I will not return.
One of the most popular restaurants that you have to
One of the most popular restaurants that you have to reserve in advance as soon as they open up the reservations on your desired day. Cosy restaurant with friendly staff. Food are good for sharing. Fresh ingredients though the clams and squids are a bit too salty. The cabbage dish was interesting in terms of flavor combinations, worth trying. Toffee pudding was a nice finish if you like something very sweet.
A friend secured a last minute reservation and we all
A friend secured a last minute reservation and we all excitedly ordered the fish and chips. Not sure if it is because of the hype but I was severely disappointed. It was not a big piece of fish and the flavor wasn't that impressive. The grilled oysters, on the other hand, were amazing. I liked them more than the fish. I now understand why a reservation is so hard to get! The space is tiny and it's an open kitchen, so you will leave with the smell of fried fish on your clothes.
Great ambiance - went here on a Thursday night just before
Great ambiance - went here on a Thursday night just before closing. Highlights were the oysters and fish and chips (so crispy!). So delicious and fresh. Service was friendly and efficient.
I have wanted to dine here for a little while and I was not disappointed. The food was exceptional, as was the service. An incredibly pleasant dining experience from start to finish.
4/5 by Liz B
We have visited a few times and every time we really enjoy it. The food was amazing as was the service. My only complaint is that the tables are so close to each other and I could hear the couple next to us argue very clearly.
5/5 by Gkpv
We were seated outdoors on a very nice day. Service was prompt. Food was delicious. Seating seemed a bit crowded. But it worked out. The beignets was delicious. The French toasts were yummy. The delicata squash was amazing.
Our reservation was for 8 pm and we were seated promptly! We sat outside and the tables were spaced with plenty of room between them for comfort. Our server was friendly and professional , she didn’t rush us and was helpful in making menu choices . The bucatini was outstanding , as was the halibut , just delicious, fresh, and hearty . The strawberry rhubarb crumble with gelato was warm and yummy, perfect for sharing . We have been to Little Owl before and would not hesitate going back, great little restaurant!
Go eat somewhere else Totally overrated And not worth it
Go eat somewhere else Totally overrated And not worth it Not worth the hype A lot more fabulous and delicious restaurants to dine inThis one is not it
Went with three other women, and we all had salads and I will say that all plates were entirely cleaned at the end of our meal. For the Birthday Girl, they brought four delicious beignets. Very scrumptious and the waitress that we had was outstanding. I had the Arugula Salad which they were kind enough to change to Bibb Lettuce and to which I added chicken. I would imagine that it is hard to get into Little Owl without reservations.
Great win list. Super service. Don't sleep on the grilled oysters or tuna tartare.
We got a last minute reservation for the outdoor dining on
We got a last minute reservation for the outdoor dining on a Wednesday night after having a Resy Notify on for a few weeks but never being able to snag one at a decent time. For two people we shared the grilled oysters, squid skewers, tuna tartare, special of the night tomato sandwich, and the fish and chips. We were blown away by the grilled oysters and wished we had ordered more- I also don't like oysters but these especially with the sauce were amazing. Everything we had was so good. If we were to come back we would 100% get the oysters, skewers, and tartare again. I think the tomato sandwich and fish and chips are a one and done. Not to say they weren't great, if you haven't tried them here you should but there were also several other entrees that caught my eye!
5/5 by Ryan
This place is a go-to for us!! Jorge has been our server several times now and huge kudos to him for his lovely personality and hospitality. The food here is amazing and they always have delicious seasonal ingredients.
Vesper Martini - And you can't go wrong w any of the dishes
Vesper Martini - And you can't go wrong w any of the dishes - Place is intimate. Definitely left happy.
I was on the waitlist and got one for 10pm.
I was hesitant about having such a late dinner, but I was very intrigued by the reviews. Wow. This place definitely does live up to the hype. We basically ordered everything from the small menu, I would say the tuna tartare was my favorite. The oysters were excellent and the fish and chips was truly the best I've had; super crispy on the outside, firm and moist on the inside. Most dishes have an amazing flavorful sauce, so I would recommend ordering a side of bread, I regret not doing so. I can't wait to go back, hopefully at an earlier time.
"Mediocre and expensive" seems to be the theme here.
West Village isn't the same even if it looks the same in 2022. My fish was just ok but not for the price.
I was luckily able to secure a last minute reservation and
I was luckily able to secure a last minute reservation and after the first time we came, I was really dying to give Dame another shot and wow... everything was absolutely phenomenal!! Squid Scallion Skewers- we ordered this the first time and it was good so we went back with a double order of this. It was lightly seasoned and grilled to perfection. 5/5Cucumber, dill, and mussel salad- A Perfect balance of smokiness from the mussels, spiciness from the horseradish, and freshness from the cucumber. This is a MUST get dish in my opinion. 5/5Fish and chips- I missed out on this my first visit so I had to order it this time. The fish was perfectly seasoned, fried to a light delicate crisp, and the fish itself was so fresh and flakey. Simply the best fish and chips I've ever had. Legendary. 5/5Cured trout- I noticed this new addition to the menu so I had to try it over the tuna tartare and this was also mind-blowingly good. Just the perfect cure on the trout balanced with the freshness of the dill and sweetness of the gooseberries. I could eat this everyday. 5/5 Grilled monkfish w/ clams- This dish caught us by surprise on the first bite as the mint flavor is pretty punchy. However the more we dug in, the more we appreciated the earthy tones along with the fish. Again, the fish here is just incredibly fresh and flaky. The clams were a nice size, and also perfectly cooked, fresh, and meaty. 4/5The execution of every dish was a masterclass like the first time. It seems like they are really letting the ingredients shine on their own and some of these new dishes are truly Michelin worthy. I'm really looking forward to coming back again.
yes b**** go and have an amazing time at dame, the food is
yes b**** go and have an amazing time at dame, the food is ALL great. and the MUSIC.. the music was just immaculate
A week ago, I did something I've never done before: waited
A week ago, I did something I've never done before: waited in line to make a reservation for a restaurant. Unless you're on Rest at 12pm on the dot 3 months before you plan to dine or are willing to start dinner after 10pm, getting into Dame is next to impossible--save for walk-in Mondays, where all tables are distributed based on when you show up. Though Dame's website says the line starts at 4:30pm, I think people start queueing well before that. I arrived at 4:32pm to a snaking line of 25 or so people in front of me. At 5:30, the restaurant's owner comes out and starts assigning dining times and tables. We got a 7:45pm reservation for that night, giving us 2 hours to wander the Village and pre-game with a drink elsewhere. Was the food worth the hype and ensuing 3 hour wait? Absolutely! It was one of the top meals I've had in the last few years We ordered the tuna tartare with sungolds, that was bursting with flavor under a fluffy anchovy sabayon; grilled oysters with a green chartreuse hollandaise that I'll be thinking about in the days and months till my next visit; an earthy morel toast topped with bottarga; the signature fish and chips; and a banoffee pie that dreams are made of.Wheelchair access: We didn't go inside, but there are no steps to enter. All seats outdoors are accessible, with both sidewalk and patio seating. Tables are a bit on the low side and I found it more comfortable to transfer to the restaurant chair. Indoors, a lot of seats are high tops, but I saw at least two regular height tables through the window. When you book your reservation, you book the specific type of seat. I didn't use the bathroom, but my friend said it was too small for a wheelchair. The NYTimes Review mentioned an accessible restroom in a building they have access to next door, but i didn't verify.
Have to say that I can' recommend it enough.
A bit on the pricey side but amazing quality and ambience. We tried an assortment of small plates, the squid skewers and cucumber and mussels salad were just extraordinary. Not a big fan of fish & chips but this one was great: flavorful, not oily, just a bit crispy and a big enough portion to share as an entree. Def coming back!
Overpriced and menu not suited for families
So this is the restaurant in the shot of the Friends appointment. Menu way overpriced and not kid friendly. Waitress was constantly turning people away .. there were plenty of empty tables inside and out. These guys could do so much better as the only reason to visit is the Friends connection.
WOW! This place is fantastic.
Lives up to the hype and the long wait for the reservation was worth it.Ambiance: This place has a great energy to it. It's small, but cozy with a view into the kitchen where you can see the owners and staff hard at work cooking up delicious food. We sat at the bar and were glad we did!Service: Impeccable. The staff were helpful in understanding what we might like on the menu and also came by occasionally to clean our area so we had a pleasant dining experience. Overall very friendly and top notch. Food: Delicious. Here's what I liked most in descending orderFish & Chips (5/5): best in town. Flaky, crispy crust that's almost tempura like. the hake (a unique choice) was cooked perfectly. The tartare sauce was to die for and a perfect pairing. Chips were also nicePosset (5/5): Wow! What an amazing and light dessert. Came with rhubarb and cardamom. A great flavor pairing and highly recommendToffee pudding (5/5): Great rendition of this dessert. It's more like a soaked cake. Was really good but heavy -- recommend sharing Squid (3/5): It was good, but the sauce was a bit too oily for me. But the squid was cooked perfectly and went well with the scallionsBread (2/5): Though the butter was great, the sourdough was just too hard (especially the crust)Overall, this is a great find and highly recommend if you can snag a reservation (opens up 12 weeks in advance and go quick!)
Honestly one of the best seafood restaurants I've been to
Honestly one of the best seafood restaurants I've been to in awhile. Dame specializes in English seafood with all dishes shareable and delicious. My boyfriend and I managed to snag a reservation for a Friday night at peak dinner time and every seat in the house was full. The restaurant space is very cozy and small with an open kitchen design, it's definitely a tight squeeze no matter where you sit. We got a myriad of dishes: fish & chips, grilled oysters, tuna tartare, grilled cabbage & mussels, whitefish croquettes, and curried crab rice. We also had an order of bread and butter to start and the vanilla posset with poached rhubarb & meringue to finish. Everything was high quality, delicious, and created with care. You can't go wrong with pretty much anything on the menu but my favorites were the oysters, fish & chips, and grilled cabbage. Overall an amazing dining experience and definitely worth all the hype.