Thursday, February 19, 2009

Double Crown NYC

Double Crown
(316 Bowery at Bleeker)

Kris had dinner at Double Crown, a new British/Asian fusion restaurant in NYC last night. The concept: hawker style appetizers served amidst stunning decor. But will it be enough to impress Kris, who's actually sampled food from real hawkers in Southeast Asia? Here's what he thought...

braised pork belly(snack): "tiny sliver of pork belly, tasted OK but not as good as Momofuku"
duck buns: "mini buns, stingy on the duck, flavor was good, mustard sauce rather than traditional hoisin was interesting"
Singapore laksa: "good flavor, wish it had more broth and less vegetables/garnish"
braised short ribs: "fall-off-the-bone tender, really good"

Singapore sling cocktail: "just OK, obviously not as good as the $28 one I had at the Raffles hotel"
kumquat smash cocktail: "really good, wish I had ordered two of these instead of the Singapore Sling"

cost: "moderately expensive, to be expected in NYC"

service: "leisurely"


The Verdict: "Trendy atmosphere. Good for groups. Decent food."

3/2/09 Update:
I'm a little ashamed to admit this but Kris and I occasionally watch "The City" on MTV and on tonight's episode, Whitney & Jay had dinner at Double Crown! I think the segment was filmed in January sometime.