Dutch Fred's is first and foremost a cutting edge cocktail bar feature an “elevated cocktail menu" with Broadway-themed drinks like -
"The Curtain Call" — a whiskey and rum concoction with lime juice, simple syrup and egg white topped with soda and shaved nutmeg —
"Dutch Courage"— with Genever, lemon, simple syrup, celery bitters and a pinch of mint and orchid flowers. Twenty four different craft beers and a selection of wines will also be on hand. The food menu, meanwhile, will include a roasted carrot salad, crostinis with goat cheese and fig jam and flat breads with arugula and pesto, O'Leary said.
Long and narrow with low, fire-paneled ceilings and a back bar that looks like something out of a F Scott Fitzgerald book,
this place is a bar first and restaurant second, with a cocktail program that pays homage to the early days of the neighborhood with drinks plus small food plates like crostini with goat cheese and fig jam, roasted carrot salad and flatbreads. If cocktails aren't your game, they've got you covered with a wide selection of beer with 24 different brews on hand plus a modest wine list.
The most common story traces the name to the story of Dutch Fred the Cop, a veteran police officer, watching a riot on West 39th St. near 10th Avenue with his rookie partner, who commented "This place is hell itself." Fred responded, "Hell's a mild climate. This is Hell's Kitchen."