On Mondays, a night when other NYC restaurants are either half full, or closed, a line stretches out the door here. Why? It’s the only day of the week Dame accepts walk-ins, and the city’s foodies are so obsessive, walk-in spots for the entire evening vanish by 5:30 p.m. There’s a reason for their excitement: chef-partner Ed Szymanski’s savant-like talents with fish, a protein he prepares every which way, from delicate crudos to grilled and sauced wonders. Best on the menu are the U.K. classics, like the perfect Pimm’s Cup cocktail, kedgeree (a colonial era throwback of curried rice with smoked fish), and the fish and chips, with miraculously crunchy fish, and potatoes that are boiled and then twice fried so that they’re both creamy and crisp. The sticky toffee pudding is a superbly sweet, salty, citrusy, and everything-that’s-good-in-the-world way to end the meal. Warning: this is not a place for a romantic meal. The space is tiny, tables are jammed together, and the soundtrack is a thumping, loud mix of 80’s and 90’s disco hits, which can get annoying.
New York City
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87 MacDougal St. (btw. Bleecker and Houston)
Our Rating Neighborhood Greenwich Village Hours Mon–Fri 6–11pm Transportation Subway: A, B, C, D, E, F to West 4th St. Phone 929/367-7370 Prices Entrees: $18–$38 Cuisine Type British Web site Dame
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