After a marathon day of meetings, a coworker asked me if I had set up my blog yet. I covered my face in shame because I had told her I would do it over the weekend prior. Knowing that I had no real excuse for not doing it, I immediately buckled down and purchased a domain name, web hosting and a theme. After about two hours of fumbling around- Dine with Dani went live.
I looked at the clock and realized that I was late for a friend’s birthday celebration. A perfect way to start my blog!
I hopped in my car and headed to west midtown, specifically the understated-cool White Provisions District, a collection of repurposed warehouses and offices now boasting several restaurants, home décor stores and art galleries. Ormsby’s, hidden among them, is located beside Knoll and beneath Room and Board, which are across from Yeah Burger (more on that to come).
Upon entering, the low lighting on the wood paneled walls gave the spot the feel of an urban chalet. I’d been there before without much exploration, so this was the first time that I was actually going downstairs. The space opened up into what felt like the modern basement of a sophisticated frat house at a college in the mountains. A full bar, pool tables, dart boards and (surprisingly) bocce ball were all available under the surface of this simple establishment. I admit I immediately had a whole new respect for Ormsby’s.
After hellos and introductions, a toast with Jack and Ginger commenced and the party seemed to begin in the midst of it all. The staff at Ormsby’s was pleasant. The drinks were strong, but moderately priced. And then came a selection of hot dogs. Yes, hot dogs.
The Chicago Style Dog and the Chili Dog, both angus beef and served with fries, were lauded and hailed by all in the party. The former, topped with with mustard, onions, relish, tomatoes and peppers, seemed like a lot, but the flavor was amazing. The latter, topped in homemade chili, “house-made cheese whiz” and onions made everyone stop talking and point at what they had just put in their mouths; a clear sign that there are no words for what is going on in there.
The calamari was decent. It didn’t get the reception that the hot dogs received, but I think it’s because I forgot to tell them what I’m about to tell you: watch out for the fried lemons! Everything used to season calamari at other restaurants is battered and deep fried alongside the squid. A fried lemon may sound like an interesting idea, but trust me- you do not want to be caught off guard by this zingy-yet-bitter snack.
Anyway, the hot dogs are all I have to speak to in the way of food at Ormsby’s, but I thoroughly enjoyed the laid back atmosphere. All-in-all, I give Ormsby’s a thumbs up!