Do or Dine, the only Bed-Stuy restaurant to have produced a winner for “The Next Food Network Star,” (eat your heart out, Spike Lee) recently announced the end of its brunch service. Instead, the eclectic American eatery will serve its full “dinner menu” after 2pm on Sundays.
Do or Dine’s reasoning? “Demand.”
It’s a good move, as we have a longstanding anathema toward brunch, a hatred partially derived from Bad Deal Editor Ryan Sutton having to wake up at 7:30am on Sundays in his early 20s to serve lousy omelets to Washingtonians.
Admittedly, there are slightly more rational factors at play here. While Do or Dine certainly aims to be a neighborhood restaurant, it’s surely a destination for many, especially given chef Justin Warner’s success on a nationally televised cooking competition. We like to think that those coming from afar would prefer the full menu, as opposed to “breakfast items.”
This is why world-renowned venues like The Fat Duck in Bray or Per Se in New York serve the same long tasting menus during lunch and dinner — so that those who don’t make evening reservations aren’t excluded from the same elaborate experience. We approve of this policy for casual restaurants as well, so props to Do or Dine, for keeping things real all-day on Sundays (the Bed-Stuy spot opens at 6pm on other days).
Incidentally, Do or Dine, instead of hosting a proper website, keeps diners “in the know” via its Facebook page. We’re totally cool with that, but since we’re big fans of Tumblr, we though we’d post Do or Dine menus on The Price Hike every now and then. So, here you go:
Nippon Nachos: gouda, cheddar, masago sour cream ($7)
Shishito Quatre Sel: yuzu, hickory, wasabi, green tea ($7)
E666S: culantro and bacon ($5)
Eloteyaki: grilled corn, miso butter, mayo ($6)
Lamb Breast: fatty, cumin , lime ($8)
Leap Year Special: frog legs, spicy Dr. Pepper glaze ($8)
Foie Gras Doughnut: a Dough or Dine collaboration ($11)
George’s Steak Tartare: Bedford Hill espresso aioli ($14)
Squid: Korean chili dippin’ sauce ($8)
melonBALLIN’ Soup (cold chillin’): cantaloupe, gold beats, chocolate, nut ($8)
Salad: garden sorrel, ikura, shiso ($10)
A Chicken and Woffals:passion fruit, juniper, maple ($20)
175 5th Avenue Steak: coffee-rubbed flatiron, potatoes, avocado ($20)
”New Zealand” Duck Breast: sansho, kiwi, fennel ($25)
Chinese Barbecue:pork chop, beans, broccoli ($22)
A Fish and Some Chips: snapper, fries, yuzu-shallot vinaigrette ($18)
Rice-Skate: “rice and beans”, mango, sausage ($15)
Xacuti Chimichanga: eggplant, cilantro, strawberry ($16) omg it’s vegan!
Note: Do or Dine takes credit cards, just not American Express, as The Price Hike has previously reported.