NYC Restaurants

Do or Dine


1108 Bedford Ave (Lexington Ave)
Brooklyn, NY, 11216
(718) 684-2290

Cuisine: American , New American , Eclectic

Menu:   View the Menu

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If you frequent any restaurant-related social media, you’ve already heard about Do or Dine. This gimmicky, Bed-Stuy restaurant (named for the neighborhood’s “Do or Die” motto) opened last summer to both accolades and critiques. The general consensus is that Do or Dine needs to be approached with an open mind.

The restaurant is decorated in a slightly offbeat, ironic way, but that’s no surprise when you know that Food Network star Justin Warner is one of the owners. A disco ball hangs in the dining room, tables are decoupaged, and motifs of skulls and crossbones prevail throughout.

The wait staff is chatty beyond the point of friendliness, but you get the impression that they actually care about the answers to rote questions like, “How is everything?” Especially once you realize that some of the co-owners are actually waiting and busing tables most nights.

The menu is intentionally odd, with choices like E666s (5), also known as deviled eggs. These sorts of puns can be found throughout the menu. The Nippon nachos (7) take fusion to the next level, letting gyoza stand in for the traditional chips. The famed foie gras doughnut (11) is stuffed with a combination of foie gras and Smucker’s jelly. If there’s one thing Do or Dine isn’t, it’s pretentious.

The appetizers are king here; the mains are nowhere nearly as exciting, though still well prepared. A fish and some chips (18) is a play on the classic, where a whole snapper stands in for the usual fried fish. A vegan chimichanga (16) and steak (20) also feature.

The dessert menu was long mocked for the offer of an actual Snickers bar (3), still in the wrapper. The King (6) is a better choice: a fried cashew butter, bacon and banana sandwich. The traditional S’More – made with Honey Maid, Hershey and Kraft ingredients – is hand-roasted at your table.

The principle here is that the food is good and varied (perhaps too much so!), and the guys running it like what they’re doing. And isn’t that the most important thing in the end?

- Emily Monaco

Neighborhood: Bedford Stuyvesant

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Hours: Mon – Thu 6:00 pm-10:30 pm
Fri – Sat 6:00 pm-11:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm-10:30 pm

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