Graffiti-splashed walls, skulls, gold teeth: a whimsical visual tour of a Bed-Stuy original
In our ongoing "Dine By Design" series, we look at all the design ingredients that go into cooking up an eye-popping restaurant.
In the hinterlands of Bed-Stuy in Brooklyn, four young upstarts have opened an unusual yet noteworthy restaurant that's getting plenty of buzz. It could be the foie gras doughnuts. Or the mussel broth with chamomile. Or the cheese-coated dumplings.
Then again, it could also be the graffiti-splashed wall in the backyard. Or the skulls. Or the "gold tooth" (more on that later).
Do or Dine is the brainchild of co-owners/co-chefs Justin Warner and George McNeese, along with partner Luke Jackson. All three met while working at The Modern. The space's whimsical design comes courtesy of a fourth partner, Perry Gargano, who wanted to "make the restaurant look like it's been here for a 100 years.”
He gutted the place and created every nook and detail you see today, including that graffiti-laden back yard, walls modeled after chipped plaster and fake wood. The result: a scruffy-meets-artsy space that deftly complements the food's own mesh of classic and novel.
By Linnea Covington; photo by Noah Fecks