Joe Dobias and his now wife Jill charmed us long ago when they opened their tiny East Village restaurant JoeDoe, turning out delicious twists on American comfort fare. There was some alarm when JoeDoe recently closed its doors, but it turns out the couple was simply revamping their original vision to match their new nuptials. Last night they opened Joe & MissesDoe, offering their classics re-imagined in sometimes unexpected packages.
The new restaurant joins the couples' addictive sandwich shop JoeDough, and the duo have also promised to also reopen JoeDoe somewhere else in the near future.
The couple swap out the pig and make cracklins using Duck Skin ($4) and mix already decadent bone-marrow with butter ($4) for spreading on well-toasted rounds of bread. A selection of shared items For The Table includes the intriguing French Dip Dumplings ($9), which we imagine as an Americanized Xiao Long Bao with roast beef, mozzarella and au jus gravy. Fiery Hot Dipped Chicken ($16) gets a cool down with accompanying cucumber and bleu cheese dressing and Beer Braised Shellfish get a nice dip in a brew bath with garlic and toast.
The Misses handles the cocktail side of the operation, offering Classic ($9), Quirky ($10) and Cocktails For Two ($17) options. If you have an asbestos mouth, opt for The Smokey Joe, made with gin, sambal and smoked salt. For a couple looking to tie one on, go for The Mega Michelada: a giant chalice of light beer, hot sauce and lime with two shots of silver tequila precariously perched on the rim.
45 East First Street, 212-780-0262; joeandmissesdoe.com. Open Tuesday - Thursday and Sunday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturdat 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.; brunch Saturday and Sunday (starting 9/28) 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.