EATS: Vodou Bar and Lounge (Bed Stuy, Brooklyn)


By Brittney M. Walker

Sunday is a great day to get brunch. The day is slow; you can lounge around the house for a while or get full after getting some spiritual meat at church. Why not visit the Vodou Bar in Bed Stuy? Yes, yes, after praising the good Lord, it’s okay to get some food at a place called Vodou. I promise you won’t regret it.

This place was a recommendation of a friend who used to live in this place they call Brooklyn.

Form the outside, as I walked up from the A train at about 2:30 in the afternoon, the window art immediately struck me. It’s got this geometric wood theme going on. It’s quite beautiful actually. Inside, the theme is repeated, but to a fault. I wasn’t sure if the interior was finished, as it looked like a construction site with plywood shaping the inside to mimic the angular pieces in the windows. I understood the idea, but personally, I don’t think it was accomplished well. Others may disagree, but my eyes were … confused. Interior designer and architect Henry Mitchell spawned the design.

Besides, the place is usually dark anyway, so who cares, right?

The space is quite tight, for brunch anyway. The tables are tiny and the seats are crammed. I had to move my 1.5 x 1.5 table to the right or left to squeeze by my neighbors’ table without knocking over their plates.

The full meals are served only on Sundays for brunch, and, boy, was the food mmm-mmm good. I ordered a hefty plate of Bailey’s and Crème battered French toast topped with whipped cream and mixed berries, plus moist and well seasoned breakfast potatoes, and organic eggs. Did I mention the strawberry mimosa? Nothing special to say about the eggs, but the potatoes were pleasant in my mouth. Cooked just right and seasoned well all around made the side dish shine. But the real star of the show was that fancy French toast!

Made with a delicious buttery croissant, this evenly sweet dish caused a feud between my taste buds and stomach. When the fist-portioned pastry was gone, my mouth was jealous because my belly got to enjoy it much longer.

The mimosa wasn’t all that special. It in fact left a funny aftertaste once I drank to the bottom. But, then again, I didn’t refuse a free second glass.

At typical brunch prices, the experience was worth it, even if my French toast was the smallest thing on my plate.

A live DJ kept the atmosphere pumping.

Throughout the week, the venue offers small plates, a full bar and a lounge atmosphere.

Vodou Bar is located at 95 Hasley St. in Brooklyn. Brunch is served only between 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays.


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