The 'dam


By Dane Feldman

Photo by Dane Feldman.

The ‘dam is a relaxed and casual restaurant and bar located on 110th and Amsterdam Ave in Manhattan. I first stopped by here for happy hour (they have a different happy hour special every night), but was so impressed with the brunch menu that I returned the following Sunday.

The food
The ‘dam offers appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, and entrees any night of the week, but their weekend brunch menu is arguably the best part. The options themselves aren’t plentiful, but the deal is the selling point. For around $10 extra, patrons can add on unlimited mimosas, bloody marys, or screwdrivers to their brunch meal. Bottomless brunch is, after all, what people are really after on a Sunday morning, isn’t it?

But, back to the food itself. My cohort and I ordered the Brunch Burger (angus beef topped with a fried egg, American cheese, and a caramelized bacon onion remoulade on a toasted potato bun) and the ‘dam Eggs Benedict (crispy bacon, poached eggs, and hollandaise sauce on an English muffin with fruit and roasted potatoes).

The burger was incredible: the remoulade was delicious and not too overwhelming. Truthfully, this was one of the best burgers I’d ever had. If you’ve been following along with Dish + Drink’s past brunch endeavors, you’d know that eggs benedict is my go-to. I all but forgot the eggs benedict on my plate while I was eating that burger.

When the burger was gone, however, I was pleased to find that the eggs benedict was pretty good. I’ve never had eggs benedict with bacon before and the bacon at The ‘dam is cooked to perfection, but the poached eggs were cooked just a few seconds too long: the yolks weren’t runny enough. The opposite goes for the potatoes: just a few more minutes in the oven and they would have been crispier. Still, I’d order the dish again.

The drinks
Okay, okay. Enough of the food, I know. The ‘dam is a bar at its core and a damn good one. When they say bottomless, they mean bottomless. But if you aren’t interested in coming to The ‘dam for brunch, just know that each night features its own special. On Mondays, all martinis are $6. On Tuesdays, draft beers, well cocktails, and specialty cocktails are all two for the price of one. (Appetizers too.)

Wednesday is wine for $5, Thursday is $4 margaritas, Friday is $2 off flights, and the weekend includes a few specials too aside from the regular brunch special. On Saturdays from 8pm-9pm, patrons can score two for the price of one like they can on Tuesdays.

I should mention that aside from the great deals, The ‘dam bartenders also know how to make those drinks count. They are strong and solid.

The service/ambience
In the exact same moment that I set down my screwdriver, a fresh one arrived. And when my partner in crime switched from bloody marys to mimosas, the wait staff promptly came around with pitchers of mimosas ready to refill.

The staff here is extremely friendly, attentive (per my previous comments), and knowledgeable. But if all that isn’t to your liking, maybe you’ll be convinced to check out The ‘dam simply because it’s a great place to play some old school games. Seriously, you can play the games that are resting on the shelves. Chutes and Ladders and martinis? I’m in.