Last Saturday, Jim and I dropped off a load of Sandy Relief donations at Roberta’s Pizza in Bushwick. We had never eaten there, and figured we’d stay for lunch. That’s not to say we haven’t tried to eat there before. Last time we tried it was closed down due to these folks eating there.
If you’re unfamiliar with Roberta’s, the restaurant somewhat pioneered the Brooklyn food scene and has given Brooklyn a rep for having restaurants just as good as Manhattan, if not better. In fact, the New York Times awarded them a two star review. I don’t know they’re entire history and story but do know that they actually grow a lot of the produce they use on site.
There was of course a wait when we arrived. They have an additional bar outdoors in a heated tent, so we sat out there for a bit while we waited for our table.
All the seating is pretty much shared. So we were sat with another couple on one side and a family of four on the other, all at the same table.
I informed the waitress I was vegan and asked what she recommended, and she was very accommodating. I was recommended the Delicata Salad minus the cheese, which was roasted delicata squash with pea shoots and what I’m guessing was a pumpkin seed dressing. It was absolutely phenomenal. After the first bite I understood why Roberta’s was awarded those two stars.
They also made their hash brown potatoes minus the pork hash for Jim. It wasn’t vegan due to butter, so I couldn’t have it. He ate the entire thing so I know it must have been delicious.
Can’t go to Roberta’s without trying the pizza. The Rosso pie is on their standard menu and is vegan. It’s very simple with a flavorful garlic tomato sauce. This pizza was by far the best pizza I’ve ever had in New York. The crust was perfection, light and crunchy, not too heavy. I wouldn’t even think of bastardizing this with a layer of daiya. And I LOVE daiya. It was that good without it.
The food is just too good not to go again and again. I’m really looking forward to my next visit.