Back in November, I made reservations at a restaurant that I had heard a lot of buzz about. Roberta’s is a laid back pizza joint in Bushwick, Brookyln, home of the beloved hipsters. In addition to the pizzeria, they also had a tasting menu that people raved about (it seated 4 people a night, and it was amazing… as you could guess, the waiting list was out of control). Months went by with no response from them. Finally, in May, I received an email saying that the wait was over and we were now able to dine with them. We scheduled the dinner for early June.
Our timing was perfect and lucky. Between the time we put our names on the list and the time they called us, they opened a new expanded wing for their tasting menu, which now seats 12 in a separate, modern kitchen (technically a different restaurant called “Blanca“.) It just opened a few weeks ago. Moreover, three days before we ate there, the NY Times wrote an amazing article on them!
Our dinner turned out to be one of the most incredible culinary events of our life. Not cheap or fast, but incredible, memorable and worth it (it served as our 5th year wedding anniversary celebration). 27 courses of brilliant, creative, fresh, thoughtful, and not to mention delicious, food. Here is our amazing experience!
The whole set up is pretty incredible. It is like you are at small dinner party — only twelve people per night are at the restaurant, and everything is catered to you and your needs. They make sure to ask well in advance (several days ahead) if there are any dietary restrictions because they want to make sure to please you and your palette. So not only was the food out of this world, but the whole night was an intimate and special occasion. We talked to the people next to us, and bombarded the wait-staff with all our questions about each dish, the origin of the restaurant, etc…It was for sure, a night to remember.
And now the 27 courses…drum roll…..
All in all, it was an unforgettable night and one of the most amazing eating experiences I have ever had. Not a cheap date, but definitely worth it for a special occasion. Ken and I both HIGHLY recommend going to Blanca and having a night to remember. We are both very excited to return to the Roberta’s compound — if not for Blanca, then for Roberta’s pizza. If you don’t trust me, check out the New York Times article!
Have a great weekend!