Pigs head, pork belly, lambs throat, and bone marrow are just a few of the things you can experience at the culinary adventure that is Roberta’s in Brooklyn, NY.
Although I had my fears about the menu, it turned out to be a REALLY fun night.
Michal and I were the first ones to arrive at the restaurant (we were meeting 5 others to celebrate my friend Jesse’s birthday), so it was the perfect opportunity for me to take some interior shots of the awesomely eccentric decor, which I would describe as “warehouse chic.”
Being that there is an awesome bar and outdoor lounge in the back, waiting to be seated actually turned out to be a great socializing opportunity, and with all the laughs before dinner, I didn’t even notice the wait.
After being seated, we decided to just order a hodgepodge of items off the menu to share. Our picks were the following:
- Braised Tripe (cow stomach)
- Sweet Bread (lamb and calf neck/pancreas)
- Seared Scallops w/ Pigs Head
- Two orders of the combo meat and cheese plate (from what I can remember there was prosciutto, blue cheese, soft brie, candied walnuts and cherries)
- Good Girl Pizza (Kale, Pork Sausage, and Garlic)
- Rosso Pizza w/ Anchovies (tomato, oregeno, garlic)
- Calzone Tony (stuffed with mozzarella, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, pesto sauce)
- Bone Marrow, but they ran out.
As for what I ate, I sampled the candied walnuts, sweet cherries, seared scallops, calzone, and I had quite a few slices of anchovy pizza. Presentation was nice too. I tried to get shots of the food, but the lighting was so dim, that I sort of gave up half-way through. I did manage to salvage a few close-up shots of the anchovy pizza, but please keep in mind they do not do the food justice…
As for cost, we dropped about 25 dollars per person (not including drinks), but I’m pretty sure we spent on the higher end of the Roberta’s price range. In the end though, who cares about the price when you get to have a fun night out with great people.
All and all, Roberta’s is definitely worth trying, and a great place to hold a birthday party for your favorite hipster friend
March 28, 2010 2 Comments
My friend Mike is really passionate about cooking, and for the past three years now, he’s hosted an annual dinner party for his friends. Throughout the night you’re served a total of 6 courses, and with the help of his friend Liz (a classically trained baker), they serve an extravagant line-up of food to around 30 people! It’s quite an undertaking, and certainly not for anyone who can’t handle high stress situations, but for anyone who is truly passionate about cooking, this is such a fantastic idea for something to do with a group of your closest friends.
Mike asked that each person pitch in just $15 to cover the cost of food and place settings (and trust me when I say that didn’t even begin to cover his costs). He puts a lot of time into turning his apartment into a mock New York Italian restaurant, complete with candles, printed menus, and waiters (a.k.a his most loyal friends and family members).
The courses were as follows:
Fontina Risotto Cakes with Fresh Chives
Sauteed Shrimp with Pancetta on Creamy Polenta
Wrapped Pork Tenderloins with Pistachio Pesto and Sweet Potato Puree
Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Salad (Liz used organic basil from a local farmers market)
Almond Praline Cake with Mascarpone Frosting, Espresso Creme Brulee, and Limoncello.
I wish I had taken better pictures of each course, but the lighting was really dim, and plus I was super hungry, so when a plate came out I usually just started eating. My favorite moment of the night though was when Liz whipped out a blow torch to make her Espresso Creme Brulee. So bad ass!
I got home from the dinner party at around midnight, and boy was I exhausted. Between the race in Manchester, walking around Middletown, and eating some serious good eats, my body was ready to shut down. As tired as I was though, I was incredibly happy with how my Saturday had panned out.
What a perfect first day of spring.
March 21, 2010 2 Comments