An Epic Dinner at Roberta’s

Roberta's in Bushwick, Brooklyn

Have you ever gone to a restaurant and seriously wanted to order one of everything?

Well, I’m slightly embarrassed to admit—OK, no, I’m not—that I’ve now done just that.

Asparagus at Roberta's

Asparagus, pullet egg, trout roe, yuzu

On Tuesday night, one of Ryan’s friends, Kate, invited us to Roberta’s, where her boyfriend is a chef.

It’s been one of our favorite spots for awhile, but we don’t make it out to Bushwick as often as we like so Kate’s invite was just the push we needed to make us hop on the “L” train.

Snap Pea Salad at Roberta's

Salad with Bottarga at Roberta's

Roberta’s is located in a part of Bushwick better known for warehouses than innovative cuisine, but you shouldn’t let its humble exterior fool you.

Just this year, Carlo Mirarchi, Roberta’s chef, was named to Food & Wine magazine’s list of Best New Chefs—quite an honor indeed.

Cuttlefish at Roberta's

Cuttlefish, citrus, chili, opal basil

Foie Gras at Roberta's

Foie gras, rhubarb, black pepper

Of course, if the food Mirarchi is putting out is any predictor, this won’t be the biggest of accolades to come for Roberta’s.

As I said earlier, we literally ordered one of everything, so I won’t regale you with every detail of every dish. Just know that every thing was scrumptious (and the great company made it even better).

Lamb at Roberta's

Lamb breast, mint, spring onion, yogurt

Soft Shell Crab at Roberta's

Soft shell crab, spicy mayo, herbs

Black Bass at Roberta's

Black bass, bluefoot mushrooms, English pea puree

We ended up with a group of eight people and even though none of us really knew each other at the beginning of the evening, we were all laughing like good friends by the end of the (late) night.

Dessert and Friends at Roberta's

Dessert at Roberta's

Gelatos at Roberta's

Housemade gelato: rhubarb, mint chocolate, watercress, vanilla, salted caramel

We had all bonded over the amazing dishes coming out of that little kitchen, which I imagine is just what Mirarchi and his team want.

- Laura

P.S. Other non-photographed dishes included three pizzas, two pastas, an amazing cheese plate, and a lovely sous vide pork chop.

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  1. Lisa Kdid
    Jun 11, 2011 @ 16:49:47

    This place looks amazing!!! Thanks for sharing. I’m hitting up Alinea in July in Chicago and can’t wait!! Love to hear other “foodies” stories — thanks!!! P.S. I’m a “biking buddy” of your dad’s but he can’t quite keep up with me!!


    • Smith & Ratliff
      Jun 11, 2011 @ 16:54:19

      It’s really great! Super jealous of Alinea—please let us know how it is! -LR


  2. Michele Busch
    Jun 14, 2011 @ 01:47:53

    wow is all I can say…the cuttlefish looks amazing is that like calamari? One of everything…yes please!


    • Smith & Ratliff
      Jun 14, 2011 @ 10:38:07

      Yep, cuttlefish is a cousin of squid, octopus, etc. Just as tasty, too! -LR


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