- Incredible Pizza
- Outdoor Dining
Address: 261 Moore Street
Nearest Subway: L to Morgan Avenue
Hours: 11 a.m. - 12 a.m., daily.
Though Roberta's is a bit out of the way for some visitors to Brooklyn, it is definitely worth the five extra stops on the L train into Bushwick. For residents, it's one of the only restaurants in the area. Upon entering the restaurant you will see the gigantic brick oven directly to your left, and the hostess will confront you with what is most likely a wait for a table. Long communal tables make up the majority of the seating space in this DIY, concrete-walled space. In the back you'll find a small bar from which to perch if you're waiting. In the warmer months, you may want to sit in the garden, which is equally as rustic as Roberta's indoor space, with tables made from unfinished wood. Though you wouldn't call Roberta's fancy, its indie charm borders on romantic.
Their pizza put Roberta's on the New York restaurant scene's map and it is absolutely fantastic. Don't miss the Specken Wolf, a gorgeous combination of cheese, speck, red onions, and mushrooms. For vegetarians, the Cheeses Christ has a cheeky name but is a lovely plain cheese pie. Special pizzas abound, so be prepared for surprises. But don't be afraid to veer off the pizza path and on to Roberta's main dishes. They are seasonal, meat-heavy, and not to be missed. Though the pizza reigns supreme, Roberta's is really a full-fledged restaurant and the chefs here are not to be underestimated. In the summer months, go for a salad, like the sugar snap peas with ricotta.
Pizza for brunch? Yes, please. Here you will find some of the same pizzas on the dinner menu jazzed up with a fried egg placed on top. The aforementioned Specken Wolf is excellent with the egg addition, or go a different route with the The Bee Sting, a traditional red sauce and spicy meat pie topped off with honey. Again, don't hesitate to order something other than pizza. There are delicious ricotta pancakes and much more.
At dinner, take advantage of Roberta's commitment to local and interesting bottles of wine. There are also several house cocktails representing light and dark liquors, or go for the natural pairing of beer and pizza with the many choices of draft, bottle or canned brews. For brunch you'll find Stumptown coffee and espresso drinks, and brunch cocktails, the expected Bloody Mary and mimosas and Roberta's Presbyterian, made of whiskey, ginger beer, and lemon.
Lab Cafe - Manhattan
Recently, Roberta's opened a pop-up cafe in Manhattan in the small garden on the corner of 2nd Avenue and Houston Street. The Roberta's burger and seasonal dishes are available, along with desserts from NYC favorite Momofuku's Milk Bar.
Catering and Reservations
Roberta's will cater your event - be sure to check their website for more details. Reservations are not accepted at Roberta's unless you are planning a party (i.e. a group of 10-20 people). These reservations must be made in advance and require a pre-selected menu.