After a lovely meal at Roberta's this past Sunday, and craving comfort food, we decided to make the trek out to Bushwick for some of the famous fried chicken. (I mean, if Michel Bras loved it, who wouldn't?)
Anyways, we got there and after a 20 minute wait in the garden (where we enjoyed a great mulled cider) we were seated and presented the menus.
With no fried chicken.
I don't know if Chef Bane was off, but what kind of chef takes a Friday night off the same week New York Magazine names their fried chicken one of the best in the city?
I don't want to be prissy, and I respect the right of restaurants to change up their menu as the market dictates, but we're talking chicken here, not some sort of rare Peruvian microgreens or the latest batch of heirloom tacos.
Regardless of the reason for the dish's absence from the menu, I was severely disappointed to say the least. If there had been another restaurant anywhere nearby I would have left, but Roberta's has a bit of a monopoly.
Instead, we settled for two pizzas and two beers, which ran us $53 including tax and tip. Yes, the pizzas were fantastic, the Cortes being one of the best non-traditional pies I've ever eaten, but I still left with a bitter taste in my mouth. (And it wasn't just the radishes on that pie.)
My advice? I don't know if they're even going to be serving the fried chicken any more, but if you're going to schlep out to the middle of nowhere, it's best to give a call and see if they're going to be serving it that evening.
Oh, and at 8 pm they were already out of the chicken liver crostini, the other dish on the menu I really wanted to try.
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