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Roberta's: No country for old men


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Roberta's: No country for old men

famdoc | | Jul 7, 2011 06:00 AM

Always rated at or near #1 on every list of the best pizza in NYC and highly recommended by pal Paulie G., owner of the eponymous outstanding Greenpoint pizzeria, we finally broke down and paid Roberta's a visit. At 8 PM on a warm summer evening, the hostess estimated a waiting time of 1hour 15 minutes to an hour and a half. Hell, nice summer evening. Kids home from respective institutes of higher (costly) education. Why not enjoy a beer in the garden and wait for table.

Is there a place that gathers more hipsters in a five hundred square foot radius? The tattoo count was in the thousands. Hats, vests, waxed moustaches, iPhones. And, apparently, the tented bar area does not count as an indoor space, so smoking is permitted.

Much has been said about the attitude of the staff at Roberta's. Frankly, everyone, from hostess to bartender to waitresses to busboys, were polite and attentive. As our wait extended to more than two hours, hostess didn't seem annoyed at our inquiries about when table would be ready.

Two hours and fifteen minutes later, we were seated. Daughter ordered a snap pea "salad," the remainder of us pizzas. Two hours and thirty minutes after we entered, daughter was first to receive anything resembling food: approximately 12 snap peas over a spoonful of ricotta with some sparse bread crumbs tossed in. That's $1 per snap pea.

And the pizzas? Meh, I think is the appropriate hipster term. The green-and-white (arugula) pie was the hands-down winner. The margheritas were just okay and the mushroom pie generously decorated with fresh mushrooms. Worth the wait? Nah. I'll stick with Paulie Gee's. Better pies, lower noise level, shorter wait, more familiar mix of customers.

261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

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60 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222