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Roebling Tea Room in williamsburg

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Roebling Tea Room in williamsburg

ADB | Nov 19, 2005 10:47 AM

The Roebling Tea Room just opened recently, on the corner of Roebling and Metropolitan, and I have been pretty impressed with it thus far. They have around 60 varieties of teas, coffees and other concoctions, as well as wine and a few beer taps. They have breakfast pastries (croissants, scones, etc), frittatas, sandwiches, salads, and some larger entree-type dishes. I've been there a number of times in the past week and have been happy with everything I've eaten there. The highlights for me were a pulled pork sandwich, and a white beans, fennel sausage, and assorted pork (bacon, slab bacon, shredded shoulder) dish with lots of rosemary. A spicy tomato-based stew with braised pork, cilantro and sour cream was good, as well as the bratwurst.
It does come with its share of "just opened" problems. The most glaring, and inexplicable, deficiency is the lack of more than one tea menu. All of the food is on the blackboards and quite easy to read. The tea selection, however, is in a printed menu, of which they only have one copy. Thus, if anyone else is trying to peruse the selection, you have to wait. I would think they would sell a lot more tea if there was a menu on each table, so you could glance through it and get excited about trying more things. Also, the staff is still completely unfamiliar with the menu - to the point where every time I have ordered anything they have to look up the price on the menu, and they seem lost on tea orders unless you give them the number instead of the name. These were all rather minor annoyances though, easily compensated for by the bright, airy, welcoming atmosphere and well-executed food. THe place is big, with lots of tables, counter-seating, and comfy looking couches.

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