Roberta's East Village Address
Quick hits from New York and beyond
ONE OF OUR FAVORITE PIZZAS IS EXPANDING
East Village blogger EVGrieve reported that Roberta’s natural wine bar is further along in terms of opening at 15 Avenue A.
Community Board 3 approved a beer-wine location for the ground floor back in September. The minutes from that meeting show that this Roberta's will have 12 tables and 44 seats with one 12-foot L-shaped bar with four seats. Hours of operation were listed as 11 a.m. to midnight, with "Italian food (pizza, pasta, and salumi) prepared in a full kitchen, serving food during all hours of operation, no televisions, and ambient recorded background music.
It’s been a long time coming, with co-owner Brandon Hoy breaking news about the pizza spot/wine bar back in 2019. It’ll be the fourth location, following the original in Bushwick, South Williamsburg, and LA.
LOS TACOS NO. 1 HAS EXPANDED DOWNTOWN
Now you can find some of Manhattan’s most sought-after tacos in a new location at Lafayette and Bleeker (340 Lafayette St.) It follows the original in Chelsea Market, followed by Times Square, Grand Central, and Tribeca. Go for adobada al pastor tacos and don’t shy away from the flour tortillas.
THE MIGRANT KITCHEN IS OPENING ON THE UPPER WEST SIDE
One of our favorite restaurant folks, Nasser Jab and crew just opened The Migrant Kitchen on the Upper East Side (1433 1st Ave.) last month; now they’re prepping to open across town on the Upper West (157 Columbus Ave.) Of its original location, now closed, New York Times’ Pete Wells wrote, “what might be kitchen pranks are executed with solid culinary chops abetted by a more-is-more seasoning philosophy. The Migrant Kitchen is certainly one of the most original restaurants ever to land on Stone Street, not least because it doubles as a charity; for every $12 spent, a free meal is sent out to a New Yorker who needs one.”
OYSTERS AND MARTINIS BY TINYS
For those spots that offer small gatherings: Tiny’s (135 West Broadway) — from the restaurant group behind Holy Ground, Smith and Mills, and others — has opened a very small, five-seat martini and oyster bar on the ground floor. Look for a menu of East and West Coast oysters, salmon crudo, hamachi, and tuna tartare crostini to pair with gin and vodka martinis, and naturally, a pink one with pink Wolffers Estate gin. It’s first-come, first-served for dinner and weekend brunch. Oysters are also available at The Bar Upstairs for $2 each from 9 p.m. to close Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
Beyond New York
HEADING OUT OF TOWN?
Sure, Rhode Island in January isn’t exactly Palm Springs, but it’s an underdog state with great views, intriguing restaurants, and lovely hotels. And it’s officially Hotel Month RI with deals up to 40 percent off at hotels across all of the Ocean State. Check it out here.
A FEW NEW BRUNCHES
Brunches in South Florida are infinitely more hospitable this time of year than the ones in the Northeast. Check out a handful of new ones here.
ROBOTS AND HOT POTS
Robots are clearly taking over the world. In our homes alone, robots keep our floors clean and act as non-shedding substitutes for man’s best friend. Robots have already mastered the art of bartending, so why not have them invade the dining room? The X Pot in Chicago recently opened, offering hot pots served by robots.
JOSE ANDRES TEAMS UP WITH GIBSONS
Though Chicago might be known now for commerce and architecture, the city was founded on meat. For about a century, the stockyards of Chicago were a primary source of growth for the city. To this day, Chicagoans love their meat. So, when Jose Andres wanted to open a steakhouse in the Windy City, he partnered with Chicago’s Gibson’s to source the meat. The result is Bazaar Meat and Bar Mar along Chicago’s river.