NYC Outdoor Dining – Roberta’s in Brooklyn

If you have friends from out of town who want a Brooklyn experience, you take them for pizza at Roberta’s. It’s deceptively scrappy from the outside, being housed in a somewhat gritty and industrial lot in Bushwick, and being staffed by workers who look like they stepped out of an episode of High Maintenance, but underneath it all, it runs an extremely well-oiled machine cranking out some amazing food. And now that you have no choice but to be a tourist in your own town, why not revisit the wonderful patio at Roberta’s, which recently opened for the summer? Apparently I wasn’t the only one with this idea, because when I checked Resy for weekend brunch availability, it was already slim pickings. 11:00 am, however, was available. A bite of the fabulous Bee Sting pie made the early wake-up call so worth it–outdoor dining at Roberta’s is the best thing ever.

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Martina, the Shake Shack of Pizzas, in East Village

There are a lot of restaurants that want to be the Shake Shack or Chipotle of something. And why not? It’s clearly a concept that works–make a few things really well, do it very quickly and price it relatively low, a winning formula that brings in the crowds and generates the type of turnover that rakes in the dough. So it’s not surprising that Danny Meyer is going to try to replicate his Shake Shack success elsewhere, this time in the world of pizzas, with the opening of Martina, a fast-casual pizzeria in the East Village.Read More

Emily West Village

the street fair pie – sausage, cherry peppers and onion

Getting your hands on one of Pizza Loves Emily’s awesome pies and burgers no longer has to involve a train ride to Brooklyn. Manhattan now has an Emily of its own in the West Village, officially called Emily West Village. This location is a little more polished than its scrappier Brooklyn siblings, looking very much the part of a beautiful, new and charming West Village eatery. But despite that grown-up, glossy sheen, the full-on comfort food gut bombs are very much front and center.Read More

Ops Pizza in Bushwick

the pizza making ops force

Does the city need another pizza restaurant? I think it can make room for Ops, a new spot in Bushwick that specializes in wood-fired oven pizza made with a sourdough crust. The pizzas are excellent, but the ambience is even better. Something about Ops feels very cozy and comfy, like you’re grabbing a bite to eat at your neighborhood bar, totally devoid of the chaos of a joint like Grimaldi’s or the slight sceney-ness of a Roberta’s.Read More

Emmy Squared, Detroit Style Pizza

waiting for emmy squared to open at 12

You know a pizza place is good when David Chang and his camera crew decide to feature it in an upcoming episode of Lucky Peach. That’s what we stumbled upon when we stopped by Emmy Squared, the new pizza restaurant in Williamsburg run by Emily and Matt Hyland, the duo behind the very popular Pizza Loves Emily in Clinton Hill,  for brunch. There were cameras in the back filming Chang and someone else digging into a plate of what looked like a very delicious and immense spicy chicken sandwich. With the Chang stamp of approval, expectations were sky high.Read More