Get Here Before it Gets Crazy.
So I’m a lucky girl. A lucky food blogger, really, because my friends always know such good places to eat. Maybe they should be the ones blogging instead. Anyway, for this one; full credit goes to Lynn Lim, perhaps the most impressive foodie I know. The last time we headed out in her direction for a good meal, she lead us to Bunker Vietnamese, which is still a memorable meal in my book and has apparently blown up big time. The girl really knows her stuff.
So last night, we hopped on the L train to the Halsey stop, and about a ten minute walk into the desolate streets of far Bushwick / Ridgewood, down a side street that could only be described as creepy, and we were there. If you don’t catch the tiny sign on a framed piece of printer paper, you’ll walk right past it and into the abyss.
What we walked into was one of the best atmosphere’s I’ve seen in a restaurant in a while. A totally open floor plan, it’s easy to see everything that’s happening in the kitchen (both of them), and there’s tons of room to spread out at any number of their large-sized dining tables. The owners, Italians, are not only gracious, but very fun to talk to. The place has been open for two months and even with the far location, I have a feeling will be untouchable before you can say Abra-Cadabra. It’s got a similar vibe to Roberta’s, but I think a little nicer, the food a little better, and the experience a little more Italian.
The food is incredible. One thing that the very hilarious duo at the table next to us ordered that we did not (to my great sadness), was the meat plate. The thing was enormous. The people at that table were cracking me up; one man in a tophat and with a handlebar mustache, and the other just your average Joe, but with a random Mac keyboard, and a hilarious set of things to say. “On a scale from 1 to 10, YUM. You can quote me on that.”
They make their own burrata in house; which I could have eaten four of and called it a day. With the basil and olive oil, it was heavenly. The only thing that broke my heart was the lack of bread to scoop up the leftover bits of olive oil and cream on the plate.
The pizzas are available in an extensive number of options, including a plain that you can add any toppings to, so essentially anything goes. We opted for the Guido BK, a broccoli rabe and sausage (classic combo), and then the Habanero, which was a cured spicy pork loin and habanero peppers. That was our favorite, and was so good that we ordered two of them.
The best part, besides the incredible food? BYOB. Which means that five people dove into three pies, a huge bottle of wine, and a burrata appetizer. The total bill after 20% tip? $13 each. I’ll be back tomorrow.
Where: 15-63 Decatur St, Bushwick / Ridgewood (Halsey L Stop) | How Much: $