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Fried chicken MIA at Roberta's

lambretta76 Oct 3, 2009 06:27 AM

After a lovely meal at Roberta's this past Sunday, and craving comfort food, we decided to make the trek out to Bushwick for some of the famous fried chicken. (I mean, if Michel Bras loved it, who wouldn't?)

Anyways, we got there and after a 20 minute wait in the garden (where we enjoyed a great mulled cider) we were seated and presented the menus.

With no fried chicken.

I don't know if Chef Bane was off, but what kind of chef takes a Friday night off the same week New York Magazine names their fried chicken one of the best in the city?

I don't want to be prissy, and I respect the right of restaurants to change up their menu as the market dictates, but we're talking chicken here, not some sort of rare Peruvian microgreens or the latest batch of heirloom tacos.

Regardless of the reason for the dish's absence from the menu, I was severely disappointed to say the least. If there had been another restaurant anywhere nearby I would have left, but Roberta's has a bit of a monopoly.

Instead, we settled for two pizzas and two beers, which ran us $53 including tax and tip. Yes, the pizzas were fantastic, the Cortes being one of the best non-traditional pies I've ever eaten, but I still left with a bitter taste in my mouth. (And it wasn't just the radishes on that pie.)

My advice? I don't know if they're even going to be serving the fried chicken any more, but if you're going to schlep out to the middle of nowhere, it's best to give a call and see if they're going to be serving it that evening.

Oh, and at 8 pm they were already out of the chicken liver crostini, the other dish on the menu I really wanted to try.

261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

  1. j
    JaRouge Dec 17, 2009 09:58 AM

    FYI: Roberta's only serves their fried chicken during brunch. Thus, if you went on a Friday night, you were rightfully SOL.

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    1. re: JaRouge
      lambretta76 Dec 17, 2009 11:52 AM

      This had not been the case at the time I went, as they had served it the previous Wednesday (a friend had it) and also the Sunday before, when we went for dinner and it was on the menu (but I was tempted by another entree and passed on it).

      It may be the case that it is brunch only now, but in October that simply was not the case.

    2. s
      selenster Oct 5, 2009 01:32 PM

      that's unfortunate. this happens to me quite often - i get a wicked craving, go to sate it only to be informed that they're out...

      FYI - many of my friends sing praises re: the fried chicken @ EGG in WB, on N5th off bedford. i've yet to try...

      but pies & thighs will be returning soon and they were much loved by all for their fried chicken & other soul/southern comfort dishes.

      5 Replies
      1. re: selenster
        lambretta76 Oct 5, 2009 04:40 PM

        FWIW, they weren't out that evening; the fried chicken wasn't even on the menu.

        1. re: lambretta76
          TomT Oct 12, 2009 01:40 PM

          My understanding is that it is a special that is run semi-regularly. Call before you go.

        2. re: selenster
          Steve R Oct 13, 2009 05:02 AM

          "but pies & thighs will be returning soon and they were much loved by all for their fried chicken & other soul/southern comfort dishes"

          Are these 2 events connected? Isnt the person who makes the chicken at Roberta's the same person as Pies and Thighs? Maybe she's spending her time preparing for the grand re-opening? It's been more than a year.

          1. re: Steve R
            Bob Martinez Oct 13, 2009 08:12 AM

            "Are these 2 events connected?"

            A Chicken Conspiracy theory.

            1. re: Steve R
              bigjeff Oct 18, 2009 12:51 PM

              Steve R, I believe that is indeed the connection. pies n thighs kicked ass, can't wait for the new joint.

          2. malibu Oct 4, 2009 03:40 AM

            Did you ask them why? Could it be that they just ran out- after so much publicity? I hope they didn't take it off the menu, that would be suicide for them, and just plain dumb.

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