So, my husband and I have attempted to go to Broder's multiple times, and been put off by the astronomical wait. That said, I think we're going to make another attempt on Sunday, and we're hoping, what with the Superbowl and all, that it won't be crowded. Anyway, what dishes would you recommend to someone who hasn't been?
Appetizers and mains - or anything else remarkable, really (or to be avoided, for that matter). Neither of us are terribly fond of seafood or bell peppers.
My husband loves carbonara, also, so I'd be interested to hear if anyone has opinions on theirs.
I see on their menu they've got a pasta with chicken, greens, prosciutto, asparagus, almonds, mascarpone, and balsamic - has anyone had it? It sounds delicious, but I once had a similar dish elsewhere that was really heavy on the balsamic, and it was all I could taste, so I'm little wary of it.
Your best bet is to arrive early (around 5) or late, to avoid the wait. You also might consider going during warmer weather, when the patio is open, and you can have a nibble and drink there while waiting.
The salads (or vegetable compositions, like the panzanella) are usually excellent.
My favorites include the wild boar fettuccine, tagliarini (extremely rich!), and the spaghetti with trout (when they have it). Two of their simplest but best dishes are the penne rosa and the fettuccine alla Bolognese. It may be the best Bolognese I've ever had.
My wife has had the pasta with chicken you mention -- she really enjoys it. Broder's does a very good job of balancing a lot of ingredients in one pasta dish.
I'll 4th or 5th the tagliarini- my husband orders it every time we go, to the point where the waitstaff doesn't ask anymore.
I love the carbonara, I get it about half the time; the other thing I like is the bucatini.
You can call ahead and get your name on the list. It doesn't dramatically cut down your wait time if it's really busy but it does get you up on the list a bit.
Our plan was a success - we went tonight and there was no wait at all. I had the quadrucci con pollo - the one with greens, mascarpone, balsamic, etc., and my husband had the fettuccine con cinghiale - winter special with wild boar, kale, and pine nuts.
You guys. They were both absolutely fantastic. The quadrucci was fresh and light and also rich and flavorful, and the texture of the sliced almonds added the perfect crunch. Just the right amount of acid from the balsamic, too. The fettuccine had a beautiful mascarpone-enriched tomato sauce, and the wild boar was tender and meaty - just great.
Plus attentive, polite service and lovely atmosphere. Nothing more we could ask for, really.
In a way, it's a shame we know how great it is now, also knowing the usual wait times. It'll be our new Superbowl tradition, but I don't think I can wait that long to try the tagliarini.