We here at The L Magazine are nothing if not committed to the exhaustive pursuit of accurate research and reportage, particularly when it manifests as an opportunity to eat as much food as this buttery, succulent borough has to offer. So, after an intensive process of elimination (staff meetings involving beer) and a thorough on-the-ground survey (a Facebook poll of our beloved readers, along with some old-fashioned snail email responses), we finally did it. We determined, hands down, without any shadow of a doubt, the very best restaurant in all of Brooklyn. And it’s Roman’s!
The competition for this one was stiff — Roberta's, Marlow & Sons, Vinegar Hill House, and Talde were all on the ballot — but in the end, this Italian branch of owner Andrew Tarlow's growing restaurant empire won out. And yes, it's safe to assume the man behind Marlow & Sons, Diner, and Reynard probably knows what he's doing when it comes to creating wildly popular food. But three years into its cozy life in Ft. Greene, Roman's is also thriving - they recently expanded to serve from lunch straight through dinner on weekends - thanks to an avid rotation of neighborhood regulars, chef Dave Gould's fluid, intuitive approach to menu creation, and the entire staff's lovingly obsessive attention to detail.
All photos Rory Gunderson
The Best Restaurant in Brooklyn: Roman's