just a quick post today after an exciting birthday weekend (complete with a car meltdown out in flushing after some excellent dim sum at jade asian) on this new what i am hoping is a promising restaurant in fort greene. so far, i haven’t had much luck in the eating department out that way. my visit early this fall to umi nom was disappointing (though maybe i need to revisit given the raves recently), and food at the other local “stars” like the general greene and no. 7 have been uninspired.
i think roman’s might buck the trend though. brought to us by the marlow & sons clan (which i have yet to visit), our very quick meal a few weeks ago was fantastic. i loved the the burrata, which had been made in house served with a relish of green olives and greens and some toast. that cheese was pure oozy goodness, and i even ate some of it later on cold and it was still good (i almost never do that). we also had the skirt steak served with a saute of shitake mushrooms. served medium rare, the meat was flavorful and tender. lastly, roman’s specials that night included agnolotti with butternut squash that had been braised in amaretti with a sage butter sauce. maybe not as phenomenol as pasta dishes at al di la (but really who is) but it really was very good.
given that it was just me and an almost 3-year old that night, service was perfect (professional, lots of detail on the menu, and quick — good for the toddler). i think the only quibble others might have would be size of portions. i’m not really a big portion person but if you’re looking for a huge plate of steak roman’s will not be delivering. if you’re in the camp of more kinds of things, then roman’s could be for you. i’m eager to return to roman’s for a more proper vetting. roman’s, 243 dekalb avenue between clermont and vanderbilt avenues, brooklyn, new york, 718.622.5300.