Blanca, New York City, 5/9/15

Entrace to Roberta's, inside is Blanca
Entrace to Roberta’s, inside is Blanca

This is a hidden restaurant for 12 people hidden in the back of Roberta’s, a very popular pizza restaurant in Brooklyn. We’ve heard lots of good things about it but being small and only open Wed – Sat. it’s a hard reservation to come by. The kitchen is an open format with the guests sitting in a “U” shape on one side of the square room. You actually enter thru the pizza spot and after you get to the front of their line the staff will come and take you back to a spartan room whose main decoration is a fish head. They serve only a tasting menu with Roman, Japanese and Italian influences but stressing simplicity in the number of ingredients in a dish. For the most part all the flavors are very intense and the range of textures is delightful Another quirk would be the pastry chef that likes to include vegetables in the desserts. They offer wine pairings and we chose those, as did everyone else drinking with the meal. The sommelier is one of the servers and is generous with refills when needed.

Some of the standout courses were the carpaccio that was absolutely velvety on the tongue, the lamb pasta was very minty and wonderfully spicy, the hot bread was divine (I even asked for a second piece), and the pork was so tender and juicy I took seconds on that when offered. A real dining adventure and unfortunately I was too busy eating and drinking to take many notes, so just trust me, if you have a chance to go, do it!

Inside Roberta's
Inside Roberta’s
Blanca open kitchen and the chef
Blanca open kitchen and the chef
other side
other side
wine list
wine list
Shigoku oyster
Shigoku oyster
Pancetta
Pancetta
Squid with sesame
Squid with sesame
cardoon and apple
cardoon and apple
Carpaccio and horseradish
Carpaccio and horseradish
Pea soup with green strawberry
Pea soup with green strawberry
Fluke with plum vinegar
Fluke with plum vinegar
Honeycomb and sunchoke
Honeycomb and sunchoke
Carbonara and lamb
Carbonara and lamb
Agnolotti plankton
Agnolotti plankton
Nduja ravioli with orange
Nduja ravioli with orange
The room
The room
crab being plated
crab being plated
some staff
some staff
King crab and bottarga
King crab and bottarga
hot bread
hot bread
we each got a piece of fresh bread and butter
we each got a piece of fresh bread and butter
Duck and beet mole
Duck and beet mole
pineapple sorbet with cilantro
pineapple sorbet with cilantro
Porchetta with chimchurri
Porchetta with chimchurri
Tea
Tea
sour cream and cippollini
sour cream and cippollini
Frankie wanted more tea
Frankie wanted more tea
coconut with white aspargus
coconut with white aspargus
final treats
final treats
fish head wall decoration
fish head wall decoration
one of the servers
one of the servers
chef
chef
Frankie loves awards
Frankie loves awards

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