Shame on me….I lived just a five-minute bike ride from Speedy Romeo for 15 months and never, EVER ate there. It wasn’t until last week (and four months of living in Tribeca) that my dear friends Ed and Daphne (owners of one of my fave burger joints in Brooklyn: 67 Burger) finally managed to escort me to Speedy Romeo after months of trying to do so.
Since its opening (in January 2012) Speedy Romeo has been constantly busy. Located on a corner that some call Clinton Hill and some call Bedford Stuyvesant (brokers probably), it stands out amongst the neighborhood because of the auto parts signage that blankets most of the building it lives in, is usually filled with every Brooklyn resident stereotype, blasts great tunes like live blues jazz when I was there last week, and the crowd of people usually standing outside waiting for their name to be called.
I arrived a bit early and so sat at the bar with the recent issue of New York Magazine waiting for Ed and Daphne to arrive. I had one eye on the page and one eye on the scene…. the open kitchen has a large wood-fired oven which emits and carries the most amazing smells around the restaurant, the people seated at tables and the bar are hip and beautiful, and the staff has huge infectious smiles on their faces while they are taking care of everyone’s needs.
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(Mozzarella Crostini with Cucumber/Mint Salad, Rib Special, Giardiniera, Oven Fried Egg with Corn and Tomatoes, and Ol’ Smokey Pizza)
The food is simple, fresh, and delicious and boasts awesome specials like their monthly chef collaboration pizza series and rotating seasonal items. I let Daphne and Ed take the reins on ordering and they did not disappoint. I found myself eating forkfuls of the complimentary giardiniera they bring at the start of your meal, slyly grabbing for another piece of pizza just after devouring a slice, reminiscing about my favorite hometown bbq in Kansas City while licking my fingers after eating the ribs (the rib special had a great nod to Gates in the addition of white bread), marveling at the simplicity and deliciousness of the egg dish, and piling my crostini high with fresh mozzarella.
Speedy Romeo is just wonderful and a great representation of Brooklyn dining. It’s well-priced, sports a warm and friendly vibe in both the decor and the service and most of all… has kick ass food.
376 Classon Avenue (at Greene Avenue) *Clinton Hill*