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“Roman's”


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  Night Out New American Brooklyn Moderate Don't Bother

I don’t get out much these days, for dinner at least. You may find me at the playground, or at a Music Together class, or in the aisles of Trader Joe’s, and on rare occasions even in a spin class, but in terms of nighttime activity, mostly I am on my couch reading (The Girl Who Played with Fire, most recently) or watching a movie (500 Days of Summer, LOVED), while Emily sleeps in her room.

Since I don’t eat out as much, I’ve become much more of a home cook, with a collection of quick recipes that Craig and I share with a few glasses of wine after we put Emily to bed. It’s nothing like my former dining out life used to be, but little of my current life resembles my pre-Emily life. The change was hard to adjust to at first, but I’m pretty good with it now. I'm totally in love with my daughter. She's such a hilarious, adorable, funny and loving little person. But I'm still interested in eating out, so every week or so my mom will usually babysit, and I do manage to make it out to a new restaurant. This week I made plans to see Kathy and Julie for dinner at Roman’s in Fort Greene.

I was very excited to try Roman’s, the new Fort Greene seasonal from Andrew Tarlow and Mark Firth of Diner and Marlow & Sons, with Marlow’s former chef Dave Gould behind the stoves. The guys from Diner, et al, are a solid bunch, and I was hopeful that Roman’s would offer the same bold farm-to-table fare, but closer to home (for me at least, Williamsburg is a hike). The evening started off well. The room is lovely—with a warm and laid back Brooklyn vibe, a kind of old New York public house meets American bistro décor, with cool white subway tiles, thin wood panels white washing the ceiling, and the sort of hard wood floors you might find at an old Inn.

Julie, Kathy and I met at the bar, a worn wooden slab that runs almost the length of the room that’s dotted with tools of the trade—a tiny grater, a weathered muddler, a stirring spoon, and the like, all gathered in a neat circle in front of the bartender who offered us the daily cocktail specials: a sour and a bitter, and some friendly advice on wine. We started with a white, a Chenin Blanc from Charles Joguet ($34) that we loved.

The restaurant’s crowd is made up of an impeccable collection of Brooklyn hipsters. Several twenty-somethings congregated on the swivel stools at the bar wearing hand ... [more, click below]

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