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Pizza Destination Roberta’s Is Opening a Natural Wine Bar in the East Village [Updated]

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It’s the first full-service Manhattan location for the popular restaurant

A charred pizza with red sauce on top. Photo by Daniel Krieger

Freewheeling Brooklyn pizzeria Roberta’s is planning a full-service location in Manhattan next spring.

Roberta’s — which currently has a stall inside Midtown food hall Urbanspace Vanderbilt — is plotting a 1,300-square-foot outpost on the ground floor of an East Village residential building, at 15 Avenue A between East First and East Second Streets, Commercial Observer reports. Co-owner Brandon Hoy tells Eater the new spot will pour natural wine alongside pizza, and that the team aims to make it a “warm” and “inviting” wine bar concept.

The original wood-fired pizza restaurant opened in Bushwick in 2008 and quickly became known as a destination. Though best known for pizza, it has also become renowned for seasonal non-pizza fare, including pasta, and gained acclaim for its wine list and baked goods.

It’s since expanded to the Midtown food hall in 2015, plus boosted its frozen pizza business. But the restaurant’s growth hasn’t included a standalone Manhattan spot: It opened a second location in Los Angeles, locked down a deal to open a another Brooklyn location in Williamsburg, and plotted two food hall locations in Chicago.

Its second Brooklyn restaurant is slated to open this fall at 260 Kent Avenue, within the sprawling Domino development along the South Williamsburg waterfront. Eater has reached out for more information about the new East Village spot — stay tuned.

Update: September 24, 2019, 9:38 a.m.: This article was updated to include comments from Brandon Hoy.


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