Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Roebling Tea Room
153 Roebling St, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121140.714047 -73.957899
Great weekend spot for relaxing – We visited the Roebling Tea Room for a light lunch on Saturday. The willow tile makes the room feel airy and restful. The tea selection is amazing, ranging from whimsical choices (such as "Moonpie") to more traditional types. The frittata was delicious, as was an unusual ricotta and fig spread sandwich strewn with dried cherries. Both accompanied by a fresh baby arugula salad. Prices are very reasonable. We loved it & will definitely return. Lots of choices for vegetarians.
Underwhelming and Sad – I lived upstairs from this place, and really really wanted to love it, but found it to be consistently terrible. I know a lot of people have had troubles with the staff, but in my experience theyve always been pretty good. It's the food itself that keeps me away. Tuna Salad that tastes like a salt lick, runny mac & cheese, dried overcooked egg, and a sparse menu of items that try too hard to be quirky and surprising, but fail.
Writers not welcome and it's too bad... – I have to start off first by saying this is a beautiful spot and the food is decent, and i love the tea. But the laptop thing is ridiculous. Not just after 7pm as the reviewer before me said, but you can't bring your laptop almost anytime except for weekdays during daytime. So I could write for hours in a notebook but not on a laptop - what sense does that make (it's not electricity bc the super airdryer in the WC takes more energy!!!)? I would like to love Roebling Tea Room bc the neighborhood desperately needs places to write, munch, chat and muse, but what is the sense of having no laptops almost anytime when you're empty Saturday and Sunday night? They made me wait until 4 or 5pm to turn mine on, then turn it off again at 7pm. I just left and come much less often now.
IT's a pity, someone should talk to the manager/owner about how Sunday and Monday nights are the perfect time to welcome writers since they have few customers. This is NOT a hot nightspot (it closes early around 2am or something on weekends, and no one was there when my four friends and I came in at midnite) and it should be open to writers as its structure seems suited for that. They are trying to transition it into a real restaurant and I don't blame them for trying to make more money/stay alive, but it could have multiple functions at different times.
The waitstaff pools their tips so they seem to have very little motivation to give great service (understandable since even a meal of liquor and food would give a small tip back to them - and if you got just tea, expect barely any attention - but it would be nice if they could be a bit friendlier or less stiff). If you woudl want substitions on anything, they will not be accommodating. They forgot I couldn't have dairy/cheese and put cheese on it and then seemed unapologetic and unwilling to help/change. If you're vegan or have food allergies, not advised.
No A/C last summer so it gets hot, hope they'll have more fans this summer.
Don't bring your Laptop after 7pm – I love the atmosphere of Roebling Tea Room. High ceilings and fun Russian inspired foods. It used to be my favorite late night place to write, but they won't let you bring your laptops after 7pm, so I rarely go there anymore.
A favorite Williamsburg spot – In the last couple months I've become a local fixture and somehow the menu stays interesting. The fare is humble, hearty and down home with a kind of European flair. It's definitely a Williamsburg cafe. You might think you're walking into a storage space or a dive until you make it inside to find a spectacular antiqued atmosphere. Roebling is a great place to have dinner on the cooshy couches with a big group of friends or sit at the bar and strike up a conversation with a total stranger. It's quiet during the week and you'll see a lot of williamsburg types working on their computers during the day, but there's often some kind of live music or movies on the weekend and some nights.
A cafe, not a restaurant – This is a beautiful cafe/wine bar situated in what appears to be a converted factory. The decor and ambience is great for a nice conversation with friends over a bottle of wine or beer, without the hustle or noise of traditional bars. That said, this is NOT a restaurant, and one shouldn't expect to have a delicious meal here. I went with several friends and we were all underwhelmed by the taste and prices of the courses we ordered from the *extremely* limited menu. All in all, this is a great place for a coffee or drink, but not for a meal.
Nice neighborhood cafe – This Tea room/cafe has great ambiance with sofas and an outdoor area. The food is tasty american fare and very affordable. They have an extensive tea offering but I am not a big tea fan. The service is ok since it is new and the staff didn't know the food items too well. But everyone were very nice. On one of the occasions that my friends and I were there for dinner, they ran out of the wine we ordered and they gave us each a free glass of another wine that was amazing. We would not have know the difference since we ordered the first wine from the discription rather than experience. The food went well with the wine but option was limited as it seemed to have been from a lunch menu. But I am sure with time, this place will be rockin! Love the comfy atmosphere.
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