Don’t be late to Blanca, a two Michelin-starred speakeasy located on the Bushwick property of Roberta’s, an iconic Brooklyn pizzeria. Wednesdays through Saturdays, the restaurant offers two prompt seatings for a dozen diners to enjoy Carlo Mirarchi’s multicourse menu ($195 per person). (It almost goes without saying: call ahead for reservations.) Working from an open kitchen, he and his team choreograph a fun, creative parade of Italian and Asian flavors while vinyl records play. Dishes vary each night save for a mind-blowing mainstay, porky nduja raviolo.
Michelin tasting menus in a small, reservation-only loft space with an open kitchen. Blanca serves tasting menus Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 6pm and 9pm, and Saturday at 5pm and 8pm. The cost is $195 per person, not including tax or gratuity.
Blanca—in the style of Momofuku Ko and Brooklyn Fare—serves an elaborate, gutsy tasting menu that changes frequently. At its tiny size (12 upholstered bar chairs), it’s a tough nut to crack for reservations. The person price tag (around $200, excluding wine) means fellow diners are generally obsessive gourmands. The modern, lustrous space is hidden behind Roberta’s (owned by the same team) and built around an open kitchen laboratory. Chef Carlo Mirarchi engages with patrons, doling out treats like ravioli stuffed with nduja (robust sausage), squid with purple onion and Meyer lemon, and wheat pasta with razor clams, sea urchin and wheat flower. Another interactive experience for patrons is getting to play DJ, lowering the needle on records by artists ranging from Rod Stewart to Brigitte Bardot.