Brooklyn’s popular Speedy Romeo has come to the Lower East Side. Chef Justin Bazdarich and business partner Todd Feldman, first opened the original location of Speedy Romeo—which borrows its name from Feldman’s beloved family racing horse—in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill just four years ago. And, now their delicious dishes and awesome drinks can be found downtown.
The space, which was once two separate restaurants that have now been joined with a new bar as an anchor, offers 50-seats. Upon entering, guests will notice the wood-burning oven at the far corner of the open kitchen which is painted to look like rocker Eddie Van Halen’s “Frankenstrat” electric guitar. The team utilizes salvaged décor around the restaurant, including a bright yellow marquee sign from Rentas Liquors, which was located across the street; reclaimed cinema benches from the Czech Republic, which serve as banquet seating; and repurposed glass window panes from Pennsylvania which surround the kitchen.
Keeping with the same cooking methods as the Brooklyn counterpart, dishes are prepared only by wood-burning oven and grill. The menu features favorites such as: Stuffed Peppers with hot and sweet soppressata, ricotta, pecorino; The St. Louie pizza with Provel, Italian sausage, pepperoni, pickled chilis; The Kind Brother with wild mushrooms, smoked mozzarella, farm egg, sage; SR Cheeseburger, with Angus beef, Provel, l.t.o., speedy sauce and potato chips; Bone-In-Rib-Eye for Two with baked potato, whipped lardo, cress salad. Alongside new additions such as the The Paul’s Boutique (a reference to the Beastie Boy’s album which featured an LES storefront) pizza with Katz’s pastrami, Dijon béchamel, smoked red kraut, fontina, 1000 island dressing, everything crust; SR Mozzarella with sweet pea puree, pancetta vin, shiso; Peekytoe Crab Crostini with nasturtium vinaigrette, spring vegetables; and Wood Roasted Artichoke with lemon aioli, spring greens, mint.
A selection of Italian wines are offered by the glass and bottle, along with three local beers on draft. The new location, unlike it’s Brooklyn counterpart, boasts a full liquor license and features a “Non-Smoking” and “Smoking” inspired cocktail list created by Terrence Ruggiero, an ode to the wood-burning cooking in the restaurant. “Smoking” cocktails include Hot Trot with sparking rose, Aperol, smoked jalapeno rhubarb, lemon juice, soda, basil; Diver Down with Lapsang rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, ciociaro, bruleed cinnamon stick; while “Non-Smoking” cocktails include Filly Fizz with tequila, terry’s herbal syrup, lemon, egg white, rose petals; and Meadowland with gin, elderflower, luxardo, lemon, grapefruit, salt, maraschino, mother’s flowers.
Located at 63 Clinton Street, between Rivington and Stanton Streets, Speedy Romeo is open for dinner, Tuesday through Sunday, from 5PM to 12AM (closed on Monday), and will open for brunch and lunch service in the coming weeks. Reservations are available through RESY. To contact the restaurant please call 212-529-6300, or visit www.speedyromeo.com. Follow on Instagram and Twitter: @speedyromeo.