Speedy Romeo, Lower East Side
In January 2012, chef Justin Bazdarich partnered with Todd Feldman to open up a rustic pizza joint on the Clinton Hill and Bedford–Stuyvesant border in Brooklyn. Four years later that Speedy Romeo location is still going strong and has even appeared in the HBO show Girls. Earlier this year, they brought their winning formula to Manhattan’s Lower East Side. And since the doors opened in March, it has been one of the go-to pizza joints in the city.
Like the Brooklyn eatery, Speedy Romeo LES serves wood-fired pizza, sandwiches, seasonal salads and a handful of traditional entrées. (Try the branzino, served whole and dressed with roasted fennel, grilled lemon and herb oil). One key difference between the locations: the Manhattan address possesses a full liquor license, which means craft cocktails as well as local beers and wine are on offer.