Wanna pizza the action Brooklyn stylee?
The vibe, the pizza, the Brooklyn beers, the Man Vs Pizza challenge. So much to write home about...
Pizza, pizza everywhere…if you’ve not made a visit yet, pop in sometime this weekend, you need some marmite garlic bread in your life!The vibe
When I first heard of this place I kinda envisioned plastic tables in a takeaway shop, I couldn’t have been more wrong. It’s a very hip, split-level mezzanine bar, with super friendly staff and a laid back atmosphere.
I’ve walked past The Brooklyn Pizza Bar on Fish Street on my many trips to Topshop in the Grosvenor centre, but had no idea it was there. To be fair, it’s only been open a few months but there’s already a bit of a buzz about the place. Just keep your eyes peeled, as it’s easy to walk past it and miss out on the marmite, cheesey goodness that awaits!
You can sit downstairs at tables, or on the mezzanine level with bar type seating which means you can watch the pizzas being made, watch the sport that’s on the various screens, or just people watch! The owners (Anthony and Ryan) are proper New Yorkeophiles, and after visiting pizza places like this over there, wanted to bring a little taste of Brooklyn to Northants.
What is a pizza gaff without a decent pizza? All the dough is made fresh and the ingredients are simple but effective. I plumped for a smoked balsamic pizza, very Brooklyn apparently, which consisted of sun dried tomato, spinach, balsamic, mozzarella and scarmorza (Italian cheese, I had to ask). It was super tasty, and was one of a number of vegetarian options. But don’t be disheartened if you’re a meaty monster, there’s plenty of sausage, chicken, Hawaiian etc. with all of the classic faves as well as a couple of twists (I didn’t try the marmite garlic bread, which clearly means I now have to go back ; )
With prices around the £9.50/10 mark, I couldn’t fault it really, and Muddy staffer Carla managed to eat all of her chilli chicken (another tasty treat, but I reckon I could have taken it a touch heavier on the chilli). I also loved that the menu wasn’t huge, it definitely feels like quality over quantity. Oh and I almost forgot, the cheese cakes! Bought in from a local cheese cake maker, these mouthfuls of creamy goodness have had a fair few customers ordering up a pud! And looking at the picture, you can see why!
The Brooklyn Beers
The guys here were very proud to say they hold the biggest selection of beers from the Brooklyn Brewery, a deal they set up with the brewer after visiting. So tight is the partnership that the Brooklyn Brewery has even held events at the Brooklyn Pizza Bar right here in lil’ Northants.
We tried a couple, which were both delish. I plumped for an IPA, but beware, sometimes these bad boys can have a pretty high alcohol content, mine coming in at a rather hefty 6.9%.
Man Vs Pizza, 20 ” in 20 minutes!Ahhhhhhh, many have tried and failed, but a small few have walked away with free pizza after beating the challenge. Urban legend (well the owner told us), that one contender (who is still the clear winner in like 14 minutes) walked away triumphantly to celebrate with a Nandos!!! This challenge is not for the faint hearted, but if you reckon you’re up for it, get yourself down to The Brooklyn Pizza Bar. I’m not sure you’ll have room for the cheesecake though!
THE MUDDY VERDICT:
Good for: Dates, groups of lads and lasses, anyone who wants to be near town, people who love sharing and informal eating. It also shows the sport and is kid friendly, so always a bit of a buzz. It’s vegi friendly too, and they also do gluten free pizzas (just try and ring in beforehand if you can, just in case it’s very busy).
Not for: A romantic candle lit meal or anyone bothered by TV screens or sport.
££: Very affordable with pizzas around the £9.50/£10 mark.