Rucola

Italian Restaurant and Breakfast Spot$$$$
Boerum Hill, Brooklyn
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  • Herve L.
    Good atmosphere and really popular. Friendly service when they eventually got round to taking our orders.
    Upvoted Mar 9
  • Megan M.
    Megan MMarch 3
    Been here 10+ times
    After what felt like a long hiatus, the rigatoni bolognese has returned to the menu!!! Best pasta I have ever had. Hands down.
  • Ben M.
    Ben MeakerFebruary 5
    Brisket for brunch in banging
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SampselJanuary 13
    Been here 5+ times
    Cozy space, friendly staff. The wine list is perfect for the food and everything they make is tasty and well seasoned. Try any of the pastas, the crudo, the arugula salad, the cod & the pork. Yum.
  • Johnnie Skywalking
    Charming restaurant that opens till late at night serving tasty vegetable dishes, pasta and crudo.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 21, 2016
    If you visit Ruccola don’t forget to pair your favorite dessert with Pueblo Viejo Añejo.
  • Valentin G.
    Valentin GuerinDecember 11, 2016
    Really cute place, Sunday brunch is great! Try the brioche French toast.
  • Keith L.
    Keith LeaDecember 3, 2016
    Good brunch. French toast is pleasant. My fiancée likes the egg stuff and smoked salmon
  • Melissa P.
    Melissa PresbyOctober 14, 2016
    Everything was excellent
  • J. G.
    J. GeddisSeptember 16, 2016
    Everything
  • Justin H.
    Justin HSeptember 13, 2016
    Rucola is fantastic - it's cozy, and everything is delicious. I look forward to going back soon if I'm able.
  • Justin P.
    Justin PakSeptember 13, 2016
    Lumache is heaven in a bowl.
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonSeptember 6, 2016
    Awesome rustic vibe. The appetizers were better than the mains. If they by any chance happen to have meatballs as a special, get them.
  • Saarim Z.
    Saarim ZamanSeptember 5, 2016
    the appetizers and small plates are definitely better than the mains. Get the meatballs off the specials if they're available
  • Jenkin A.
    Jenkin A.September 4, 2016
    Great spot. The muesli is yums
    Upvoted Mar 9
  • Michael S.
    Michael SzetoAugust 26, 2016
    Great pasta and ambiance. Perfect for a summer evening.
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel McDonoughAugust 21, 2016
    Can't go wrong with anything on the menu (unless it has mushrooms). The roasted chicken and steak are both very good. The trout is light and very tasty.
  • Mikahla V.
    Mikahla VicinoAugust 10, 2016
    You gotta try the burrata.
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BurgAugust 10, 2016
    Solid cocktail menu and seriously cozy atmosphere. I recommend the New Rider if you like whiskey sours.
  • Andrew P.
    Andrew PerezAugust 4, 2016
    Such a cute little spot if you want a quiet mid week breakfast
  • Roz T.
    Roz ThomasJuly 1, 2016
    Perfectly cooked, delicious pasta dishes and interesting salads.
  • Joshua B.
    Joshua BoggsJune 1, 2016
    Cozy restaurant with good cocktails and nice plates of food.
  • A W.
    A WriterMay 26, 2016
    Do not miss the roast pork sandwich on the lunch menu: hunks of roast pork, ham, aioli and pickled jalapeños.
  • Roniel T.
    Roniel TesslerMay 12, 2016
    I was expecting more here, but food was solid. The skate was well prepared and the pancetta in the sweet potato salad was delicious. They also made me a delicious Arnold Palmer.
  • Bin Y.
    Bin YangApril 20, 2016
    Share a homemade pasta (pair with a kölsch) and get the whole trout if available (pair with the hefeweissbier). Really intimate warm space and it gets surprisingly packed even on weekdays.
  • Joanne L.
    Joanne LeongApril 16, 2016
    The perfect neighborhood spot.
  • Sebastian W.
    Sebastian WallinApril 16, 2016
    The walnut pasta was pretty decent, although I felt that something was missing in the taste. Cozy atmosphere.
  • Kathryn I.
    Kathryn IApril 13, 2016
    Don't skip the avocado toast.
    Upvoted Mar 9
  • Nanci B.
    Nanci BradshawApril 1, 2016
    Romantic cozy food is tasty and varied.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Close with a flourish this spring break and enjoy a refreshing Pueblo Viejo Cocktail here at Rucola.
  • Sreejith R.
    Sreejith RamanMarch 29, 2016
    Rack of lamb, beef shanks, cheese and meat plates
  • Jonathan C.
    Jonathan ChingMarch 25, 2016
    Great cocktails, beer and wine selection, and pasta was amazing. Also leave room for the panna cotta!
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RubinchikMarch 4, 2016
    Really great food (always lots of options for your gluten-free, paleo friends) and vibes. They don't take reservations for parties under 5, but there's usually no wait for small groups on week nights.
  • Justin W.
    Justin WelshMarch 4, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Best restaurant in the neighborhood...amazing food, tremendous drinks.
  • Justin I.
    Justin IsraelsFebruary 23, 2016
    Pastas, simple elegant creations
  • Carrie W.
    Carrie WinansFebruary 16, 2016
    Everything here is great !
  • Steve
    SteveFebruary 4, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Nearly everything is great. Daily pizza slice is fab.
  • Chris R.
    Chris RyanFebruary 3, 2016
    Great homemade pastas and delicious focaccia bread for the table. The cozy space can get pretty cramped though.
  • Tarek P.
    Tarek PertewJanuary 17, 2016
    This. Yum.
  • Dave N.
    Dave NordstromJanuary 11, 2016
    rigatoni was 🔝! excellent date spot. the "Brooklyn root beer" is just IBC... so just stick with the kölsch.
  • Jessie R.
    Jessie RodgerDecember 31, 2015
    The polenta, brussel sprouts, and rigatoni were all really good! Love the ambiance of the restaurant. It's just always a little packed in there. Still worth the wait.
  • Alvin L.
    Alvin LinDecember 18, 2015
    Roasted cauliflower, strozapretti (mushroom pasta)
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 8, 2015
    If you are in Rucola, try a Margarita with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • Mia S.
    Mia SolkinDecember 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Such a great vibe, with yummy food. Usually packed and they only accept reservations of 5+
  • Bill R.
    Bill RammerNovember 30, 2015
    Spring for the chef's choice meat and cheese plate. It was fantastic. The house-made pastas are magnificent, especially the Strozzapreti.
  • Steve
    SteveOctober 25, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything's great here.
  • Nina R.
    Nina RothenbergerSeptember 26, 2015
    Go at least 2 or 3 times to try everything- all their food is exceptional!
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelSeptember 9, 2015
    Dining at the communal table in the center of the restaurant is fun; opt for bar seating or the few two-tops for a more intimate meal. Read more
  • Marzia m.
    Marzia milkydropSeptember 8, 2015
    The steak is very good & also I loved the panna cotta; staff is really friendly, which I liked.
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BarnettAugust 28, 2015
    In my humble opinion this is the best restaurant in Brooklyn. Great neighborhood spot on the corner of 2 beautiful streets.
  • Morgan P.
    Morgan PolotanJuly 24, 2015
    Get the roast chicken.
  • Stefanie B.
    Stefanie BrücklerJuly 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Perfect for Brunch! Everything's so delicious!
  • Allie M.
    Allie MahlerJune 26, 2015
    Incredible atmosphere and impeccable design. Go here for a date night, birthday, special occasion, or just for fun. Great for breakfast or an intimate dinner.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SpagnoloJune 24, 2015
    Ask for extra focaccia bread. Then eat all of it.
    Upvoted Mar 9
  • Linda C.
    Linda ChowJune 17, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Romantic, cozy gem of a restaurant. Good for dates! I came for dinner once and got the whole roasted trout – it was so delicious! The brunch food is great as well. Can get crowded, however!
  • Mike P.
    Mike PJune 5, 2015
    Roasted chicken brought my own life's failings into sharp relief. Get it, and you will know the face of God.
  • Cameron W.
    Cameron WylieJune 4, 2015
    The eggplant sandwich was very fresh and full of flavor. The escarole smoked feta salad was the perfect compliment. I would love to come back to try a pasta.
  • Eric R.
    Eric RichmondMay 30, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    In the mornings the avocado toast and egg sandwich are both winners.
  • Clare M.
    Clare MunzurApril 16, 2015
    Snooty waitress. Tiny portions. Weird presentation- slab of bread with layer of brown jam, nothing else!
  • CCnyc
    CCnycApril 11, 2015
    Rigatoni, beef short run, new rider cocktail
  • Kathleen C.
    Kathleen CorlessMarch 15, 2015
    The pie is sick! Changes frequently. Great brunch spot, unique Bloody Mary's, also love the avocado toast for alight brunch option.
  • Jud V.
    Jud ValeskiMarch 12, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Turkey sandwich is amazing.
  • Being Fatty
    Being FattyFebruary 27, 2015
    Great neighborhood Italian
  • John W.
    John WoodsFebruary 5, 2015
    Busy for lunch. Most be as good as I think.
  • Brian B.
    Brian BilboJanuary 26, 2015
    Beef short rib!
  • Brian M.
    Brian MasefieldJanuary 25, 2015
    Great interiors and good service, but portions are way too small for the price.
  • David G.
    David GreenbergerJanuary 4, 2015
    The French Toast is SO good
  • Rebecca A.
    Rebecca AtwoodJanuary 4, 2015
    Good cocktails and sweet hearted service
  • Thiago L.
    Thiago LinsDecember 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Roast pork sandwich during lunch.
  • Michael C.
    Michael CiccaroneDecember 14, 2014
    Had roast chicken for dinner- loved it
  • Craig A.
    Craig AustinDecember 12, 2014
    Accommodating for our large party.
  • Michael G.
    Michael GraziDecember 3, 2014
    Roasted mushroom lumache was the bees knees. Salads were very good. Atmosphere was nice. Communal table.
  • Emily L.
    Emily L.November 21, 2014
    Lumache madness. Love.
  • Emily L.
    Emily L.November 21, 2014
    So good! Bibb lettuce- perfect bite and tartness with the nuts and hint of lemon juice. Lumache was cooked to perfection. Not an overwhelming amount of mushrooms. Beef ribs and striped bass were great
  • Melody G.
    Melody GambinoSeptember 7, 2014
    Everything is good here and it's great ambiance for a date! Get the avocado toast for a brunch appetizer!
  • Geoffroy B.
    Geoffroy BablonSeptember 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The corner booth, with all the natural light pouring in, is possibly the best brunch seating arrangement in all of Bk. I haven't yet had the privilege of sitting there, but I keep on hoping...
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle ByeSeptember 2, 2014
    Fantastic, cozy brunch spot in Boerum Hill. The Nutella French toast and breakfast sandwich are both delicious. Make sure to get here early on weekends!
  • Sanaë L.
    Sanaë LemoineSeptember 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Oh I could eat this granola every morning: roasted hazelnuts and almonds and fresh, perfectly ripe fruit, thick yogurt hiding beneath
  • Carly A.
    Carly AyresAugust 23, 2014
    A little loud for quiet conversations, but a cozy atmosphere. Great for dinner.
  • Mike U.
    Mike UreñaAugust 16, 2014
    Add prosciutto to the Caprese sandwich. Game changer.
  • Matt D.
    Matt DorvilleAugust 10, 2014
    Hard to get into, so get there early. They do well with their food though it does get noisy on weekends.
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SkobacAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    One of our favorite brunch meals on earth is splitting the world's best roasted pork sandwich and a bowl of Rucola's granola. Perfect.
  • Sarah M.
    Sarah MurphyAugust 9, 2014
    Great cocktails and awesome food. They're open for breakfast/lunch almost every day!
  • Brian M.
    Brian MooreAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    What a lovely place, great for a date or just with friends. Haven't had anything I didn't love on the menu, but have a special place for their pastas and their chicken.
  • Smash D.
    Smash DembugsAugust 3, 2014
    One of the best Italian places in cobble hill
  • Brett J.
    Brett JossJuly 15, 2014
    Perfect date spot before a show at BAM.
  • Lauren K.
    Lauren KnechtJuly 14, 2014
    Amazing food and wine! If you're in the neighborhood it is a must!!
  • Jenn M.
    Jenn MullerJuly 1, 2014
    Sad rigatoni is no longer on the menu bc I was looking forward to trying it
  • Jenn M.
    Jenn MullerJuly 1, 2014
    Chicken was good but not the best I've had in ny
  • Jacob C.
    Jacob CrandallJune 21, 2014
    Need to get here early to get a seat, but the food is fantastic and worth the wait. Rigatoni was amazing.
  • Anna D.
    Anna DJune 2, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Favorite spot in the neighborhood. Great staff! Food is always so delicious, great drinks from Elliott at the bar. Come here around 3 pm on Saturday or Sunday, bring a book and enjoy life!
  • Varun S.
    Varun ShettyMay 18, 2014
    Rigatoni to the face will be a good reminder of why you love eating food.
  • Compass
    CompassApril 21, 2014
    The unpretentious Italian spot has a cozy atmosphere and excellent cocktails in a converted brownstone.
  • Mark J.
    Mark JohnsonApril 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The fresh pasta is amazing, especially the rigatoni. Recommend the delicious carrot salad with goat cheese and lentils. Also, the drinks are wonderfully crafted.
  • Evan C.
    Evan CohenMarch 27, 2014
    Really top notch - the food is awesome, and try the custom cocktails as well (try The Last Waltz). Tables crowded on top of each other but it facilitates making new friends.
  • Tom W.
    Tom WahlinMarch 19, 2014
    Roasted chicken with smoked pancetta, spinach, celery root, and leeks—recommended. Don't forget to pay with Cover.
  • Sarah A.
    Sarah ArnoldMarch 16, 2014
    Very charming, rustic atmosphere. Try one of their amazing homemade pastas or the roast chicken. Pay with Cover for an all around great experience.
  • Daniel F.
    Daniel FinklerFebruary 17, 2014
    Take a poop in their bathroom. Amazing
  • Caroline H.
    Caroline HarrisonJanuary 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Bibb lettuce and roast chicken- delicious
  • Jo R.
    Jo RausenJanuary 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I love the food here so much but the service is always inexplicably bad...
  • Beverly D.
    Beverly Dey2 weeks ago
    Cozy, quiet, nice wine selection
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