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By Priya Konings

Everyone knows Roofers Union for its rooftop deck, where its famous punch bowls are served all day long. It turns out though that the main dining room on the second floor also has a lot to offer. Specifically: classic American food designed for sharing, offered at a reasonable price in a spacious, sunlit room that overlooks 18th street. Not too shabby, my friends, not too shabby.

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The menu has several different sections, which makes it hard to know where to start and end, but don’t worry I am here with a step by step guide for you to follow. Step one: order several items from the “snacks” section to share. The artichoke dip is creamy and rich, and more importantly, topped with a layer of melted cheese. It smells and tastes so good you may want to just dip your face into the little cast iron skillet that it comes in. Don’t, because the only thing that makes this dip better is the crunchy little housemade crouton-like bread bites that come with the dip. These bad boys are the perfect vehicles for getting that dip in your mouth. The cauliflower is also great for sharing; it is minty and caramelized and enhanced by a generous sprinkling of cheese. The grilled asparagus is similarly flavorful, with a garlicky red pepper sauce served on the plate for you to douse the spears in.

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Step two: Any of the sandwiches are a good choice, especially because of the great sourdough bread they use. The quinoa black bean burger comes smothered in cheddar and avocado, and the flatbread has an earthy arugula pestro and tangy goat cheese topping.

You may think you are too full for dessert but you’re not. Remember, dessert goes in a different compartment. Hands down your best choice is the sundae, which is reminiscent of a classic American 1950s diner sundae. The combination of ice cream, hot fudge, and crunch, salty little pretzel-praline bites (also created in-house) served in an old-fashioned sundae glass, smothered in whipped cream, is the perfect end to your meal.
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