I haven't been to Roe (yet), but I have eaten at Sweedeedee and enjoyed it. Their food is indeed delicious.
Another recent topic on this board mentioned the "order at the counter" service at Bollywood Theater and I had inquired as to whether they stopped taking orders if all the seats/table were full. This was my only complaint about Sweedeedee. You order at the counter, and then wait for a table in a very small space. You can wait outside, but it's best described as a controlled chaos. No sooner had we sat down, our meals arrived. Had it been another minute or two, we would have been stuck standing with plates of eggs in our hands.
To give them the benefit of the doubt, they may have changed things up accordingly. I don't know. I don't minding waiting for great food, but I sure don't want to be stuck standing with my food in hand while other diners sit around chewing the proverbial fat. (People love to linger over brunch.)
My question is: does this style of service warrant a "25 Best New Restaurants in America" rating? I guess it does, since Alan Richman says it's so, but does this now take service out of the equation altogether?