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A Tale of Two Patsy's

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A Tale of Two Patsy's

TrishUntrapped | Aug 16, 2004 05:03 PM

On a recent trip to NYC, due to unserendipitous circumstances, (An unsuccessful 2 hour wait for a table at Serendipity 3), on the same day I dined at Patsy's in East Harlem at 2287 First Avenue, and Patsy's Pizzeria at 206 E. 60th Street (near Bloomingdale’s).

Patsy's East Harlem v. Patsy's Bloomies
Patsy's East Harlem wins by a crust.

My daughter wanted pizza for lunch, so we decided to try one of the refuted “Best in NYC” places as described by this board. And hounds, you were right!

Pizza’s basic components are sauce, cheese and crust, and Patsy’s East Harlem has found a lovely balance of the 3. The sauce had just a touch of sweetness and was not overpowering, the cheese (we got fresh mozzarella, you can also choose regular mozz) was perfectly soft and chewy, and the crust was ethereal -- very thin with some breadiness left to it. The pizza is cooked quickly in a coal oven, so the crust was not overly crisp on the bottom and had a melt-in-your mouth texture. It’s so light you can scarf more slices than you normally would. So order plenty. It was delicious and well worth an easy subway trek to East Harlem. Also, Omar, our server had to be one of the nicest people we’ve met in NYC. He even offered to take our picture under the Patsy’s sign.

As for Patsy's near Bloomies--
The sauce and cheese were similar to Patsy's EH, but the crust of this one was too crisp. The bottom crust crunched like a toothsome cracker. It lacked the soft breadiness, and thus goodness, of Patsy’s EH. Other Italian entrees we sampled here (cheese ravioli, chicken cacciatore, pasta with marinara) were merely ordinary, nothing special.

There are at least 6 Patsy’s in NYC. For excellent pizza go to the Patsy's located on First Avenue (116th Street subway stop). Accept no substitutions!

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