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New York Quintessentials: 12 Classic Pizza Joints You Should Know

New York has long been regarded as a, if not the, pizza Mecca. But these days, many of our city's most highly publicized pizzerias share increasingly less with the slice joints and classic pie shops that engendered that reputation in the first place. Whether you're a native New Yorker or a first-time visitor, here are 12 old-school pizzerias you should definitely know. More

Patsy's Celebrates 80 Years with a New Queens Pizzeria

In the 80 years since Patsy Lancieri opened his East Harlem pizzeria, Patsy's has maintained its status as an iconic New York destination for pizza pilgrims around the world. Current owner Frank Brija, who has manned the Patsy's helm for more than 30 years, intends to celebrate the restaurant's anniversary with a new location, in the Whitestone neighborhood of Queens. More

Daily Slice: Patsy's Pizza, East Harlem

I'll tell you what gives: $1.75 A SLICE, that's what! That's kind of all you need to know. A buck seventy-five for a slice of the best pizza in the city. When most slices are running $2.50, $2.75. And it's for a coal-oven slice! But if you need more than that, read on after the jump. More

NYC Quintessential: Patsy's Pizza, East Harlem

There's only one size pizza available on the menu. It's a respectable size — about 16 inches across. Not HUGE but not Neapolitan dainty. Still, even though it's on the bigger side, don't let the size fool you. As the menu says, it's "paper thin." (Yes, the menu says "paper thin.") Got a big appetite? You could easily house three-quarters of a plain pie on your own. Hell, I've eaten an entire Patsy's plain pizza by myself. That was in another lifetime, before Slice even existed. On a long lunch break. I almost fell asleep at my desk when I got back to work. But I digress... More

The 10 Best Pizzas in NYC

When deciding on this list, certainly history, setting, and pedigree had an impact, but in the end, it was all about the flavor. We didn't care whether the joint was 80 years old, or 8 months old, as long as they served a tasty pie. And here they are. Our favorite pizzas in the city. A mix of the old, a mix of the new, a representation of most of the boroughs, a bit of something delicious for everyone. More

Patsy's Pizza, East Harlem

Top: The late José Jiminez stretching dough and transferring a pizza to the oven. Above: Recent pies from Patsy's in East Harlem. [Photographs: Nick Solares] Patsy's Pizza 2287 First Avenue, New York NY 10035 (117/118; map); 212-534-9783 Pizza Style: New York–Neapolitan Oven Type: Coal The Skinny: Classic New York pizzeria offers a taste of history but has declined since the death of long time pieman José Jiminez Price: $1.75 a slice, $11 a pie, pie toppings $3 each For most of the time that I have lived in New York (which is going on a quarter century) my answer... More

East Harlem Patsy's Pizzaiolo José Jiminez Dies

"I remember seeing José shoveling coal in the oven, firing it up during hot summer months with only a fan to cool him." [Photographs: Jared Goldstein] Some sad news just arrived in the Slice inbox, courtesy of NYC tour guide Jared Goldstein: I am sorry to share the passing of one of America's great chefs—and a great guy—José Jiminez, on December 7, 2009.Jiminez, who immigrated from Ecuador, was the East Harlem Patsy's pizza chef and cook since 1977. He learned how to make their special pies from the previous pizza master, back when Carmella, "Mrs. Patsy" was alive.... More

If I Could Only Eat at One NYC Pizzeria (Other Than Di Fara), What Would It Be?

Hi, Adam,I will finally get to come to NYC in the week just prior to Thanksgiving this year. Really looking forward to it, as it may be the only time I ever get to visit your city.That said, I have earmarked Di Fara for a visit, and I am hoping to visit one other pizzeria during my stay.There are so many good ones.So ... can I get a single recommendation plus one backup recommendation from you?One stop (with Di Fara already out of the running) for pizza anywhere in NYC.Bonus if it is a coal-fired oven--not available in my area... More

East Harlem Patsy's to Celebrate 76th Anniversary with 60-Cent Pizza, 90-Cent Steak

[UPDATE BELOW]I just received this email from Patsy's in East Harlem: Patsy's is celebrating its 76th bigger and better than ever! 90¢ steak, 60¢ pizza pies, 1¢ sodas. The NYPD and the FDNY will have a pizza-eating challenge. 118th Street and First Avenue will officially be renamed "Patsy's Way," and many other surprises. Join celebrities, elected officials, and others as we do this like never before. After the phone number in the contact info is the directive to "CALL TODAY (Limited Seating)." They probably don't want a repeat of last year. When: Wednesday, August 26, 2009; 11 a.m. to... More

Dear Slice: Patsy's Anniversary Pizza Debacle

Clicking in to the Slice inbox today, we've got a report from the field regarding the Patsy's 60¢ pizza event yesterday. Blondie and Brownie Hey, Adam, Hope you are doing well! We went to check out the Patsy's Pizza anniversary last night and when we go there a little after 7 p.m., they had already cut off the line and weren't serving anymore—the angry mob must have broken up shortly before we got there. Eater has a full account of the line cut-off situation. It was a bummer not to get the anniversary deal, especially after treking uptown, but I... More

60-Cent Pizza at East Harlem Patsy's Tuesday, August 19

Just a reminder that tomorrow is the big 60¢ pizza price rollback at Patsy's in East Harlem. To celebrate its 75th anniversary, the coal-oven legend is going nuts. You can grab an entire pizza for 60¢ tomorrow (Tuesday, August 19) from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 2287 First Avenue, New York NY 10035 (b/n 117th and 118th streets; map)... More

Visiting New York City? 7 Must-Eat Pizzas You Should Try

In mid June, Slice reader Lance Roberts emailed me, asking if I'd help him complete his pizza itinerary. He was visiting New York City from Los Angeles, and he wanted to pack in as much pizza as he could--but only the best. I gave him some recs. He came, he ate, and then he wrote. What follows is a wonderful tale of 2.5 days of pizza mania. Buon appetito! --The Mgmt. An NYC Pizza Tour from an LA Perspective As a Los Angeleno who grew up in Detroit, it's a little odd that I love pizza so much. Neither city... More

East Harlem Patsy's Up to $1.75 for Slices

Craig Nelson of Not for Tourists emails with some intel that's new to Slice: "Patsy’s [East Harlem] slices went up to a $1.75—finally." And I say, well, they still haven't broken the $2 price point—at a time when $2.25 seems to be the average in the city. Still a great deal—if the slice is good that day! Thanks, Craig.... More

60¢ Pizza at East Harlem Patsy's

I've got word from the folks at Patsy's in East Harlem that the joint is rolling back prices for its 75th anniversary. You can grab a pizza there for 60¢ on Tuesday, August 19. The retro pricing event runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 2287 First Avenue, New York NY 10035 (b/n 117th and 118th streets; map)... More

Patsy-on-Patsy Lawsuit Sure to Lead to More Name Confusion

With all the different Patsy's in town, it's enough to drive you crazy. And just when you think you've got it all sorted out, someone comes along to throw another wrench in the works. This time, it's Patsy's Italian Restaurant in the Theater District. The joint is suing a Patsy's pizzeria on Long Island over the name and—get this—the right to claim Frank Sinatra as its most famous customer. The New York Post has the story here. The Patsy's bringing suit is not related to the Patsy's pizza chain. It simply has the same name. For some background, the New... More

Is Patsy's (East Harlem) Worth the Trip?

Hope you're thoroughly glutted on leftover turkey sandwiches at the moment. Quick question, I was thinking of finally hitting Patsy's this weekend and was wondering if it's worth the trip to the original up in Harlem? I thought all the Patsy's were owned by the same people but I noticed the original isn't listed on their website. So really who else can I turn to with such a pizza conundrum? --Bret S.... More

New York Pizza's Family Tree

Thanks to reader Greg, we're able to present to you the pizza-family-tree graphic that originally ran with Eric Asimov's June 10, 1998, New York Times story "New York Pizza, the Real Thing, Makes a Comeback." Greg graciously volunteered to snap a picture of this illustration, which hangs on the wall of Totonno's, at the most recent meeting of the Slice Pizza Club. It's a little blurry—it's difficult to get a good photo in low light and when you're trying to get newsprint into focus—but we think you'll be able to read it.... More

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