I have gone to this coal-oven pizza landmark twice in the lastt six months. I expected to get tthin- crusted, bottom-blackened, blistered pizza that are the hallmarks of old-school coal-oven pizza. This had been true in the past. Instead, the pizza was undercooked, soft and doughy. You can get better pizza at Dominos. Eveerybody can have a bad day (or two), so I wrote a letter to the owner. I anticipated receiving an explanation, apology or, perhaps, an offer of a free pizza to make amends. Instead, my letter was never answered). If you want what I expected,en for coal offen pizza, go to Lombardi's, Grimaldi's in Brooklyn or Pepe's in New Haven. Don't go to Patsy's. They have lost it and don't care.
I went to Patsy's yesterday because last time I was there (1 to 2 months prior) there was a sign for their "Roll Back the Prices Day" and it said August 26th.
When i arrived, much to my surprise, there wasn't much of a line. I went inside to speak to an employee and I was told that this year's "Roll Back the Prices Day" was August 11th. I informed them that I was there not more than two months previously and their sign (which was now taped over with August 11th) stated that August 26th. Not that it is a big deal, but I was a bit surprised and disappointed that management thought nothing of the mix-up. Even when I called to follow up on the events of the previous day, I got the same lack of accountability. There was no offer to honor the special or even a simple apology. As far as they were concerned, it was okay to use 2 to 3 year old signage.
All in all, I for one won't be going back to Patsy's. I have actually patronized the establishment a bit and enjoyed the pizza, but never have I encountered an establishment that treats a customer in such a manner, especially since they were in the wrong.
Note to Patsy's: Even if you don't honor the special, it is okay to admit fault. It is the least you can do, that and not repeating the same lazy approach to signage going forward. As it stands, the signage for this years event, which has past, is still up (with tape affixed to the date). Watch them claim ignorance if someone else walks by and thinks next years event is on August 11th. Stop being cheap by reusing 2 year old signage and if you are going to be cheap, stop being lazy and update the time months in advance.
I think the pizza is so overrated and was under cooked. Had no flavor and the staff is rude and not attentive. Would NEVER go back
I consider myself a great lover of New York style pizza.
Growing up in New Jersey, I've been fortunate enough to have enjoyed great pies from many different places. I've lived most of my adult years in San Diego, and even there, I've found some pies worthy of thin-crust note. While on vacation in Jersey, I flew my girlfriend out to help me sample some prime examples of different North Eastern Cuisines. I chose Patsy's in East Harlem because it was featured on the TV show Pizza Challenge: New York vs. Chicago.
Well, after we sat down we began with the fried zuchinni appetizer. It arrived with a marinara dipping sauce. This sauce was thin, almost watery with a slight metallic flavoring. We then ordered a pepperoni pizza, only to be told that they didn't have any pepperoni! Our jaws dropped to the floor. I glanced at my watch and read 1:25 PM! What? Are you kidding me? The waitress wasn't unfortunately. We ordered a sausage pie and continued to gnaw on the zuchinni and then it hit me: I hope they don't use this tasteless marinara sauce on the pizza! Voila, it arrives and guess what: It was smaller than your average N.Y. style pie, probably 14", the slices were soggy, the cheese was sparcely applied and there it was: The marinara sauce. The same sauce used with the appetizer. We even asked for ranch dressing as an alternative for the "appe" only to be told that they didn't have any. I haven't been this disappointed in anything since the Mets lost to the Cardinals in the playoffs of 2006. As we left, we saw and heard the owner of the place yelling and screaming at someone out on the sidewalk. He must have had one of his restaurant's pizzas!
Pros: Didn't see any rats!
Cons: No pepperoni today, weak tomato sauce, small soggy pizza.
I haved lived a life devoted to finding the best pizza...it has always been my favorite food...there are a lot of great pizzas but patsys is the best...and nothing is close...I drag everyone up to harlem...everybody has agreed with me....the person who said it was terrible must be the owner of a competitor...nobody I know has thought anything other than great things aftert having a slice...
Being a New Yorker, I've had all sorts of pizza. Well, when I tried Patsy's, there was no turning back to the rest. I love Patsy's Pizza. I could eat a whole pie by myself.
The worst pizza I have ever had. Enough said...
Cons: terrible pizza
This place is history, the food is phenomenal and the staff is super cool. I absolutely love the pizza but I'm too confused which dish is really my favorite.The place is clean and old fashioned and i think it beats all the other so called better restaurants.I LOVE IT.
mussels were not fresh,dirty,sandy etc.RETURNED.meatballs,what can i say , putrid,RETURNED,baked clams, tasteless,veal parm overcooked,tomato sauce worst i ever had, creme burley, burnt,they would not make my wife sole francese over linquini,i don't get that, wait staff OK for this place,very noisy,overall the worst meal i've had in a long time, definitely living of there reputation from the 50's I would'nt go back no matter how good the pizza is.
Pros: can't think of any
Cons: losey food
You know that feeling when you walk into history and you get it everytime you visit the original Patsy's on 116th and 1st Ave. The smells, Fank Sinatra playing on the stereo, and the old world charm that has been replaced by fast food pizza.
This is an old world pizzaria like I remember from a kid. And, with pizzas starting at $11.00, it's no wonder the place continues to pack them in.
Pros: Great, thin-crust pizza. Great pastas. Good salads.
Cons: You have to travel up to E. Harlem to get there.
I have been going to Patsy's for years and my kids would rather that I schlep to East Harlem to pick up the pizza than ordering from any of the great delivery joints we have around us. My kids are NYC pizza snobs so their demand is probably a good testament to Patsy's tasting pretty darn good. Their other favorite is John's Brick Oven in Greenwhich Village. If you don't like thin crust, brick oven pizza, you won't like Patsy's or John's.
Pros: Great pizza, great service, great menu
I regularly eat, and have eaten at Patsy's for over 15 years and have NEVER once had a rude staff or wrong order experience. That's because unlike the disgusting & growing population of "barbarians" invading the neighborhood, I have manners. Understand that you get what you give. If you have a "stink" attitude, you will be treated appropriately. Understand that you don't go into someone else's place and decide that you will dictate how things will be AND have an attitude of entitlement, dismissal, and all of the things that make people hate you, and expect to be treated with anything other than what you deserve - rudeness. Because I know that you should always be polite to the wait staff, I am treated with respect, I receive perks, and the chef takes a little extra time to prepare my table's meals. I am treated this way at EVERY restaurant I patronize. I highly recommend Patsy's for civil people to enjoy a little bit of family-style cooking and atmosphere.
Pros: Great food, large portions
Cons: family restaurant, so there will be kids
Pizza slice was very small, and had mediocre flavor. Definitely not worth traveling for. Staff is very rude and unkempt. the pizzeria doesn't even have a display case for the slices. and the walls are dark and dirty looking. Very disappointed, after hearing how famous this place used to be, East Harlem is in need of a good pizzeria.
Rude staff, incorrect order, further rude staff, delayed correct order, more rude staff and finally a rude manager. Not a place to even try, there are hundreds of better restaurants in NYC.
After waiting 45 minutes for our large pizza, I was slightly disappointed in the amount of cheese on the pizza. The pizza is pretty pricey for the not so large size compared to the other NY pizzas. The sauce has a nice spice to it, but it's slightly on the sweet side. The crust is thin and crispy and definitely not greasy which was nice. I would go again b/c it's a nice locale though would prefer a local pizzeria for a really good slice of pizza.
Pros: Nice atmosphere, pretty good pizza
Cons: Sweeter sauce and high strung waitstaff
I tried the location in Murray Hill for the first time. My mother had been to the Harlem location in the 1980s, so she dragged me over to the Upper East Side to try a slice. The crust was amazingly crispy, and the blend of spices and cheese on the pizza was perfect. The waiters were a bit jumpy (a broken glass froze the whole building, and our waitress nearly died of a heart attack when our pizza almost spilled), but hey, if you knew their boss, you would understand.
Pros: Very quiet, the service is very quick, and the pizza is the best I've ever had.
Cons: No parking (it is NYC, after all), the waiters are so jumpy I think they're worried of being shot by the owner, and a little cramped.
I waited over an hour for a table at Patsy's Pizza. The waiters ( young college boys) were extremely nice and apologetic for the wait. These kids are overworked & recquire more help!! The pizza was ok. The pizza on Arthur Ave at Zero Otto Nuove is BETTER!!!!!!!
THIS HAS GOT TO BE THE BEST PIZZA IN THE WORLD! I LOVE THAT THE PIZZA IS ALWAYS FRESH, GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICES AND VERY FAST SERVICE! I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT A GOOD PIZZA IS! THE SAUCE MAKES THE PIZZA...
Pros: THE BEST PIZZA
Cons: DONT HAVE ANY I CAN THINK OF
This is an old school italian restaurant...the photos of Sinatra, Tony Bennet, etc....The pasta is delicious. It's very New York. I highly recommend it.
Yes, it is clearly one of the top three pizzas available in New York, but its location is also a big plus. One of the things I love about going to Patsy's is that it has a wonderful old New York feel to it. The pies are top notch, but the pastas are also wonderful. The service is friendly and not rushed, and the food is inexpensive for what you get. But, best of all, it feels like it is far away from the maddening crowds.
Pros: Pizza, location
When my wife found out I was dragging her to Harlem for a pizza, she wasn't happy - but she understood after we got our pizza. I had read about Patsy's on several pizza web sites - and the bar that had been set was high. I was not disappointed.
The crust on Patsy's pizza is very thin and is made in a coal fired oven. It is great - it has just enough moisture in it and it has just a hint of carmelization, giving it a slight flavor of roasted marshmallow. The best crust I've had.
I got two pizzas - one with the fresh mozzarella and the other with grated - and of course the fresh is far superior. One of the pizzas was with basil and it was very fresh tasting.
The service was wonderful. The decor was bland and old - maybe it makes one focus on how great the pizza is? I bet it looks exactly the same as it did 70 years ago.
Pros: The Pizza - Best crust in the world. Fresh ingredients
Cons: Have to go to harlem t get it (but worth it)
I really think Patsy's in the best pizza in NYC. I've been to Grimaldi's, Lombardi's, Totonno's and John's and Patsy's wins for overall taste and atmosphere. By atmosphere I mean all those other places come across as a bit pretentious and full of themselves. Patsy's looks like they haven't remodeled in 70 years and feels like something out of the Soprano's, and there is never a line to get in. Make sure to get a pie with fresh mozzarella - it makes all the difference in the world. I would honestly put their pie as the second best I've ever had, behind a pizzeria in Naples called Da Michele (the best pizza in the world). If you are in to pizza you cannot miss Patsy's.
Pros: The best pizza in NYC, maybe the best in the U.S.
BEST PIZZA IN NEW YORK CITY! I travel from the south just to get this pizza. The crust is as thin as angels wings! Great sauce and killer fresh mozerella! A MUST! It's worth the trip up to 117th st for this local!
I love Patsy's Pizzeria. My first time was at the upper westside location and I've been to the one in murray hill as well. I wanted to try the pizza at the harlem location since it's the original one. However, this location really disappointed me. The crust was too charred even for brick/coal oven pizza. The mozzarella cheese was also very oily and stringy. We were served soft drinks in disposable plastic cups. During the middle of the afternoon, the service was neither good nor poor. If you want to try Patsy's go to one of the other 6 locations. The Harlem location is interestingly enough not listed on the Patsy's website, which would lead me to believe that this location is no longer part of the Patsy's brand/group but has somehow maintained the name. Regardless it does not live up to the Patsy's name or pizza, which is right up there with the best in the city like Grimaldi's and Lombardi's.
I visited Manhattan last year and I read in a tourist's guide book that Patsy's was the best pizza in Midtown. I had heard New York was famous for their pizza so I figured why not try the best. It truly was the best pizza I have ever tasted! I live on the west side of the country but I would fly back simply for the pizza at Patsy's! Wonderful food from a wonderful city!
Pros: The pizza was amazing!
Cons: Not applicable.
No frills , just great pizza . One of the last coal fired ovens in NYC ( the remaining ones were grandfathered in, otherwise they are illegal). If you're a connoisseur, Patsy's is amust , I haven't missed a week there in years .
Pros: Pizza, Pizza, Pizza
Hands down the best pie in the city. Can't beat the price. You can park anywhere on the street. Don't bother going anywhere else for pizza.
Pros: best pie, price, parking
My parents went to Patsy's 50+ years ago when they were dating and we're celebrating their 50th anniversary there tonight. The pizza is like nothing you've ever tasted. Thin crust, not too much sauce, not too much cheese, a throwback to what pizza was meant to be before we started adding pineapple to it (YUCK). The service at times is awful, at other times is great. It doesn't matter. You're not only going there for the food, you're going for the experience of yesteryear. The regular menu, pasta, etc., is excellent as well, and don't pass up their chocolate souffle which is to die for! Make the excusion!!!!
Patsys and the people there have been great. I have been going there my whole life. The food is great and the people are down to earth I hope one do to own my own resturant and I want it to be just like patsys.
Pros: People, Price, Food
Unlike the editorial reviewer who only said this was average: I wonder where he has been eating, given the declining in pizza quality in recent years; this is one of the 5 top pizzas in the city. Take it from me, I have eaten at most of the others and this is up there. Where else can you get a coal oven slice for a mere $1.50? Try slice, or three, you will not be disappointed. This is the kind of pizza that you have to normally have to buy a pie to get.
I've been to Lombardi's, Grimaldi's and John's... Patsy's just beats them flat out. Greatest pizza ever. Make sure you get a plain pie with basil. You'll be in heaven. From a place that was frequented by Sinatra when he was alive, could you expect any less? Feel free to wander in the back area, where they used to have a lounge (they plan to reopen it) to see pictures of Sinatra and other celebrities at this classic pizza joint. Have a few drinks at their newly open bar. And make sure you order the oysters as appetizer... damn those are good.
The only drawback? Location. Unless you live up there in the Upper East side, it's a little out of the way. But it's worth the trip.
Pros: Great Good, Never Crowded, Classic Ambience
There is NOP OTHER PLACE like Patsy's - the pies are delizioso - well cooked to order and a delight to the taste buds. Prices are very, very reasonable for appetizers that serve more than two quiet easily. No frills. . .just great coal-oven pizza.
A must for ANY NATIVE NEW YORKER. . .and our visitors as well!!!
Tutti a tavola a mangiare!!!!
Pros: Great food, Great portions, Fast service
Cons: , Cash only
Patsy's has the best pizza outside of Naples (the birthplace of pizza). When Jose gets that coal oven burning, the edges of the thin crust pizza come out slightly charred and crispy. You can't find a better pizza anywhere than the simple tomato sauce with fresh mozzarella - not the shredded stuff you get everywhere else, but large globs of freshly sliced, full flavored mozzarella. Yes, the ambiance is non-existent. But the service is fast, and the pizza unbeatable. Feel free to chat up Victor the waiter - he's a real movie buff! I live in AZ now, and Patsy's is what I miss most! Don't be afraid of the neighborhood - take the subway, the 1st Avenue bus, or a cab. You won't regre it!
This pizza is the best! I almost ate a full pie by myself. Order a soda with your meal and you'll get a 12 oz. can and a plastic cup. A little different, but that just fits in with the vibe of the joint. Don't give a second thought about taking the 6 train to 116th St. and walking the four blocks to the restaurant. This is a largly latino community, and we saw plenty of families on the street doing evening shopping. Also passed lots of little restaurants serving Mexican food. The sounds of latin music and smells of that food made me want to go back! On the walk back to the subway we were cracked up by three older gents (in their 60s or 70s) sitting near the subway entrance chatting while their boom box was belting out latin tunes.
Pros: Pizza, Price
I have been to all the top pizza places in the U.S. and seen all the reviews in all the magazines and guides. This is it. THIS IS THE BEST PIZZA IN THE USA. Period. It's better than Sally's & Pepe's in New Haven. Better than Grimaldi's and Johns and Naples 45 and Tontono and Lombardi's. This is a perfect food. The only place close to this is Johnny's Pizza in Mt. Vernon, NY. The only reason Patsy's is barely mentioned in the national surveys is the location. Few make it up to 117th street, so they just say that they like John's because it's in the Village and that's what they know.
Get a pie, not the takeout.
Some of the other reviews here are silly. Got to PizzaHut for globs of plastic toppings and 'good soda' and lighting. Go here for the best pizza in the USA.
Pros: Perfectly Charred, Light crust, Amazing in Every Way
Cons: Location, Location, Location
When ever I find myself uptown at lunchtime, there is only one place I head to -- IT'S PATSY'S PIZZA. There pizza is simply the best I've had anywhere the USA.
Pros: Food, Service, Price
the food is great but the atmosphere is really not pleasant...and the service is non-existing...:(
Pros: the pizza is very, good
Cons: the environment is, very arid (not the, area, the place itsel
This is, without a doubt, the best slice of pizza in Manhattan. Fantastic sauce, suberb crust and just the right amount of mozzerella.
I traveled here with my high school church youth group of 20. They provided excellent service with the best tasting pizza and pasta I have ever had.
Pros: Good Pricing, Pleasant Environment, Great Service
Cons: Large portion food
great food and atmosphere! best puttanesca I have evre had!
I really dislike Italian restaurants not run by Italians, this is now another example of one. The food is extremely inconsistent and the ingredients are cheap. Seems like they have traded away quality for value.
pizza should have more than 1 piece of topping per slice. where the heck have all the toppoings gone? they charge 2.00 per topping and give you 2 cents worth....not worth the pizza...
Cons: bad service, lack of pizzatoppings
HEY FOLKS I GREW UP JUST A FEW BLOCKS FROM PATSY'S IN THE LATE FIFTY'S. I TAKE MY SON THERE TIL THIS DAY. PIZZA IS THE BEST AND THE AMBIENCE IS GREAT. GREAT NEW YORK MEMORIES. WHEN MY BUDDY FLY'S UP FROM FLORIDA HE RUNS TO PATSY.
Pros: INEXPENSIVE, COMFORTABLE, RELAXED
Cons: BAD PARKING
The back of the restaurant was kind of dark and not very attractive. Need to spruce it up and add better lighting. More ambiance in back. Also needs to be tidied up - things like child seats sitting around
Pros: pizza is excellant, Seated quickly
Cons: back seating area, not too tidy
I HAVE NEVER TASTED ANYTHING LIKE IT AND I'M ITALLIAN
Pros: GREAT FOOD, GREAT SERVICE
Cons: BAD NEIGHBORHOOD
sweetest,freshest and most lean pizza anywhere. 2 minutes, don't even bother to call ahead. just do a round trip with the cab.
Pros: low fat, fresh, new york at its best
Cons: uptown, limited, but upgradin
Patsy's is the best in NYC. I used to go to the original Patsy's on Old Fulton in Brooklyn. That's when would be sitting there noshing when Sinatra's limo would pull up to get his order. Gotta love it.
I live in the neighborhood and feel lucky to live by such a great pizza place. the only problem is you really have to warm up the pizza before it's edible, even when you order ahead. BUt once done, it's not too much dough, not too much cheese, not too much sauce.