After hearing how great the original Patsy’s is on 118th and 1st, my roommates, my friend Dave and I decided to see if it really lived up to the hype. Â We boarded the 1st Avenue bus and climbed up the 30 blocks – which during the journey, the boys discovered there actually is a White Castle in NYC.
Patsy’s is a typical pizza joint, with two sides to the restaurant – an order-in side, and a to-go section. Â We decided to eat there, and as I looked over the menu, was surprised to see more than just pizza. Â There were tons of pasta entrees as well as “secondi” plates (chicken and meat dishes). Â We decided to start with a caesar salad which was large enough for four of us to share. Â The salad had delicious croutons and the fact that 4 of us could split a $7.50 salad really made it a deal.
We started ordering the pizzas, and our server James, highly recommended a fresh mozzarella and basil pie. Â We decided to skip his recommendation and go with just a plain pie and a sausage pie. Â Both pies were delicious, and the thin crust allowed us to keep stuffing our faces with slices – without feeling super full. Â Still hungry, we went for a third pie and James again suggested this fresh mozzerella and basil pie. Â This time, we listened. Â This pie was excellent and would be first on my list next time I return to Patsy’s. Â I’ll be honest, I’m typically a white pizza kinda girl because I don’t like a lot of tomato sauce, but I actually enjoyed the marinara sauce at Patsy’s.
Each pie ran about $12, and each topping was an additional $3, which wasn’t too bad. Â As I mentioned, this isn’t like your normal pie on the corner, so keep in mind you may have to go for an extra pie. Â James warned us that many times if people are hungry, they can polish off a whole pie easily by themselves. Â I have to commend our waiter though for being honest with us regarding portion sizes – even when asking about how large the salad was and seeing that I was with 3 guys, he could have probably talked me into 2 salads, but he didn’t try to oversell us and let us go at our own pace.
I think my roommate Alex said it best: Â Patsy’s is New York pizza.The Basics Name: Patsy’s Location:Â 2287 1st Ave between 117th and 118th Who to bring: Â Friends, Date Price: Â $$. Â Under $20 per person for dinner if sharing a couple pies. Overall: Â 5 stars. Â This is New York pizza.