Follow me off the beaten path as I find the hidden treasures of New York.

Patsy’s Pizzeria

Yes the one and only! Patsy’s is the Neapolitan restaurant Frank Sinatra visited often and frequently even till his time of passing. Opening in 1933, Patsy’s Pizzeria quickly established itself as a family style, old-fashioned neighborhood restaurant. The restaurant quickly became popular and attracted famous personalities such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Tony Bennett; who in time became regulars.


A friend told me about this restaurant and insisted to take me there for a cultural experience. At first I was not sure if I want to commute all the way to east Harlem for this “most amazing pizza in the world”, but boy was it worth it!

When you first walk in you feel like you are in a simple place, there are black and white photographs on the wall, and the seating is simple. Every table has a paper sheet on top of the tablecloth. Its simple but I loved the idea of being able to draw on the table haha. We ordered mozzarela sticks with marinera sauce, and two large pizza’s: one plain cheese (for my friend), and one mushroom (for me) :P. We also ordered some red wine and peroni’s.


While waiting for our food we started playing a game of tic tac toe and hangman. Apparently my hangman skills are a little rusty. When the pizza came it just looked very simple and very yummie. The first bite I forgot that the pizza was just out of the oven, and because I was eager to try this amazing pizza I slightly burned my tongue. Once the pizza cooled down, I stuffed my face with as many slices as possible.


There weren’t many people at the restaurant when we sat at Patsy’s, but in the right company, the food was absolutely amazing. And I loved how quickly the service was. We spent 64$ in total; fair priced and absolutly homey food. Though located on E117th and 1st ave, the restaurant has two locations, and I would definitely recommend the experience Patsy’s. You should check it out!

  • 18 December 2012
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