Patsy's Pizza - East Harlem

Patsy's Pizza - East Harlem

Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant$$$$
East Harlem, New York
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    James M.
    "Its thin and light, so a whole pie isnt as filling as you may think."(8 Tips)
    Men's Health Mag
    "Patsy’s offers some of the best in the country."(4 Tips)
    Frenzy H.
    "Patsy's HARLEM is the best pizza on the island."(84 Tips)
    Buford B.
    "few coal oven pizzerias in the city."(2 Tips)
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  • Eater
    EaterOctober 11, 2016
    Patsy’s serves the quintessential example of the New York Neapolitan style of pizza — cooked in a grandfathered coal oven. Few, if any, places provide a more lucid touchstone to old New York. Read more
    Upvoted 4 days ago
  • Emily W.heart icon on user image
    Emily WilsonJuly 11, 2016
    The restaurant is dark and sleepy, with that classic NY pizza joint vibe. Margherita is the way to go, but if your group or your appetite is big, get a vodka pie too.
    Upvoted 4 days ago
  • Eater
    EaterMarch 17, 2014
    Opened in 1933, the original location of Patsy's is the only old school coal oven pizzeria in New York that offers pizza by the slice. The crust will make you feel as if you are in Naples. Read more
  • Mike Mahdavi N.heart icon on user image
    You already know best pitZa in HARLEM NYC. One of my fave pitZa spots, take out side are like the pizza nazi though. Dine In everything is good. YOU MUST TRY IT ONE TIME.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkJuly 18, 2018
    The Margherita slices at this 1933 East Harlem original are thiner and shorter than you’ll typically find, which means the average person—okay, fine, we—can easily wolf down five to six slices each. Read more
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagAugust 3, 2014
    While plenty of places offer cheap slices, Patsy’s offers some of the best in the country. Plus, because it’s just a hole-in-the-wall stop you can grab a slice on the quick. Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 6, 2013
    Their coal-fired slices are the missing link of pizza. The clear middle ground between the old world Neapolitan pies and the modern New York slice.
    Upvoted 4 days ago
  • Malin A.heart icon on user image
    Malin Ali BeyApril 13, 2018
    whole pie portabella mushroom pizza to of the line. A lout of places lose their luster over time not Patsy's, I've been coming here for decades and it is still amazing!
  • Buford B.heart icon on user image
    Buford BarnesMay 28, 2012
    Established 1933, continuously operated. One of the originators of New York style pizza and one of the few coal oven pizzerias in the city. Inspiration for a key scene of The Godfather.
  • Cole K.heart icon on user image
    Cole Kennedy4 days ago
    The perfect ideal of New York style pizza. Crispy, light, foldable, molten hot and massively flavorful. I could eat it every damn day.
  • Stephanie M.heart icon on user image
    Stephanie ManwaringMarch 28, 2017
    The best cheese pizza in NYC IMO. Grab a slice from the window (not the sit down) and join everybody else on the curb talking about how good it is. Best and freshest tomato sauce!
  • Compass
    CompassApril 25, 2014
    Time-tested recipes, addictive red sauce, and coal brick-baked pies have been the dishes du jour since the 1930s, when the legendary local pizza chain got its start at this very spot.
  • Almando P.heart icon on user image
    Almando PerezJanuary 28, 2016
    Pizza is very good. I was impressed, I didn't think it would be amazing and it was. Also, the chicken parm is very good.
    Upvoted 4 days ago
  • Nadia I.heart icon on user image
    Nadia IssaBellaFebruary 28, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is delicious here!! The MOZARELLA sticks, fresh pasta (the fettuccine is to die for) and the tiramisu are some of my favourites. Get spoiled here, like Sinatra did!
  • Jose M.
    Jose MendezApril 14, 2016
    All I can say about this place.. This is the real deal.. Not can ever take this place out of business . the real oven brick pizza .. 100% real pizza.. The best in the whole five boroughs.
  • James M.
    James Mark IIApril 8, 2017
    Best Pizza in NYC. Every trip I take there, I get a whole pie to share with my gf. Its thin and light, so a whole pie isnt as filling as you may think.
  • Frenzy H.
    Frenzy HunterMarch 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Patsy's HARLEM is the best pizza on the island. Seasoned w/ filed unicorn horn dust & baked in a stone oven heated by dragon spit. Then they feed the unicorn-turned-horse the slices. And they love it!
  • Adam K.
    Adam KubanAugust 16, 2011
    Only one of two coal-oven places in NYC that sells by the slice (the other is Sac's in Astoria) -- over in the small take-out shop near the corner. I prefer the whole plain pie with regular mozzarella
    Upvoted 4 days ago
  • Nicholas D.heart icon on user image
    Nicholas DoyleSeptember 11, 2014
    The perfect slice is here: With slight layer of cheese, a touch of delicious sauce and a thin charred crust perfect for folding, you'll suddenly realize what NYC pizza is all about.
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagAugust 3, 2014
    Piping-hot, paper-thin slices of crispy, coal-charred cheese pizza served at a no-frills Harlem storefront for only $1.75 each. Read more
  • Harlem A.
    Harlem AmbassadorMarch 21, 2013
    The pizza is old world style. Then again, so are the portions in this supersized era, you'll craving more.The coal oven gives a smokey flavor to fresh slices. The nearby restaurant is an alternative.
  • Will H.heart icon on user image
    Will HarahanMarch 30, 2021
    The slice was so good I had to get a whole pie to go.
  • Betty H.
    Betty HuynhMarch 19
    The pizza was so delicious and with so many flavor could choose that we even visited the pizza shop twice in the same day!
  • Elie B.heart icon on user image
    Elie BleierJune 9, 2014
    Splendid. Enjoyed every bite. Best uptown pizza. Cheap!
  • Jon h.
    Jon hoffmanApril 15, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Excellent pizza. Great for sitting down and sharing a whole pie or ordering a single slice from their to-go window.
  • Almando P.heart icon on user image
    Almando PerezJanuary 20, 2016
    Pizza is very good. I also had chicken parm, I thought it was very good. Not. Too many restaurant have a good one.
  • Kelsey R.
    Kelsey RichardNovember 9, 2013
    Best pizza I've ever had. Got 2 peroni beers and a whole pie for only 25.20 (including tax) I'll def be going back.
  • Nadib A.
    Nadib Al-IslamApril 23, 2016
    Tried the cheese slice. Gotta admit, one of the best thin crust I have ever had. Definitely recommend it.
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BursteinNovember 22, 2020
    Lovely thin melt in your mouth pizza. Got cheese and pepp.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatMarch 7, 2012
    Get a thin-crust pizza slice at the take-out window and walk east one block to enjoy eating pizza with a view of the East River!
  • Graham G.
    Graham GnallNovember 10, 2018
    Stick with the coal original, even if getting several pies. It's incredible, cheap, and not too filling.
  • Julie S.
    Julie SosciaJanuary 27, 2019
    Classic spot for an amazing slice of thin crust pizza. Worth the trip to East Harlem.
  • Farheenheart icon on user image
    FarheenSeptember 22, 2018
    Get the classic slice. Also delivery from them is just as good as eating there
  • P. D.heart icon on user image
    P. D.October 16, 2020
    Been here 10+ times
    I think it's the best pizza in the whole city (and most classically "New York"). Maybe a tie w Louie and Ernie's.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 19, 2011
    It's awesome. Go. Regular and fresh mozzarella are both good, and you can order pies or slices. Cash only. Read more
  • Jennifer J.
    Jennifer JonesFebruary 16, 2011
    I like to call myself a Pizza snob. With that said I must say, Patsy’s is by far one of the best in the city. If you enjoy this then you must try Lincoln Lounge in Mount Vernon I like to call myse
  • M. G. S.heart icon on user image
    M. G. StellaJanuary 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Drita is always one of the most accommodating servers I've encountered in New York City. Good service paired with some of the best pizza around. Salute!
  • Rachel W.heart icon on user image
    Rachel W.November 22, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    This is the original Patsy's, unaffiliated with the rest in the city. Their coal oven pizzas are the closest to what I've had in Italy. Absolutely delicious.
  • Nicole C.
    Nicole ChristieMay 29, 2010
    I can't even eat regular pizza anymore--Patsy's has spoiled me. The thin crust, the cheese, the sauce! So good you can eat a whole pie and not feel guilty. GO HERE! You will not regret it...
  • Martin R.
    Martin RigbyJanuary 28, 2020
    Open with a caprese salad. If you were thinking of going to Grimaldi’s go here instead. (Or to Juliana’s if you are near Grimaldi’s already)
  • Giovanni M.heart icon on user image
    Giovanni MelendezJanuary 4, 2016
    Best pizza hands down, you would have to order a pie, one slice is not enough!!!!
  • Maurice R.
    Maurice RossOctober 1, 2022
    Historically great pizza. Exceptional
  • Dawance C.
    Dawance CheaJune 3, 2013
    The original plain pie tastes better as it cools, so as you eat each slice tastes better than the previous. Weird. 1 pizza per person should suffice.
  • Tom W.heart icon on user image
    Tom WalshSeptember 7, 2017
    The crust and the dough has great flavor the staff is great.
  • Tony P.
    Tony PowersJuly 16, 2019
    GREAT pies. But any NYC Pizza list without Totonno's on it is out of order!
  • Craig P.heart icon on user image
    Craig PollardDecember 10, 2015
    I had the margherita and it was great.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceNovember 14, 2013
    Patsy's is the only coal-oven pizzeria in Manhattan that sells by the slice.
  • Spotted by Locals - city guides by locals
    Each slice is only $ 1.75. That’s not a typo. That’s a small price to pay for perfection Read more
  • Kathryn D.heart icon on user image
    Kathryn DJune 5, 2017
    Everything is delicious but the pizzas are the stars.
  • Zk
    ZkApril 7, 2015
    Patsy said Daisy was working today which is why Marty & I drove here all the way from Ronnie's. Karen hasn't stopped quipping about it all night. I shoulda listened to Larry.
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