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I Wonder If ‘New York Pizza’ Is a Total Joke

Dear Grub Street,
What’s the deal with Patsy’s and Grimaldi’s? The guy’s name was Patsy Grimaldi, right? Didn’t the place under the Brooklyn Bridge used to be called Patsy’s? I remember going there when I used to come out for AAU games. And where else would you recommend for true “New York–style” pizza? Or is that term a total joke?

Patsy Grimaldi's Fall From Grace

Such is our reverence for Patsy Grimaldi, the pizza patriarch behind Grimaldi’s, that when we heard word, via Slice, that he had come out of retirement to cook slices at the Aviator Sports Complex at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, we immediately began saving gas money to make the trip. The place is so remote — all the way down Flatbush Avenue, just before the Marine Parkway Bridge — that you practically need to be Hernando de Soto to find it. It’s a kid’s paradise, with two NHL-size ice rinks, indoor soccer, basketball courts, and the rest. But for the unathletic children, of course, the real draw is the food court, where you can find Schnäck burgers, cheesecake from Junior’s, Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory desserts, and, yes, Patsy’s pizza. Are those slices worth the epic journey?

Foie Foe Backs Off, Masa Travels, Grimaldi's New Slices

Foie-foe councilman thinks better of introducing legislation: Gawker commenter Claudia thinks she knows who's responsible. [Gawker] Masa eyes London and Vegas locations. [Snack] Pizza patriarch Patsy Grimaldi comes out of retirement to start a slice (yes, slice) joint at Floyd Bennett Field. [Slice] Press release promises 2,000 suspended samurai swords and "womb-like barstools" at Chodorow's new Kobe Club steakhouse. [Snack] Tom's Diner of Seinfeld fame not taking down its Kramer. [Newsday] After cachaça craze, rye to be the next boutique liquor trend. [NYT] More on Wined Up, one of the drinking annexes Rob and Robin previously tipped us off to. [Thrillist]