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236 W. 56th St., New York, NY, 10019
By happyman on 7/27/2009
Why anyone would eat at this restaurant is beyond me. The food was awful - overcooked vegetables, slimy salad greens, mass market bread, rude waiters. And about 3 times more expensive than a good (not great) restaurant like Carmines.
By asiegel on 1/24/2005
I read the reviews and thought this would be a good place to take my 20 year old son after the Knicks game. Big Mistake. Service was bordering on rude, once it was obvious we weren't going to have a big drink tab, they charge extra for pasta, which was out of a box with dull sauce, and 25 bucks for average Chicken Parm and no pasta is pathetic under any standard. My dish, a special with a spicy red sauce, was as dull and unimaginative as you could imagine. I did order a double espresso, which was a very over-extracted, bitter shot with hot water poured in it, costing an outrageous 6 bucks. Bread was also average, which is a shame, considering the bakeries in NYC. Never saw the desserts, waiter too busy. A big disappointment. We will never ever go back.
By AJNMOM on 11/19/2009
For the mere fact that the price tag was close to $200 for my husband and I, the expectation was so very disappointing. The bread was cold, hard and not by any shake artisan in fact stale. The appetizers were calamari insalate, which was meager portion, but thankfully as the dressing did nothing to make the seafood sumptuous. The caesar salad was average, small portioned. Entree of zuppe de pesce was without presentation, small portioned, gave the wrong pasta and the sauce was average. The other entree of veal rollantini was quite honestly the toughest veal I have ever tasted literally drowned in a mushroom marsala sauce. The saving grace for me was the Rosenblum Zin which I chose, albeit extremely overpriced. Never will we return. I suggest you don't waste your money as well.
When did Frank eat here?
By littlecarmine on 3/16/2010
A a 100% Italian-American who knows what Italian food is, this place is a sham. For the prices this place charges I was expecting a 5 star meal. Presentation was terrible, seasoning below average, service 60 minute into sitting down, no entree. The Italian bread was cold and hard, the hot appetizer was lousy (sandy clams) and very small portions. The entree chicken contandino had french fries instead of potato's. No pasta with entree's. Olive Garden can beat this place out.
great value, great food.
By tricia on 3/6/2003
Have loved this place for years. Cheap, great food and who needs a place with attitude. Really, those places get old.
By nycfemale on 3/14/2003
Classic Italian Red - the way Sinatra liked it.
By truly_sweet on 10/3/2003
Classic Italian Red - the way Sinatra liked it. This New Yawk Italian Classic brings back mem'ries of sumptuous feasts and tables groaning with heaping platters and carafes of rich Chianti. Although quality has diminished a bit from the restaurant's hey-day, the pasta, chicken and veal dishes are hearty and tasty, too. If you're a true New Yawker and/or a lover of Sinatra and the good old days - you gotta try Patsy's.
Some of the best pasta in Manhattan
By Lahja on 11/22/2005
Pasta is not hard to cook. Simple pasta only needs boiling water. But the pasta here is homemade. SAuce is a little harder, because a lot of times it tends to be syrupy or bitter, or lack spices. At Patsy's, the pasta and the sauce is both very, very good. I do not really love the resturant itself, because it has to compare with a lot more splendid-looking places in manhattan. But the food is really great. The servings are not over-priced when you see them on the menu, but for the average person, they may be. They are really small, and so the plates are about 30 dollars per person. Wine is about 25-40 dollars, which offsets the other expenses, and so two people can dine for less than 80 dollars. For very good food, this is a value. I think this is a place more people should try, because a lot of more upscale italian places are terrible in the city.
By sahw on 11/7/2003
Splendid classical Italian with outstanding sauces, especially the marinara. Spaghetti and ravioli superb. Leave room for the luscious deserts. Service is also excellent. Old and reliable.
A Classic like Sinatra
By martin_chamois on 3/21/2007
PastyÂ’s the West mid-50Â’s classic Italian eatery is most famous as one of Frank SinatraÂ’s places. It would be wrong to dismiss this restaurant as an old fashion (since 1944), perhaps tourist establishment. The family runs the place as a trust, and not only as a profit center, although it is also the latter. The food is classic and nearly perfect. The service is professional. The prices are right on. Perhaps the lighting could be turned down a little to give the rooms the same warmth the food and service provides.
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