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Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Jessamyn Rodriguez's East Harlem

New York Allegra Ben-Amotz 2 comments

Jessamyn Rodriguez, the first female bread baker in Restaurant Daniel's bread kitchen and the founder of Hot Bread Kitchen in East Harlem, is a serious eater in every sense of the term. Jessamyn spends much of her time at this space, a home-away-from-home; here's her guide to eating well in the neighborhood. More

Mexican Eats: East Harlem's Cafe Ollin Serves a Singular Cemita

New York Scarlett Lindeman 4 comments

A cemita sandwich, a beloved construction of Puebla, Mexico, is meant to be laughably large. If you're not bowled over by the sight of it, then it's not a proper cemita. Cafe Olin, a pleasant taqueria in East Harlem, does them just right, with one of the best buns in the city. More

Date Night: Ricardo Steak House

New York Jessica Allen and Garrett Ziegler Post a comment

Ricardo sits on the line where a kiss goes from chaste to gasp. With its hedonic aesthetic and strong takes on steakhouse standards, Ricardo is best for a date with a carnivore. More

The Best Tacos on 116th Street in East Harlem, NYC

New York J. Kenji López-Alt 13 comments

You could say we've been on a taco binge here at Serious Eats. After biking through Brooklyn and Queens last Sunday eating tacos along the way (wait for the video coming next week), I decided that Monday should be devoted to East Harlem, another hotbed of Mexican tortilla-wrapping activity (and yes, we'll be getting out of New York for Project Taco. West Coast, Midwest, South, get your tacos ready!) Check out the best tacos in the 'hood. More

Daily Slice: Patsy's Pizza, East Harlem

Slice Adam Kuban 10 comments

I'll tell you what gives: $1.75 A SLICE, that's what! That's kind of all you need to know. A buck seventy-five for a slice of the best pizza in the city. When most slices are running $2.50, $2.75. And it's for a coal-oven slice! But if you need more than that, read on after the jump. More

NYC Quintessential: Patsy's Pizza, East Harlem

Slice Adam Kuban 23 comments

There's only one size pizza available on the menu. It's a respectable size — about 16 inches across. Not HUGE but not Neapolitan dainty. Still, even though it's on the bigger side, don't let the size fool you. As the menu says, it's "paper thin." (Yes, the menu says "paper thin.") Got a big appetite? You could easily house three-quarters of a plain pie on your own. Hell, I've eaten an entire Patsy's plain pizza by myself. That was in another lifetime, before Slice even existed. On a long lunch break. I almost fell asleep at my desk when I got back to work. But I digress... More

Milk Burger in East Harlem: No, This Is Not Shake Shack

A Hamburger Today J. Kenji López-Alt 55 comments

Do not adjust your monitor, do not refresh your page; this is not a Shake Shack burger. That's right: The burger from Milk Burger, a new burger joint in Spanish Harlem, is a near clone of the Shake Shack burger. More

Kids Welcome: Itzocán Bistro

New York Aya Tanaka Post a comment

There is a two-block stretch of Lexington Avenue in the low 100s that's filled with charming little dining establishments; one of them is Itzocán Bistro, which promises and delivers Franco-Mexican fare. True to its name, Itzocán is more of a bistro than a Mexican restaurant, and you won't find chips and salsa here. Rather, bread and butter are brought to the table. Mexican ingredients and flavors impart a lively, subtly assertive twist to a traditional French bistro repertoire of dishes, putting Itzocán Bistro in a class of its own. More

A Sandwich a Day: Juancho Cemita at Café Ollin

New York Jessica Allen and Garrett Ziegler 1 comment

About the size of a catcher's mitt and packed with enough ingredients to stock a small bodega, the juancho cemita ($10) at Café Ollin is closer to a meal than a grab-and-go sandwich. More

At Joy Burger Bar in East Harlem the Execution is Perfect, but the Beef is Bland

A Hamburger Today J. Kenji López-Alt 3 comments

The concept behind Joy Burger Bar in East Harlem (with a soon-to-be second location in the West Village) is a discredit to the burgers served inside. Though their signage proudly proclaims that "the sauces make the difference," it's really their atmosphere and attention to burger detail that puts them a step above your average burger joint. More

Taco Thursdays: Vegetarian Tacos Aztecas at Café Ollin, East Harlem

New York Sara Markel-Gonzalez 4 comments

It isn't always easy to find really great tacos in this city that are made purely out of vegetables. Many places have a vegetarian offering, but it's just whatever veggies happen to be laying around. At Café Ollin, a... More

Taco Thursdays: East Harlem, Taco Mix and the Tacos de Arroz Grocery Cart

New York Sara Markel-Gonzalez 5 comments

[Photos: Sara Markel-Gonzalez] East Harlem is one of Manhattan's better taco neighborhoods, so for this week's Taco Thrusday, I explored two taco stops on East 116th Street—Taco Mix and the Tacos de Arroz Grocery Cart. Taco Mix Taco Mix... More

Patsy's Pizza, East Harlem

Slice Nick Solares 21 comments

Top: The late José Jiminez stretching dough and transferring a pizza to the oven. Above: Recent pies from Patsy's in East Harlem. [Photographs: Nick Solares] Patsy's Pizza 2287 First Avenue, New York NY 10035 (117/118; map); 212-534-9783 Pizza Style: New York–Neapolitan Oven Type: Coal The Skinny: Classic New York pizzeria offers a taste of history but has declined since the death of long time pieman José Jiminez Price: $1.75 a slice, $11 a pie, pie toppings $3 each For most of the time that I have lived in New York (which is going on a quarter century) my answer... More

East Harlem Patsy's Pizzaiolo José Jiminez Dies

Slice Adam Kuban 4 comments

"I remember seeing José shoveling coal in the oven, firing it up during hot summer months with only a fan to cool him." [Photographs: Jared Goldstein] Some sad news just arrived in the Slice inbox, courtesy of NYC tour guide Jared Goldstein: I am sorry to share the passing of one of America's great chefs—and a great guy—José Jiminez, on December 7, 2009.Jiminez, who immigrated from Ecuador, was the East Harlem Patsy's pizza chef and cook since 1977. He learned how to make their special pies from the previous pizza master, back when Carmella, "Mrs. Patsy" was alive.... More

Sugar Rush: Patsy's Tiramisu

New York Kathy YL Chan 3 comments

The pizza was awesome, as you can imagine. But the tiramisu, firm and solid, with cake in place of ladyfingers, and chocolate syrup squiggled over the surface, was a letdown. Especially after our waiter declared it "delicious" and told... More

City of New York Creating 'Kitchen Incubator' in East Harlem

New York Carey Jones 1 comment

La Marqueta. Photo from Around Harlem What a great use for civic space. The City of New York has just announced an initiative to create a "kitchen incubator"—a 4,000 square foot commercial kitchen, at the site of La Marqueta... More

Mobster Anthony Rabito Banned From Favorite Italian Restaurants

New York Erin Zimmer 3 comments

New York Post Mobster Anthony "Fat Tony" Rabito, consigliere of the Bonanno crime family, can no longer get his fat on at four old-school Italian eateries in New York City, according to the New York Post. Just released from... More

East Harlem Patsy's to Celebrate 76th Anniversary with 60-Cent Pizza, 90-Cent Steak

Slice Adam Kuban 2 comments

[UPDATE BELOW]I just received this email from Patsy's in East Harlem: Patsy's is celebrating its 76th bigger and better than ever! 90¢ steak, 60¢ pizza pies, 1¢ sodas. The NYPD and the FDNY will have a pizza-eating challenge. 118th Street and First Avenue will officially be renamed "Patsy's Way," and many other surprises. Join celebrities, elected officials, and others as we do this like never before. After the phone number in the contact info is the directive to "CALL TODAY (Limited Seating)." They probably don't want a repeat of last year. When: Wednesday, August 26, 2009; 11 a.m. to... More

More Richman—This Time He Takes on Grimaldi's, Patsy's, and Di Fara

Slice Adam Kuban 21 comments

Admittedly, the previous item I blogged about was a week old*, and in that time Alan Richman has moved on to writing about some old standbys. He posted his thoughts yesterday on Grimaldi's (DUMBO), Patsy's (East Harlem), and Di Fara (Midwood). Again, let's take them in order. On Grimaldi's: The oven is just right, but the crusts are merely okay—they have a fresh, bready smell, but to me they’re a little too thick and slightly too soft, somewhat undercooked. The tomato sauce is vibrant and essential, which means the white pizzas are best skipped. These basically consist of soft, melted... More

'Hulk' Steak Burger Challenge at NYC's Ottomanelli Brothers

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 4 comments

If you love stuffing your face in the name of a free meal, you might want to try the “Hulk” Steak Burger Challenge at Ottomanelli Brothers in East Harlem. Finish their 24-ounce steak burger, fries, and a 20-ounce soda within... More

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