Patsy's Italian Restaurant
236 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019
Fax: (212) 541-5071
Bike Parking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Caterers, American, Italian, European, Continental
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
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12/23/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Came here as a team holiday lunch today.
It's a huge menu with a lot of options. To make the decision easier, I opted for the $35 prixe fixe lunch menu.
The table olive oil was very good with the bread.
The soup of the day was minestrone. It was a bit oilier than I expected.
I had the Rigatoni Sorrentino as my main. It was DELICIOUS! The fresh mozzarella topping, the cheesy sauce--absolutely divine. Portion size was generous. I had to doggie bag half.
The dessert options were arrayed on a cart at the front of the restaurant. It was pushed table side for our perusal and selection. I had the napoleon cake with coffee for dessert.
I've never seen coffee as part of a prixe fixe, it's usually extra.
02/19/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I was really looking forward to a good Italian meal on this trip to NYC. However, Patsy's did not fill the bill. It was way over priced. The service was poor and the food wasn't even that great. The string beans were mushy (obviously from a can). The salmon was very very hot which led me to believe that it was microwaved. The head waiter was very ""snuty"" and wouldn't even let me wear my coat in the dinning room. I will never go back to this restaurant. For two people the bill was over $100.
02/04/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I've been looking forward to eating at this legendary NYC Italian restaurant for years and had the opportunity this past weekend. To say it was a disappointment would be an understatement. It was downright displeasurable. For starters, it reeks of the mob. A good third of the clientele and staff are capable of giving you ""the eye"" at a drop of a crumb. I had to eat my meal with blinders in fear of being handed a kiss and black rose by the guy sitting next to me. My crime? I believe I looked in his direction for a second. Other notable letdowns included slow service - even when the restaurant was 1/4 full, bland unheated bread, entrees which were okay at best, a slice of decent tiramisu and single shot of espresso that cost $20.00 (I had to decipher this as it wasn't itemized in our bill and was only labeled ""c/d."" Can you say - Scam?) Our waiter was also pushy. As soon as we sat, he mentions that the lasagna was good. Okay - thanks. But when we placed our order, he ignores us and once again repeats - ""the lasagna is good."" In all fairness, however, the lentil soup was fantastic. Too bad everything went down hill from there. As such, I would have to rate this place as below average considering the level of service, comfort, and quality of food vs. its price.
Now, if you guys are like me, you'll likely ignore my review and chalk it up as a fluke. And perhaps you would be right - and I hope so actually. But, let me suggest another Italian restaurant that has never ceased to amaze me or my guests over the last 15 years. IL Corallo Trattoria on 176 Prince St. 212-941-7119. It is a small place situated in the heart of Soho that's equally busy and served by exceedingly friendly and unpretentious staff. Most of the 40+ entrees are around $12.00 and their tiramisu is to die for. Best of all, you can actually enjoy your meal without the fear of somehow triggering off the time-bomb with elbows at the adjacent table.
09/12/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I've been eating lunch and an occasional dinner at Patsy's for over 12 years.
Joe, the second owner (his father was the first) is my age 60+ and can tell stories about when my father used to have lunch there with Jules S..., a former President of the NY Athletic Club. If you would like a lesson in the History of NYC...you must stop in for a late lunch.
Sal, Joe's son is not only the head chef, but the head historian...Dad passed it along. Have Sal tell you the story about Rush L. and the Thanksgiving Dinner Sal made for him when the restaurant was closed one year. Also, watch for Sal on many of the national TV shows. By the way, pick up their book and have Joe, Frank and Sal sign it!
A little about Frank, the person that greets you on arrival - Frank is elegant without being snooty- folks, he is there to help. If all is not as you expected, let Frank know and it will be fixed.
Last, my favorite chef, Sal- He shows up at your table to find out if all is well and doesn't take offense if it is not- let him know and you'll be pleasantly surprised by what he does for you!
Last, I feel as though I'm at my best friends home and treated as family. Become part of the Patsy's family, you'll come back every chance you get.
This reads like a commercial, but believe me, it's not! I'm just a guy, along with his family that loves being pampered the NYC way and Patsy's is the best. .....Oh ask Frank for a generous portion of the Teramisu(sp)for desert...to die for!
Bill and family- Hey guys see you next month.
03/16/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We wen to this place on a whim, because Frank Sinatra used to eat there. What a great find... the waiters were in tuxedos (so I'd dress up a little) and were vert attentive. All of the food was delicious! I had linguine with pesto, and it was great. I also tried a friend's tortellini Bolegnese, and it was fabulous. Another friend's mushroom ravioli had a strange flavor. For dessert, I had a plate of raspberries and whipped cream - I've never seen something so simple in a restaurant before, but after such a filling meal, it was really the perfect ending. Can't wait to go back!
03/06/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We were greeted when we walked in to the beautiful downstairs dinning room by a lovely gentleman who although had never met us treated us like old friends. After ordering one of the best perfect manhattan's we have had in a while.....we were led up stairs to our table, greeted by the waiter and told the specials. The wine selection was plentiful offering a favorite, the food was perfection itself and the dessert a sin. To top the evening off we were given a lovely black bag with a jar of Patsy's sauce....now I ask what is better than great food great wine and a gift? A true New York restaurant with wonderful New York waiters.
12/05/2006Provided by Citysearch -
We had a party of 5 and that was a problem. The staff told us how lucky we were to have a reservation. We waited at the cramped bar area where some people were forced to eat at tiny tables with our butts and bags in their plates.
When seated we were rushed to order. With that said we ordered wine, one red one white. The wine was brought to the table with 4 glasses. My husband told the sommelier I would taste the red. He poured a fill glass and slammed it down in front of me with wine running down the side of the bottle. We tried for the rest of the meal to get more glasses and were ignored.
Food. Just bad. Not to bore you 5 people 5 bad dishes. We had chicken, pasta, eggplant and spaghetti and meatballs. The sauce was the only thing good on any of the dishes and it was not great.
Desserts were good amazingly enough.
The waiters: Rude, indifferent just funny to look at with the swoop hair.
Place seemed to be filled with tourist. Sad to see that as they will all go home and say the food in Ohio is better than NYC. (We went to this place because an out of town guest wanted to go.)
11/26/2006Provided by Citysearch -
We've been there several times and the service was never hospitable. This past time would be our last time for sure. We entered and asked for a table for two (around 3pm). There are several empty table but the receptionist told us ""we can sit you but you have to get out at 5pm!. okay.. get out is a very polite word to start the whole RUDE experience. My boyfrined has been asked to put away his trench coat. He said he would like to keep it. The receptionist insisted that ""no coat in the dining room!"" We havn'e even sat down and already feel offended for 2 times. uhh....
the food was okay. just okay. the bread is good. the appetizer was great! the pasta was really dull. nothing special. the tiramisu was just VERY sad and dry. The service could be good only if you know them I guess. We saw a couple of tables are nicely served with a lot of greetings.
One should go for food and ignore the bad service, or try to make friends with them. But for the money you are paying there, there are so many more places serves better italian food in this area.
10/24/2006Provided by Citysearch -
A group of us went for dinner last Thursday night and had a great time. We made sure to make reservations a couple of weeks earlier. Our experience couldn't have been nicer. We were greeted warmly by the host, seated within a few minutes and went on to have a delicious meal. They have the absolute best red sauce! I recommend the Fried Calamari, Trio of Ravioli, Pork Chops with Vinegar Peppers, and the Veal Chop......need I say more? We finished up our evening with Patsy's delicious Tiramisu. I can't wait to go back!
07/06/2006Provided by Citysearch -
We went to Patsys based on an old friend's recommendation. This is not the old Patsys!
The place was crowded--we had a reservation & still had to wait for over 20 minutes--there was not a nice place to wait--the host rudely motioned us over to the wall--backed up to a large crowd.
The food marginal, & the host was extremely condescending
& rude. We were told by the restaurant that children were welcome--they were not--they were well-behaved but treated poorly by the staff.
We were told that Patsys was not snobby--but found that it was--very much so.
Also--they have a dress code--no shorts--fine--but the restaurant is not nice enough to demand a dress code & was quite hot--I could have used some shorts!
There are so many great restaurants in NYC--avoid this one!
02/26/2006Provided by Citysearch -
we returned after more than 10 years to find the restaurant packed with tables, noisy as could be, rushed service, great food, but not worth the price. Today there are just too many other good restaurants around that Patss's has lost it draw for us. They are no longer a standout, must go spot. LIving on ther reputation form the days hwen good restaurants really stood out.
10/11/2005Provided by Citysearch -
We were told we ""had"" to go to Patsy's and we are very glad we listened! The ambience, service, and value were typical NYC, and the food was outstanding. The portions are huge, so make your decision on an appetizer or dessert before you order. I could not finish my entree, but I was going for the dessert cart, no matter what! If you go for lunch as we did, get there when they open as seating is fairly limited. Do yourself a favor and put Patsy's on your ""must see"" list.
11/11/2004Provided by Citysearch -
MY BEAUTIFUL LOVE BARBARA AND MYSELF DINED HERE ON THIS PAST HALLOWEEN NIGHT (2004) BEFORE A BROADWAY SHOW, I'M BORN AND RAISED IN NYC, I'VE ALWAYS MEANT TO DINE HERE HOWEVER I THOUGHT BY IT'S REPUTATION THAT I'D HAVE TROUBLE GETTING IN, THIS IS NOT THE CASE, PATSY'S IS QUITE WELCOMING, TREATED US AS CELEBRITIES. BARBARA AND I HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED SUCH FANTASTIC, SATISFYING, SUPERB, FLAVORFUL CUISINE, IT WAS INCREDIBLE. THE SERVICE WAS OUTSTANDING FROM THE MINUTE WE WALKED IN THE DOOR AND THE VALUE WAS SURPRISING, FOR UNDER A HUNDRED DOLLARS WE HAD AN APPETIZER, WINE AND AN ENTREE, SA-WEET! I SHALL RETURN A THOUSAND TIMES.