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May 1, 2000 08:18 PM


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What happened to Goldbergs Pizza on 53rd Street and 2nd Ave? Wife and I have been going there for over 30 years! Did it open somewhere else?

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  1. Alas, I'm not in New York but I'm curious to know if this is the same Goldbergs Calvin Trillin waxes on about.

    14 Replies
    1. re: bryan

      Yes, the very same.

      1. re: Barb. H.

        i am from missoula, montana, found this board by doing a search. many years ago i came across a recipe book in the public library "goldbergs' pizza" and i used the recipe from it to make my first home cooked pizza, it was tremendous. after i graduated from high school i went into the army, and did no cooking for a while. when i got out, i could no longer find the recipe. while i have a fair recollection of what was in the sauce, i can't remember what the crust recipe was. does anyone have this? please e-mail it to me if you do.

        1. re: david

          I'm sure someone on site will reply but the GOldberg's pizza I recall was on York Avenue in the upper 70's and it might even still be there. They might all be related, and if they're there, they might be willing to part with the recipe (if it's the same one you found in the public library).

          1. re: magnolia

            If this is Fats Goldberg's (childhood friend of Calvin Trillin), last I heard he moved back home to Kansas City.

            1. re: Jennifer
              David Jacobson

              There was one last Goldberg's on 2nd and 52nd, closed about a year ago

            2. re: michaela
              Dave Feldman

              Unfortunately, "Goldberg's Pizza Book" is out of print and very expensive when available (the one offered on Amazon is selling for $52.00). I believe that the recipe for some of his diet pizzas (including hte crustless pizza) are in his diet books.

            3. re: david

              Good News: I own Goldberg's Pizza Book.
              Bad News: I can't find it.

              But I just did a search on my favorite used-book site, and at this moment, seven different copies are available at, the cheapest at $7.50.

              Seems to me that it wouldn't be a bad investment. Even the "diet" S.M.O.G. pizza in the book, a popular offering at the original Goldberg's is quite edible.

              Larry ("Fats") is indeed back in Kansas City. I miss him, but am glad he is back in his spiritual homeland.

              1. re: Dave Feldman

                When he moved back to KC he opened a Goldberg's Pizza in Prairie Village but it's closed now.

          2. re: bryan
            Dave Feldman

            Same Goldberg. Long before he left, he sold the place to a holding company, and continued to manage the place for quite a few years thereafter. He is back in Kansas City, where he belongs.

            1. re: Dave Feldman
              Stephen M. Blakley

              Can you give me the address of this place? I need to contact this guy to see if he opened any others in or around NY!

              1. re: Stephen M. Blakley
                Dave Feldman

                The original location is at 992 2nd Ave. in NYC (in the low 50s). At one time, I think there were three in Manhattan, but now there is only one, assuming that is still open (haven't passed by in a year).

                I doubt very much if Larry Goldberg has any involvement with the place anymore.

                1. re: Dave Feldman
                  Stephen M. Blakley

                  I know about the ones in Manhattan. One was on 72 and York (the original) then there was one on 22 Street and 3rd Ave, and the one on 53 and 2nd. I was asking about the one in Kansas City.

                  1. re: Dave Feldman

                    I've been going to Goldbergs for over 20 years. The one on 2'nd and 52'nd. I tried to go again just the other day and found that the building has been leveled to make some new awful east side appartment building. There was no forwarding information.

                    The two guys that owned it worked for the original Goldberg who sold it to them when he retired.

                    I'm really saddened by this :-(

                    Please contact me if anyone's aware of a new location.


              2. re: bryan
                Stephen M. Blakley

                Not sure, but I see the following replys say it is!

                Can you give me the address of this place? I need to contact this guy to see if he opened any others in or around NY!

              3. Damn, this is a blast from my past.

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                  1. There was one in the 20s also which closed. I don't know why!! I loved those little deep dish pizzas they used to serve ! What A Loss !!

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