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Dean's Pizza Square Pie

harrison Jul 23, 2007 11:04 AM

Finally stopped by Dean's (85th between Broadway/Amsterdam) for lunch the other day. Went with basic square pie - grandma type. Features 2 types of mozzarella - fresh and processed. and 2 types of parmesan. Crust was nice. Overall, it was good. Not great, but solid. A few people around me had the round pies, which looked like sister (or cousin?) restaurant Patsy's.

The space is beautiful.

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    Cpalms Jul 23, 2007 11:24 AM

    agreed......if you have to travel more than 5 blocks its not worth it....

    1. PJ Clarke Aug 19, 2007 07:00 AM

      Food was very akin to Patsy's - from the round pies to the baked ziti and penne ala vodka. That being said the physical space of the restaurant itself was extremely well done - from nice columns and high ceilings - could use some white tablecloths though.

      Very kid friendly - not sure if your consider that a postive or a negative.

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        Daniel76 Aug 19, 2007 08:13 AM

        The only thing is, do not go exploring this menu. I have been there with some people who have ordered pasta and other items. Airplane's serve better pasta.

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          Fallon Aug 20, 2007 09:49 AM

          I really like Dean's. I really like the Grandma Square Pie but have also been ordering their rigatoni bolognese & their version of spaghetti & meatballs (thicker pasta noodles-I forgot what they call it) & for $10 each for the smaller portions its quite the bargain. I live close by so I drop by & eat at the bar or have them deliver which Patsy's doesn't do. My only complaint is when I call for delivery it is always a struggle to get someone who speaks English well & invariably they mess up my order or it takes a long protracted conversation to get them to understand my order w/o them screwing it up. All in all, the food is quite good & better than Carmines or San Luigi's. I've never had a pasta issue like Daniel who posted right before me. Just my two cents.

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          1. re: Fallon
            harrison Sep 27, 2007 05:41 PM

            I just did my 1st delivery with them the other night. 1 month later they may be improved. Pizza came correct and piping hot and rest of order was also good - and under 30 minutes (i live 10 blocks south). I'd order again..

          2. NAtiveNewYorker Aug 20, 2007 10:27 AM

            I think the square pie is one of the best pizza slices in the city.

            Since we disagree, what are your favorite pizzas in the city?

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            1. re: NAtiveNewYorker
              Daniel76 Aug 20, 2007 11:27 AM

              I know you arent asking me but, I am jumping in.. If my memory serves me correctly, I had a wonderful square slice at Demarco's one drunken night on my way home from Pegu Club... I know its now closed but, did you get to try that pizza? Being that its so close to me, I have to go back and try the square slice..

              1. re: NAtiveNewYorker
                Fallon Aug 20, 2007 12:45 PM

                My favorite slice in the city is a bit of an oddball choice but my vote goes for the pepparoni slice @ Mimma's on 2nd Ave & 84th St. I like to get a slice that needs reheating to get the crust nice & crunchy & whatever herbs they put in the sauce + the pepparoni they use is heaven. I sometimes will sneak over by subway for lunch when I get the craving (I work in midtown). My 2nd pick for slice is the Cleopatra Jones from Two Boots. I'm sure pure NYC pizza afficionados are mortified but that's what I like. I've had the pies from Lombardi's, John's, Totonno's & Grimaldi's so it's not from lack of trying. Never made it out to Difaro's or the place in the East Village that gets raves....

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                  Cpalms Aug 20, 2007 07:54 PM

                  her is a good square pie link:

                  1. re: Cpalms
                    Daniel76 Aug 21, 2007 12:08 AM

                    Some places to think about.. Thanks,.

                    1. re: Cpalms
                      dan f. Aug 27, 2007 02:19 PM

                      Anyone been to Vinci's on First Ave.? Is it worthy of the #1 `Grandma' designation it got on sliceny.com?
                      I was in NY & went to Dean's this past weekend. Pizza (traditional round) was better than expected. Crust had some character/crunch to it, nicely brown. Sauce/cheese/toppings could have used a little pepping up, but some extra salt. red pepper & sprinkle parm seemed to do the trick. The interior space, I surmise, was once the ball room of the adjacent Bretton Hall, which used to be a residence hotel. Had separate entrance on 85th for weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvah receptions, ``affairs'' in general. Dean's is to be congratulated for making good use of the space while preserving West Side heritage.

                    2. re: Fallon
                      friday1 Nov 26, 2007 11:09 AM

                      I have to agree with Fallon. For all the Two Boots hate around here, the Cleopatra Jones slice is one fantastic piece of pizza. I went there out of necessity one day and was very surprised. fresh italian sausage and red peppers.

                  2. kelea Sep 18, 2007 07:37 AM

                    I finally made it to Dean this past weekend.My friend and I got a white square with sausage, roasted peppers and mushrooms. I don't know what some of you people were complaining about but THAT WAS THE BEST PIZZA ON THE UWS!

                    I love patsy's. It's definitely a delicious pie, and such a good sub when I'm not willing to hike all the way to Brooklyn. But the square pie is just unbeatable.

                    The crust was crisp on the outside, with a little tenderness inside. The white sauce was smooth and creamy but not too overwhelming. And those roasted peppers........drool

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                      TheNewYorker Sep 18, 2007 09:49 AM

                      Just moved to the UWS and recently tried Dean's. Pleasantly surprised. Pretty solid square pie. Will be ordering from there again. As a pizza afficianado who has traveled the city in search of great pizza, here's the top I'd recommend:

                      DiFara (worth the trip)
                      Joe's (Carmine St.)
                      Nick's (Haven't been to the Brooklyn one, but the UES one is convinient and great)

                      Haven't had John's or Patsy's in a while, but I remember it being solid. The "East Village" one, is probably Una Pizza Napoletana, which I used to live across the street from. I can confidently say this is the most overrated pizza in the city. It is good and fresh, but at $20 for a very small (almost personal) pie/$5 for a pretty pathetic slice, this place doesn't make the cut.

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