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guttergourmet Apr 5, 2008 02:58 PM

The same family that brought you Nick's in Forest Hills, Adrienne's Pizza Bar and Angelo's in midtown has opened up Dean's on West 85th Street. Same great pizza. I should've ordered the square grandma pie though.

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    RCC RE: guttergourmet Apr 5, 2008 03:12 PM

    If the one that recently opened, about 6 months ago, along 2nd Ave near 43rd Street is an indication, then I have to disagree about endorsing this specific location.

    The pizza that we had, as I recall, was dry and really nothing to get that excited about.

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      guttergourmet RE: RCC Apr 5, 2008 03:25 PM

      It is the same owners-can't speak for the quality of the Turtle Bay Dean's location, but Dean's UWS, which is also a gorgeous space, is definitely on a par with Nick's Forest Hills (haven't tried the UES Nick's), Angelo's (57th and 55th streets) and Adrienne's (Stone Street), all of which I've been to.

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        harrison RE: guttergourmet Apr 7, 2008 06:28 AM

        I get delivery from the UWS location - the square pie is pretty good and more importantly, travels well.

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      kobetobiko RE: guttergourmet Apr 7, 2008 10:49 AM

      Hi GG,

      I went to the branch in Tribeca (a group event) and we ordered a bunch of things to share. Their portion sizes were really big and hence the price was really cheap considered in the Tribeca neighborhood. Their fried zucchini was particularly good - thin and crispy like chips! We also ordered the square pie. The pie was baked fresh in the oven and I thought it was good but not great. It is definitely one of the better ones in the pizza-deprived Tribeca. The toppings were fresh (not cheap canned tomato sauce) But when compared to the stores in WV or EV, then it may not really stand out.

      I am certain that the quality from different branches will differ, so I am not surprised to hear that you had a really good one in UWS, as I think they had the potential.

      I have to note that this is a great place for families with kids because this place is spacious with 2 TVs, and the one at the back was turned to the kids channel (as there were kids there when I visited). There are a lot of options to choose from, mostly standard familiar dishes, but also very approachable. Their pasta portion (for individual; you can order group size) was plentiful, and flavor was quite good. Oh, their desserts - I tried their Napolneon and it was really delicious!

      Overall I think it is a great addition to the neighborhood for some reasonably-priced and unpretentious Italian food.

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        guttergourmet RE: kobetobiko Apr 7, 2008 03:37 PM

        Are you referring to Adrienne's downtown? The restaurants are separately owned but same family.

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          kobetobiko RE: guttergourmet Apr 7, 2008 03:48 PM

          Hi GG,

          No. I was referring to Dean's in Tribeca.

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          BronxBoy RE: kobetobiko Apr 7, 2008 04:26 PM

          Deans is usually pretty decent for Upper West Side pizza, though last Saturday I had a very bad "square" pie. Was it an aberration? One can only hope.

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            nativeNYer RE: BronxBoy Apr 7, 2008 09:15 PM

            Might not have been an aberration. I tried the square in-house when it first opened. The space is fantastic but the pizza was soggy and just plain bad.
            The service was also horrible but perhaps they have improved since then.

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              offthebeatenpath1 RE: nativeNYer Apr 8, 2008 08:41 AM

              I had been meaning to try Dean's for quite some time and after seeing this post last night, it sort of reminded me to try it, which I did. And, I was sorely disappointed. I had a square pie with roasted peppers and sausage. I thought the crust was too soggy, as NativeNYer mentioned and the cheese to crust to topping ratio was not good. Also, it was somewhat burnt on the bottom, but undercooked on top. I did not try the round, so I can't comment on that.

              Also, perhaps worse than anything, was the service. They were messing up drinks (and considering I only wanted a water, it shouldn't have been difficult). There are too many options to ever go back to this place.

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                harrison RE: offthebeatenpath1 Apr 8, 2008 10:26 AM

                Wow - the 3 or 4 times I've ordered the pizzas were pretty good. Then again, after the 1st time we ordered extra fresh mozz. The pies arrived with crispy bottoms which held up upon reheating.

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                  nativeNYer RE: harrison Apr 8, 2008 01:32 PM

                  the reviews seem to be mixed but, when it's bad, it's exactly as offthebeatenpath1 described, service, food and all. but the space is so darn nice that it kills me. imagine a really great restaurant in that space... just imagine it for a second.

                  perhaps the kitchen help is not the same everyday. i prefer patsy's on W74 over this place even though they may have the same owners.

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                    offthebeatenpath1 RE: nativeNYer Apr 8, 2008 02:26 PM

                    i agree, i think the spot is amazing, especially for the UWS, since everything is usually so small and cozy. BUT, the space is a major problem when you are placed behind that big center island with the plants and the waiters forget about you.

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              Tal RE: BronxBoy Apr 8, 2008 01:43 PM

              I went to UWS Deans on Sunday night. Shared a small pie, small salad and a side of Meatballs with my husband. really impressed with the space, pizza was great, salad was delicious- arugula with sun dried tomato- meatballs were left to be desired. LOTS of big groups. Will for sure go back, next time with a crew.

          2. guttergourmet RE: guttergourmet Apr 8, 2008 05:49 AM

            They also apparently own the Patsy's licensees (not the real deal in harlem though).

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