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Apr 3, 2012 12:22 PM

Which NYC pizza institution is good for a sit-down dinner?

I'd like to take the elderly in-laws visiting from Chicago for some legendary pizza. It needs to be a sit-down place as my father in-law is 80. He loves thin crust. I was thinking Patsy's in Spanish Harlem.

Is it nice enough? I don't think I could take them to a dive.

We'd be ordering pizza, to be clear.

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  1. I think there's a down-to-earth old-fashioned charm about Patsy's and it is very clean. I think it's a great idea!

    1. Rubirosa has wonderful thin-crust pizza. The menu also has many other choices, all delicious. We usually have an appetizer and then pizza as the main course. Great desserts, too. The atmosphere is charming.

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      1. What kind of thin crust does he like? When you find thin crust pizza in and around the Midwest (including Chicago), it is often more cracker like and crunchy and also cut into squares (AKA tavern cut). So if that is his preference, Rubirosa would be a good choice.

        New York style thin crust is not crunchy, the crust is more chewy, so if that's what he wants, then Patsy's would be fine.

        1. "Institution?" Patsy's. Maybe Arturo's?

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          1. re: thegforceny

            For an 80 year old person, I totally agree with thegforceny, Patsy's in Harlem ( not to be confused with the other Patsy's) Although the one on 34th St isn't all that bad. Arturo's is old school, coal oven, and a favorite of Local over 50 yr old Italian- Americans. Young people also, but I'm just sayin''s a good spot for someone looking for NY pizza in a pleasant setting. Rubirosa, is too loud, too cramped, not personal service and the crust is way to crisp and thin i.e. like a cracker. Co. could be interesting, but Patsy's Harlem or Arturo's is the best overrall scenario.

            1. re: foodwhisperer

              While I agree that Rubirosa can be loud, it is not necessarily cramped. It is a good idea to request a comfortable table when reserving. Some are cramped, some not. The servers have always been extremely pleasant and attentive to us. As for the crust, this is very much a matter of personal preference. I would not describe it as "like a cracker". To me it is just right, thin but not too thin, just thick enough to support the weight of the toppings, without getting soggy.

              1. re: rrems

                I like rubirosa quite a lot, but dont think the pizza is in the top tier in town, nor does it rise to the level of "institution" (heir to a staten island institution, maybe). it is pretty damn loud though - ive brought my late sixties parents and had fun, but unless the OP's father in law is a particularly spry 80, or is looking for a youthful bustling experience, I'd say its not the best choice.

          2. Patsy's has a real old-time feel, and a family restaurant atmosphere. It's not fancy, but it is not a dump, either. If you have the time, go and check it out yourself and have a pizza before deciding whether to take them there.