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Counterfeit Patsy's Pizza

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lemarais Aug 29, 2012 02:36 PM

Hey what's the deal with the "Patsy's" on 1st Ave and 69th? He's using the same logo as the original one on 118th st-- same "Since 1933". Claims to have a coal oven, but I thought that they are outlawed in NY, that the real Patsy's has a grandfather clause to use it.

One look at the pizza on 69th and you know it's awful, and not related in anyway to the real place in East Harlem...

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    debinqueens Aug 29, 2012 04:51 PM

    is it good?

    absolutely not.

    is it 'counterfeit'?

    judging by this ten year old thread, no

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/194483

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    1. re: debinqueens
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      lemarais Aug 30, 2012 10:01 AM

      Pretty murky, and very old. Still sounds counterfeit.

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        debinqueens Aug 30, 2012 10:54 AM

        could be.

        just offering info, regardless of vintage.

        cheers.

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      jdg5005 Aug 30, 2012 02:41 PM

      You have suspect judgement in pizza my friend. On the UES I challenge you to find a better pizza.

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        Brian W Sep 8, 2012 06:13 PM

        Here's the story as I read it in a newspaper article a number of years ago. Patsy died, the widow at some point sells the right to franchise the name which results in the Patsy's Pizzerias springing up all over Manhattan. The deal does not include the original Patsy's, which also has no control over the franchise Patsy's. Later the widow, or family, sells the Original Patsy's on 1st Ave at 117 Street to a party who manages to keep up the quality of the original Patsy's pie.

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          TrishUntrapped Sep 10, 2012 06:51 AM

          I had the weird opportunity to dine at the original Harlem Patsy's and one near Bloomingdale's on the same day. No comparison. The pizza was much better at the original Patsy's.

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